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Sagada, Mt. Province Philippines

Follow us on our tour and adventures at the beautiful place of Sagada, Mt. Province.

Cagayan De Oro White Water Rafting

Conquering 21 major rapids at Cagayan De Oro River. A very rewarding experience for a beginner like me!

The Majestic Mayon Volcano

The Mayon Volcano is well-known for its perfect cone shape. Even the thick clouds that cover some part of the volcano won't stop you from getting impressed with its majestic beauty.

Summerscape at CamSur: Wakeboarding

Summer's definitely not over yet. Wakeboarding at CamSur can make your arms and neck really sore but it's all worth the fun and experience! :)

Isla Gigantes Adventure

An unspoiled group of islands in the town of Carles, Iloilo. White sand, pristine water, and beautiful scenery - truly a paradise.

Snorkeling. More fun in the Philippines

With those giant whale sharks swimming in Tan-awan, Oslob sea, snorkeling is indeed more fun in the Philippines!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sagada Cave Connection: Lumiang and Sumaguing Caves

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One of the highlights to most Sagada trips I've read online is the exploration of Lumiang and Sumaguing Cave Connection. It is one activity in Sagada that no one should ever miss. Some say that it is very difficult and that your body will feel sore the day after. At first, I was hesitant to try because caving doesn't really excite me that much. But since we were already there (in Sagada) and we found company, I cannot seem to ignore the opportunity.

Actually, the caving activity can be done in one cave only. But our tour guides suggested that it's better we do both. So we agreed. We entered in Lumiang Cave and exited in Sumaguing Cave, as suggested by our tour guides again. Most guests do the opposite. It seemed that ours was a better option indeed because  interesting rock formations are found at Sumaguing Cave. Feels like a good finale for the whole adventure. :D

From what we've heard, Cave Connection can be finished in just 3-4 hours. But we ended up doing it in 5 hours!lol We weren't aware on how long we've been inside the cave. Of course, we were busy trying not to slip or fall... Plus, our tour guide enjoyed taking our pictures. So we were just in a position to strike a pose whenever he asked us to. heheh

Spelunking at Lumiang and Sumaguing Caves is more than just sight-seeing. It's all about adventure and amazement. It felt unbelievable to see how deep and huge the cave is when all you can see outside is just a small mountain or hill. The water in some areas is also very clear though it just doesn't smell that good (because of the bats).lol It seemed like we were in a different world when inside the cave.

As I've said, the activity is more of an adventure. We had to rapel, slide, climb, and even step on our tour guide's shoulders just to go down some rocks.


Did you know that Sumaguing Cave is also known as the Porn Cave? It's because of the different rock formations inside it that resemble some private parts of humans. heheh Our tour guide had a good presentation of all the rock formations that's why we had a really great time exploring the caves. Photos of the caves can be found at my Photoblog.

This activity may be fun but it can be risky too. You really need to be extra careful, obey your tour guides, trust them, and don't forget to ask guidance from the Lord. Here's a good and useful advice that my group can give:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

WW: Ati-atihan Festival, Kalibo Aklan

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Time for Wordless Wednesday (WW) once again at Life-Trotting.Com. I've been to Kalibo last weekend to join the Ati-atihan Festival. I want to write some words about my experience but for now, let me just share these colorful pix with you. :) 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

6D/5N Puerto Princesa and El Nido Palawan Itinerary

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Palawan is one of the most famous tourist spot in the Philippines. So when Cebu Pacific introduced their new route from Iloilo to Palawan with a seat sale, I took the opportunity right away. Our flight was originally dated December 5-10, 2012. But because of super typhoon Pablo affecting almost all areas in the country, our flight was cancelled. We then moved it to December 7-12, 2012.

