Happy Birthday!, Harvey & Jai, Thoughts

Joyeux Anniversaire

I told myself that I want to celebrate my birthdays away from home. Somewhere secluded and calm where I can completely detach myself from the demanding daily grind. I’m over the moon to say that this thought has come to play for over half a decade now and it will never be the same without my best travel buddy slash partner in life, Harvey.

It’s May 30th 2017 y’all. So…

Happy happy birthday to the man who owns my heart! I candidly adore you for being the most proficient and creative person I know, most especially for the influence and motivation you set to other people. You have inspired me in a lot of aspects in my life.

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I initially planned to book a 2-day stay at a hippie condo in Chino Roces via AirBNB. A spontaneous weekend that is, we decided to go to Zambales instead. We were behind time when we reached Victory Liner in Pasay, so we head directly to Cubao for the 11AM trip but still didn’t make it. Eventually, we left Cubao bound for Iba around 1PM and reached our destination before dusk.

Liw-liwa is located in San Felipe, Zambales. A playground for surfers, skimboarders, and people who just wants to enjoy a chill vibe and to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The great thing about Liwa (in contrast to Baler and La Union) is it’s more laid back and less jam-packed.

Nobody was surfing during our time since the waves was calm. The sand is grayish tinged with white. What I loved about the sand is that it’s smooth and powdery. Not coarse at all! If it wasn’t for the fierce heat, you’d surely love to walk everywhere barefoot. 🙂

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Cebu – Dumaguete – Siquijor 5D4N itinerary

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Cebu to Dumaguete

From Mactan Int’l Airport, take a cab going to Ceres bus terminal. Hop on a bus bound for Bato via Lilo-an. Fare is roughly P180 and travel time is about 4 hours. The bus took us straight to DGT Ceres bus terminal and a tricycle can take you to your hotel.

Dumaguete to Siquijor

If you are coming from Sibulan Airport, you can charter a tricycle to Dumaguete Port, then a ferry can take you directly to Siquijor. Travel time is about an hour and fare costs approximately P400.

Getting around Dumaguete and Siquijor

The main mode of transportation in DGT and Siquijor are tricycles. In DGT, the minimum fare is P10, but in Siquijor you have to charter it. You can also rent a motorbike if preferred for P400/day. Continue reading

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Cebu, Dumaguete & Siquijor (5D4N)


Hit two birds in one stone.. They say. Why not hit three at a time, right? Hence, our 5 days and 4 nights adventure in Central Visayas!

We booked a flight to Cebu but axed the plans of visiting an island or two because most of us have been there quite a few times. I’m not a fan of city tours really, but since we got there early, we went to Taoist Temple and Temple of Leah first before heading to Dumaguete. We paid P1200 for the same cab driver to bring us us too to Ceres Terminal bound for DGT.


APO ISLAND (Dauin, Negros Oriental)

From its coral diversity, charming sea creatures and playful turtles.. I can say that Apo Island’s vibrant underwater garden is truly spectacular! Once you get there, you’ll see a small beach with beautiful rock formations.

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Have you ever considered going to Siargao? But you don’t surf, do you?  Well, so do I!

I have never tried surfing in my entire life, not even when we went to San Juan, La Union. But I fell in love with Siargao at first glance because of Sabrina Iovino’s blog entry + video (Just One Way Ticket) about Siargao for non-surfers!

Siargao is a tropical island slash paradise off the coast of Surigao Del Norte in Northeastern Mindanao. This is said to be the new surf frontier. There is this Annual International Surf Competition which usually happens in November. We stayed in General Luna, which is the main surf town there. CNN Go also recognized  Siargao to be #8 in the Top Surf Spots in the world!

Anyway, in line with my “birthday aspiration” for the last half a decade, Siargao tops my list this year. I was indecisive at first because I know tickets bound for Siargao can get really expensive for just a domestic flight. I did watch for seat sales but sadly, flights there do not go on sale at all.

I planned this trip for me and Harvey only. This was to celebrate my birthday and our 8th year anniversary. Eventually, I realized that activities for 2 can can cost the earth for a 5D4N stay. So I asked some of our friends to join us.

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The Eighth Year

Today, Harvey and I celebrate our eighth year anniversary! It’s crazy how in those years, a lot of things have changed for us both. 8 years ago, we were just kids, careless and madly in love with each other. Our fretfulness evolved in our inconsiderable rationales. And now, our worries and priorities have thrived. It’s this stage of our lives when we ponder over what’s ahead of us together. Where this is going, really.

We still have to come a long way (and that’s for sure), but this ride with him so is far worth it through all the happiness and difficulties we have came up against.

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Quarter life crisis

I was checking PAL’s website early today for Harvey and I’s trip to somewhere in 2017. They have this exclusive sale for Mabuhay Miles members! We need to responsibly pinch pennies next year, so we had an agreement that we will only travel once. Hopefully! *chuckles* We have to save up terribly for something that will be the start of a new chapter of our lives.. Together. And quite frankly, thinking about it gives me so much enthusiasm.. And/but makes me feel anxious at the same time.

And no. We’re not getting married.. Just yet.

Have you ever felt uneasy just because you’re not getting any younger? Worried too much about where your life is going, if you’re making the most of the time.. and if that even makes a big part of where and what you wanna be. And maybe, you’ve been having “too much fun” not realizing time is running out. Does it ever ring a bell? Oh yes, it does. Fuck quarter life crisis.

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