Kalanggaman Island 2016

I have been going to the beach quite a lot lately. My skin is the first one to notice. Yeah, I have been using sun screen to protect my skin from the harmful UV rays but it doesn’t prevent me from having a little more brown complexion than usual. Anyway, I think my skintone would normalize soon unless there would be more trips to the beach – which I know there would be some more in the coming months!

This April 2016, I went to Kalanggaman Island, in Leyte with friends. We spent one night camping under the most beautiful night sky I have ever seen in recent years! There were millions, no billions of stars visible in the night sky when we were in Kalanggaman. Okay, I’m exaggerating but it was really a stunning sight to behold. Even with my poor eyesight, I could see lots and lots of sparkling, teeny weeny lights. Not to mention, I saw a lot of shooting stars. I wasn’t able to make a wish though. Nevermind, I am a sucker for star gazing so it was an almost out of this world kind of experience. I was extremely happy. I wish I could go back soon! I’m so excited!

The photos I am sharing with you here doesn’t show any of the exciting sights I was enthusiastically telling you about. Sorry to disappoint you. I’ll just leave it to your imagination. Better yet, why not go on a camping trip to Kalanggaman Island so you could experience is first hand! I’d say one night is not enough. Two or three nights would be a lot of fun if you love the beautiful night sky as much as I do.

If I may talk a little about these photos…

While roaming around the island, there was this picturesque fallen tree by the beach, perfect for a quick photo op. The sun was striking and the beach enticing. I didn’t go for a swim because it was too hot. Still, I managed to get some photos as momento.

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And on the other side, along the way to the fallen tree, was a secluded spot with a path to towards the rocky side of Kalanggaman Island. Coconut trees were abundant. I could not resist taking some pictures here as well. Who could resist the summer vibe it brings? I bet you are now thinking of going to the beach. Don’t worry, summer isn’t over just yet. As what Ralph Waldo Emerson says, “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”

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Stunning Magpupungko Beach

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Strong waves were crashing through the background and the sun was shining brightly when this photo of me was taken at the Magpupungko Beach, in the beautiful tropical island of Siargao off the coast of mainland Surigao City. Siargao is well-known for its big waves perfect for surfing thus the name, Surfing Capital of the Philippines.

Here at Magpupungko Beach in the town of Pilar, something magical happens during low tide. The sea would recede and expose stunning rock pools a.k.a. tidal pools that look like infinity pools! With clear waters and exquisite marine life alongside natural rock formations. The most iconic of these rock formations is the Magpupungko Rock, a gigantic rock sitting on top of another flat rock. You don’t wanna miss this natural wonder!

When in Siargao, head to Magpupungko Beach, around an hour and a half travel from General Luna. You can rent a habal-habal for Php400 (one-way). Entrance fee to the beach is Php50. Meals and snacks are available for sale at a reasonable price.

Sun Down at San Jose 2016

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The sea can be so relaxing specially during sun down.  This is a picture of me one afternoon at San Jose, one of the coastal barangays of Dulag, Leyte.

Living in an island on the eastern part of the Philippine archipelago, going to the beach is actually going to the Pacific Ocean. Black sand and big waves are normal.  Yet I don’t remember feeling scared being swallowed by the waters when I “swim” in this open sea and not really knowing how to swim.  Thinking about it now made me realize I was braver than I ever thought I was.  Or maybe, it was the idea of reaching the USA, eventually, when you are washed away from the shore that made it enjoyable.  Yeah, we often joked about it. How about you?

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San Juanico Bridge 2016

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I never thought posing for the camera 135 ft above sea level can be so excillerating rather than frightening.  I can say I have grown compared from my previous photo-op here at the San Juanico Bridge, the longest bridge in the Philippines.

Did you know that San Juanico Bridge connects the islands of Leyte and Samar? The bridge is 2.2 km long. It is shaped like the letter L when approaching Leyte and you could see the bridge forming the letter S when approaching Samar.

San Juan, Siquijor

It’s summer time once again so what better way to kick off the season than by heading to the beach. Over the weekends, my friends and I travelled to the beautiful and mystic island of Siquijor. We were greeted by a stretch of white sand at the port area. I was excited to see what more was in store for us as we tour around the island.

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I always, always love the sight of the sea! Just looking at it makes me happy. Locals say the most prestine beaches in the island can be found in San Juan… so we went to one of the beach resorts there. True enough, the place was so mesmerizing. How I wish I could just build a house there, grow old while sipping some pina collada!

If you are going to Siquijor, be sure to visit San Juan.  There you can hang out and bask under the bright sun, blue skies and white clouds. Just don’t forget to apply sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun and drink lots of water to avoid dehydration. Enjoy!

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A Letter to the Future Just Arrived Today

There’s this web site called futureme.org wherein you can send your future self an mail.  May it be to give your self a piece of advise or some quick memory refresher  or just about anything you can think of.  I though it’s kind of cool so I gave it a try.  I’m sharing here what I wrote a year ago.  Go and try it, too!

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Tinago Falls 2016

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This is a photo of me at the Tinago Falls, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte.

Tinago Falls is my most favorite waterfalls to date! I can never explain the feeling I had as I ride the bamboo raft going towards the gushing waterfalls. The anticipation, excitement and marvel rolled into one as I behold this beautiful work of nature up close. Plus the occassional “I’m not yet ready to go directly under the waterfalls!!!” moments felt like I was actually living or was it simply the adrenaline? Maybe!

To see Tinago Falls, you have to endure 400+ steps going downhill. The steps are made of concrete but still challenging because the way down is steep. Just don’t think about how harder it is going back up because it’s harder than you can imagine. Hahaha! Nevertheless, what’s waiting for you is worth every drop of sweat. And you are going to get an instant butt-toning exercise as a bonus!

Don’t miss visiting Tinago Falls on your trip to the City of Waterfalls, Iligan City in Lanao del Norte. Trust me!