Sunday, August 21, 2016

Photo Blog: San Juanico by the Bay

San Juanico Leyte Tacloban

My supervisor who happens to be one of the project coordinators of developing some tourist spots in Samar invited us to sail around Cancabato Bay, San Juanico Strait, and visit the floating restaurant in Sta. Rita, Samar using the 350-hp speed boat serviced by Aqua Momentum of Leyte Park Hotel. It felt like I was one of the Somalian pirates in the Captain Phillips film because we were sailing to fast (and furious lol). We even got the chance to view the airport from the sea, and sailed below the majestic San Juanico Bridge. The San Juan Floating By the Bay is managed and supervised by both San Juan Boardwalk Women Association and ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc. The place is accessible through speed boat from Leyte Park Hotel or by land travel to Sta. Rita, Samar. At night, the mangrove forests shine like distant constellations as thousands of fireflies light up the surroundings. This is a perfect place to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Monkeys of Ubud

Monkey Forest Ubud Bali

The Bali adventure wouldn't be complete without visiting The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. I never had close encounters with numerous troops (group of monkeys) until recently in Batu Caves and Uluwatu Temple. Despite their obnoxious behavior, these animals are considered sacred in the island's religion. The Monkey Forest of Ubud has numerous temples and pillars dedicated to them.

Out of curiosity, I channeled my inner monkeyness (Merriam-Webster's furious right now because lately, I've been inventing words) and mustered enough courage to interview some of the inhabitants of the sacred forest.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Exploring Kuta Beach and Uluwatu Temple

Our plane took-off at exactly four in the morning and I fell asleep ten minutes after. The next thing I knew, the sun was already up and we were already banking to the right, preparing to land in Bali, Indonesia. Honestly, I kept my expectations low as I didn't know what was in store for us in the next three days!

Monday, August 8, 2016

My Offload Experience with Cebu Pacific

Disclaimer: Before anything else, this is not a rant post about the airline. Rather, this experience was actually the highlight of my recent trip in Bali, Indonesia!

We were scheduled to fly back to Manila from Denpasar at around 8:45AM. Since our hotel is conveniently located right in front of Denspasar's Ngurah Rai International Airport, we left our hotel at quarter to seven in the morning. Besides, we have already checked-in online, so we were pretty much confident with the check-in procedure. The process was quite slow but we didn't care. Besides, we're flying home.

The moment we presented our passports at the check-in counter, we received a disheartening news from the airport ground staff.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Bali Adventure: Overview

Exploring Bali, Indonesia

It's been a week since my Balinese adventure and yes, I still can't get over with it. If only I had all the time in the world, I'd spend at least two to three weeks just to explore the entire province and its neighboring islands! I celebrated my 26th birthday here and I really had a great time in Bali. For four days, we went temple hopping, shopped at several local handicraft stores, and immersed in Hindu culture and traditions of the island.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Davao Pub Crawl Experience

Years ago, the local city council of Davao amended the ordinance no. 1627, series of 1994. This particular city ordinance states that drinking, selling, serving, and consumption of liquors and alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited from 1am to 8am. For some who aren't from Davao, this is a bummer. How can a big metropolitan city like Davao have this kind of silly law?

Believe it or not, I just had my first pub crawl experience not in Manila or Cebu, but in Davao.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

12 Unique Things to Do While Traveling Around the UK

If you have decided to take a trip across the UK, there are some obvious attractions that you would be almost expected to visit. The London Eye, Brighton Pier and Chester Zoo all offer great days out, but there are hundreds of unique and quirky alternatives to keep you busy.  To give you a helping hand, we’ve rounded up twelve of our favorite things for you to try.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

President Duterte's Favorite: Sana's Carinderia

If you're an avid fan of House of Cards like me, you'll notice that Frank Underwood frequents Freddy's BBQ Joint. Aside from sarcasm and grave threats, he eats a huge slab of mouthwatering barbecue ribs for breakfast. He usually goes there before the restaurant opens, and Freddy cooks it for free! Sometimes, Freddy delivers the barbecue ribs to Frank's office at the White House. Frank's daily routine continued until it finally closed down at the end of the second season (the same season when Frank became the POTUS).

Here in Davao City, we have the same story to tell.

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