20 Nov, 2012 in Itineraries, Philippines
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Last year I took some time off during summer break to get away from Hong Kong and visit one of the nearby sensational tropical attractions. At that time, a new budget airline by the name of Airphil Express just opened up with insane return fares going from Hong Kong to Cebu for 750HK$ (~95US$), and […]

27 Oct, 2012 in Cebu
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Heading towards the beautiful Filipino islands people often skip Cebu City. Though I agree that Cebu City might not be a destination that stands out by itself, if you do have a few hours to burn in Cebu before or after a flight there are definitely some local historical attractions you can explore (see previous […]

7 Sep, 2012 in Siquijor
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Perhaps the most famous spot on Siquijor island are the Cambugahay Falls (not to be confused with Lugnason Falls) are the central-southern side of the island. They’re picture perfect. We’re talking clear blue waters flowing down from the island mountains in a three tiers of cool pristine water pools.   On a …

20 Jun, 2012 in Siquijor
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Villa Marmarine was something special. I don’t normally mention the accommodation I stay with, since with my budget  it’s usually nothing very exciting to write home about. But, every once in a while I do come across a lovely surprise and I think it’s about time I give back some love. What made Villa Marmarine […]

29 May, 2012 in Dumaguete
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Most likely the best day-trip away from Dumaguete is Twin Lakes. It’s a long trail going up from the sea into the mountains and high into dense forests with spectacular views finally revealing Lake Balinsasayao and its twin lake Lake Danao.     I rented a motorbike at Dumaguete, …

27 May, 2012 in Bohol
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As I was traveling around Bohol on a motorcycle, Bohol was one of the stops along the way. Famous for its floating restaurants and the longer Loboc river cruises, I decided to take a short break to explore the area after my visit to the Tarsier sanctuary nearby. While I’m not sure I would recommend […]

13 May, 2012 in Bohol
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They’re the world’s smallest primates, and they’re only to be found in the Philippines. After renting a motorcycle at Tagbilaran City I headed east, to Corella, to visit one of the local tarsier sanctuaries.     Though it might look big in the photos, it’s tiny. It’s about the …

23 Mar, 2012 in Dumaguete
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If like me, you’ve seen the beginning of 127 Hours and thought to yourself "this is me, I know what this feels like" then you must also be familiar with the possible consequences of what happens later on. Living as a singleton and experiencing ultimate freedom at some point must come at a price, and […]

9 Mar, 2012 in Dumaguete
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Cebu City was disappointment enough, but Dumaguete I really didn't get. Lonely Planet was full of great things to say about the young & energetic student city, but I honestly saw none of that. If anything, I thought the city was quite plain, and the city sights not up to par with the built up […]

12 Feb, 2012 in Siquijor
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For some people it’s the food, for some it’s the natural scenery, for some it’s the tourist attractions, or maybe the general feel of the place. For me, it’s probably those little odd encounters with local culture and people that I remember the most about my travels.   While riding my motorbike around …

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