Sunday, July 14, 2019

Hiking In This Very City :)

Many times, I've heard about Banat-i hill, but I always dismiss is as nothing since I'm not fond of mountains. There are times when I think that this place is from other province, or I have it interchanged with Balite (a tree). Lol.

When you are not interested with something, it can easily be dismissed as non-existent.
But, what I have missed in life! Someone point it out to me - the beauty of hiking. 

I realized that maybe it is something that I should check on.

Yesterday was the Saturday that was not raining so it was finally made the day to do the hiking and what fun was that. This hill is just so near where I live, so why not indeed?

I live in Baclayon town and in Bool Terminal which is close to my apartment is where the start of the hike. With my niece, my dog Oggi and five friends who are mostly colleagues, off we went :)

 A few minutes ascending.

 From here, it feels good to breath the fresh air.

Trusting the path to lead us to the peak.

The bonus above is what makes the climb worth our time. This place is already overlooking the Tagbilaran Bay and even Pamilacan Island of Baclayon town. 

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Challenging Self To Capture Sunsets

For the longest time, I can't remember appreciating sunsets or thinking of it as something special. While occasionally I like what most people captured with the fierce orange or almost reddish color I can see in them. Well, I admire what they got, but I have not intentionally checked on a sunset myself for the joy of it.

So today, I decided to sit on the patio in Camiguin and waited for the sunset.
However, I see a different color, it is not red or orange, but just gloomy until it finally gets dark.

My first time is like this, maybe next time will be different. Who knows?!
The beauty of different colors probably :)

Sunset in Camiguin.

Until next....

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Zamboanga City - You Were Unplanned

So it was not like I had dreamed it at all, well, to be honest, I thought I would just have to pass by the place.

I had one day to enjoy the place.

I left my province the night before via Lite Ferries, going to Cebu for four hours. This means that a comfortable sleep is never possible with this accommodation type.

Next, Cebu to Zamboanga City flight via Cebu Pacific.

Arrival at Zamboanga Airport was at 8:30 in the morning.

 At first, I thought that Bienvenidos means a name of a famous politician to which the airport was named after. Eventually, after seeing so many of the same word, I figure out, it means "WELCOME". Lol. :D

 I was at my couchsurfing host's place at 9:00am. I feel too tired, I feared that I will not even see anything on the place. I tried to drag myself after 3 hours of rest, to have lunch and to see some places. After waiting for the rain to stop, I took the risk and head to Downtown Zamboanga City for lunch. I tried at McDonalds for a quick and easy choices to fill my angry tummy

In the end I decided to see the Merloquet Falls. I took a van for two hours for P130.00. Then I took another ride of habal habal for P200. 

300+ steps await me :)

It is always worth it :D

And the climb back, it is always painful. But I am happy :)

Ended the night with a hearty dinner at Alavar from a friend's suggestion.

The goal was to make sure that I have tasted their famous CURACHA, but it was not solo traveler-friendly for a choice. It is on a per kilo basis per order. I cannot eat that much.
Another option was to order their best-seller that was a mixture of different dish that which includes Curacha or Crab choice but on that specific date, Curacha is not available for that menu but just crab.

Oh well, better luck next time.

At least, I am happy,satisfied of my day and full from my yummy dinner.

'Til next Zamboanga!

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Anislag Boardwalk - Another Havenly Place for an Afternoon Stroll

Living in this island and I am not even aware that we have an abundant mangroves area to stop by and explore. 
The carataker of Anislag Boardwalk in Maribojoc, Bohol shared that this has been existing since before the earthquake. The tragedy mentioned happened in October 2013. 

She shared that they have the place repaired after. 

We arrived when it was still low tide and so the roots of the mangrove trees were visible :)

 What's convenient in this place is the availability of cottages that has a space to grill something like fish or meat to barbecue at an affordable price of P50 or P100.
Off we walk and walk. 

And one of my models doing her meditation. 

Until at the edge we check until we see more.

Exhilarating indeed!

These bamboo walkway adds to the thrill. Be careful some parts are slippery. 

Almost on the way back to the entrance.

Life is made of memories :)

This part was made sturdier after the earthquake. Cemented. 

Entrance Fees and Cottage Rental rates. 

I hope you will come and visit.

How to get there?

