Wednesday, December 21, 2011


I 've been in and out of Bay in Laguna for almost 2 years but I never had the chance to visit this awesome place. A kilometer away from the town proper of Bay at Brgy. Hanggan, there you find this Budhism inspired floating resto, the ISDAAN. Large sized confusing statues welcomes you as you enter this resto. Confusing because according to some asian nationals, especially budhists, they do not know of such image of Budha which is half woman and half fish. Also these Budhas were half naked exposing their healthy breasts which is against Budhist tradition. 
This hectare-wide resort offers a complete amenities and modern facilities suited for the whole family. There are "kubos" and large pavilions for the visitors to enjoy their meals while enjoying different performance on the stage. There are also singing cooks and waiters to entertain you while you are eating.
In the place you will see a collection of life-sized statues of famous superheroes like batman, hulk, etc. There is also a life size replica of the US first couple where you can take a picture with them.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


After 7 hours of sleepless land travel from Tacloban City, we reached the port of San Isidro in Samar. From the port we were about to board a ferry going to Matnog, Sorsogon.  I have no idea on what adventure I will be encountering. I was so sleepy and  I thought I could sleep aboard the ferry boat but unfortunately, the wind gone wild on that part of the Pacific creating big waves. As the ferry go farther the waves gets bigger and bigger with matching strong wind and rain. It was like a scene from the movie "Perfect Storm" where the ship was in the middle of the sea in the middle of the night that you can only see the big waves as the lightning flashes. Most passengers transferred to other part of the main deck as the rain and sea water enters the boat. A very loud banging sound of the ferry's ramp added fear to the passengers. Ship was swinging left and right, up and down. During the voyage, given the situation, I have to be ready of the worst case scenario. I locate first where the life jackets were and plan for myself an escape route if untoward incident will happen that time. 

After 2 hours of heart-pounding travel we finally reached the port of Matnog safe and sound. Thanks God! And these were the scene that welcomes me in Matnog, a golden sun during dawn and a colorful rainbow on the other side. 


Larena, arguably one of the cleanest and greenest town in the Philippines,  is considered to be the commercial center of the province of Siquijor. Since it is the more progressive town, many of the commercial establishments are to be found here, e.g. banks and other financial institutions, hospital, mini department stores, etc. But despite from being the commercial center of the island, Larena is the place of clean and beautiful beaches. You will experience white-sand beaches and blue-green water as you enjoy swimming in one of those beaches.

Monday, October 24, 2011


Thousands of tourists from different part of the globe visit the island of Bohol every month. And these numbers are tend to be doubled during summer vacation. Tourists bring both negative and positive effect on their destinations. The positive side they bring is in relation with the locality's economy. Local and foreign tourists, backpackers or luxury travelers, bring money in their destinations. But, together with the financial contributions they bring are some negative environmental effect. Deterioration of nature-made scenery, exploitation of natural resources, damage to natural habitat of some animals and alteration of the balance in  ecosystem are some of the negative contributions brought by some irresponsible tourists. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


After my trip to Laos, this is next country on my itinerary. Although I've been here during my stopover going to Vientiane I didn't have time before to go around the city. I have to stay within the airport for about 5 hours waiting for my next flight. So when I go back here, I ask for a reservation on a hotel near downtown and shopping areas where I can buy souvenirs for those are waiting back there in "Pinas. From the airport, It took about 40 minutes going to Ecotel Bangkok on New Pecthburi Road 35, Rajthevee. The good thing was I've catch a taxi with a very polite and entertaining driver so I never get bored and acquire many information about Thais as we ride to my destination.The taxi meter registered an amount of 260 Baht, but there's an additional 50 Baht for airport charge according to the cabbie so, it cost me 310 Baht for the ride. After I've checked-in, I took a short nap before I went out the downtown. I took my dinner at KFC in Indra Mall.....

But my most interesting and heart-pounding experience was my travel the following day...

