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Puerto Princesa: City in the Forest

Holy week is the holiday season I look forward to the most because it is the only time of the year where my awesome Mom can get off work for three or four days and go somewhere we’ve never been to experience new things and try new adventures. I absolutely loved the time we spent together in Puerto Princesa and I am looking forward to setting our foots to Coron and El Nido next Easter.

Although this video does not show all the fun times and asar moments we had, I hope you enjoy watching this video. Yes, I know I gotta upscale my shooting and editing skills, please be nice and enjoy! 😀

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Culebra Island: a paradise waiting to be discovered

Culebra Island is a place I have never heard before until I was invited to that trip.

Our trip started on the wrong foot as we did not meet our ETD, followed by a Saturday EDSA traffic.

Luck was not our side that day as unfortunate things happened one after the other. We had to pass through NLEX and SCTEX to get to our destination and I think everyone was asleep during the travel, but not long after we entered SCTEX we were woken up by the van vibrating badly/violently and found out that we had a tire (rear left) blowout!

Our driver pulled over to the side to change the tires and we decided to get off and stretch our legs while the others took a yosi break. This is the ice breaker of this trip. This was the start of the fun.

We were already travelling approximately 3 hours and we are not even a quarter near our destination. Great, just great. The van’s aircon fan is blowing hot air, which made me uneasy. Honestly, I can feel my soul leaving my body every time I would feel that I am going to pass out.

We exchanged jokes and silly comments about our misfortune to kill boredom and keep it light.

We reached Dasol at 5 pm just before sunset. We’ve been in the van for a total of 9 hours. 9 HOURS!!! Allow me to insert the inside joke we came up with while still in then van “How was your weekend?” “It was great! We spent it inside the van!”

Anyhoo, a small fisherman boat took us to the island. It was a short boat ride and it’s pre-dusk when we reached Culebra.

While on our way, I keep on saying how beautiful and how clear the water is! It was a paradise waiting to be discovered! And hell yeah, it is!

We dropped our bags, changed clothes and headed right away to the beach! I did not endure 9 hours of sitting for nothing. I MUST MAKE THE MOST OUT OF THIS!

We had grilled stuffed squid, grilled fish, and enseladang mangga for dinner which is rad!

I fell more in love with this tiny paradise come sunrise. I saw how the water is so crystal clear and how the rock formation adds more adventuristic vibe to the place.

I spent every minute swimming, walking, climbing on rocks, pretending to be Ariel of Little Mermaid on the rock while waiting for the waves to make a splash.

I met new people with different stories and life to share. It is always a joy to meet new people outside work. It is a whole different world.

I was so occupied being in the moment that taking pictures weren’t my priority.

We dubbed this trip as “life changing” because aside from the great set of people I’m with, the misfortunes we had is nothing compared what Culebra gave us—a piece of paradise.

It was a great start to officially open summer!

Here’s a short video of our trip:

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Sun kissed for only P500 – Boracay de Cavite

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Boracay de Cavite or Katungkulan Beach is a small cove located inside Gregorio Lim Marine Base in Calumpang Ternate, Cavite.

The beach has grayish sand (although it would look white/off white in photos) that is so soft and powdery hence the name.

The water is cold, although there are some seaweeds/sea plants floating, but aside from that, it is clean. We were told that Corregidor Island and Mariveles mountain are visible from the beach. It is also pet friendly!

Located 50 km away from SM Bacoor which is approx 1.5 hours drive and thanks to Waze for the directions! HAHA.

Katungkulan

(this is from Google Map because I forgot to take a screenshot from Waze)

We got here via Private car and if you are going solo or duo you can go to Coastal Mall and take a bus bound for Ternate (P85) and once you get off at Ternate the only option you will have is to rent a jeep to take you to the beach which may be expensive so I recommend going as a group.

Entrance is P100 for day trip and P200 for overnight. Cottages are first come, first serve basis. There are stores and carinderia inside available. Pitching of tent is allowed.
Expenses break down:
Full tank & Toll fee – P1800 / 8 pax
Entrance – P100 / head
Food & Beverage (Hotdog, Liempo, Tilapia, Bangus, Lechon Manok, Rice) – P150 / pax

Cottage – P200 / 8 pax

Total: P500 / pax

Not bad for a group of young adults who wants to relax and escape the city for the weekend.

Enjoying summer doesn’t need to be expensive. It’s not where you are, it is who you are with that matters.

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Rendezvous with Cebu

Liberating – that’s the word where I want to start this story about our adventure to South Cebu.

In just four days, I violated all the things my Dad specifically told me not to do; do not do anything dangerous, engage in activities that might get me killed or crippled and wear skimpy clothes.

Here’s how I violated these rules:

The first violation was right after we checked in at our first hotel in Moalboal. I rented a motorbike because getting around Moalboal (or at least from our hotel to Panagsama beach where all the happenings are) is only by a tricycle which costs P100-200 per ride and motorbike rental is only at P350/day excluding gas refill.

I haven’t been on a motorbike (I was the one driving of course, because Wilson! ~lol~) for ages because my Dad prohibited me to after my cousin’s 4th motorbike accident. Motorbikes are sort of danger magnet and my Dad would have throw a fit if he knew I rode a motorbike, without a helmet, with a back ride, all around Panagsama Beach, Basdaku White Beach, and Badian (yes!).

