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NAMASTE

To be honest, going to Nepal was not in my bucket list, just like some things that comes unexpectedly. Some people asked, why there? what was there? Well, Nepal is full of old age cultures and traditional religious beliefs that you would envy somehow.

 Kathmandu was hit by an eathquake two years ago, and it was a little bit devastated to see some of the historical places were destroyed, structures made of bricks shattered into pieces and the recourse is still going on. The city was not that extravagant, I was not expecting though, but totally I enjoy the simplicity, humbleness and the smiles from the locals.

Truly, in life we can’t have anything we want, just like in this city, but they vow and say Namaste with spirit. And oh, the traffic here is so horrible and the road is woobly! We called it, Nepal safari road! 🇳🇵🇳🇵

 

Dubai’s here & there

Winter has ended here in Dubai, and it means summer with extreme hot, windy and humid is about to come.  I hate going out in summer, no one will love the temperature around 41 °C for sure.  So, winter is a little paradise to us where we can enjoy the short period of warmness.

I went here and there and took some pictures while visiting some places.

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The weather feels like heaven; warm and relaxing.

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Emirati men wear the traditional  clothes such as the kandura and local women wear an abaya.IMG_20170302_164059.jpg

Falcon is the national bird of UAE and is a symbol of force and courage.

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Camel is part of UAE’s rich heritage. It is famously known as the ship of the desert. Historically, camels in the UAE were a dependable source of not only transport but also food and milk.

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Never miss to experienced the most popular tourist activity in Dubai with adventure and thrilling ride, Desert Safari.

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Shisha is a water pipe used to smoke tobacco through cooled water. It has a sweet and fruity smell.  Smoking shisha is about socializing and has been part of life in the Middle East for centuries. You can find also them in the restaurant where with both men and women equally taking part.

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And of course, don’t forget to buy Desert Day Sand Bottle for Souvenir.

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ALIWAGWAG FALLS

Aliwagwag Falls is one of the most visited natural attractions in Davao Oriental, Philippines.  It is also considered as the country’s highest waterfalls. It has s a series of more than 130 cascading waterfalls with different rock formations, shapes, and various heights.  Aliwagwag falls looks like a stairway to heaven that’s why it’s regarded as one of the most beautiful falls in the Philippines.”

My friends and I went to this falls in the midst of approaching typhoon in Mindanao, Philippines.  At that time of travel, there was a low-pressure area consisted with rains and massive winds.

I admit it was a little scary to travel because we need to pass some places which prone to a landslide on the mountain or the rock falls. Since we don’t have much free time after the holiday break, still we went there with full of excitement.

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We arrived at noon time safe and sound.

Because of the typhoon, Aliwagwag falls water current was so madly strong and it was really dangerous at that moment to enjoy the majestic flow.

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We were instructed that we can still swim in some parts of the falls where it was safe and it was on the top view.

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Despite the bad weather, we’re still able to visit the splendid falls and enjoy the scenery. Aside from that, I was with my son and good friends to complete the fun we hoped to experience.

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ESCAPADE (Hatta Mountain)

Honestly, I am not an adrenaline junkie person always looking for a big adventure. I was just so bored last weekend that I decided to tag myself along with my friends from their little hiking adventure. The truth is, I was only aware that we are heading to one of the most beautiful and popular destinations for adventuring far from the city of Dubai. With excitement, I have never picture anything, except the camp out and to see the pretty scenery LAKE of HATTA MOUNTAIN.

The hike was easy for them, but not for me. I have never expected to walk more than thirty minutes in this wide, up and down, rocky road. I had to stop to catch my breath, complain a little with smile and drank a lot of water. I was just hoping that walking would end so soon.

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To my surprise, the journey wasn’t just merely a steep hike. Of course, we need to take slope from the slack ground and rocks before we could reach to our destination.  My friends said it was manageable by someone like me, but of course I didn’t buy it.  Even though they guided me for almost one hour, I could still feel my knees shaking, I was frightened because tripping was a big quite hazardous.

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I told my friends I gave up, but they don’t care about my words. They wanted me to experience the things that I thought was just a dream. They’d like me to accomplish something far from my comfort zone.