From Tagbilaran City downtown, take a tricycle to Cogon Terminal for  P10.00
Then a jeepney to Maribojoc. P15.00
Stop at Anislag, in front of Central school and walk a little to the left until you reach the place.

If you want you can also ask the locals near the school for the direction of the boardwalk and they will point you to it. 

Happy Travels :)
Carpe Diem :)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

SAVIMA Boardwalk in Maribojoc

The first time I saw a friend’s post about a certain mangrove area, I felt this sudden itch to see the place. It looks so relaxing and  well, just what I need.

There are times when I like to go at some place because it is so beautiful for being quiet. Together with my sister and my nephew and my couchsurfer friend Monya from China, we visited the place. It is called SAVIMA and located in San Vicente, Maribojoc, Bohol.

We left Tagbilaran City at almost 2pm. Unfortunately when we arrive, the woman who look after the place inform us not to take so long staying at the boardwalk because she is going to leave at 3pm.
Oh well, we decided to make the most of our time there J

Walking along the boardwalk has this calming effect.

My couchsurfer Monya, from China. 

My sister, my couchsurfer and my nephew. 

 I learned about the different type of mangrove trees too.

Mangrove Specie: Pagatpat

Now I know a certain variety of mangrove. 

Mangrove Specie: Bacauan Babae

Unlike before, I thought all mangroves were the same :)

Reaching the last part of the boardwalk was the best treat of all. The breeze is the best I have experienced. 

Perfect for an afternoon delight ;)

How I wish I have a mat and a book and I can sleep there to my heart’s content. 

Peaceful place is heavenly to me.

Carpe Diem ;)

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Dear Couchsurfers: How To Reach My Place - Complete Instruction

Dear Couchsurfer/s,

This is for you.

Upon going to my place unassisted, please follow these instructions.

From Tagbilaran City port or airport:
Take a tricycle from the port/airport to downtown Tagbilaran to City Square, B. Inting St. Terminal IF before 5:30pm. Regular fare rate at the port is Php15.00 per person as a joiner (capacity of tricycle is 3)

Warning though: Many tricycle drivers will ask for more (scammers/they will rip you off)
So make sure that you ask first before you hop unto the tricycle.

If you are coming from the port and you are not amenable with the rate that he is giving you, then walk a little bit up to Gallares St., from there, hail a tricycle for the same rate Php15.00 and go to the location of terminal, see below reference.

If you are coming from the airport and you are not amenable with the rate that he is giving you, then try to negotiate, or if you can wait, befriend other travelers going to downtown Tagbilaran and join them, that can mean cheaper ride. Check for terminal location below based on your time of arrival and tell the tricycle driver where you will go.


Baclayon Terminal: City Square, B. Inting St. Tagbilaran City, Bohol. City Square is near BQ Mall and Alturas Mall.

Make sure to ask if it is for Baclayon town, usually you can read it on the sides of the vehicle.
Fare is Php 10.00. Travel time is 5 minutes or less. The most is 8 minutes. Stop at Baclayon Bed and Breakfast and cross the Hiway to Lambo St.

Very IMPORTANT: Since Tagbilaran City is just like 5 minutes from Baclayon, please MAKE SURE that you have talked to the driver or asked other passengers that you will only be at Guiwanon (Bed and Breakfast area), or else, they will assume that you will be going to Baclayon town proper. Unfortunately, that is already far from my place.

If you think that you are not properly understood, show this message to the locals (other passengers) or to the driver.

"Kuya, ihunong ko palihog sa unang eskena human sa Guiwanon Elementary School, tungod sa Baclayon Bed and Breakfast".

This is crucial. When I mentioned "CROSS", I mean it. From the moment you alight from the mini-bus or jeepney, CROSS the street and check the sign board that says "ASA Philippines Foundation". 
One wrong turn and you will end up at the beach, not at my place :D It happened to two couchsurfers already :)

House on the left side.

Walk some more.

And you will see this too.

A few minutes more/

A waiting shed at the left.

A beautiful house with a neat lawn at the left side.

You're almost at the end of Lambo St.

Walk until you reach the end of Lambo St. Turn to left.

Walk a little bit farther until you notice a  store to the left. 

A few meters away from the store.

The store.

Almost there. This is the house in front of the store.

This is the Purok Caimito.

Look up! See that small green house? :D

That short steep walk up there.

Closer to the green house now.

Finally, you've reached it! WELCOME!

Good luck!


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