I have lots of stories and photos to share soon. For now, you may watch our El Nido Fun video which will give you an idea on how much we enjoyed our trip. heheh Here's our itinerary, too. Hope this will be of good help to those who are planning to visit Palawan soon. :D

6days/5nights Puerto Princesa and El Nido Itinerary

December 7

8:50AM ETA in Puerto Princesa
9:00-11:00 AM Hotel Check-in and Rest
11:00-1:00 PM Lunch at Badjao Seafront Restaurant
1:00 PM Puerto Princesa City Tour
It was already dark when the tour ended.

December 8

8:00-9:00AM ETD for Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour with Ugong Rock Side Trip
6:00-7:00PM ETA from the tour

December 9

10:00 AM ETD from Puerto Princesa
3:00-4:00 PM ETA in El Nido
4:00 PM onwards: Free Time

December 10

8:00 AM El Nido Island Hopping Tour A

December 11

8:00 AM El Nido Island Hopping Tour C
10:00 PM ETD from El Nido

December 12

3:00-4:00 AM ETA in Puerto Princesa
4:00-6:30 AM stayed at McDonald's
6:30-8:00 AM Bought Pasalubong
9:20AM ETD from Puerto Princesa
10:25AM ETA in Iloilo International Airport

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday would be a new series here in my blog. As a first, here's a photo of me during sunrise at Kiltepan Peak, Sagada, Mt. Province, Philippines.

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Lemon Pie House, Sagada, Mt. Province

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Before our trip to Sagada last November, I did some research first and one of the most recommended restaurants to visit is the Lemon Pie House. Since it was just near our guest house, we had our lunch there after settling in our room. 

The Restaurant

My first impression upon seeing the facade was just, uhm, ok. I didn't really have expectations. But when we entered the Lemon Pie House, the interior got us really impressed. It was very cozy and the owner (forgot her name) was very accommodating.

Inside the Lemon Pie House

The Food and Price

The food is pricey but the serving is large enough for an average Filipino. So I think its safe to share your order with your companion if you're on a tight budget or maybe if you're "on a diet". heheh The food is tasty, too. I couldn't say that it has something significant but it's surely worth your money. :)


The famous Lemon Pie is indeed DELICIOUS! The top portion of the pie is like brazo de mercedes. There's no question why it got really famous. If you want to order for a whole plate of it, you will need to tell the owner in advance because you'll more likely be able to pick it up the next day.


Lemon Pie House is a must-try when you visit Sagada. There's only a few restaurants there so you could actually try them one by one if you stay for at least 3 days. Not unless you're planning to cook your own meal. The expensive price of their food is almost the same with other restaurants. Best way to save is to share it with your companion so that you could also split the bill. 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

El Nido FUN (Video)

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November and December of 2012 were busy months for me. There are a lot of adventures that I haven't posted yet. I'm not even finished blogging everything about our Sagada trip in mid Three weeks after that, we went to Puerto Princesa and El Nido, Palawan. Then there was the Christmas holidays and the unexpected Boracay getaway before the year ended. Phew!

For now, let me share this video that says all about the FUN we had in exploring the different islands in El Nido. It's best to watch it in HD. Enjoy! :)

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2012 was awesome

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Traveling has always been a dream and passion of mine. I guess it has been fulfilled last year, 2012. I was able to explore a number of places here in the Philippines that I haven't thought I could go to, namely:

Puerto Princesa, Palawan
El Nido, Palawan

Among all the places I enumerated above, I'd like to say that Boracay is still one of my most favorite places. Well, I started and ended my travels in 2012 in that island Honestly, I never expected that I could travel that much locally but I'm glad I did. I've had my own share of UPS and DOWNS in 2012 but I was overwhelmed with all my escapades. 

Number 12 is my favorite number. It's not only for the reason that I was born on the 12th day of  July but also because it has served as a lucky number to me. So I'd love to think that I've just started my travel dreams last year and that 2013 will give me more explorations, adventures, and discoveries. 

I owe my 2012 to my family, boyfriend, friends (new and old), and to God almighty. I'm just glad that I was able to enjoy and explore the Philippines safely. 

Cheers to 2012!