And yes, I did it!

Now, let’s enjoy the lovely spots!

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Thank you for the terrifying, but wonderful experience.

SINGAPORE QUICK VISIT

I admit I still feel shit. But I need to keep my feelings a little bit of time and enjoy the present moment.
I had more than 12 hours layover in Singapore and I was able to meet my close friend with her husband who served as my tour guide the whole time. The places are quite good and I can’t stop thinking that it would be more fun with my kiddo around (though he is always complaining).

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To be honest, I love the Singapore airport (Changi International Airport Terminal 1).  It’s bigger, cleaner and the WiFi connection is absolutely perfect!  You will love it.

 

Thank you Singapore! You made my day!

Day 3 – Underground River

It is the newly one of the 7 nature wonders in the world, the amazing underground river where you can find here in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

     

What’s in the cave?

It was difficult to take pictures inside especially there was only one spotlight you must follow. I took what I can and I was amaze  of this so called one of the natures wonder in the World.

                   

Visit the spot and let your self be amaze!

Day 2 – El Nido (Philippines) Adventure.

Day 3 – Island Tour B with picnic lunch (Snake, Pinagbuyutan, Cathedral, Cudognon Island, Entalula Island)

El Nido (Philippines) Adventure – Day 1

Day 2 – Island Tour A with picnic lunch (Small,Big,Secret Lagoon,Simizu Island and Seven Commando Beach)

It’s 8:am in the morning, having our breakfast before heading to our Day 1 Tour. The view is quite amazing, you can feel the absence of the clamor from the City.

The beauty of Nature (El Nido)

fresh air & windy.

I love it!!! 

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Secret Lagoon

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TRAVEL WITH THE ONE U LOVE

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No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.

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Day 1 – Traveling Day from Davao to Cebu to Puerto Princesa by air and 6 hours by land from Puerto to EL Nido.

BORACAY ESCAPADE 2014

I will keep looking back on this and smile because everything is all worth while.

HOLY WEEK IN SILENCE (14-18th day)

My family decided to spend the holy week in my grandparent’s province. It is also my time to visit them and offer a prayer personally. Because I wasn’t able to attend their death ceremony, I think this was the best time to pay my respect and goodbye.

Bacuag is a fifth class municipality in the province of Surigao del Norte, surrounded by mountains, forest and sea waters. I stayed here for more than a year with my grandparents and returned to the city carrying with a lot of memories. I have loved the place though it was lack of malls, movie house and everything like the city can provide. However, it is a good place to rest, ponder and serenity.

Let’s hit the road!

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Arrived safe and sound!

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Visiting the old folks!

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My grandparents’ house!

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20 years ago I wrote this prayer as instructed by my grandmother. I was surprise to see it here. It reminds me of her being a prayerful person, that there is nothing impossible in prayers.

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fresh fish and squid cooked only by Vinegar.  One of the best!

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Ready to roam around!

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Bacuag Parish Church. My favorite place 20 years ago.

Tomorrow will be coming back to the City. I don’t know when I can visit here again.  I will surely miss the place!

BORACAY – 1ST ACTIVITIES

After we unpacked our belongings, we run out immediately to the beach, which only took 3 minutes walk from our hotel located at station 2.

Station 1 is where the widest beachfront is and where the most expensive hotels are located.

Station 2 is where the crowd is and where you go for beer and McDonalds.

Station 3 is where you go to get away from the crowd, for some quiet time.

 

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A welcome post to boracay.

 

Our first activity for the day is SUNSET PARAW SAILING. It is one of the most enjoyable things to do here in Boracay, especially if you love sunset, warm breeze and sailboat. The sailboat can carry up to 10 people on its outrigger wings and they even have enough life jackets for children. It is safe and romantic too.

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The breath-taking view.

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The happy faces.

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I love it more because I’m with him.

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Never be afraid of the waves, it will sail you down to your soul.

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Boracay image @ sunset.

HERE WE ARE BORACAY !