Sunday, October 2, 2011


One thing I never forgot here in Laos is their food. At first I think I will be getting thinner here because of the kind of food they serve in the restaurants or eatery. So much different from the food that I used to eat in the Philippines. Laotian used to eat raw food. Raw meat, raw vegetable, and so on. I can't imagine that some plants  which are considered as grasses back home are edible here. Every time you order a noodles or "shabu-shabu" raw vegetable is never absent. They are satisfied eating noodles on breakfast, lunch and dinner. One of the unforgettable moment here when it comes to food was when my Lao friend told me to try the "TAM MAK TENG". At first, I declined to taste the food they offer for their faces looks suspicious as they were offering it to me, but for goodness sake I have tried and tasted the food.  Wtf! It was so hot that I blew the food off my mouth. Then they burst laughing. They gave me a good time. But it was cool. I am a Bikolano and I am used to hot food but their spices were different. I thought I've seen my ears blowing smoke the time I tried that one!

Monday, September 12, 2011


Excitement and Fear. It was a mixed emotion when I received the announcement from the office that I will be going to Lao for some technical assistance there. Excited because this is a rare opportunity, an opportunity to travel and to earn more money than usual at the same time. Not all employee were given this kind of opportunity so I'm very thankful. Excited because another country will be added again on my list of destinations. And aside from those, this trip will be another experience and adventure to be posted on my blog. On the otherhand, there's a feeling of fear. I find it very hard to overcome my "Pteramechanophobia". It haunt me even in my sleep. There are many advice from friends how to overcome it but it is very hard to convince myself. 


Airports are said to be the receiving area of a country. The kind of airport in a particular country reflects the country itself. Airport is one of the parameters on determining the status of a country by most of the travelers. I was amazed when I set foot on the gateway of Thailand, the SUVARNABHUMI Airport. The airport is a uniquely designed world class airport with state-of-the-art facilities. It uses natural light for lighting during daytime because of its transparent roofing. 

Thursday, September 1, 2011


I was amazed by the size of this ship the first time I saw it in the port of Masbate. It was so huge that it almost occupy the whole port. I thought it  was a newly constructed 4-storey building around the port. I go nearer and I found that it was a ship. I asked my security guard friend why was that ship docked here in Masbate, he told me that recently, Super Shuttle Roro 3 has added Masbate on its destinations.  

And to see how big really this one, I scheduled a trip from Cebu to Masbate. The moment I boarded the ship, i noticed that this vessel was new or perhaps newly renovated. The cargo deck was so wide that you can have 10 basketball courts inside. It was also very tall that it requires to maneuver around Mactan Island because it cannot pass under the Marcelo Fernan( Mactan-Mandaue) Bridge. There's a complete facilities inside: theater, restaurant, massage parlor, spa, and clinic. You can watch movie if you have nothing to do or go up the viewing deck if you want to the outside.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


At last!, the long time planned trip and bonding with my colleagues was realized. We've been planning this outing for almost two month and here we are going to a place where we've never been before, The Subic Adventure. Excited, that was the feeling we all have during our departure. Some are so excited that they contemplated the one-hour waiting time for other as a whole 24 hours. Frankly, I also felt like that because I wake up as early as 5am then they show at around 7am, he he he..It's Filipino time anyway. We left Bay,Laguna at around 7am heading to Subic. On our way, you can feel and see the excitement of all maybe because: first, this is the first time we go out together as a group and maybe the place we were heading is an adventurous one, plus we were all 1st timer on that area. Since we seldom see each other, they take this opportunity on chatting and story-telling of each own adventures and happenings. As the saying goes, "wento ng wento ala namang wenta". Laughter filled our van everytime we are teasing each other. Some are too excited that they continuously took photo inside the vehicle resulting to drained battery before reaching our destination. 

