Category: Travel

HONGKONG-MACAU 2019

HONGKONG-MACAU 2019

 
Traveling to Hongkong-Macau is special to me because it’s my and our first time to travel with my girlfriend outside of the Philippines. But actually we’re not alone, we have her whole family with us. As the quote saying, “The family that stays together travel together” and yes indeed true. Why not. As Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” and that’s what we did. We made it. VIOLA!!!!

Pre Departure: We stayed in front of NAIA Terminal 3

Yes, you read it right. We stayed in front of NAIA Terminal 3. But not literally in front of the airport. Hehehe. We just booked an AIRBNB located in front of the terminal so that it is hassle-free from all of us going to the airport since our departure was 7 am in the morning and also we have my girlfriend’s grandmother and her niece. So think of it, its quite hassle if we will coming from afar. Nice move right?

Boarding Time

Everything was smooth. We checked in, paid for travel tax and passed at the immigration. The immigration that everyone was afraid of. We’re lucky that our officer was kind and don’t have any questions at all. Just luck though.

We boarded on time. Thanks to Cebu Pacific. No delays at that time.
 
 

Touch Down (Hongkong International Airport)

 

Hong Kong International Airport is the commercial airport serving Hong Kong, built on reclaimed land on the island of Chek Lap Kok. The airport is also known as Chek Lap Kok Airport. The airport has been in commercial operation since 1998, replacing Kai Tak Airport.

What did we do in Hongkong?

Enjoy the enchanting view of Victoria harbour

The harbour is a major tourist attraction of Hong Kong. Lying in the middle of the territory’s dense urban region, the harbour is the site of annual fireworks displays and its promenades are used as gathering places for tourists and residents.

Visit 1881 Heritage

In a city that preserves its traditions while looking firmly to the future, 1881 Heritage fittingly combines historical attractions with more contemporary pursuits.

Visitors can shop for international fashion brands and enjoy fine dining on the grounds where pirates were incarcerated and a daily signal was watched by ships in the harbour as they prepared for long and treacherous trans-global journeys. Tradition and innovation, past and present, 1881 Heritage is a real Hong Kong experience.

Enjoy Hongkong Disneyland

I remembered back when I was a kid, I love watching Disney movies/cartoons. I bet when we say HongKong, every one of us will firstly think of the Disneyland in Hong Kong. Right? We enjoyed our whole day stay inside Disney land.  I keep on saying to myself that someday I will be back in here. And of course with my child hopefully. Because I know it was everyone’s dream.

Facts: Although HK Disneyland is smaller than that in other countries, the Adventureland section is the biggest Adventureland of any Magic Kingdom park around the world.

Visit the “Las Vegas of Asia”, MACAU

 

Traveling to Macau from Hongkong was just a quick 1 hour of travel via BUS. That’s why it’s a must.
FACTS:
Today, Macau (澳門) is formally known as Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. It is an autonomous territory, so even though it is officially part of China, it has its own currency and immigration policy, separate from that of mainland China or Hong Kong. In fact, even visitors from the mainland and HK will have to pass through immigration and customs check upon entering Macau.

Macau has a lot to offer. Some of the places that we visited are as follows:

  • Senado Square

  • The Parisians

  • Ruins of St Paul

Walking around Macau really amazed me because there are many Filipinos working and traveling there.  It’s really true that everywhere there is a Filipino.

So what are you waiting for? Travel now with your loved ones.

“Time is free but is priceless. You cannot own it but you can use it. You cannot keep it but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it. you can never get it back.”-Marvey Mackay

 

Batanes: A Paradise of Beauties and Thrills

Tired and bored of your daily routines in spite of long weekends? Then spend time with your loved ones. Appreciate the green rolling hills and sway with the waves of the West Philippine Sea and the vast Pacific Ocean in Batanes – A Paradise of Beauties and Thrills.

