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The Beach Pebble of Mabua

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Surigao, a place which is known of having majestic shoreline has a number of good beaches around.  From enjoying the waves of the Siargao Island to diving the depths of various Surigao Reefs, every place is a worth visiting for.  pebble beach of mabua

I had to buy my time so I could wander around the prominent shorelines of Surigao.  So far I have visited some in the north section facing the Siargao Island.  But one among the good beach pebble shorelines I have visited is the one in Brgy. Mabua.  It is located about 8 Kilometers of the eastern part of Surigao City.  mabua shoreline beach

Mabua is a common place for locals but hides its fabulous rounded stones on its shores.  Unlike any other beach shoreline where you will see white sand or near like, the beach of Mabua Surigao shoreline is held by captivating round stones of different sizes much bigger by 10 times or more than the marbles we have commonly known.  It is also known as pebble beech.  This makes the seawater clear looking where you can even see the ocean floor near the shoreline.

Fascinated by this ground formation, it had invited me to go into a dive to observe the depths of this area and it is more than I have been excited meeting the see creatures within.  A lot of water species can be found in these waters and when you move forward to the depth of more than 8 feet it will reveal the white sand that is kept by its stony shorelines.

It’s a good idea to visit this place by yourself.  Bring your family or friends along and enjoy this shoreline along with them in Surigao beach.  mabua pebble beach sunset

Surigao pebble beach resort is in the Northernmost part of Mindanao and is an hour and half fly by Cebu Pacific or Air Philippines.  Once a day, these air carriers have flight going to Surigao on different schedules.   It can also be reach by 45 minutes flight from Cebu.  If you are coming somewhere else in Mindanao, you can take land trip by Bachelor Bus but you will have to bear with the long haul trip which is about 8 hours from Davao City and 7 hours from Cagayan De Oro City.

So what else are you waiting for?  If cash budget is not a real problem, then start resort beaches and plan your trip now.  A 5 cents tip is to stay at least 3 days or more so you can hop around.


Explore Philippines


While it is indeed amazing to go around the world to see the greatness of mother earth, it is a fact that traveling is an expensive interest. People who travel most are likely to be business men, entertainers, athletes and on careers that require them to have a trip every now and then. In those times, very few of them can mix pleasure with work. Lucky are those who fuse traveling and working like those people in media or travelogue magazine that features places and their interest. But still, it can be still considered as working.

At 42, I consider myself fortunate enough to travel on intervals school is off or my hubby would bring us along in his business trip locally. Who can’t refuse, right?  On those, sprees we had I still think through myself an outlandish to our own country. Why? Because there are still places in which I find remarkable than other countries have. Our country is rich in natural resources, scenic views, gorgeous history, sumptuous food and great beaches not to mention the undeniable warmth our “kababayan” extend.

Here are places that can make your break unforgettable.

The Wondrous Palawan

Aside from the fact that it is the largest province in the country, the Puerto Princesa’s Subterranean River has been recently concluded as one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Palawan is very rich in natural resources. It has 15 lakes, 42 ponds, 44 water falls, 72 natural springs, 9 mineral springs, 43 streams, and 165 creeks identified as potential sources of water for domestic consumption and irrigation. It has also 8 of the 11 amphibians endemic to the Philippines are found only in Palawan. Indeed, a wondrous place to visit!

Romantic Bohol

Bohol is one of the most visited places in our country. It has been quoted and chosen by couples as a place to spend passionately. Its main attraction is the Chocolate Hills that captivates tourist by its mystery and charm. Bohol is also the home of the tarsier, the big-eyed insect insect-eating primate whose size is smaller than one’s fist. Scientists regard the tarsier as the oldest mammal now inhabiting the earth. I may say that mother earth has a lot more to offer than just pleasure and thrill.

Surprisingly Tagaytay

While most of the people in the city crave for some cold breeze environment and gearing up for uphill places such as Baguio and the Mountain Provinces, Tagaytay is their redeemer. Why not? If you’re living in Manila, Tagaytay is just a few hours to reach and few minutes from nearby cities. Aside from short travel, you can go there using various alternate routes to avoid road traffic. Cold wind breeze, copious restaurants and aromatic coffee shops, the sightseeing of the famous TAAL volcano is breathtaking.  🙂 Hotels are quite numerous as well and choosing an affordable place to stay is not a difficult task.

