travel: 5 things not to miss in boracay, philippines

I love vacationing with my family (mostly because it’s all expenses paid ). Our pictures in Boracay have always been my all-time favorite (even though I did not look quite as fabulous). The trip to Bora was a graduation gift from my parents. People love Boracay for its soft sand. It is cited by T&L…

travel: 3 whale sharks swam around me in Oslob, Cebu!

The plan was to go diving in Malapascua. But my mom insisted that we see the whale sharks instead. I am glad I consented. Swimming with the whale sharks was one of the best experiences I had this year! Things you need to know to make the most out of your Whale Shark experience: Oslob is…

life planning: your monthly salary to own a condo in manila

Having just graduated, I was faced with the ever difficult problem of finding a place to stay. I had 3 options: (1) rent a room (2) buy a condo (3) live with my relatives As I am not a believer of rent (or having to pay for something that will never be yours) and have not a…

travel: the almost budget trip to puerto princesa, palawan

The highlights of our trip to Palawan: One, we missed the plane going there. Two, we missed the plane going back. I know, walletbreaking. I went back to Manila broke and unable to buy even a candy for my breath (which stank because I haven’t had breakfast because I couldn’t afford it duh). But the damage has…

travel: maria cristina falls, iligan city, philippines

Well since we’re in Mindanao for a week, might as well visit one of the major sources of electricity of the country – Maria Cristina Falls in Iligan City! It is part of the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant that, with other nearby power plants, comprise more than 50% of Mindanao’s electricity requirements. Maria Cristina Falls…

travel: white water rafting in cagayan de oro, philippines

For Php700, we tried the intermediate raft course of 14 rapids. There was just too much danger that we regretted not getting 21 rapids!! So If you’re planning a trip to Cagayan de Oro (CDO), then it is imperative that you meet the 7, 14, or 21 rapids!! Trust me, at the end of the ride,…

travel: divine mercy shrine in cdo, philippines

The dancing sunrise is said to be only witnessed in the divine mercy shrine in CDO. The brother of a friend testified to this as he brought his mom and a Korean friend there around mid-August. For Catholics out there, this is the haven (provided you don’t get distracted by that large portrait of Pope John Paull II beside…

travel: bukidnon, philippines

In a side trip to the Camp Philips, Bukidnon, in transit to CDO from Dahilayan, a friend remarked that the houses are very American in architecture, with the houses not directly built on the ground but on a lifted scaffolding as prevention in times of flooding.  Another friend, not hearing, said it was very Filipino in…

travel: caving in initao, philippines

Adventurous at heart, my friends wanted to experience something different during our “one-of-kind” week-long trip to Mindanao, the southern part of the Philippines. So the one from Initao took the group caving at Initao-Libertad Protected Landscape and Seascape. For a whooping price of Php20 each for a group of 6, we were able to traverse 3 arduous…