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Guimaras Island : Land Tour

We’ve known Guimaras as the Mango Capital of the Philippines.  The island is not only famous for producing the sweetest mangoes now but have been known to their white sand beaches and historical sites.  This small island can be found between Panay and Negros island.

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So, how did we get there? Iloilo is one of the most accessible cities if you want to go to Guimaras. Once you are in Iloilo may it be by air or by sea go to Ortiz Wharf (for those going to Jordan) and for those going to Parola Wharf (Buenavista entry). For this trip, we went to Ortiz Wharf and took a pumpboat bound for Jordan.  Travel time is 15-20 minutes only.

If you are like us, who traveled with no plans, no itinerary or any contacts, no need to worry.  At Jordan Wharf, just drop by at their tourism office. You can register and ask for an assistance for free.  They can provide you your itinerary and give you a guide.  Here are some photos of our trip.

The Smallest Plaza
Yes, it is indeed a very small plaza.

smallest plaza

San Lorenzo Windmill Farm
There are more windmills here, I just don’t have the photo. Sorry 🙁

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Holy Family Hills

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Trappist Monastery

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Guisi Lighthouse

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Mango Pizza
The sweetest pizza I’ve tasted. 

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Alubihod Beach
Our last stop, where we spent our night. 

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We stayed in Alobijod Cove. The service was good, the staffs are friendly and approachable. Just a few things to take note, make sure though to order your food ahead of time. The water in the shower and faucet were salty so we have to buy some distilled water.  Also, don’t expect a long shore line here. 🙂 Despite of these, we had a good overnight stay.

That’s basically it. We had a land tour for around 6 hours, had an overnight stay at the beach and went home in the morning the next day.  And before going back home, of course, we did not forget to buy the sweetest mangoes for pasalubong.

guimaras mango

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A Trip to Boracay

My first post after 3 years. Yeah…! I’m still alive. I have reasons why I’m keeping this blog.  Ahaha! Anyways, it’s good to be back.  This post has been loooong overdue.  Still, I wanted to share this here as it is one of the memorable trips I had. Here it goes…

OUR TRIP
My boyfriend and I decided to celebrate our birthday in Boracay.  I was staying in Cebu and he is in Negros. We booked a flight from Cebu to Boracay.  However, due to some unfortunate events we missed our flight.  So, we decided to travel by land.

> Cebu to Toledo via Van (in Citilink) – 2 hours
> Toledo to San Carlos City (Fast Craft) – 45  minutes
> San Carlos to Bacolod (via Don Salvador) – 2 hours

Unfortunately (again), when we arrived at the pier in Bacolod we did not catch the last trip of the fast craft.  So we stayed for the night in Bacolod and decided to catch up for the first trip to Ilo-ilo in the morning.  When we arrived in Ilo-ilo, we went straight to Tagbak terminal and ride a van to Caticlan.  Then, went to Jetty Port to ride a ferry to Boracay island.  It took us a total of 6 hours travel.  It was like we were on an island hopping, from Cebu – Negros – Ilo-ilo – Boracay.  It was a little tiring but for a person who loves to travel by land you would surely enjoy it. 🙂

OUR STAY
We finally arrived in Boracay.  We checked in at our hotel.  We stayed in La Carmela De Boracay.  I first liked the place as they are located in the middle which makes very accessible to the stores and restaurants. But then I realized, it’s too crowded.  It would be a good place to those who love to party. It’s not for those who wanted to relax and unwind.  But hey, I just want to see Boracay.  Also, the thing that we did not like in La Carmela was the noise.  There are a lot of guests though it was off-peak season and are really noisy.  Though our over-all stay there was ok, good enough for our budget. 🙂

THE BEACH
I would be honest I was a little disappointed with the beach. Maybe because we were in station 2?  Maybe station 1 is much better? Or maybe because it’s not summer?  I don’t know but for what I saw Cebu’s beaches are much nicer especially those in the southern part.  The sand though, yeah, finally I’ve touched the famous powder-like sand of Boracay.

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And not to forget the much awaited sunset in Boracay.  It was beautiful.

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And what I love most on this trip…? It was being with the person I love ♥♥♥…

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Will I still go back to Boracay? Definitely, yes.. but I would prefer to go on plane next time.  🙂

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The Sunrise ☼ ☼ ☼

I’ve always loved watching the sunset.  I remember when I was still in grade school; I sit in the middle of the field and watch as the sun sets.  I just find it so relaxing. It makes me feel great… the day has ended, time for me to rest.

The feeling was even greater after watching the sunrise.  I’ve waited from 4am ’til 6am waiting for the sun to come up.  Seeing the sky changes its color while slowly revealing the big and bright sun.  It’s telling me that there is still hope.  New day is about to start.  It makes me look forward for the day ahead.  It makes me feel happy. 🙂

I guess this is what really sunrise is for.  Giving everyone a chance and hope.  A chance to correct things that gone wrong..  And hope that in every dark sky there is always light. We just need to be patient and have trust on Him.

So, in every day that we see the sun rises, we need to look forward on what we can do for this day. And do not forget to do what you have not done yesterday.  Life is short, let’s enjoy every moment that we have  and make the most of it.

The photos below were taken from Voda Krashna Beach Resort, Alcoy, Cebu.  This is where we held our very first team building with the Global Team.

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Camotes Island: One of a Place

I had been in Camotes 3 times and I may say I had the best and worst experience in the island.  My first visit to Camotes was last June 2010.  I was with my housemates and Jireh’s mom and sis.  The experience was great except for the place where we stayed.  That was the only place which had vacant rooms (no wonder). All others resort were fully booked.

One of the best places were the Timobo Cave, Santiago and Mongodlong Resorts and the Lake Danao.

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