Cultures in Cebu

Known to Filipinos as the “Queen City of South”; It is also the seat of Christianity and was discovered by the Portuguese Explorer Ferdinand Magellan. To date, Cebu is considered as one of the busiest and improved city of the Philippines. Multi-national companies are continuously investing not to mention that Cebu also is the home of call center industry as locals are good in English language. Recently, a good number of Koreans are migrating there. Moreover, Cebu offers white-sand beaches such as the like of Boracay. There are also five star hotels to choose from and entertainment places are all over the place. It’s a city more than a province.

Boracay at its Best

Night life, Parties, Dancing, Island Hopping, Sailing and Windsurfing, Hot Spots.  It is BORACAY at its best. Before becoming a Mecca for beach-lovers the World over, Boracay was solely inhabited by the Ati tribe. Now, Boracay holds the title as one of the spectacular island comparable to Bali of Indonesia and the Phuket of Thailand. With its powder-like form sand and charming coast, thousands of foreigner around the world are whooshing to appreciate this God-given gift to us, Filipinos.

Our country is such a wonderful place to explore. And if someone if someone asks me which country I can recommend for? I would still say, join me as I discover my homeland.


Church in Laguna: Where to go for Visita Iglesias 2013

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Visita Iglesias is the most popular activity in the observance of the Lenten season.  While many have already planned how to do this ahead and where to go, a lot are still having difficulty in collecting ideas of names of churches for visita iglesias and where to find these churches.

A couple of days ago just right before the Lenten week breaks, my family have planned to do the Visita Iglesias ahead so we can still enjoy the luxury of roads with lesser traffic hassle.

We then decided to move ahead with our plan and aimed our trip to the Southern part of the Calabarzon Region in the Philippines and particularly started our way into Laguna.  It was still Saturday and it was a day before Palm Sunday.  The road was a-OK and even we have started our trip just before noontime, everything turned out well in our trip.

From Binan City we took our way via the South Luzon Expressway and exited at Calamba exit.  Calamba is one of the busiest city in Laguna being the hub of business in  this region.  After exiting Calamba, we have went through the shortcut road going to Los Banos and passed along the Calamba City Hall.  It was a nice looking new City Hall and its design is far better than those in Makati and Manila.  This is because this Calamba City Hall was just built recently.


In image above is the Calamba City Hall Arc.

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In image above is the Calamba City Hall Main Hall.

Moving forward with the trip, we turned right southward upon reaching the intersection from the Calamba City Hall.  We have then headed towards Los Banos; passed through Victoria, Laguna and our first stop was Pila, Laguna.


Image above shows Victoria, Laguna’s natural panoramic view.

In Pila, Laguna is where the Pila Church sits.  The original church was located in Pagalangin, which was was built in 1616 while the Franciscans have already built a Printing Press here ahead back in year 1606.

Pila Church was then the center for all sick Franciscan Missionaries and was maintained between year 1618 and 1673.


Due to frequent flooding however, the church was transferred to its current location in the 1800.

The church and the convent construction was completed in 1849 but earthquake destroyed the church in 1880.

Our next stop, Sta. Cruz Church in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

Trivia:  Did you know that Sta. Cruz, Laguna is the Capital of Laguna?  Here sits the various government offices, the office of the Town Mayor and likewise the Office of the concurrent Governor Mr. ER Ejercito, who happens to be an actor under the screen name of George Estregan, Jr. and a known relative of the former Philippine President Joseph Ejercito Estrada; another movie actor between the 60’s and early 90’s.

In Sta. Cruz, Laguna you will find the Church of Sta. Cruz.  It was firstly built in the year 1608 using stone blocks and was enlarged in year 1672 by adding wings on both sides making it to look like a cross from top view.


The Church of Sta. Cruz was remodelled in year 1850 where the Altars were improved but the church was destroyed by fire in January 26, 1945 during the time of Japanese occupation Liberation in World War II.

The Church of Sta. Cruz was reconstructed in 1948 during the post-war era.

Next, we go to Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe.


The Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be found in Pagsanjan, Laguna.


