Trip to Bohol

I had the opportunity to visit the beauty of Bohol last year, where I’ve seen the Chocolate Hills in person, chilled in Panglao Beach Resort, and toured the Bohol Bee Farm, where I’ve tasted the very delicious ice cream.

Since I’m on reminisce mode, let me share to you my journey and pictures (no filter) of my travel: 😀😁

 

Bohol Bee Farm: Buzz Ice Cream

 

Bohol Bee Farm: Ocean View

 

Panglao Island: Public Resort

We found a place to chill here without paying too much! I think we only paid less than a hundred bucks for the entrance fee.

 

Bohol: Chocolate Hills

We went there 1st week of October 2016 and at that time, the hills were not so chocolatey.

 

Ancient Church

I forgot the name of this church but it is one of those churches during the year that was affected by the great earthquake.

 

So there. I’m trying to document all my previous travels so pardon me if some are dated years ago. But heck, I enjoyed life by traveling once in a while so I wanna have some documentation to inspire others, and that includes you!

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My Bucketlist

I have been thinking lately of writing my own book.

Well, lately, I’ve been thinking of the things I’ve done and what I want to do for the next 5 or 10 years.  A bucket list per se of the goals I want to achieve, dreams I want to fulfill and the life experience I want to feel and witness before I die.

While updating this bucket list of mine, I’ve realized that life is too short and I’ve been confined to looking forward to only studying abroad. Well, I guess those plans change. Haha. It’s not that it is a race against time, but it is something how I want to maximize every moment of my life and live life to the fullest. This is one insightful exercise for me, and upon checking my list, you might also want to write yours and experience life to the fullest.

  1. Study Graphic Design. 
  2. Visit Coron, Palawan. 
  3. Bring my family to Coron, Palawan. 
  4. See my father after he left us. 
  5. Tell my father I’ve forgiven him. 
  6. Travel outside the country. 
  7. Experience the beauty of Batanes.
  8. Go horseback riding. 
  9. Go scuba-diving.
  10. Travel with friends. 
  11. Travel outside PH alone.
  12. Have my own blog domain. 
  13. Create my own website from scratch.
  14. Develop my own mobile game.
  15. Create an app that would help students learn.
  16. See the Northern Lights.
  17. Visit China.
  18. Study Chinese.
  19. Attend a course on mobile game development.
  20. Finish a course on 3D animation.
  21. Sing in a bar.
  22. Listen to my favorite live band. 
  23. Watch Boyce Avenue in concert, live!
  24. Reach the summit of a mountain. 
  25. Do overnight camping once a year. 
  26. Go stargazing on top of a mountain once a year.
  27. Climb to Mt. Sagada.
  28. See the sea of clouds at Sagada before sunrise.
  29. Say I love you to a special person and be loved back.
  30. Go Ice Skating. 
  31. Visit Thailand and its night market.
  32. See a snow in person.
  33. Walk Baker Street in London!
  34. Visit a castle in Ireland.
  35. Reach the summit of a mountain with my special person.
  36. Handwrite love letters for my special person.
  37. Receive handwritten love letters.
  38. Read a book per month. 
  39. Blog a book review for every book read.
  40. Interview a popular figure in the field of educational technology.
  41. Attend an EdTech Conference abroad.
  42. See the Eifel Tower in person.
  43. Ride the Gondola in Venice.
  44. Take a Masters degree abroad.
  45. Kiss under the rain.
  46. Host an online training for education.
  47. Take photos of a wild animal.
  48. Build my own game development business.
  49. Work from home.
  50. Teach a child how to read. 
  51. Plant trees. 
  52. Receive a bouquet of roses.
  53. See the whale sharks and swim with them.
  54. Ride a hot air balloon with my special person.
  55. Pray for a stranger. 
  56. Write a book.
  57. Attend a garden wedding.
  58. Put my head out the car during a long road trip.
  59. Serenade my special person.
  60. Play a guitar.
  61. Go ballroom dancing with my special person.
  62. Get a complete makeover.
  63. Shout at the top of a mountain.
  64. Live in another country.
  65. Bake for my special person.
  66. Swim in a waterfall.
  67. Kiss under the water.
  68. Conquer my biggest fear.
  69. Interpret dreams.
  70. Help a non-government organization in helping kids further their education.
  71. See the cherry blossoms in Japan.
  72. Give a book. 
  73. Enjoy picnic. 
  74. Ride a helicopter.
  75. See Queen Elizabeth in person.
  76. Romantic evening at Enchanted Kingdom.
  77. Be as open and upfront as I can in a relationship.
  78. Travel the Southeast Asia.
  79. Bring my family for an out-of-the-country trip.
  80. Invest in stocks.
  81. Save up at least 6 months of my current salary.
  82. See my friends get married.
  83. Become a reporter for a day.
  84. Speak for a research engagement.
  85. Troubleshoot a car.
  86. Ride a ferris-wheel.
  87. Go island hopping.
  88. Confess my love.
  89. See the floating lanterns in Taiwan.
  90. Wear the national costume of South Koreans.
  91. Perform a spoken word poem in front of many people.
  92. Troubleshoot a desktop PC on my own. 
  93. Become a part-time student. 
  94. See Pixar or Disney Animation studio for real!