Monday, August 22, 2011


Dumaguete, nicknamed "City of Gentle People", is the capital of Negros Oriental Province. The word Dumaguete was derived from the word "daggit" meaning to take away instantly according to some documentations. My wife asked me, why did you tagged Dumguete as city of gentle people?. Was it the only place you don't find any trouble with anybody?..Hehe! of course not! I am a very friendly person so there's no way I can get into trouble with anybody anywhere. She insisted why. I was cornered for I also, do not know why the city was nicknamed like that.  Maybe because people here were friendly or  hospitable which is a trait common to the most Filipinos. Maybe other people find the people of Dumaguete gentle because of the way they talk. Some say, dialect here are spoken gently that even if you are mad, the way you express your anger seems so gentle. And some other reason I dont know.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


It was my third time here in Iloilo but I didn't find time to explore the province during my previous visits. The first time I set foot in this land I'm just merely passing through this province going to another province in Panay. My destination then is San Jose, Antique. I have to travel immediately right after I've finished my work in San Jose for another scheduled work in Cebu. I have only limited time then so I couldn't find time to visit some of the historical landmarks here. During my second visit, I have enough time to roam but the weather didn't permit me. It was raining heavily that time and the weather had never been that good for the whole duration of my stay. It's probably because of the announced weather disturbance in the Philippine area of responsibility. Until I set again for another travel here.

This time, the weather was quite okay. I have my time to roam. There's another problem, I have no companion or guide going to the places I want to visit. But this time, that problem didn't prevent me from doing what I wanted to do. I went solo.


In my continuous search of historical places in the country I found myself in a UNESCO certified historical place, the MIAG-AO Church in Iloilo. According to the citation,this wonderful architecture was built as early as 1787 initiated by the then parish priest, Francisco Gonzales with the help of its parishioners not only for the purpose of being the house of worship. This church, like some other historical churches, was being used as shelter for the people when natural disaster struck the  land. And not only natural calamities but also this served as refuge from Muslim raiders and pirates. After 224 years of existence since it was built, St. Tomas de Villanueva Parish is still intact. It withstands all "wear and tear" forces throughout the years. Honor should be given to the people behind the maintenance and rehabilitation of this church for their valuable work and contribution to the country's rich heritage. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


At last, I set foot on one of the places I desired to visit, The Banaue Rice Terraces. Considered as the 8th wonder of the world, Banaue Rice Terraces is a UNESCO certified cultural heritage. Wonderfully and skillfully built rice fields on the slopes of the Cordillera mountain range in Banaue, Ifugao, that seems like a stairway to heaven especially when the mountain tops are being embraced by the clouds. All your lethargy will be vanished the moment you have a glance on this marvelous work of our ancestors. These magnificent rice fields were built to grow our ancestors' staple food. Because of survival and skills, they were able to "flatten" the mountains in order for them to have food and survive. Walls of the terraces were "Stone-toughened" to resist erosion due to heavy rains and earthquakes.

Anywhere you go in the town, you will see the rice terraces. They were like canyons surrounding the village. Though the rice terraces can only be planted once a year, these were the major source of rice in locality. Farming here is rain dependent.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Thanks first to PTBs (special mention to Paula PeralejoEstan CabigasDing Fuellos, and Jeffrey Rilles, ) for giving me suggestions on what to do and where to go in my new destination, the Citrus Capital of the Philippines, Nueva Viscaya. This is my First time to travel on this northeastern part of the country so I have no idea on what to explore on this province. I'm happy and proud that I become a member of the PTB for this group has a lot to offer. Nueva Viscaya is not that familiar to most of us unlike other provinces but this province is also rich in historical sites and wonderful places to explore. Aside from being the citrus capital of the country, Nueva Viscaya is the home of the three churches built on the 17th century that were similarly constructed. These churches were seemed identical before but due to some modifications they are not that identical anymore. But the architectural design and style still intact. First is the St. Dominic Cathedral located at the town of Bayombong. Second is the St. Catherine Parish at Bambang. And the other is the St. Vincent Ferrer Parish at the town of Dupax del Sur.

