• Antique,  Travel

    Mararison Island | Little Batanes of Antique

    White sand beach, stunning sandbar, crystal clear waters, rolling hills, such were the main highlights of our day-trip to this island paradise. Just 15-20 minutes boat ride from Culasi mainland, Mararison Island (also called Malalison) was put under tourism spotlight due to its massive beauty, accessibility, and hospitable community. From Culasi Port, we were asked to register first at their tourism office and hire a boat. Boat rental fee is fixed at 750 php roundtrip, good for maximum of 5 persons. In our case, we spent 375 each since we were just two. We also paid additional 30 php each for environmental fee. After few minutes we were escorted to…

  • Antique,  Travel

    Kawa Hot Bath, Bugtong Bato Falls, and Tibiao River

    Kawa Hot Bath is an activity you cannot miss when exploring Antique. There are lots of resorts around Tibiao that offer this activity, we just told our habal-habal drivers that we’re going to have a Kawa Hot Bath (as we did not have any idea where exactly to go), and they automatically took us to Kawa-Kayak Inn. The kawa (cauldron) that are being used as hot tubs were actually previously used in sugar factories. You’ll see how creative and resourceful people could become. It easily became a big hit as it is a very uncommon, yet, enjoyable and relaxing activity to do, especially in cooler and mountainous places like Tibiao.…

  • Antique,  Travel

    Seco Island | Unspoiled Sandbar Paradise in Antique

    A tiny island in an open sea faraway from everything, such unspoiled beauty that can only be found in a truly secluded place. Indeed, God has His way of preserving His top masterpieces by placing them in remote areas. One of them is Seco Island, a distant island off-shore Tibiao, Antique. Seco Island (seco means “elbow” in the local language) is a bit far from the mainland. Not sure about the exact distance in kilometers, but sea travel is 2.5 to 3 hours according to other people who have been there. We’re amazed because ours lasted only about 1.5hrs (less than 2 hours). Also, our boat ride was “smooth and…

  • Antique,  Travel

    Antique | Three-day Itinerary & Expenses

    “Where Mountains Meet the Sea” Just looking at the province’s tagline, you will already have a good preview of the place. It is the province where you will pass by the road and when you look at one side, it’s all mountains, and on the other side, it’s the vast sea! One skimpy road and some rice fields in between, that’s how close they are with each other. As a result, it was automatically listed in everyone’s summer bucket-list. But I dare say, it is worth visiting even during non-summer months! We went here during monsoon season (July), and that did not stop us from enjoying the place. You can…

  • Bataan,  Travel

    Stella Maris Beach Resort | Camping Haven in Bagac Bataan

    Due to its close proximity to Manila, Bataan has become one of the go-to places whenever people crave for a quick escape from the busy city life. There are lots of beach resorts lined up in this west coastal part of Luzon, but there’s one beach resort that’s unique among others. I mean they all have unique features but this resort that I’m pertaining to has a natural attribute that you’ll not find in any other resorts in Bataan. When you think of a beach scene, you basically see clusters of coconut palm trees creating a complete tropical beach vibe. But what if Pine trees (Agoho) are present instead of…

  • Travel,  Zambales

    Hermana Menor Island DIY Itinerary and Travel Guide

    Hermana Menor Island has been in the social media spotlight recently, proof that the island’s charm really captured every island goer’s hearts. Having a wide expanse of sandbar made it unique among the islands of Zambales. I was wrong into thinking that the province is just about coves, wonderful sunsets, beaches, and surfing. Little did I know that such beauty that usually exists in farther places from Manila (e.g. Leyte, Cebu, Antique) also exists in Zambales! Another thing that made it stand out is that the sandbar is surrounded by coral reefs. Just few steps to the water and poof!—you’ll instantly witness a colorful marine life! You don’t need to…

  • Bulacan,  food

    Bulacan’s Pride | Cafe Apolonio and Restaurant

    Last summer, Jeric the boyfie invited me to go to Bustos, Bulacan to visit a mushroom farm and to conduct a brief interview with the owner. I gladly agreed as a sign of support to his new business venture. Fast forward to the end of the interview, it was lunch time and we started looking for a good place to eat. We were extremely hungry and Mang Inasal was constantly popping into our heads as we crave for unli-rice. I tried to search online for nearby fast-foods and restaurants, for we were on a highway and there were no other people to ask. I found Cafe Apolonio & Restaurant as…