Friday, May 18, 2012

Baguio City: Afternoon in Burnham Park

There's something special in Baguio that urges people to visit and revisit the acclaimed summer capital of the Philippines.

The city of pines never disappoints its locals and tourists as it has the most blissful park in the country.

An afternoon in Burnham Park is always filled with exuberance as everyone has its own stories to share with their friends, families, partners and the likes. Paddling along the man-made lake or the Burnham Lagoon, as they call it, has always been the crowd's favorite spot.

You'll savor a simple walk, as the park is surrounded by the festive fragrance of pine trees and flowers, while the gentle breeze touched the innocence of the place. No wonder why it is being claimed as the mother of all parks.

...kahit sino pa ang kasalubong mo..hihi
Biking is also one of the favored activities in the park, a 'must try' for some. Why? For we have seen this scene a hundred times in Filipino films, and the feeling of 'having tried' it somehow awaken our nostalgic minds, or simply because we wanted to be carefree and be young again. ♥

This is the time where you just want to sit back and smile and think of anything, for the absence of words set the path for a timeless memoir.

A good walk combined with a delectable mais w/ mantikiliya has always been a fave routine at the park.

Burnham Park's natural beauty, color and culture plus friendship is equals to one great afternoon. ♥


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lunch Date @Bali Seafood Paluto, Tagaytay City

After being exhausted hosting our annual company awareness, which we normally do in Tagaytay City, hubby and i looked for a comfy place to indulge ourselves with a simple late lunch treat. Since lutong bahay has always been hubby's fave, i led him to this seafood resto my friends and i visited before.

The place defines a homey ambiance where you can patiently wait for your order. Yes, patiently wait talaga, coz despite its coziness, an tagal naman ng service nila. =(

...and maybe that's one of the reasons why they strategically designed the place into pleasant, relaxed and simple one. What i liked most about the place is the privacy of the dine-in experience in kubo-kubo. I also learned that they have bayanihan dancers every Saturdays and Sundays.

Tthe customer service naman has never been a problem to us. In fact, one of the waiters assisted me to charge my lowbat camera, which we really appreciated. :-)

Ayun oh, at nakapag photoshoot pa. hihi

cutee mirror 
For our late lunch, we had sinubga platter which consists of tilapia, pork, chicken, sugpo, pusit, tahong, talong, mangga and bagoong. Yes, kami na ang gutom! :-)

Whoever is not a fan of sisig would definitely be missing half of their lives. haha (exag mode lang)

Turon sana for our dessert, unfortunately, its unavailable. So fruits for dessert was just fine with me.

Our total spending, around P1,090.00

The place for me is surely a come back.

Bali Seafood Paluto Restaurant
Aguinaldo Hi-way, Mahalika East,
Tagaytay City


Monday, May 14, 2012

Bohol Country Side Tour and Ocean Adventure Itinerary

I wish my memory is still intact coz this tour happened almost 2 years ago. What i can share with you is the package that we have availed at RJ Tours. (it is by retrieving my previous email / arrangements with RJ Tours)

Below is the outline of our 3D2N stay in Bohol


DAY 1 - Bohol Country Side Tour
- Pick up at seaport
- Proceed to Blood Compact Shrine
- Baclayon Church and Museum
- Butterfly Conservation Center
- Manmade Forest
- Hanging Bridge
- Lunch River Cruise at Loboc River
- Tarsier Encounter
- Chocolate Hills
- Arrival at Dumaluan Beach Resort

DAY 2 - Ocean Adventure
- Pick up to resort at 5:30 am
- Proceed to Dolphin Watching
- Snorkeling at Balicasag Island
- Visit to Virgin Island
- Back to Resort

DAY 3 - Embrace the Beauty of Bohol Beach
- Swim, swim, swim
- Pick up to Resort
- Transfer to Airport (Tagbilaran)

Total Package per Pax = P4,765.00
Inclusive of the following:
> 3D2N airconditioned room accomodation at Dumaluan Beach Resort
> Daily Breakfast
> Aircon Car as mode of transportation (Toyota Altis in our case)
> ALL entrance fees, permit fees and toll fees (if any)
> Buffet lunch @Balicasag Island
> Buffet lunch @Loboc River Cruise
> Roundtrip seaport/airport -resort - airport/seaport
> Snorkeling gears and guide

1. Consider additional budget for your dinner on Day 1 & 2. There are various resto besides Dumaluan.      
    P100 budget/dinner will be fine.
2. You may wish to bring light snacks which you can be bought before hand, (ie. chocolates, cookies,  etc.)
    as these can be helpful in between your tour.
3. Budget for Pasalubong. You don't wanna miss Peanut Kisses ♥

-Hope this may help in your DIY tour in Bohol-

You may contact RJ Intano of RJ Tours should you wish further assistance


Life is a Beach in Panglao

4th day of tour: August 16, 2010

This was our last day in Panglao. I couldn't help but love and adore the island. Dumaluan Beach Resort where we stayed at, offers awesome view of the beach. Apart from that, I was also drowned by the artistry of Pangalo. Certainly that the best things in life are free ♥

eye catching view 
spectacular wave
stunning view
who's the subject here?
superb horizon 
on our way to virgin island
@balicasag island
Life is a beach means Life within reach :-)

♥ i heart panglao ♥

Photocredit: Joyee and Mel 


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Exploring Balicasag Island

3rd Day of Tour: August 15, 2010 Bohol Sea Tour Adventure

The need to wake up at around 5am in the morning was never an issue to us, most especially if it means meeting the first sunlight of the day...♥

First activity in our itinerary for that day is dolphin watching...The more i look forward in seeing dolphins, the more i adore the heart of Bohol sea.

