Wednesday, May 29

Wander Photo: June 2012

Aren't they cute? These twin hills are located near Sagbayan Peak in Bohol. Chocolate Hills are just one of the many wonders of the beautiful and bountiful Bohol province.

Have a taste of these chocolatey hills by reading my Bohol Series.

Wednesday, May 22

Old Houses Galore: Sariaya

After having a refreshing nap at Balai Sadyaya Resort, me and my relatives woke up at a lazy afternoon bound for the town proper.  Sariaya is a very Pinoy-sounding name.  For me, it can even be given as a name for a Pinay girl, nicknaming her Aya. 

From the resort, I requested our trike driver to drop us off at the Sariaya Municipal Hall (P 10 each).  From here, we started our photo-walk, briefly pausing at times to chat for a bit of history with my companions.  

Old Houses

Margarita Rodriquez Ancestral home

Wednesday, May 15

Balai Sadyaya's Welcoming Respite

Fresh from my Palawan adventure a couple of weeks before, I found myself on the road again.  This time, my feet led me to the old town called Sariaya in Quezon.  I was missing El Nido that I had wanted a second dose of a short-vacation in a marine environment without going to the beach.  Aided with a little research, I discovered this charming resort right at the outskirts of Sariaya town proper.

Wednesday, May 8

Cheap Accommodations in El Nido and Puerto Princesa

Below are our lodgings in El Nido and Puerto Princesa City. For those on a budget, I would recommend these accommodations since they are very budget-friendly.

1. Northern Hope Inn

El Nido, Palawan

Our rate was at Php 800.  Air-con room good for two to four persons.  Near the beach front.  Please contact the guesthouse for updated rates.

Thursday, May 2

Explore Coastal California on a Drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco

Road trips are as American as apple pie, but nothing says vacation like a few days on the coast. Here, we’ll show you how to get the best of both worlds by taking a week-long drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco on the iconic Pacific Coast Highway. Travelers, start your engines. 

Day One: Los Angeles

Begin your adventure with a day in the iconic City of Angels. Once you’ve picked up your rental car, head over to the city’s east-side neighborhoods to browse the boutiques in Atwater Village, sample organic treats in Highland Park and wander the trails near Eagle Rock. Prefer to see a few iconic sights? Make a bee-line for the Venice Beach boardwalk or Santa Monica Promenade, and then spend the evening relaxing with a cocktail in West Hollywood.

Day Two: Malibu to San Luis Obispo

Rise and shine: It’s your first driving day, and you’ll want to get an early start. Head up to Malibu for breakfast at the Paradise Cove Beach Cafe, and then drive to Santa Barbara for a peek at Stearn’s Wharf, some shopping on State Street and a visit to the wondrous Santa Barbara Mission. Call it a night in San Luis Obispo after grabbing a quick dinner at one of the city’s unbeatable Mexican restaurants.

Wednesday, May 1

Underground River Tour and Ugong Rock Formation

The moment I read that the Puerto Princesa Underground River were one of the nominees for the new seven wonders of nature, I did not hesitate in participating in the online voting.  Soon my efforts (and I am sure many other Filipinos') were not wasted as it became officially part of the list last November 11, 2011.

I still have post El Nido-trip depression when Marx and I reached Sabang port in Puerto Princesa after two hours of travel time with one stop-over.  We waited for our banca, boat no.53, for our transfer to the Puerto Princesa River National Park. There were only six of us in our group plus Noris our tour guide.  I observed that they were very strict, we had to have our permits before boarding.  

Panoramic view of Sabang port