Monday, July 18, 2011


One of the tourists site here in Singapore is the Sentosa Island. The word sentosa means peace and tranquility in Malay language. Millions of tourist visit here and I am one of them. Together with my colleagues, we visited Sentosa to take a break from a long journey from Dhaka. This vacation was courtesy of the company we are working with as a reward for our fruitful and dedicated work. Also, in order for us to explore other country and brought some helpful experience when we get home. Sentosa is about 7-8 kilometers from the hotel we've checked in. Our contacts have arranged the payment and process on how we get into this island.  From the hotel, we were picked up by a coaster that brought us to the tourist bus station going to sentosa. In there, we were briefed on where we will be going and of course, the do's and don'ts while on travel. The service bus didn't took us directly to the island, we were brought in a terminal of a cable car.

Saturday, July 16, 2011


Once again my wandering feet brought me here in the one of the 5 provinces of Panay Island, Capiz. Since I was a little boy I've heard a lot of  stories about Capiz. Some say that extra-natural beings and imagination-created creatures exist on this place. Once the name Capiz is mentioned, there only one things that comes to the mind of many, "aswang". Similar to Siquijor, the province of Capiz was wrongly connoted. The place is so beautiful that you would like to keep coming back. 

Capiz is rich in historical landmarks and heritage sites. Most of the churches here were built as early as 17th century. It is good to know that people preserved these structures for the next generations to witness the architectures of the past. The province also holds the record for having the biggest bell in the Philippines which is located at the church in the town of Panay.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


It's my first time to make a land trip to Cebu from Masbate. Usually, I take a flight or aboard a passenger resselwhen going to Cebu, but this time I try land travel. I just want to experience how is it to commute in a RORO (Roll on-Roll off) bus from Masbate to Cebu. It not my first time to ride that kind of bus, actually its my third time but they were from Cebu to Masbate. Now, I tried to commute vice versa. And during my trip, I discovered a great difference between traveling from Cebu to Masbate and vice versa. There is only one trip schedule of bus from Cebu to Masbate, the only schedule is 8 pm daily and the next trip will be on the following day. It takes 12 hours travel form Cebu to Masbate, 3 hours land travel from Cebu City North Terminal to the


Stranded!.....Still the schedule trips of fastcraft from Pilar to Masbate is unstable. I am supposed to be in Masbate at around 2 pm but unfortunately, 12 noon schedule was cancelled. So I have no choice but to wait for the next trip at 4 pm. Irregular trip schedule started since February this year, when one of the seacrafts of Montenegro Shiping lines has gone into a repair. Beside messy and out-of-time working schedules, Stress is one of the effects of being stranded. Imagine waiting in an non-conducive , not comfortable area of the port for 5 hours...This experience gave me a lesson, next time confirm first before traveling. Now, I have a contact person here in Pilar to verify schedules if in case I should pass this port again.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Canigao Island, a little paradise which is the best place to go if you happen to visit the province of Leyte. The island is surrounded with white sand and clear sea water which you can stroll and go swimming. The island or islet is so small that you can explore it in less than 30 minutes. Vegetations on the island serves as sheds against th intense heat of the sun. It is a very relaxing place. The island is inhabited, there are no power and water source so before going to the place make sure you bring with you a plenty of water and your gadgets were fully charged or have an extra battery. Souvenirs for sale are also available on the island.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


SM City Cebu. From Tagbilaran City, Bohol, I need to stopover in Cebu going to my next destination, Leyte.   I arrived here at around 1230. Since the scheduled boarding time to the Supercat fastcraft to Ormoc City was 430 pm, I decided spend my waiting time and to take my lunch as well in SM Cebu. These images of some of my gadgets were taken from the table of the foodcourt of the mall as I am taking my meal.

Sunday, May 8, 2011


The Island of Siquijor. Contrary on what the island has been tagged as, Siquijor is a very beautiful island. Surrounded with white beaches, green vegetations, historic structures and fascinating scenery of nature. As observed, Siquijor is one of the undisturbed nature in the Philippines and should remain as that. Less pollution of the island is due to limited number of vehicles, not very much populated and industrialized area and the attitude of Its people to protect the nature. Life is very simple in this island. A very suitable place to unwind due to its tranquility and being close to nature.

