My Tinipak River Trek

While browsing Facebook, I saw a post of Vagabond Pinas offering a trek to Tinipak River with side trip at Pillilia Windmills. Bim and I saw the windmills but never had a chance to see it up close during our Rizal … Continue reading

Day 1: Negros Oriental Eco Tour :-)

Despite the storm and me being alone on this trip, it didn’t stop me explore Negros Oriental.

I contacted several tour agency in Dumaguete but most of the tour package are beyond my budget. Good thing, I stumbled on the page of WPG Philcan Tours (http://philtraveltours.com). Their tour package is in USD but I still tried to contact them. To my surprise, Gord (owner) replied to me and he was very accommodating and willing to help me out on this trip with affordable budget. If you have plan to visit Negros Oriental, you can contact him via email – gord@traveltours.com or call him at 09154881914.

My guide – Kuya Jong2 pick me at the Gazeebo Pension House. We will be going to Dauin for snorkeling and Casaroro Falls via tricycle.

with Manong Tricycle driver

with Manong Tricycle driver

Unfortunately, due to the typhoon which brought big waves made it so impossible or difficult for me to go snorkeling. I’m a bit disappointed since I’m not able to see the fishes. 😦

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overlooking Apo Island

overlooking Apo Island

no swimming! :-(

no swimming! 😦

After a few photo op, I told him that we can just go to Casaroro Falls. It will be difficult to go there via tricycle so we decided that I’ll just ride on his motorcycle. It’s not a big deal for me since I used to ride motorcycle with my brothers in Subic.

There are so many beautiful sights along the way so I can’t resist but to take some photos. I usually have more than 1000 photos on any of my trips. Am I addicted to photos? 🙂

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At last, we’re here! There’s a stairs going down to Casaroro Falls. But to may dismay, I still can’t see the magnificent falls at the end of the stairs. You need to take the difficult (for me) trail and trek for another 20-30 minutes to see the falls. I didn’t push to do the trek since my guide is not familiar on the trail. So I was disappointed again….

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Seeing that I’m so disappointed, my guide told me that he’ll bring me to a better falls for free. So we went to see “MALABO FALLS” at Valencia. It is popularly known as Pulang Bato Falls due to the red color of its rocks. Locals say it is the presence of iron minerals that made the rocks turn red.

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we’re here!

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Pulang Bato Falls

Pulang Bato Falls

I actually enjoyed my visit here since I had the chance to swim. Just a short walk from the entrance is the man-made stone-lined swimming lagoon that is fed by small ‘falls’ cascading down the walls surrounding the lagoon.

spot the mini me :-)

spot the mini me 🙂

Then if you go down, you’ll see the picnic area and another waterfalls where you can jump and dive.

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swimming time

swimming time

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And then the main waterfalls.

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The way to Malabo Falls let’s you pass the highway where you can see some steam vents spewing out hot sulfuric smoke.

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Then off to Tierra Alta Residential Resort. It felt like I was in Greece. I love their Greek inspired clubhouse & pavilion, lighthouse and lagoon type infinity swimming pool. I could live here! 🙂

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It was a bad start but ended nicely.

Ilocandia Adventure: Bangui Windmill

Bangui is  a fourth class municipality of Ilocos Norte and well known because of it’s Bangui windmills. It was a dream come true for me since I thought windmills can only be seen in Netherlands.

It’s nice to see a giant fan..lol!

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Bangui Bay is also a beautiful tourist spot,yet not practical for swimming because of its deepness and water currents,but it is beautiful to view. Maybe it’s good for surfing…look at the waves.

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Ilocandia Adventure: Balaurte

Our Ilocos adventure won’t be complete without visiting Chavit Sizon’s Balaurte which showcase his private mini zoo. It has animals from other countries and others endemic to the Philippines. Perfect place for family bonding! 🙂    After this fun trip at Balaurte, … Continue reading

March 10, Day 3: Lost in Summer Palace

After our sumptuous meal at Wangfujing, it’s time to see the famous Forbidden City. We just walk towards the entrance since it’s near. To our surprise, there is a very very long line going to Forbidden City. Plus so many … Continue reading

March 9, Day 2: The Great Wall of China

When I was a kid (well, I’m still kid at heart 🙂 ), I love reading history books. I’m always fascinated on how people built the Wonders of the World such as the Pyramid of Giza and The Great Wall … Continue reading

March 8,Day 1: Photoshoot at Temple of Heaven

After a long trip from Baguio to Beijing, I only had four (4) hours of sleep. But that won’t stop me from exploring this wonderful city. So excited and woke up at 6am, dress up for our first day photoshoot. … Continue reading

Camp John Hay: Cemetery of Negativism

The Cemetery of Negativism is the symbolic burial place of negative behaviors & attitudes. This can be seen at the Camp John Hay Historical Core. I really had a great time as I walk along the path and amused by … Continue reading

Baguio City Flower Festival (PANAGBENGA Festival)

One of the famous festival in the Philippines is the annual Panagbenga Festival (Blooming Flower Festival in English)held at Baguio City. I’m very lucky that I can witness this event every year since I work here. It’s a month long festival … Continue reading

One Lovely Blog Award

Thanks to Bella Travelista for nominating me on the One Lovely Blog Award. This is unexpected since I’m really new in blogging. Just tried to write about my previous trips to share my experiences to people like me who love to travel. … Continue reading