Commonly known as the most visited tourist attraction in the district of Laguna, Pagsanjan not only offers the rapids of the Pagsanjan Falls but also this historical church of Pagsanjan.

Next road to take is the way uphill to Lumban where you and your family can take a break for a while sightseeing, dine, and relax in the famous man-made lake of Caliraya which is use as a hydrothermal power supply for many parts of the region.



Picture above shows the halfway scenic view of the Lumban-Caliraya Road.


Done with the bonding? It’s time to move ahead.  Let’s go to Pakil Laguna and see the Church of Paete.


Above photo shows the front view of the Paete Church at a distance.


Photo above shows the side entrance and exit of the Paete Church which is usually use by visitors due to the position of the church building.

Trivia:  Did you know that Paete, Laguna was the home for wood carvings in Laguna?  Paete came from the word Paet or “chisel” which is the name of a tool mainly use to carving woods.  Wood carving experts in this small town can do literally anything you may have in mind or wish to carve for you.

Next, lets go to the nearby town of Pakil, Laguna and visit the extra-ordinary Pakil Church.

The initial Pakil Church was built in 1676 using Bamboo and Nipa materials.

The convent was built later on and the church was constructed in 1732 using stone materials.  However, the church was burnt in 1739 and reconstruction was completed in 1767.

A couple of events happened that destroyed this church and the current church you will see now was another reconstruction completed in 1959.



There are many churches you can still go around Laguna – these are good and historical churches but we decided to move to the other side and visit the Church in Liliw, Laguna on the way to Quezon.



The Church of Liliw is one of the best churches I have visited this time. It has a good interior which most I have taken photos and I will share to you in my next article.

The place of Liliw is clean, people are nice, and there is a lot of souvenirs you can take home starting from fruits, sandals, local vinegar, and Lambanog.

For some people who would want to stay longer in theses places, surely a hotel is available nearby.  You can check hotels room accommodation in Laguna or check for Hotel Deals of the Day in Pagsanjan Laguna.

Since I have other things to do on the next coming days including travel to beaches in Batangas, me and my family have called it a day. From Liliw, Laguna we went straight back home and a 2 and half hour drive from Liliw going back to our home in Binan City is not bad at all.

Best Travel Practices: Will you Fly or Roll?

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As traveling is not a new thing to me, I came to many experiences that made me learned and understand the beauty and the ugliness of traveling.  Since 1990s, I have been into different places; rolled or flew in any way I would decide.  I actually consider myself a jetsetter as I made many number of flying using different airlines.  I have also traveled a lot in road thus made me a route savvy cruiser; means that I can easily make a plan which road to use when I wanted to go into cruising a long drive.

But what is it really taken into consideration in order to decide whether to fly or roll the wheels?  The answer for experienced travelers would be simple. Go on and read and read my tips.

Flying will lessen the time you need to travel but will not be too exciting more than the taking-off and landing.  Believe me you will just see the airport, the skies, and your co-passengers all the while when you ride a commercial airline.  Flying is a less tiring but a boring journey.  Money matter is also another consideration as at times it can save you some money for airfare but will cost you more cost on taxis or transfers.

Flying can make your travel fast, delayed, or your flight for the day may be cancelled for one reason or another.  Cancelled flights can also result to another problem if you have flight connections for another carrier in order to get you into your final destination.  When your flight is cancelled, you may be obliged to arrange a hotel for yourself as there are times that some medium-scale airlines do not answer for accommodation you can use to stay overnight in order to wait for your replacement flight schedule the next day.  This kind of situation mostly happens when you make domestic flights.

Another inconvenience of flying is when your luggage got offloaded or misrouted; you shall not be able to have access to your important wardrobes or other accessories until sometime and the impact could become worst if it takes a couple of days before you can have your luggage from the airline.

So what about rolling?  Of course if you are just into a domestic travel, rolling would be an alternative.  I will not lie that cruising is my first choice only if I have the liberty of time.  While rolling takes longer for you to reach your destination if you are traveling a few hundred or a thousand kilometers, it provides you the opportunity to enjoy the scenery.  It may take days for a thousand or more kilometer cruise but you can always take a break any time you wish.  Resting will not be a problem if you need to stay in a place for an overnight since you can always choose any travelers-inn or a quality hotel accommodation along the way.  Like any common travel plan, money is always a consideration.  Be prepared to fund your cruise and ensure that you have the money in your pocket.  When you roll, you have all the freedom to stay or hop into scenic places, historical landmarks and the food specialty in each region.