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The second time was when I went canyoneering in Badian. Canyoneering or Canyoning is an outdoor activity combining walking, climbing, jumping, abseiling or rappelling, and swimming. I first learned about this from Drew Arellano’s travel show and it always crosses my mind whenever someone mentions Cebu.

 

Canyoneering at Kawasan falls takes about 4-6 hours to complete, this includes jumping from waterfalls approx. 10-15 ft. per jump and there’s like seven of them, swimming in the icy cold waters and a lot of walking.

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The first jump is always the hardest (for first timers like us) they say because this is where you will see a lot of first timers like yourself standing at the edge of the stones and are getting cold feet.

 

The first jump is non-optional because this is your only way down to continue with the rest. You could chose to jump at the height of 10 ft or 15 ft., I chose to jump at the latter. It was narrow and there was a stone down below and you should fall somewhere avoiding the stone (as if like the physics God can help you now). The first one who jumped was a guy named Kim from a group we met during the tour and I volunteered to go next . Our guide and the people from our tour got impressed that they did not see me hesitate nor did they see the fear in my eyes.

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I pinched my nose, lift my foot, and fall and the next thing I knew I was already in the icy waters. Boy it felt so good!

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Wilson was next, and to be honest, if there is anything I fear at that time was him. He is asthmatic and is usually afraid of anything extreme, but he jumped, without any hesitations, too. We gave each other a high five!

The rest of the other jumps were the same as the first one, and to be honest, it was the trekking part going to the last jump that slowed me down. It was a long walk. My feet are tired and I’m feeling really cold the path is either slippery or muddy. Thank God for Tribu sandals ~advetisement payment please~

So after the gruesome walk, here it is, the last and final jump of the canyoneering adventure.

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Kuya Raymund (master guide at Kawasan Falls, contact him if you are interested to go ~advertisement level: master lol~) was capturing everything thru GoPro and then he told us that there are two options for the last leg, the 50ft and the 30/35 ft. He joked and ask if I want to do 50 ft. and I said yes in a heart beat! I did not come all the way down here for nothing, I must make the most out of my experience!

 

50 freaking ft. is! I pinched my nose, lift my foot and fall, but this time my falling style was so wrong in so many levels. HAHAHA. I fell face first like you would sky diving and since it is 50 ft up high, plus my weight, you could only imagine the velocity ~yes, physics~ of my fall and how much it must have hurt.

I’m not going to lie, falling on the face of the earth at that intensity hurts like a mother fucker. I think the twins in my rib cage exploded or something from such impact. I spent the first 30 seconds after the fall facing down the water and floating back and forth trying to soothe the pain, the icy cold water was a great help!

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I thought I would lose consciousness (I was really forcing a drama here) because there was like a thousand needles pinching me when a foreigner yanked my life vest and asked if I was okay. I stared at his beautiful gray eyes (hanep! kalandian parin ang inaatupag) and said… “Yeah! If you could just pull me a bit more, please” and then I looked up and everyone above was just looking at me like WTF IS SHE THINKING FALLING LIKE THAT?! And I saw Kuya Raymund being worried, and Wilson is probably having seizures somewhere at the back and then I raised my hand and gave an OKAY sign and that gave everyone a relief! The next jumper came rushing through the bed of water and I was floating like an otter while waiting to Wilson’s jump from the 30 ft height and he did so gracefully.

 

The third violation happened in Oslob where we rode a small boat to go swim with the Butandings or whale sharks. According to the locals, the whale sharks don’t bite, but as if my Dad would take their word for it. I mean, they’re bloody sharks who knows what they are thinking!

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The wind is heavy, making the waves big therefore rocking the boat like crazy. I’ve put on my snorkeling gear and got off the boat and there he was swimming around gracefully, beautifully, and magnificently. I couldn’t believe it. I was so amazed that I swam through following the whale shark and then I heard Mamang Bangkero called me out saying not to follow the Butanding!

We were told that we can take off our life vest if we want and if we know how to swim and I am a pretty good swimmer ~life skillz! Thanks for the swimming lessons mom~ so that was my plan, ditch the life vest and swim freely with the Butanding.

Guess what? The waves are so big I got scared to ditch the freaking life vest! HAHAHA. It was pretty scary, all right? I was wearing a life vest and the boat rocks too much I kept hitting my head on the boat’s outrigger!

 

When I finally let go of the outrigger and they signaled me that the Butanding is coming my way, I ducked my head to watch him, he was there being the beautiful creature that he is.

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I posed for a photo and when I turned around the Butanding did too, and we are now face to face with only a foot or two away from each other. My heart was racing!!! IT’S A FREAKIN BIG FISH THAT CAN DEVOUR ME IN SECONDS IN FRONT OF MY FACE! WHAT WOULD I DO? I won’t lie, I panicked. Anyone would have panicked. Especially we were told to keep at least a 5 meters distance from the whale shark or we would face 6 months of jail time.

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(the time that we were face to face)

It was an amazing experience! On our way back to the shore, I realized that 90% of the ocean remains unexplored so everyone should stop telling me that mermaids or Atlantica don’t exist!

Lastly, I think I can get a free pass on this one because my swim wear wasn’t that revealing, maybe, except for the bareback-long sleeve-mesh-but-cleavage baring swimwear that I wore when we went to Basdaku beach.

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This my friends is my Cebu Rendezvous!

This is my favourite travel to date and I can’t wait for September to come.

#nojaewalking