Let’s begin our journey to the northernmost province of Cagayan Valley, that is, Batanes – A Paradise of Beauties and Thrills

BATANES – A PARADISE OF BEAUTIES

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BASCO LIGHTHOUSE

Admire one of the structures of Batanes in the island of Batan with Basco Lighthouse.  Situated on the rolling Naidi Hills, you can view the spectacular panorama of the Baluarte Bay, Basco town and Mt. Iraya.

That pink blob right there is me. Teehee.

MARLBORO COUNTRY:  RACUH A PAYAMAN

Peace your soul with the alluring grass-covered hills, across the rugged seaside landscape of Diura Beach. You can hardly view the Tayid Lighthouse as the fluffy cloud overshadows its structure.

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VALUGAN BOULDER BEACH

Walking along the boulders of rocks while watching the graceful swaying of the waves of the sea? Be extra careful or else, you’ll get hurt.

Nakabuang Arch

 

 

MORONG BEACH (NAKABUANG ARCH)

Of all the beaches surrounding the island of Sabtang, you’ll love taking pictures with its most prominent feature known as Nakabuang Arch, that has become an icon of Sabtang and Batanes as a whole.

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STONEHOUSES IN SAVIDUG

Do not leave the island of Sabtang without visiting one of its pride! The Stonehouses in Savidug, covered by cogon roof, were built as the Ivatans protection against strong typhoons.

BEAUTY OF THE IVATANS

Batanes is not just notable for its natural beauty but also of its people, the Ivatans. For more information, click here http://www.ethnicgroupsphilippines.com/people/ethnic-groups-in-the-philippines/ivatan/

 

BATANES – A PARADISE OF THRILLS

SWAY WITH THE WAVES FROM ISLAND OF BATAN TO SABTANG VIA “FALOWA

Though the waters  have a reputation of being rough, turbulent and frightening, still the voyage is safe, full of excitement.  But, here’s another adventure…a nerve wracking trip to

THRILL YOURSELF TO ITBAYAT  – PHILIPPINES MOST DANGEROUS PORT      

Don’t worry because you can escape the danger through the Itbayat Airport.

 

 

Travel to Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Discover the most beautiful beaches in the country

What to see in Cambodia?

When you hear Cambodia, you’d probably think of Angkor Wat (in Siem Reap) which is their very popular tourist spot. Most tourist in Cambodia go there to experience and see the most historical temple in the country. But what others don’t know is that there’s a lot to explore in this country. One of it is in Sihanoukville.

There’s a lot of beautiful beaches in this province of Cambodia that is conveniently not so busy.

So, here’s a list of most beautiful beaches you should probably visit during your trip to Cambodia.

1. Otres Beach

Is a white sand beach with a crystal clear water you can’t resist to swim. It’s peaceful and not so crowded. On the other hand, if you prefer swimming pool there are also a lot of beautiful hotel and resorts nearby. (Check this) There are also restaurants and bars alongside of the beach that offers good food and comes with a lot of choices.

 

 

 

2. Ochheuteal Beach

This beach is more lively and crowded compare to Otres beach. It has chain of restaurants and bars but it is a good spot for watching the sunset.

 

 

 

3. Koh Rong Island

It is like a virgin island which has a lot of beautiful beaches and bungalows, perfect for wedding occasions and honeymoon. You can also do a lot of water activities such as snorkeling, jetski, scuba diving etc.

 

 

 

There’s still a lot more beaches in Sihanoukville but those three are the most popular and organized. So if you plan to visit Cambodia, make sure you add these to your bucket list. Enjoy!

Calaguas: An awesome beach of relaxation.

Crystal clear water, fresh ocean breeze and virgin white sand; This is exactly what will you see when you reach the shore of Calaguas Island. It is somehow remote but it added an extra factor for relaxation because you won’t mind checking your phone for sms or calls as well as checking your social media sites for notifications. A stress free island indeed!

