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I am a traveller who loves the beach and mountain. I work on flood forecasting, GIS analysis, and software development to fund my wanderlust.

Gone fishing in Tibiao River, Antique

Tibiao town, Antique is about a two-hour drive away from Boracay Island jump off point, Caticlan. Tourism in this sleepy town is starting to pick up with Malalison / Mararison Island drawing droves of tourists.  The development of the Tibiao Eco-Adventure park has also complemented tourism efforts.

The attractions in Tibiao Eco-Adventure Park hinge on the beauty of the Tibiao River with its infinite flow of clear waters gushing along its rocky channel. White water rafting, ziplines, waterfalls trekking, and the Kawa hot bath are among the activities one can avail here.

While observing Tibiao River for our hazard mapping  project, I spotted some kids scouring for fishes, shrimps, and shells in Tibiao River, Antique. This barkada spent hours diving, spearfishing with their home-made pana / arrows, and turning rocks for a catch good for lunch and/or dinner.

One of the beautiful sights of Tibiao River in Antique. The mini-falls is formed from a small dam near the Kawa Hot Bath.

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Hotel hopping in Iloilo

The hotel you find for your vacation plays a significant part of how much you will enjoy your time. Even the most beautiful tourist spots will be forgotten if you get yourself into a bad hotel.  To avoid this problem, I refer to discounted agency travel packages to get an idea of the hotels to check out. TripAdvisor is a good resource too.

Since I have been hopping between Iloilo and Cebu lately, I would just like to share short reviews of the hotels I have stayed in in my short trips to this quaint city.


Richmonde Hotel

Richmonde Hotel
Richmonde Hotel sits right in the middle of the new Iloilo Business Park.

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Compact Bohol 1-Day Tour: 9 Beautiful spots in a day

Travelling to Cebu’s next door neighbor has always been a plan but I never had the chance to explore the beautiful places of Bohol. So when I heard that my former classmate, Mich, along with her friends and cousins will be exploring the island, I got myself on board.

We were able to book a van for our Bohol Day Tour for P1,050 each for 12 pax inclusive of entrance fees and buffet lunch during the Loboc River Cruise. The itinerary included 10 tourist spots of Bohol: Hinagdanan Cave, Blood Compact Shrine, Dauis Church, Loboc Church, Loboc Floating Restaurant, Chocolate Hills, Man-made Forest, Tarsier Conservation Center, Hanging Bridge, and Prony. Continue reading Compact Bohol 1-Day Tour: 9 Beautiful spots in a day

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Selected quote: Lao Tzu

30 January 2016

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. –Lao Tzu

In the haste of our busy lives, we are reminded to keep still and reflect to where we are heading. Sharing these photos of Lake Balanan in Siaton, Negros Oriental. The immense lake show the great artwork only time and nature can fashion.

Lake Balanan, Siaton, Negros Oriental
Lake Balanan, Siaton, Negros Oriental, PH. 2015.


Lake Balanan, Siaton, Negros Oriental
Lake Balanan, Siaton, Negros Oriental, PH. 2015.
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Canigao Island

Canigao Island of Matalom, Leyte is my first trip in Eastern Visayas as a tourist. I once visited Palo and Tacloban, Leyte during a leadership conference a decade back but didn’t have a chance to tour around.

At work, our colleague in UP Cebu pitched for this lovely island for our summer vacation / adventure last year. We conceded gladly after a quick check over the Internet of photos featuring Canigao Island (Due also to a hospitable offer that her family in Matalom will send us off with food :)). Continue reading Canigao Island

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Northern Negros Occidental

Northern Negros Occidental is a happy mix of rural and city life. A halo-halo of the old and new. Happy to frequent this quaint place.

The Ruins is mistaken as a Bacolod tourist spot. However, it is actually located in Talisay City and perhaps the most popular tourist itinerary for people who visit Negros via Bacolod or Silay (Related post: A quick visit to The Ruins).

The Ruins
The restoration efforts around The Ruins has transformed an abandoned, rundown mansion into Negros Occidental’s most famous tourist spot.

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Gigantes Islands

Located in Iloilo’s north, the beautiful Gigantes Islands of Carles Municipality share the Visayan Sea with the fisherfolks of Negros Occidental and Cebu. Going there would take around 2 hours of land travel (private vehicle) from Iloilo City to Estancia port and another 3 hours through the sea on a motorized banca from Estancia town.

The boat-ride is quite rough so those who are prone to sea-sickness or motion-sickness better take some medicine beforehand.

Your island hopping itinerary would be a mix of white islands and sandbar, the blue sea, a “living” cave, and good dose of fun minus the distraction of a mobile connection. To top that, cheap fresh seafoods abound. Shells sell at around 200 pesos to fill a basin.

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South Cebu itinerary: Osmeña Peak, Tumalog Falls, Cangcua-Ay Beach, and Aguinid Waterfalls

To maximize what remains of the holiday break for another adventure, off I went with friends to visit Cebu’s popular southern tourist destinations. On our itinerary were: Osmeña Peak in Mantalongon, Dalaguete; Tumalog Falls in Oslob; Cangcua-Ay Private Beach in Tan-awan, Oslob; and Aguinid Waterfalls in Tangbo, Samboan.

The itinerary was quite pain-inducing: A good climb and descent to/from Osmena Peak; an uphill walk through the steep road from Tumalog Falls; the 200+ steps of Cangcua-Ay Private Beach; and the trek through the 5 levels of Aguinid Waterfalls. Continue reading South Cebu itinerary: Osmeña Peak, Tumalog Falls, Cangcua-Ay Beach, and Aguinid Waterfalls

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