Finally!after waited patiently for almost an hour, dolphin's gregarious nature and acrobatic abilities is truly a jaw dropping experience. As usual, it didn't fail my expectations. No wonder why dolphins are the most loved marine mammals.
Intelligent, playful and friendly dolphins
This small island possesses a large marine life. And i'm so glad that i was able to witness some of those..♥
Snorkeling @ Balicasag Island... haha, my future... in fairness
Underwater pictures courtesy of the two wonderful ladies we met there.

Having trouble feeding the fish? Not really! Career kung career ang fish feeding... haha..

Who wouldn't be hungry after having intimate moment with water? And so we had a sumptuous lunch at Balicasag Island.

The island is rich of not only with water adventures, but of course, with tasteful meals too. I couldn't say if the price of food here is overboard, because our lunch is already included in the tour package that we have availed. Again, thanks to RJ Tours!

We'll definitely come back for more! ♥

RJ Intano of RJ Tours


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Discovering the Beauty of Bohol

I know that most of you have been into this place, which makes me feel that I'm the only person on earth who haven't seen the beauty of this marvelous place. (Really?) But nevertheless, let me share with you my own experience in discovering the rich culture of what most of us considered the most famous tourist spot in the Philippines. The place which i thought i can only be seen in the HEKASI book during my elementary school days, now i can finally say that 'ive been there too'. (proud filipina)

This Bohol Tour is part of the 4-day travel we had last 2010. The first day of tour was Cebu City.

2nd day of Tour: August 14, 2010 Off to Bohol

From Cebu City, we landed at Tagbilaran Port via Supercat which is almost a 2-hour travel. Our craving and fascination for the place did not take long  for we we're able to meet our travel guide on time. Our first spot in our itinerary is the Blood Compact Shrine.

Of course, we will not let the day pass without taking a picture into one of the historical place in our country.
Beauty No. 1 The reflection of the first 'Treaty of Friendship' thru the bonding of every family/friends/people/ tourist/traveler/ in this particular 'Sandugo Shrine' where you can mirror our happiness and excitement; that one way or another we felt and became part of this historical place.

On our way to our second spot, we saw this scenic view.
It seems that i need to go back to this place just to get the exact location of this. hihi
We headed directly to Baclayon church afterwards.

As we have read in many travel blogs, shorts/sleeveless and any other revealing clothes are prohibited inside the church that is why we brought with us a more 'decent' clothes. (pantakip ba.hehe) But we weren't able to use it because the Manangs in the church already provided us with the tapis in exchange for a donation. Not a bad idea.
Please dont pay attention to our eyes. haha
Beauty No. 2 The church is so solemn and peaceful and possesses extravagant altar. Its a great pleasure that we were able to put our feet on the second oldest church in the Philippines which carries the Spanish past of the country.

Bohol tour would not be complete if you would not seen any single tarsier.
Philippine tarsier; So cute :-)
Beauty No. 3 Close encounter with the world's smallest primate. There are tarsier sanctuaries now where there is a recreational rainforest. Having said that, they can live in safety even if there are lots of tourist visiting them.

One of our much awaited activity in our entire Bohol tour is a Cruise on Loboc River.
While waiting for the cruise...
Finally, lunch time! They said, Loboc Cruise at night is more ravishing than morning cruise. We'll try next time..
Buffet @ Loboc Cruise
Beauty No. 4 Just appreciate the picturesque and the nature itself.

Pardon, for we were using point and shoot that time, nevertheless, i still and will enjoy the view :-)
Based on what i've read on most travel blogs, the least attractive spot in Bohol is the hanging bridge. But for me, i appreciate the wholeness of the place. Even if i'm not that 'yet' (take note, not yet) adventurous who would go on motorcross games or do the scuba diving thing or take chance on bungee jumping, i still relish the bamboo bridge. Its scary though, that is why we ended up walking a few feet away from the start of the bridge rather than crossing it. haha.. Again, there's always a next time diba :-)

Beauty No. 5 Take the challenge to cross the shaky, narrow and terrifying yet daring hanging bridge of Bohol
Beauty No. 6 Having the option and choice not to cross the hanging bridge. lolz

Beauty No. 7 Man-Made Mahogany Forest itself as fruit of the hardwork, perseverance and determination of the ever loyal Boholanos to become one the most attractive tourist spot in the country.

Showcasing our admiration to the place :-D
For butterfly enthusiast like me, this place would be considered home ♥

Beauty No. 8 A place called home

But the most beautiful part of this entire City Tour is the pride of not only the Boholanos but the entire Filipinos - the world's famous Bohol Chocolate Hills. I could perfectly remember how my teacher in elementary teaches us of what's so special about this Chocolate Hills - that during summer, the grass-covered hills turn chocolate brown as it dries up; that we have around thousands of individual mounds which seems an endless row of chocolate kisses.

'Class, this remarkable chocolate hills is included in the Seven Natural Wonders of the World' 
Witness the signature jumpshot on the Hills

Our never ending jumpshot
Till our next trip :-)

Thanks to RJ Intano for helping us discover the beauty of bohol

RJ Intano of RJ Tours

Note: Photocredit: Some of the photos courtesy of Joyee. Thanks sis! mwah!