Calaguas Bay

The island of Calaguas is under the Municipality of Vinzons, Camarines Norte. It was roughly (10) ten hours ride to reach Vinzons Port, and from there another (2) two hours boat ride is needed to reach the island. Amidst of the long transportation hour, Calaguas Island promises to wipe out your exhaustion with it’s exemplary beauty.

Home cook are the best. This is what people of Calaguas Island will serve to you! Fresh seafood’s, vegetable and finest meat, all freshly home cook. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to take a picture of it because I’m quite hungry at that time.

 

At night, you can have a socialization with your friends under the starry sky. Don’t forget to bring some liquor! Although there is some store in the island I highly suggest to buy beforehand at some fuel stops because the price in the island is quite high. We prefer using tents for our night stay. Our tour guide help us to form the tents and we make sure to assemble it under a roof to avoid getting wet in case it will rain that eventually happen.

The next day we went to another island with so majestic view on top. Here’s a pic.

We do also visit a sandbar but because of the tide unfortunately, it did not show up. Instead, we just went swimming and enjoy!

If you want a break from work stress or you just want to visit a place to relax I can say that Calaguas Island is the best place for it. The island is truly amazing. Don’t forget to bring your best beach outfit and make a remarkable pose.

Love Philippines! Peace!

What should people visit Cebu

I LOVE CEBU ♥♥♥
Cebu is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region. The name “CEBU” came from the old Cebuano word sibu or sibo (“trade”), a shortened form of sinibuayng hingpit (“the place for trading”). It was originally applied to the harbors of the town of Sugbu, the ancient name for Cebu city.

In Cebu there are some places that you can choose to stay while spending your vacation, I would rather suggest to stay at the hotel that has great accommodation in the city if you preferred, but the most common place to unwind at Cebu was on a beach to experienced vacation more great.

One of the famous activities in Cebu was Sinulog festival. A  traditional celebration in Cebu City held every third Sunday of January to honor the Sto. Nino (child jesus). The word sinulog came from the Cebuano’s word “sulog” which means “like water current movement”, which describes the forward-backward movement of the Sinulog dance.

For every destination, Filipino is known to bring a pasalubong to the folks back home and there are some famous delicacies that Cebu was known are lechon, dried mango, danggit, masareal, otap, chicharon, guitar and etc., So, there are the reasons why people visit our province and I’ll hope to see you there..

HIDDEN TREASURES OF QUEZON PROVINCE

Quezon Province has quite a list of natural attractions you can explore if being out under the sun, surrounded by water and mountains is your idea of one great adventure. Although this may not be a popular nor the usual travel destination, some of the tiny and sleepy towns have some of the most stunning white sand beaches and crystal clear waters that are mostly untouched and undeveloped. Often overlooked by tourists and travelers, let’s discover other hidden gems of Quezon province that will surely entice you to explore more!

ALIBIJABAN ISLAND

It might be new to most of you but this small island in San Andres Quezon could be a new hideout for your summer escapade. The pride of the island is their white sand beach with clear turquoise water, the view of the sea forest and the mangrove trees, not to mention the beautiful sandbar with lots of starfishes.

Photo credit to Damn Good Travels

WHITE RIVER OF REAL

Now when someone says river rafting,  people would probably think of Davao, Cagayan de Oro or Kalinga, but what most of us don’t know, however, is that there is also a river in Real, Quezon—oftentimes overlooked and outshone by other nearby tourist destinations and by other towns in Quezon Province.

Here, the locals of Real, in Barangay Tanauan took advantage of their natural resources, a combination of rafting and tubing: inflated tire tubes were tied together in a wooden frame to make an improvised floating device, while all the people needed to do was sit down, hang on to the wooden frame, and go to where the rapids may take them!

MALAOG CAVES UNDERGROUND RIVER & PUGTO-PUGTO CANYONS 

This may not be a 7th Wonders of Nature like Palawan’s Pride-  The Underground River, but still, Malaog Cave in Sampaloc, Quezon is still indeed enchanting and worth trekking for.

