Captivated by Cherry Blossoms

My sister and I missed cherry blossoms during our trip in Seoul last month, so I started asking God to see Sakura in Japan. Everyday, I’m monitoring Cherry Blossoms report of Japan-guide.com – a week before my trip (April 11-20, 2014), … Continue reading

40 Things I Saw in Japan That I Wish I Can Bring in Philippines

I was prettty impressed of efficiency and practicality of Japanese. Maybe this is what I really wanted to see, that’s why I really dreamed of going to Japan (than US, Europe). What makes the diffrence are advanced technology, efficient process and … Continue reading

Bali: Surfing 101

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Bali, particularly Kuta is Asia’s surfing capital. So I didn’t missed the opportunity to fulfill one of my bucket list “Learn Surfing” here. Though, we have it in Seminyak, a few kilometers away from Kuta. We asked the locals about Basic Surfing lessons, and they told us, enrolling in legit surfing schools like Pro Surf, Rip Curl School of Surf, Surf Spots, etc will be costly. They introduce us to professional surfers, who also offers basic surfing lessons at half the price.

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We met our surf instructor Eddie, he is a Balinese and learned surfing during his years residing at Seminyak. He introduce us to Surf Boards 🙂 lol

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 The lesson begin with how to swim in the surf board. Easy!

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Step 2, how to stand, from plank position, maintain standing position and how to jump out from the surf board. Arghh, it’s getting complicated now. Image

And after few minutes, we’re ready to surf?! This is it!Image

Bilang ako ang nag-push sa surfing, syempre competitive ako… Ako ang naunang nakatayo sa Surf Board 🙂

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Then Happy and Rosanne comes next!

I enjoyed my first surfing experience, and I would love to do it again. Pwede din maging hobby, Phillippines has great surfing spots like La Union, Baler, Siargao. Soon, I will play with the Philippines waves too!

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One of the greatest things about the sport of surfing is that you need only three things: your body, a surf-board, and a wave.

NAIMA GREEN, Surfing: Rules, Tips, Strategy, and Safety

Honda Bay Photo Tricks

All Honda Bay boatmen were trained to this  photo tricks. I am really impressed of the talent creativity of this simple locals of Puerto Princesa. Filipinos are really talented. It’s not just the island who attracts tourists, but even the kindness, hospitality, passion and talent of Pinoys! I’m so proud to be Pinoy.

Heto na ang mga bonggang-bonggang camera tricks, na pilit man naming gayahin on our own, di namin keri…

Photo Op wi, at Starfish Island. Mabigat sis, nakakalaki ng muscle…

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 Si mother dear, pakitang gilas, isang finger lang, kering-keri ang starfish!

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 At syempre ang mag-jowa, nagtutulukan… Di ko magets promise, SJ and Ap-ap? Anong drama nyo dito?

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David and Goliath “the lovestory”, Lovers SJ as Goliath and Ap-ap as David.

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 David and Goliath “Family Matters”, Joy as Goliath and Jell as David.

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May galit sa Coke? Si Princess, pwede pa, since nagwork sa Pepsi ang Papa nya, pero si Eillor ano ang moda?

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 At walang awa, pinagtulungan pa…

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Syempre may witch effect din, with flying broom ang lovers na si Ap-ap and SJ.Image

 At ang bagong pina-uso namin ni sister, tadan… “My Havaianas and I”, push!

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 Of course, ang aking travel buddy na si Pink Flashy Havs goes to Cowrie Island!

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At si siter, gumagaya… lol

Honda Bay: Cowrie Island Travel Diary

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Cowrie Island is the best part of our island hopping in Honda Bay. I’m glad that this is the last island of the tour and we can spend long time here. Oh well, define, pure white sand and blue-green crystal waters…

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I’m a beach person, so I was really in awe to be here! Feeling ko sirena talaga ang past life ko… Lumalakas at sayang-saya ako pag nakalublob ako sa beach o kahit natatanaw ko lang ang beach.Image

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What I love about the island is these trees surrounded along the seashore. Syempre may shade effect, pwede kang mag-emote and mag-relax while enjoying the view of the sun, sea and sand… At least, hindi ka masyadong iitim. Walang ganitong puno sa Boracay or sa Bohol or kahit sa Malapascua. So here, you can just chill under this tree and enjoy the art of doing nothing. So my cousins and I, just chill and enjoy the blue waters…

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Another thing I love about Cowrie Island are the coconut trees, free cottages, affordable restaurant and outdoor body massage by the locals. This is really the best place to relax after a long day of island hopping, snorkeling and picture taking!ImageImage

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Tip:

You can avail the buffet lunch in this island and get a free entrance for only P300. They serve good food.

Definitely you get good value for your money!

Honda Bay: Starfish Island Travel Diary

Our second day in Palawan is all about exploring the Island of Honda Bay. Logistics going to Honday Bay is easy. All you need to do is to hire a van or a tricycle who will bring you to the Honda Bay Port. If you’re travelling alone to 4 persons you may opt to hire a tricycle which will cost you P500-P600 or if you’re in a bigger group hire a van which will cost you around P1200-P1500. Since we’re a group of 9, we hire Kuya Duds van, I never had a chance to met him, because I knew he’s an owner of van operators in Palawan. You may contact him at (63) 939 906 4808 or (63) 917 590 2001. He and his team are very honest and nice.

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In Honda Bay Port, you can customized which island you want to visit according to your budget and time. Our group choose, Starfish Island (P50), Pambato Reef (P50) and Cowrie Island (P300 with buffet lunch). Then you also have to rent a boat, small boat will cost P1300 and big boat will cost P1500.

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Our first stop is the Starfish Island…

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All the boat men were trained to do this camera tricks. This is the best part of the starfish island experience.

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We also rented a small cottage (P50) where we leave all our things.

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This lagoon is a project of Mayor Hagedorn, locals in Puerto Princesa, usually have tree planting projects every month. This is to sustain the natural resources and the wonderful environment of Puerto Princesa.

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Of course, my sister, mother and I explore and enjoy the first island.

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And my cousins too! But honestly, I only saw one starfish in the island… That’s why it’s named “Starfish Island” and not “Starfishes Island.” The water is not the best place to swim but you can go snorkeling and we enjoyed it!