Monday, May 2, 2011


Green, full of life-These are the scenery you will see if you happen to visit the Land of Mangyans in Mindoro Occidental. These sights are very pleasing to the eyes and...nose? Yes, this place is very pleasing to the nose since this is very far from any cities, far from industrialized zones where the air is very much polluted that if you breath, half of what you inhaled is dirt. Pollution created by man and industrialization. Here, you can breath fresh air.

This place is also pleasing to the ears. No extra noise. You can only hear the blowing of the breeze and rustling of leaves in the trees. Unlike in the cities that are full of unwanted sounds from vehicles and humans as well.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


This is the Alona Beach in the Island of Panglao, Bohol. The name of the beach was originated from the famous sexy star of the 70's and 80's, Alona Alegre. In 1973, the film " Esteban" was shoot here on this island which stars the late Fernando Poe Jr. and with Alona Alegre as his leading lady. Since then, the beach where Alona ran naked was named after her. 
White sand beach awaits you here. There are anchored boats ready if you want to go dolphin watching in the nearby island. Like in Boracay, night life is also very active in here. Most of the people who went here are "nocturnal". Theyare more active at night than day. Different kind of bars are present on the place, from expensive to less expensive, from native to imported menus and different kind of alcoholic drinks. There are also live bands performing every night and disco until dawn.


Aside from the famous "floating restaurant" and Tarsiers, one of the tourist destinations in the town of Loboc, Bohol is the Butterfly Sanctuary. Here you can find several kinds of butterfly of different sizes and colors. Crews in the sanctuary not only tour you to see butterflies but at the same time they give lectures on how butterflies are being formed (metamorphosis), how long do they live, difference between moth and butterfly, difference between male and female butterflies and many more information regarding butterflies.

It is a good thing to know that there are places like this, which serves not only for sight-seeing but educational as well. 


During our visit on a remote part of Dhaka in Bangladesh these children caught my attention. As our guide was busy in the discussion of the subject I was also very busy watching the children playing in the swamp. The scenario reminds me of my three kids back home. It reminds me how they play, teasing each other, enjoying the times when I'm home. This triggers my "homesickness".
On that very time, I would like to go home at once but it is just our third day in Bangla. We were scheduled for a nine day-exposure training and tour in Singapore. So it is impossible to go home that time. If only I can drag the time faster..

Saturday, April 30, 2011


These images were taken during my travel from Pilar, Sorsogon to Masbate City aboard a "pump boat". I realized that there are advantages and disadvantages of the unstable sailing schedule of seacraft from Pilar to Masbate and vice versa.

The very frustrating thing about the cancellation of the scheduled trip is that your personal schedule will be ruined. Time bound activities and travels were be affected so much. Alternate kind of transportation -the pumpboat- is time consuming. Its speed is just half of the speed of the fastcraft. The heat that you feel and uncomfortable seats also adds insult to injury. And of course, the security of the voyage is being compromised. The smaller and the slower the vessel, the more vulnerable to big waves in the middle of the sea.

Monday, April 25, 2011


Nato Beach, Sagnay, Camarines Sur, The nearest beach from home. My family and friends come here almost every year because of its accessibility. Less than an hour land travel from Pili, Capital town of Camarines Sur. Nato beach has gray sand and wavy water due to its location-facing Pacific Ocean. Waves that sometimes could reach up to 5 ft high during windy season are very suitable for surfing.

During summer, lot of people comes here to experience the beach and the waves. Usually they're from Pili, Naga, Bula and Partido area. Nato beach also held the Sangay's Baybayon Festival (to be posted later on). 