To get there, it will take about 45 mins of a hike, crossing Malaking Bato (Boulder), but not to worry as you will also be escorted by a couple of friendly local dogs. Not to mention some side trips to the historical Spanish Arc (Arko) and river banks where you can swim and cliff jump. To take visitors deeper into the narrow cave, they must board an improvised boat made up of water containers tied up to a bamboo raft.

Pugto-Pugto (layers of gigantic rocks where the river pass through)

It feels like you’re in search of a treasure when exploring through these massive canyons and the river is clear if not raining. Who would have thought that one can find such a magical place like this slumbering in the tiny town of Sampaloc deep in the Sierra Madre mountains? I would say these are the real treasures of the earth.

MALICBOY FALLS

Located in Barangay Silangan Malicboy, Malicboy Falls is a towering cascade with a shallow catch basin. Along the river going to this waterfalls and further upstream are smaller and unnamed but going upstream means braving the nearly steep and narrow trails of the mountain. Often visited by the locals and people from the nearby towns.

The trailhead starts near the waiting shed and Malicboy Bridge in Pulong Giting, on the left side of the road from Pagbilao town proper to Atimonan. Just follow the concrete trail of the irrigation and turn left at the trail junction going to rice paddies all the way to the river then trek along the river upstream.

There you have it! These are just some of the off-beaten paths in Quezon Province, next time you crave for another amazing adventure, you might want to check these cool places out.

Visit the Highland Paradise in the Heart of Mindanao: BUKIDNON

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Some people maybe afraid of visiting the Province of Bukidnon specially if it’s their first time because of the bad reputation they heard from the news. However, the people of Bukidnon is naturally peace loving, hard working and very warm despite its cool weather.

The province lovely mountains high, fertile soil makes ideal  tourist  destination for those who wants to enjoy scenic views and rest a while from the busy crowded cities. Bukidnon is known as the highland paradise in the heart of Mindanao because of its  rich culture, booming agricultural economy, healthy poultry and livestock, green lushing forest and panoramic views.

The province is perfect for nature lovers because it surrounded with mountain ranges  that host several watersheds and homeland of the indigenous people and endangered species such as Philippine Eagle. Mt. Kitanglad is the second highest peak in the country next to Mt. Apo. Definitely, the province is typhoon free, has cool refreshing climate and moist throughout  the year.

It is located at the center of Mindanao, Southern part of the Philippines, it’s a shoreless province bounded by the Cagayan De Oro on the North, North Cotabato and Davao City on the South, Agusan del Sur and Davao del Norte on the East, Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur on the West.

How to get here:

Laguindingan International Airport in Laguindingan Misamis Oriental is the nearest  airport and the port of Cagayan de Oro is the closest seaport. Since it is a landlocked province, bus and van for hire are the most convenient  way to reach the province. About  104 kilometers from Cagayan de Oro City, almost one and a half to two hours ride you can reach Malaybalay City, the capital of the province.

                       Baguio in Mindanao: Dahilayan Forest Park

 

Mindanao’s Favorite Extreme Playground
Brgy. Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich

 

If somebody is not into trekking and mountain climbing, Dahilayan Adventure Park in Brgy. Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich is the perfect place  to bond with your family and friends.It’s one hour ride from the City of Cagayan De Oro.

It was tagged as Mindanao’s favorite extreme playground.

The activities depends on your guts and intensity of the rides. Aside from its famous 840M Asia’s Longest Zipline, you can have skyjump. ropes course , flying lizard, atv rides and a lots of packed activities everyone can enjoy. The youngster will surely enjoy the challenges. You can choose package or pay  any activity of your choice. However, older ones can simply enjoy cardio opportunities like walking around the park and feel the cool air and enjoy scenic views while children can have the playground. There’s a cafe that will cater your thirst and hunger or you can packed your own food for practical reasons.

You can stay overnight in their hotel with wifi in the lobby, rooms and function rooms. Hotel rooms ranges from Php  3,500 – 5000.