I am going to Boracay with my two girlfriends Dimple and Tzardy, and with my son James. Our flight bound to Cebu from Davao City is exactly 9:15 am and from Cebu to Caticlan is 2:00 pm. I know it would be a long trip and time waiting but who cares? We’re just too excited to feel about that.

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“Not all those who wander are lost.”

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     Davao City Domestic Airport (Flight to Davao-Cebu)                   Airline: Cebu Pacific

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Dimple & James. We took some pictures while waiting for one friend. 

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Enjoying the flight with them.

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   Touch down Cebu airport.

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 Had our first lunch together.

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Touch down Caticlan airport!  After in the airport, you have to take a TRICYCLE going to ferry boat station.

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When you reach the place, you need to pay first all the fees like the terminal & environmental fee.

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Reaching inside you will be guided by several people and signed to understand where you are heading.

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This port provides a number of boat rides to the Cagban Port from where Boracay is just a few minutes away and can be reached by a tricycle.

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Inside the ferry boat.

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This will take you to your reserve hotel.

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Finally! safe and sound we reached Casa de Apartelle where we will stay for 4 days & 3 nights. The room is enough for the 4 of us with free breakfast and helpful staff around.

We are so excited!!!

BORACAY, TIME TO ENJOY.

We’ve been planning on going to Boracay for the past few months. It was our little dream to visit the place, relax and enjoy. Boracay is known as one of the best beaches in the Philippines, it wasn’t only admired by us Filipinos but also with other nationalities.

For many people, Boracay is the classic Pacific island paradise. The white sand on your toes will make you feel giddy enough, the sunset view which you can see the beauty of flame, the brilliant crystal clear of sea water, and wide selection of hotels, restaurants and activities.

But most of all, I believe that no matter where the place is, you have to go there with the luxury of wanting the fun, be with the right people where you can also enjoy their presence and of course bring some cash.

I am about to share what I can do for 4 days and 3 nights here in the land of paradise. But definitely I will enjoy it, not only because the place is great but I am with the right people too, my two girlfriends and my son.

It’s more fun in the Philippines!!

BIRA

http://itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/boracay/

 

 

BORACAY – 1ST NIGHT

Yes, Boracay nigh life is fabulous. People are all out, restaurants are almost full, and the clubs are always ready to party. True It was crowded but still you will be amaze of where those people came from, just don’t complain and let yourself enjoy the night!

 

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Our first dinner together, sorry about the plates empty and messy, we ‘re just so overly hungry.

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James first hena.

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It’s our night, ladies night!

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Feel the hot performance from this local people.

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Watch the romantic fireworks with your love ones.

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Boracay is derived from the local word “borac”, which means “white cotton”, exactly the word that can closely describe the color and texture of the island sand, so fine and soft.

We slept around 2am.  Too early for the party goers but we need to wake up tomorrow early to meet the sunrise. Whoa!!

QUICK MEETING

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Ashley and Ysai

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with Grace

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With kuya dhan & Apyang

 

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with Ailyn & Apyang

Yes,  it is a quick meeting but it’s all worthwhile.

30 days Vacation

I am so excited for my annual leave vacation to Philippines.  I am going home to see my family, take some rest, and enjoy the privileged.

I am going to blog my vacation for 30 days.  I am pretty sure that I will have new precious experiences and happenings way back home.

See you Philippines in 11 days!

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all my bags are packed and am ready to go.

Best Trip of your Life – Day 10

BEST TRIP OF MY LIFE

I always love going on a trip with my son. I am quite certain when he grew up it would never be the same. He will have a girlfriend, a wife and a family in the future and our time to be together will be abridged. So I am making the most of my trip and my future journey to be with him.

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Road trip with my son to Agusan Sur (Philippines)

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Tinuy-an falls with relatives (Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, Philippines)

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Enchanted River with relatives (Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, Philippines)

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Enchanted Kingdom with friends ( Santa Rosa City, Laguna, Philippines)

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Manila Ocean Park with friends, (Manila, Philippines)

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Pearl Farm Beach Resort with friends ( Island Garden City of Samal, Philippines)

I can’t wait for our next trip, I will make it sure it would be more fun and laughter!

xoxo.

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