Make sure that your vehicle is in top condition before starting to roll as there might be instances that you will be cruising in isolated places where you cannot buy parts or a shop.

I have also provided some tips on road travel in one of my articles which allows you to take note what important things you should prepare when taking a long cruise journey.

So whether you are flying or rolling, all it needs to take is to be practical while not compromising the fun in your journey.  🙂


Plan your road trip travel in Santiago

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While many of us are already used to commute even for long haul trips, many are still not able to plan their trips well.

Some may be aware of travel discomforts that every traveler can experience along the way.  For them, planning is necessary.  In my own opinion, I agree with them.  In the number of travels i have made in the past, I have documented some like the video below:  A road trip in Santiago located in Agusan Del Norte, Mindanao.

There are several things we need to be prepared of when making trips especially that we have our own vehicle.  Preparing our vehicle for this trip can be beneficial to us as travelers.

If you have any plan to travel to a place for the first time and you plan to bring your own transportation, be sure that you do as follows:

  • Prepare your transport for a long journey.  This means that you must ensure that your vehicle is at its optimum performance.  If you have not done yet, bring your vehicle to an auto shop for a quick preventive maintenance i.e. change of engine oil, transmission oil, gear oil, transmission fluid, and other form of lubricants if necessary.  Don’t forget to have your under chassis properly greased.   Inspect tires for any wear and tear sign that needs your attention and replace your vehicle’s tire when necessary.  Check cooling hoses and hoses and tubes that supplies power to the engine.  Bring your toolbox. The bottom line is check everything to ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy; can bring you to your destination and can bring you back to your home smoothly and safely.
  • Plan your Road Trip Travel well.  Take a look into your road map.  Look into distances and how much your fuel tank can accommodate to be sure that you can load up into the next available gas station.  You don’t want to be stuck in a remote place while you have lost all the fuel in the vehicle and have not found any gas station around.  If you are unsure, then it won’t hurt to bring an extra container or two of spare fuel, right?
  • Bring an extra spare tire.  Aside from the 5th tire hanging or placed at the back of your transport vehicle, it is wise to travel in remote places with another spare tire.  Trust me that you are not going to be able to look for a Brand New tire store when you are in these isolated areas.  Maybe there are small repair shops to fix your deflated tires but most of them are closed during night time.
  • Bring an ample supply of water.  Just in case you got stuck in a remote place, at least you won’t get dehydrated for the next 3 days.  You would not know if your vehicle can be repaired in such a time.  At least you would know that you have a safe water to drink.  Warning: Don’t drink water somewhere else that you cannot trust.  Most disease goes through the body by ingestion.   You don’t want to be sick while traveling right?
  • Take a look into who your passengers are; is there a baby that needs extra care or an adult over the golden years?  A sick person maybe?  One way or another, someone in your passenger list may need extra preparation such as the need to bring an anti-asthma medicine.  Consider all possibilities that you may encounter outside your home and be able to face such situation by getting the right preparation.
  • Check on news.  Is there any particular event in your route that may affect your trip or your safety?  Traffic re-routing? Typhoon or flooding?  Civil trouble? Yeah, you know already how these situations can affect your arrival in your destination.
  • BEFORE ROAD TRIP DEPARTURE: Make a double check of all those that has been listed.  If you find everything in order, then run another check on the third time.
  • RE-FILL WHILE ON TRIP:  If anything goes wrong with your extra-supply, or whatever you have brought was already consumed, then fill the bin again for emergency back-up.
  • YOUR CASH is YOUR PASSPORT.  Most of the case, bringing right amount of cash will bail you out from a difficult situation.  Therefore, don’t leave cash behind whenever you do a road trip.

I hope that above tips will assist you when you make a journey.  Trust me that I know this because I do road tripping a lot.

P.s. I may have missed something and if you have any other suggestion, please leave a nice comment below 🙂