The mountain filled with pine trees, cool breeze and fun-filled activities together with your loved ones are truly a treat to behold.

Kaamulan Festival

 

credits to the owner Tribal folks during the Street dancing  competition

Just like shooting three birds in one stone, the best way to visit and experience adventure in Bukidnon is during the Kaamulan Festival in Malaybalay City. It is an annual celebration and only authentic  ethnic festival in the country.

Book your vacation in the second half of February to March 10, which latter date marks the anniversary of the creation of Bukidnon as province.

Kaamulan is a gathering of tribes people for a purpose. It can mean a datuship ritual, a wedding ceremony, a thanksgiving festival during harvest time, a peace pact, or all of these put together.

You can witness unique indigenous culture of Bukidnon. The tribal folks representing these seven hill tribes of Bukidnon gather in unity with the local dwellers in town, wearing their woven costumes, with trinkets, anklets, earrings, necklaces, leglets, headdresses and amulets. They dance together, chant, perform ancient rituals, and compete in indigenous sports.

Street dancing competition and ethnic ground presentation are among the highlights of the said event. Furthermore, there are Garden Show, Food Fest, Bazaars and Agri-Fair to showcase the province products and establishments. Tourist can try the province’s delicacies like pineapple based pastries, binaki (a kakanin or local snack made of corn and milk) and enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables from different places in the province.

Motocross, off-road competition, concerts, basketball tournaments and several others are also line up into the festivity.

Each activity is a meaningful ceremony that reflects the richness and diversity of the Bukidnon culture.

Eiffel Kubo

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Eiffel Kubo is  a fusion of French and Filipino culture. It is a place to stay whenever you are in Malaybalay City. The ambiance is relaxing that add to the repertoire menu of Filipino-French cuisine.

Try their lechon sa sinigang, humba with a touch of French cooking, chicken pops and fillet. The crepe is refreshing and yummy with a complimentary drink of fermented ginger with calamansi (local lemon). Their soufflé is definitely a must try too.

The place is very attractive and clean. The rooms were affordable since they don’t have  air-con because the weather in Malaybalay is a bit cool.

The owners, William and Angelie, are very accommodating as well as their staff. They are located at Claro M. Recto St. Malaybalay City.

 

Eat.Love.Adventure.Pray

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We are all pilgrims in this world. One of the perfect place to visit when you are nearby Malaybalay, Bukidnon is the Monastery of Transfiguration of Jesus in Barangay San Jose.

The place is beautiful as it with great architectural design perfect for photos opps.

If you want a peaceful place to hangout, the church is very solemn and perfect place to pray and meditate. They offer daily masses. They also have religious items, souvenirs and its own products for sale. They are known for its Monk’s Blend Premium Coffee, Monk’s Blend peanut butter, roasted peanut, peanut brittle and Monk’s Blend tablea.

It’s an open place for all. The monastery is run by Benedictine monks. You cannot go inside with if you are wearing sleeveless and shorts .

 

 

Come, let’s visit Basilan!

Looking for a getaway place this summer?

For the looming closure of Boracay, many tourists are looking for a place to unwind and feel the breeze of the beach and its white sand. And Province of Basilan came to my mind, as it has many tourist spots not yet discovered. And continue to be undiscovered if we won’t dare to explore.

Basilan province is part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. It is situated in the Southern coast of Zamboanga Peninsula. But we’ve heard a lot of battles, kidnappings and beheading in Basilan for the previous years. That makes us feel unsafe to visit the place.

Last April 22, 2018, an interview by CNN news to BGen. Peter Suchianco, technical and administrative service commander of the Armed Forces Reserve, he said, “Basilan is open for tourism. Basilan is open…Is clean, it’s cleared of terrorists and is open to welcome outsiders or tourists or even local tourists from all over the country” image associated with Basilan, there is a place in the province which many residents call a paradise. And he referred it to Langgas Island of Basilan.

