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Shooting Trees at Microtel Inn & Suites Luisita in Tarlac

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After a fun afternoon of Go Kart racing in Tarlac’s Kart City, we spent the night in Microtel Inn & Suites Luisita. It was an adrenaline-packed day, like all the other days of our Lakbay Norte 3 familiarization tour. I immediately hit the sack which made me wake up early the next day. Shooting Trees [...]

White Water Rafting at Chico River in Kalinga


We arrived from a long bus ride from Nueva Ecija to Las Palmas Hotel and Resort in Tuguegarao. Travel time took about 9 hours so we spent the night inside the Lakbay Norte 3 shuttle to rest. Afterwards, we headed to our assigned rooms so we could get ready for another adventure prepared for us. [...]

Our Melting Pot Hostel in Makati, Philippines


I was in Manila last week and I was searching for backpacker lodges in the area since my friend's place (where I normally crash) was unavailable. I was planning to stay in backpacker hostels in Malate but I found it a bit far from the metro. Good thing I was referred by Dong Ho to Our [...]

Sport Fishing at Pantabangan Dam in Nueva Ecija


My eyes were squinting when the organizers woke us up to step off the bus. We just arrived in Nueva Ecija to try sport fishing at the Pantabangan Dam after a spelunking activity in Bulacan. It was a long bus ride, about 7 hours with a lunch stopover at Liquid Coffee Bar and Resto in [...]

Off-Road 4×4 Adventure to Puning Hot Springs in Angeles, Pampanga


After checking out from the Widus Hotel Resort, we prepared for another adventure, this time an off-road 4x4 ride to Puning Hot Springs in Angeles, Pampanga. The breakfast buffet at the resort was wonderful, if only we had more time. But it was a busy day as we had another set of activities lined up [...]

Sand Spa & Mudpack at Puning Hot Springs in Angeles, Pampanga


After a 4x4 off-road adventure from Puning Hot Springs, we proceeded to the next station where we were treated to a sand spa and mudpack therapy. Sand Spa & Mudpack at Puning Hot Springs Sitio Target, Sapang Bato Angeles City, Pampanga pouring sand over Krishmel and James | my turn photo by Lakwatsero Sand Spa [...]

Paddleboarding at Paoay Lake, Ilocos Norte


Aside from surfing, one of the activities I looked forward to doing was paddle boarding at Paoay Lake, Ilocos Norte. I wanted to try this because I’ve seen the sport in magazines and I wondered how sport was like compared to surfing. Paddle boarding at Paoay Lake Paoay, Ilocos Norte Angel of Lakwatsero.com paddleboarding in [...]

Dawel River Cruise and Bangus Harvest in Dagupan, Pangasinan


After our breakfast at The Manor Hotel in Baguio, we headed to Dagupan City in Pangasinan. The main activity that was lined up for us was the Dawel River Cruise. We arrived after four hours and we were greeted by the representatives from the Dagupan tourism department. an alternative career photo taken by Angel I knew [...]

Jungles And Mud Karts In Puerto Galera


As I walked along the road, the sun beat down. The jungle canopy stretched overhead; protecting me from the hottest sun rays, but many still landed on my back. I drank a mouthful of cold water. Sweat dripped down my back. A motorcycle sped past, spitting exhaust fumes into the atmosphere as it disappeared around [...]

Suba Sand Dunes in Paoay, Ilocos Norte


About 15 minutes away from Paoay Lake, we went to the sand dunes of Suba, Ilocos Norte for a quick stop. This was not supposed to be part of our itinerary but since we had a few minutes to spare, we were lucky to be given the time to check the place out. Quick Stop [...]

Widus Resort and Casino Hotel in Clark, Pampanga


Formerly known as Hotel Vida, the Widus Resort and Casino hotel in Clark, Pampanga was the last place we checked in during our Lakbay Norte 3 trip. This was a nice and relaxing place to cap off our eight-day adventure to different parts of North Luzon. Widus Resort and Casino Hotel in Clark, Pampanga January [...]

The Manor Hotel in Baguio City


One of my most favorite hotels during our Lakbay Norte 3 trip was Hotel Manor in Baguio City. We arrived after our Airsoft game at the Baguio Country Club and it was nice to see the place all lit up. The Manor Hotel January 26, 2012 night scene in Hotel Manor When we arrived at [...]

Lunch at Kapuluan Vista Resort, Pagudpud


After six hours of travel time from Tuguegarao, we arrived we arrived at the Kapuluan Vista Resort in Pagudpud to have lunch. The resort, hotel, and restaurant is owned by couple Mr. Mike and Alma Oida and they’ve been running the place since 2006. Lunch at Kapuluan Vista Resort Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte Kapuluan Vista Resort, [...]

Surfing at Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte


I love the water. Even as a kid, we would always go to the beach or pools during weekends. We’d normally take a swim, build sand castles, jump into the sea, and do just about any activity available. I’ve developed this fascination that even as a grownup, I’d be willing to try any physical exercise [...]