Human pyramid. These activity needs strength, coordination and teamwork in order to be built. Every time the group has gone to an outing, especially swimming, building a human pyramid is one of the activity ,beside from drinking spree, that never be forgotten since then. Almost every summer we build a human pyramid and never give up until we succeed. It requires patient and so many trials before a successful one. So many falls will happen but during each and every fall, new determination arises. And it feels good and satisfied if you can build just one.


I woke up early morning on the seacraft I am aboard and see the beautiful sun as it is rising out of the sea. The scene encourages me to get my digicam and capture the beautiful scenery. In these images, the ship is about to dock at the Cataingan port in the province of Masbate. The sun shines over the other side of the ship and on the other side, blue and green images of nature are captured by my camera, very refreshing sights.

On this travel, I have been to Cebu for a training going back to Masbate via RORO bus. It took 12 hours travel from Cebu to Masbate. 4 hour land, 6 hours sea and 2 hours land again.


The number one tourist spot now in the country, Camarines Sur Watersports Complex, is located on my hometown of Pili. According to statistics CWC surpassed the number of tourist visiting Cebu and Bohol.                                                        People from all over the Philippines, mostly are celebrities, keep coming back here especially during summer. Wake-boarding competition held here annually with participants from all over the world.This is also the venue of the famous festival in Bikol, the Kaogma Festival and the annual Iron Man Triathlon Event.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


My first time here in Cagayan De Oro City, Northern Part of Mindanao. This is the City of Golden Friendship from the name itself, "Oro" means gold. I'm here for a series of trainings. These images were taken from the venue of our training in Chali Beach Resort. During our break, I go outside to take a look at the sea when I noticed the dark clouds. In our place the sun was shining bright so, I was so amazed of that peculiar weather condition. It just seem like clouds chose to gather only on that part of the island. It is like that the skies is ready to flood the place. A wrath by a god, ready to give his punishment. And his anger will be felt by all of the creatures on that place. The sea was also seemed ready for what will happen and it is sympathizing with the sky, by imitating its dark color.

Saturday, March 12, 2011


March 11, 2011. 1400H. I was conducting training in YMCA in Dumaguete when the whole world was shocked by the report the an 8.9 magnitude massive earthquake hits Japan and less than an hour later comes the destructive tsunami. As I watch the footage on television I was stunned by what I saw. It is like a movie, though it happens in reality. Gigantic waves was rumbling towards the city carrying all the things it passes through. Ships, cars, buses, and house seem like toys on the footage. Hours later the Philippines now is on panic. Some news reported that the tsunami will reach the coast of the country in more or less 3 hours. Local reports told that people on the coastal area were evacuated. So, I hurriedly call my wife to ask what the condition in our place.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


After an overnight travel from the City of Masbate we reach the Port of Cebu. This is the scene I have seen from the vessel on the port during the docking of the ship. The Badjaos with small their boats were beside the ship asking for coins from the passengers. Watching them make me feel depressed especially when I saw an old woman with her sickly-looking child on her boat. It touched my heart that drive me to throw a hundred peso bill instead of coins. I felt the feeling of the old women who got the money I have thrown. I know my money wouldn't take them away from poverty but I know it will be a help to survive a day.


WHEW! Five rides via land and 3 rides via sea. This is my travel path on my journey from home at Pili, Camarines Sur going to Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental for a training. I had a long journey before but I think this is longer. 0600H. In my house preparing for the trip. I've boarded a bus around 0800H going to Daraga, Albay. 1020H, I embarked at Brgy Banag, Daraga, rode a tricycle going to the van terminal for Pilar, Sorsogon.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Before the scheduled scholarship examination at Mindanao which I will be facilitating, I was very excited because I have this opportunity to be back on the land of Mindanao. I've been here last 17 years ago. The place has changed a lot compare to my visit here then. I am excited because I planned to visit some of the historical place and tourist spot there, But I only have limited time to spend to do my job and I was unable to have an opportunity to stroll.

I spend more of my time traveling from one place to another because of the distance of the examination venues. After accomplishing my job I need to be back to Laguna for another scheduled, after exam I went to the airport and leave the place not contented.
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