With that case, Basilan is no longer in a danger zone, as it was before. So, why don’t we give it a try? Let’s visit Langgas Island, which falls between Jolo and Basilan Province. And we can even explore to different tourist spots in the area, which includes the white beach of Malamawi in Isabela City, the hidden paradise  and the Bulingan Falls of Lamitan.  Those places are awesome!

We can reach Basilan through its main gateway, Zamboanga City. From Manila, take a flight to Zamboanga, then a 30-minute ferry to Isabela City, the capital city of Basilan. So, what are we waiting for? Pack up your things and let’s explore the hidden islands of Basilan.

4 Common Resort Extra’s – and How To Avoid Them

4 Common Resort Extra’s – and How To Avoid Them

 

Below are the most common holiday rip offs and how to make your trip less costly and more enjoyable.

  • AVOID THE CROWDS, SPEND LESS. 

I f your planning a trip to a popular area, schedule your holidays for a less popular times of the year. You’ll find the traffic, crowds and queues markedly reduced, and save a lot of money with the off season rate.

 

  • WATCH FOR THE “RESORT FEES” 

Resort rates vary- some prices will include meals and activities, while for others these are additional. When you’re shopping around for your hotel, make a list of all the things you want to do, and get all inclusive price for easy comparison.

 

  • DON’T GET OVERCHARGED FOR DRINKS

Don’t fall for a waiter helpful suggestions to order cocktail’s by the jug or try a special bottle of wine, you could be landed with a bigger bill than you expect. When asking for water, make it clear that your looking for a tap water which should be free ( check if it’s OK to drink), rather than bottled water, which can attract premium prices.

 

  • TO TIP OR NOT TO TIP?

Certain countries do not traditionally tip. For example, in Australia you will not be expected to leave anything whereas in America you may be chase down the street if a tip is not left, the pursuer demanding to know why there services was not satisfactory. In Spain it is not a custom to tip, however, staff may expect something from the tourists. Don’t get caught out. Check before you travel and make sure you’re not leaving too much, or too little.

 

 

– Riders Digest ( July 2015)

LBMX the Reborn (BMX Street Competition)

LBMX the Reborn (BMX Street Competition)

The very first BMX Event in Los Baños, Laguna, PH (February 25, 2017)

 

The very first BMX event in Los Baños, Laguna was “LBMX the Reborn”. This event was basically for street BMX category only. The concept of conducting this event came from “LBMX”, the group of people in Los Baños, Laguna that share the same passion with street BMX and the only one BMX group in Los Baños, Laguna. The group started 2001. The group was originally named “ELBI Riders” and eventually renamed to “LBMX” just before the event. This was also the reason why the event was named “LBMX the Reborn”, because LBMX was the reborn of ELBI Riders. The main objective of this event is to revive the BMX scene in Los Baños, to meet and greet other Local BMX riders and to recognize the LBMX group in the BMX scene Philippines.

The preparation for the event didn’t come so easy for us, as a matter of fact, the original date supposed to be December 2017 and eventually moved a couple of  months later. We struggle financially since most of our members are students. The group gradually set meetings to discuss what will be the strategy for the event preparation.

First thing we have to do is to build a Bike Obstacles. We raised funds from our own pocket. We also seek help from our friends. Eventually the fund was raised. Pcs by pcs the obstacle were build. Everybody participate on building up the obstacle. Even some of our skater friend helped us to build the obstacles. The good thing is, one of our member, actually the elected president of LBMX has a machine shop so we didn’t struggle that much with the construction of the obstacles.

The obstacles are finally done, but the next problem is the event venue. Since we only ride BMX on street “literally street”, we don’t have venue for the event. Once again we set a meeting and come up with a target event venue. We targeted the “Batong Malake Basketball Court”. We talk to the barangay Captain of Batong malake, Los Baños, Laguna, Capt. Janos Lapis.  To our surprise the Capt. Janos Lapis agree and give us permission to use the covered court for our event. It was relieve for the group. But he only give us permission to use the open court.

