Family Goals-Caramoan Island Day 1: East Side Island Hopping

Come South! Cam Sur! Ms. Millennial 2017 Julia Gonowon’s shout out beckoned my family to visit Caramoan Island. I was thankful for this beauty pageant in the noontime show Eat Bulaga as they highlighted the beauty of Caramoan. As such, I convinced them easily to visit one of the stunning islands in Bicolandia and I was so excited to bring them here!

the beauty of Matukad Island, my favorite island in Caramoan

the beauty of Matukad Island, my favorite island in Caramoan

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Calaguas Island-Another Jewel of Bicol Region

From the stunning white sand beaches of Caramoan in Camarines Sur, Tikling Island in Sorsogon and Burias Island in Masbate; Bicol, my hometown has another island to be proud of. Calaguas in Camarines Norte is another beach paradise that will inspire you to go out on a sunny day to reward yourself of a refreshing getaway you will surely enjoy. I thank my friend Sam Casuncad for showing me his picture of the island where I was awe-stricken by its beauty. I vowed myself; I will visit this soon. Now, I am on my way for an exciting beach escapade in this pristine island.

as we set foot to the white powdery sand of Calaguas Island

as we set foot to the white powdery sand of Calaguas Island

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Maniwaya Island in Marinduque (with Palad Sandbar and Ungab Rock Formation)

It became a tradition for my family to go for a swim to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions. I was glad that I learned about this emerging beach destination, Maniwaya Island from a friend. I was mesmerized to see the photos shared with me. With sheer excitement, we will celebrate my son’s incoming birthday on this island through DIY travel, where we are used to.

the stunning clear water of Palad Sandbar truly beckons

the stunningly clear water of Palad Sandbar truly beckons

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Minor Climb No. 7: Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao is one of the few mountains that are already famous for climbers way back then. It stands at 811 meters with difficulty of 4/9. It is a minor climb and will take two to four hours reaching the summit. As you walk on the open trail you will be awed to see the stunning scenery of rolling slopes, natural landscapes and picturesque views of Batangas.

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after seven months of rest due to my surgery, I am back to one of my favorite activities

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South Batan Tour in Batanes: 19 Awesome Places to Explore

My tour of Batanes was a far cry from my previous trips of the different places in my country. It lags so much behind the modernization that it does not have luxurious hotel and huge shopping malls to boast. But while it is devoid of modern amenities, the island province emanates charm that soothes, mesmerizes and captivates. Now, that we are in our last leg of our tour, we will savor every minute to feast on another breathtaking sights and to capture memorable memories. 

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Marlboro Hills is the most stunning scenic spot in South Batan

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Sabtang Island, Batanes: Exploring its Captivating Beauty

From the boundless hills, green valleys, jugged cliffs, lighthouse, century-old stones houses, Sabtang Island serves up half-day tour of breathtaking scenery, heart-warming road adventure, and surreal feeling of getting back to the glorious olden times.

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the stunning green and verdant terrain of Chamantad-Tinan View Point

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North Batan Tour in Batanes: Stunning Places to Explore

We were in high spirit as we started exploring the North Batan, the prelude in our Batanes tour. Prior this trip, I just could not contain my excitement that I had several sleepless nights imagining our close encounter with the rolling hills, the well-manicured grasses, the vast expansive view of the sea and the lighthouses. I prayed that our three-day stay in the island province will promise a very memorable escapade considering our month of visit is January, a month where rain frequents Batanes.

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Batanes: 3-day and 2-night Itinerary, Travel guide and Tips

It is a bliss beyond description to see a panorama of the rolling hills, rugged coastlines, undulating terrain and the overwhelming pristine beauty and cool and green surroundings. That’s how I felt when I set foot in Batanes. Dubbed as “Nature’s Playground”, this  island province located in the northernmost part of the country affords a natural endowment that will torment you once you bid good-bye to her.

falling in love with the Breathtaking Batanes

falling in love with the Breathtaking Batanes

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Exploring Lantau Island, Hong Kong: What to See and What to Do

When you are on a trip with high-spirited travel buddies, you feel like time runs so fast. So what you will do is to soak up the remaining vacation vibes and savor every morsel of time. For our last day in Hong Kong, me and my office mates (Team Finance) will visit a traditional village in Ngong Ping area in Lantau Island.  We will immerse ourselves in a relaxing tour where the natural environment, custom and culture of the island are still richly preserved. We will start our exciting trip in riding the crystal cable car. And so here we go!

the imposing Tian Tian Buddha

the imposing Tian Tian Buddha

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Second Day in Hong Kong 2018: Nan Lian Garden, Chi Lin Nunnery, Won Tai Sin Temple

This is the continuation of our relentless foot navigation in Hong Kong. I just can’t sustain the eagerness and happiness in me exploring the beautiful sights in the city. So coming from The Peak, Hong Kong Disneyland, Disneyland Hotel, Ten Thousand Buddhas, and Choi Hung Estate, we will now proceed to the last three tourist spots. And the excitement for my second visit to Hong Kong is still soaring high.