Family beach getaway at Masasa Beach, Tingloy Island, Batangas

As I turned 46, we diverted the usual family beach getaway by being a kid again at Gingerbread House in Alfonso, Cavite. But my brother wanted to swim and so I recommended Masasa Beach in Tingloy Island, Batangas. Just last summer of this year, there has been much bustle about this beach and I was curious to find out for myself what this raving is all about.

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the unique and beautiful Tawil Rock Formation as we passed by during our island hopping

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Being a kid again at Gingerbread House in Alfonso, Cavite

The location of Gingerbread House in Alfonso, Cavite was conceptualized on the story of the siblings Hansel and Gretel who got lost in the woods and later discovered the large cottage made of gingerbread, cakes and candy owned by a cannibalistic witch.

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it was a huge, colorful and beautiful Gingerbread House

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My fast and one-day solo trip in Baguio City

This is my 6th visit in Baguio City. I was tasked by my brother-in-law who is now based in California for some important errand in his hometown. I was so excited for I will be trekking Mt. Ulap with Mang Daniel, my contact trail guide after my task is done. Unfortunately, during the night of my trip he informed me that Mt. Ulap is closed due to approaching typhoon. It was just fine because when I arrived in the bus terminal by 5:00 am, there was a downpour and it was so cold, not perfect for my first solo female hike.

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her name is Star, a gentle and tame St. Bernard dog

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Apayao Road Trip-Part 3: Manacota Cave and Underground River-The last jewel to explore

Manacota Cave and Underground River is located in Barangay Marag in the town of Luna, another teaser for the real jewels of Apayao. This is the final leg and the third exciting activity in our Apayao road trip. We set all again towards another fun-filled adventure which will bring us to river crossing, cave sight-seeing and a rewarding water fun to a very clean and clear river.

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the stunning opening of Manacota Cave where sunlight was streaming into the blue green river

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Apayao Road Trip-Part 2: Rock climbing in Dupag Rock Formation in Marag Valley, Luna

“During the crucial times in our lives, we are forced not to rely to others to overcome our struggles and fears. This is where we must seek the strength of our inner power. You just need to believe it.”

Our rock climbing in Dupag Rock Formation is one of the most exhilarating experiences I did as a casual trekker and a middle-age mom. The challenges I did in Masungi Georeserve in Tanay and previous hikes lessened my fear of heights and eventually I gained more strength and courage to do any kind of activities now. To which I owe it all to God.

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the happy Mama upon reaching the pinnacle of our trek

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