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Cebu Trip: Snorkelling at Tuble Marine Sanctuary in Moalboal


My friend, Edwin, was negotiating with boatmen in Moalboal, Cebu, while Doi, Gael, and I, set up a table for lunch. Arriving from the night before, we stayed in Basdaku/White Beach in order to spend a day of snorkelling in the Tuble Marine Sanctuary. Tuble Marine Sanctuary Moalboal, Cebu September 05, 2011 Swimming in Moalboal [...]

Fun Dive at Apo Island in Negros Oriental


During a trip to Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, I brought Jana to Apo Island for a fun day at the beach and some snorkelling. However, when we arrived at the island, the marine sanctuary was closed due to earthquakes and typhoons that affected the area. They had to close it to let the coral reefs recover. [...]

Sunrise in Malapascua Island Cebu


It’s been a year since I first visited the island of Malapascua in Cebu. Up to now, I haven’t written a good blog entry about it sans for the time when I was able to jump off a 50-foot cliff – read article here. I don’t think I’ll be able to write a better account [...]

Cebu: Afternoon in Basdako White Beach, Moalboal


After Kawasan Falls,  we went back to the main road in order to hail a bus. We were to find a place to eat in the town proper as it was already lunch time. We would be heading to another tourist place in Badian for an afternoon hangout session in Basdako (White Beach), Moalboal. Basdako [...]

Cebu: Revisiting Kawasan Falls


From the Sunday morning market in Mantalongon, Dalaguete, we were able to hire two motorbikes (habal-habal) to Kawasan Falls in Badian. It’s faster than having to ride back to the Dalaguete intersection and wait for a bus. We tried to haggle, but we still paid around 150 Php per person for the motorbike ride. Mantalongon to [...]

Cebu: Mantolongon Sunday Morning Market


Waking up in the morning at the barangay hall in Mantalongon, Cebu, we hurriedly took our turns in the bathroom to fix ourselves. Even if I was a little tired from the trek to Osmena Peak, I still had a good night's sleep especially when I didn't have to pay much (50 Php) for a sleeping [...]

Osmeña Peak Cebu: Descending in the Dark Night


It was already cold to be standing on top of the Osmena Peak in Cebu. Waiting for the sun to set became a little uncomfortable because the temperature became cooler. Good thing I brought a jacket. It was also great that we still had some leftover bread so we could fill our stomachs with food [...]

Cebu Osmeña Peak: Two-Hour Trek to the Peak


We arrived at the Mantalongon Market and asked the townsfolk for directions to Osmena Peak in Cebu. The locals advised to go straight and just turn left on the first intersection. Afterwards, they said we only needed to follow the path to get to the destination. We didn't have a difficult time understanding the instructions [...]

Cebu Osmeña Peak: Stopover at Boljoon


Friday night, I was going over my duties in the office when I received a message from one of my travel buddies about going to Osmeña Peak the morning after. Prior to the climb, we were to drop by the municipality of Boljoon in South Cebu. Cebu Osmeña Peak: Stopover at Boljoon November 11, 2011 [...]

Side Trip to Singapore and Boracay


During the third month of my backpacking adventure, I made a side trip to Singapore and Boracay. I was supposed to be in Chiang Mai or Laos but there were sudden changes of plans that I had to reroute the destinations and go home earlier than expected. I told myself that I’d be gone for [...]

Cebu Trip: Whale Shark ‘Butanding’ Encounter in Oslob


I hurriedly finished my work and delegated tasks to my peers. I also made sure that all my client sessions were in place before I left. I clocked out early so I could meet up with my friends outside. We were going to see the whale sharks (butanding in Tagalog or tuki in Bisaya) in [...]

Cebu Trip: Reaching Osmeña Peak

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A few more steps and I was already at the Osmeña Peak in Cebu. Actually, it was a few hundred more but it didn't seem much as I was in a hurry to get to the top. I left my friend, Doi who was resting her swollen leg down below. I would've stayed with her [...]

Cebu Trip: Mangrove Trees in Sayaw Beach, Barili


I had a quick vacation in Sayaw Beach Barili, Cebu, when I went out with a former colleague’s team for an activity to bond out of town. I didn’t have plans of joining as I was bent on spending my weekends at home in order to work. But I soon gave in when it turned [...]

Ormoc, Leyte: Remembering the Tragedy 20 Years Ago


Ormoc, Leyte. I arrive and I find peace. Yet peace belies a story that refuses to settle. I listen as I walk in the dead of night. Sounds that unravel a mystery but ignorance plagues my mind. I hear silence that echoes thousands of cries. Cries that were never heard, of souls that remain unfound. [...]