Coron Escapade

Back in February 2016, I had one of the most memorable vacation in my life. It was when for the first time, I traveled with my family for a 4-day, 3-night bonding.

 

Day 1

We arrived early at Coron and were picked up by the crew of the hotel where we stayed for the duration of our stay. Originally, our tour package included a city tour around Coron which involves trekking to the City’s hilltop. Thinking my mom would have a hard time doing this activity, we changed itinerary: 3 days for island hopping and then a day for rest in the city. 

So there. By 9am, we were ready for our island hopping. I forgot the names of the islands we visited, but one thing is for sure: they have pristine white beaches, and untouched beauty that one would be so giddy to explore. 

In the afternoon, our tour guide stopped in the middle of the sea,  only to join other boat guides in their party showdown. Loud sounds and a party playlist exploded in my senses. The other guests were also hooked. This was just the 1st day and I was enjoying my stay.

Day 2

For most of the day, we visited the shipwreck sites and had some snorkeling. We also made some new friends along the way. 

Here’s some of our sumptous lunch that included fish, seafood meat, and veggies.


Day 3

Our last day for the island hopping included some trekking at the Kayangan Lake, and another swimming exercise at the Lagoon. We didn’t forget to have the famous shot by the sea, though. 🙂

This is by far my favorite groufie shot. 🙂

The tide was high and we had rough seas here. Yet, we managed our winning smiles in both photo.

Lastly, when you see a pig by the beach, you’ll know your stay will be an enjoyable one.

Our Coron escapade was really an enjoyable one. If you happen to visit the Philippines, don’t forget to see those world-class beaches and islands in Busuanga (Coron), Palawan. Aside from island hopping, you can also do a Safari Tour and a City tour if you’re the nature and forest type of person. 🙂

GenSan Family Escapade

It is faith that enabled me to accept a job at GenSan, and it is also faith that allowed me to bring my familyback to the place where I met my father and had my prayer answered.

Just a few days ago, my threesome family just got here in GenSan for some relaxation from a stressful week. We had a lot of time meeting our relatives and checking out the dock station where all the tuna arrives from the sea.

 

Ivy checking out each one daddy with the daughters Mama with the Tuna my family

My stay in Gensan is one whole lot of fun! I’d be posting a feature soon on the place as the tuna capital of the country. Stay tuned!

Travel Bangladesh

One Asian country that is continually on the rise is Bangladesh. Situated on South Asia, specifically on the northwest side of Myanmar, eastern side of India and northern bays of Bengal, Bangladesh takes pride on its agricultural landform to provide mostly the needs of its people. Aside from exporting jutes and tea, Bangladesh is also known for its famous nature escapades like the Mangrove forest Sundarbans and the picturesque beach of Kuakata found in the capital of the country: Dhaka.