The event is coming and we still don’t have funds for the prices for the event. We contacted BMX stores locally and seek for sponsorship for the prices. We also contacted nearby businesses, some of them gives cash and others gives their own product like tarpaulin, t-shirts and tumbler. We are very thankful to all who sponsored our event, Scrap bikes, Orolfo Bike Republic, Okulto, JRL, WTLK Bmx clothing, Multo Media, Bike Kings, Mio Soul Nation, The Goat Farm, RC De Villa Construction, MW Irons, Stargate, Free Damn BMX, Kabalikat Civicom Los Baños, Black and brew and lastly, Monster Energy Philippines. Were in a big surprise with the sponsorship of Monster Energy. One of our friend, a girl, a skater contacted Monster Energy just a week before the event and monster energy didn’t hesitate to give sponsorship.

All are ready except for the trophies and medals. We are already out of budget, so we think of something. We gather all of our old Bike parts and create a trophies and medals from it. The outcome of the trophies and medals was amazing, it was a very unique. Thanks to the creative mind of our group President who designed those trophies and medals, at last the preparations are done.

The night before the event, we start bringing the obstacle to the venue. Everybody helped on carrying the obstacles. Although we looks like scavengers walking on the road while carrying those obstacles, we are very happy that finally the very first BMX Event in Los Baños, Laguna is coming to reality.

The day of the event has already come. All of us were exited in the event. Almost all of the BMX rider that we have invited came and support our event. Even the flatland BMX Rider, Dirt BMX Rider and skater was there to enjoy the event and we are more than happy to see all of them. It was like a “BIG BMX Event” we’ve seen on youtube.

The very first to come are the Riders from Las Piñas, They even jam with us by the time they have arrived. One by one the other groups arrived, some carry their bike on a tricycle, some bring jeepney, others bring cars and others just ride their bike on their way to the event. Just as expected the event will not be that perfect, the sound system was late so we started the event without sound system. The sound system was about 30 mins late but no problem, we manage to start the event without the sound system, but here’s a good thing, Capt. Janos Lapis gives us permission to use the covered court since the sun was too hot because the event was scheduled 12pm. While the event is ongoing, one of our sponsors came, “Monster Energy”, riding in their pick-up truck carrying 2 big barrel of Monster Energy drink. The BMX Riders felt energized seeing the 2 barrel of Monster Energy Drink. Everybody were given a can of Monster Energy Drink and everybody enjoyed.

The competition started first with the highest bunny hop competition, then Class-B Competition and lastly the Class-A Competition. The BMX riders enjoys riding, while others are enjoyed watching the amazing tricks. Every player who participates give their best trick to entertain the crowd. The crowd reactions were spectacular.

Watch this video for the full event:

Over-all, we did not expect “LBMX the reborn” to be that successful. The numbers of BMX riders who participate and the number crowd were overwhelming. We do even have sponsors for Emergency response to assist in case of accident. Thanks to the event sponsors and to all of the BMX Group who came to our event, Sto. Tomas Extream Crew, Tanay BMX Crew, P-Rata Crew Lucena, Unfriender Crew, Freedamn Crew, Tayabas Bmx Riders, Batasan Bmx Crew, Pasig Bmx Crew, Fail Bmx Crew, Goatfarm and most especially to “God” who gave us a wonderful weather and keep all of the BMX Riders safe.

We believe that this event encourage others to support the BMX not only in Los Baños, Laguna, but all throughout the Philippines. This event also inspires other BMX Riders from different side of the Philippines to promote BMX on their own community. To encourage our government to support extreme sports, just like the support that Capt. Janos Lapis gave us, and to show to everyone that Filipinos can excel even to extreme sports.

Just like any other event, it never ended just with the “LBMX the reborn”. It was just the beginning. After the “LBMX the reborn”, several other events was conducted by LBMX group like, Under Privi Ledge, Open Jam and 17 years anniversary Jam. Our network of friendship expands in every event that we conducted.

P.S. BMX is not about cool tricks, or how many trick you can do, or how many competition you won. BMX is all about friendship, brotherhood and passion.

Beach rock on Virac

Rock on the beach…

When summer heat hit our head makes us feel hot and lead our feet to beat the hot season. Planning a vacation with family and friends will be a great option to feel the summer in the Philippines.

This allow us to enjoy nature tripping in our country today. Like walking bear foot on the seashore kinda inviting us to explore the nature and watch the wonderful tireless waves that slam the shore.  Tasting different delicacies and meet new people will be a great experience to remember this summer before going back to a stressful reality of life.

Looking for a summer to remember? Well take a look on a province far from the southeast part of Manila Philippines. Virac is the first class municipality   and capital of the province of Catanduanes. Going on this place requires a lot of patience while travelling in cheaper way I guess, why? The travel time will take about 14-16 hours of travel by bus and ship. But if the budget is not so tight,  using the domestic flight, it will take just for 45-1 hour from NAIA Terminal 1.

As you reach other island from Tabacco City Albay is the beautiful island of Catanduanes which Virac was the main terminal both by air and sea. Just don’t come on this island if there was a tropical depression coming since this island is considered as the typhoon belt of the Philippines.

There are popular places to visit in Virac, Like the beaches of Baras, Vigaa etc.. But the beach resort which I like most is the Twin Rock Beach resort located in Igang Catanduanes, Virac, Philippines. This resort offers affordable room  either both couple and group rates with breakfast included which depends on the room availability. It also features great facilities and services which can be use upon entering this resort. The place is also good for wedding, family reunion, birthday and even small activities of different group of the society.

I’m so excited to be back on this place again this May with my  family as we spent our time together with our kids!

For more info please click the link here: http://www.twinrockcatanduanes.com/index.php

Happy trip everyone!

 

 

Bakasyonista- Borawan Island Paradise

Borawan- Heaven on Earth

Warm sun, breathtaking view, the sound of the waves calms my troubled soul.

This is exactly what I need. Away from the crowd, a simple getaway to forget about the stressful city life even just for a day.

5 to 6 hours drive from Manila, Philippines to Quezon Province, a shy island that boasts its beauty upon exploring it. Borawan Island, Padre Burgos, Quezon Province.

I’ve read some blogs about the island and learned that the name was derived from Boracay (known for the white sand) and Palawan (famous from its rock formation), both are located in the Philippines. Isn’t it amazing to be able to visit one place that both offers almost the same?

So anyway, I came here with my friends on Jan 15,2018, a good time to visit since it’s not really crowded yet. Had an overnight stay in a rented open cottage that costs Php 1,250.00 . Slept in a comfy tent good for 3-4 person which costs Php 200.00. Kuya Ron and some of his friends assisted us throughout our island hopping which includes 2 islands and a Sandbar. Overnight entrance fee for Borawan Island is Php 220.00/each. Sand bar costs Php 600.00 good for 6 person. Dampalitan Island day tour entrance fee is Php 80.00 each and boat rental is Php 1,500.00.

I enjoyed the stay although I didn’t have much photos to share due to my lack of knowledge that there’s no electricity and no power bank to charge my device. Let alone, my first time to try and visit a remote island. I’ve got no idea what to bring.

But nonetheless, the entire stay was great! Friendly and helpful community, affordable accommodation, delicious foods fresh from salt water, no electricity, but lots of water and peaceful mind, what else can u wish for?

If only I could stay here forever, wish I could. I promised to bring myself here again sometime next year. Next time I’ll bring action cam, extra batteries, power bank, and a fully charged device so I could snap the beauty of this place.

I’ll see u again Borawan. When I return, I’ll make sure to be ready. Until next time.

Your admirer,

Girlie W.