Why go to Dhaka?

 One of the famous tourist attractions in Bangladesh is Dhaka. As the capital of Bangladesh, it attracts travelers of different ages from all over the world. With an estimated number of eighteen million residents, Dhaka is the considered a major hub for political, cultural, industrial and commercial activities in the country.

With a tropical monsoon climate, you can plan your travel to the country during the months of January to March. With temperature averaging from 26 degree Celsius to 33 degree Celsius, this is the best time to tour the country for its flourishing landmarks and attractions.

In addition, the capital offers different modes of transportation for travelers. May it be a bus, train, taxi, or boat, you will be sure to go about and reach your destination. You can also ride a rickshaw, the local means of transport similar to a tricycle, and cover short distances around the city in cheaper fares. You must be warned, however, that whether you are riding a ricksaw or a taxi, you will have to use your negotiation skills to get the best bargain for a ride.

Photo by joiseyshowaa

 

Bangladesh: Learn the culture      

As part of the travel itinerary, one goes to a place to learn its culture. To know the culture of the Bangladesh, one must learn the country’s national language – Bengali. Considered as one of the most spoken languages in the world, Bengali evolved from the Magadhi Prakrit and Sanskrit languages. With almost 230 million speakers in and out of the country, Bengali is counted as the bridge for communication between locals and tourists who wanted to enhance their knowledge of the region’s culture.

So how do you enjoy your stay at Bangladesh? You can check out these tips:

1. Before you travel, check out the hotels around town. There are many hotels in the country that offer cheap accommodations in line with its comfort. With the boom of information, over the internet, it wouldn’t be hard to find these hotels beforehand.

2. Take a camera with you. In any travel experience that you’ll have, you will want your camera to take the most of the memories down the lane. As Bangladesh offers lush sceneries in this side of the continent, cameras are an important tool to document your stay at the country. Whether you’re using professional digital SLR or just the point and shoot cameras, it will eventually lead you to satisfaction once you have collected tangible memories of your travel.

3Know the currency. Bangladesh uses Taka as its main currency. One US Dollar is equivalent to 81. 73 BDT (Bangladesh Taka) as of this was published. Knowing the main currency in the country could spare you from spending hundreds of bucks as you can budget what is needed for the trip.

4.     Be sure to bring your hotel card with you. If you are a newbie, you might want to always bring your hotel card with you along with their contact number wherever you go just in case. As a bustling city, you might not want to get lost around in a city as big as Dhaka.

 5.     Eat local delicacies. Each country has its own dish worth bragging. One taste of the local dish in the city and it would make an experience truly enjoyable as it leaves a mark not only in the minds but also in the taste buds. As a famous quote says, “you learn best when you use all your senses,” it’s definitely a plus once you get your senses rolling.

Challenge yourself to go around the country, be prepared and learn that Bangladesh is one country worth traveling for. #

Note: This is an application article that I’ve submitted to essays.ph. 🙂

Kidapawan time escape

Yesterday, I traveled from GenSan via Digos to Kidapawan City, North Cotabato to meet Sir Noel, our Sales representative for DIWA in that area. I am going to present GENYO e-learning program to the parents of Notre Dame Kabacan and it’s such a long ride just to get here — alone.

 

I am a foreigner in this place, if you may call it, since this is my 2nd time here but my 1st time to tour around. I’m from Laguna and for the entire 2 years I’m here in Mindanao, only GenSan is the place I can travel on my own – well, when I say I knew the spots. ^_^

 

Anyway, they say I’m a braveheart. Knowing I’m not really from here and I travel alone in a “dangerous place” — well, that term is only due to previous terrorism attempts but not, I can say, true because I arrived safe and sound, they say I have the courage. Well, for me, I’d say it’s adventure to learn on your own and explore the world.

 

So this is it. During my 2-hour tour around the city with Sir Noel, I was able to take pictures of some of the landmarks of the city and especially the most common mode of transportation — tricycle.

My room