Exploring Boracay Islands With My Mom

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It was last March, during Jomar Hilario’s Webinar on “How To Start Your Virtual Career”, that I’ve shared as a guest speaker, that I want to treat my Mom for a Boracay Trip and to celebrate my father’s birthday. My mom has never been there and has not yet experienced to travel by plane. It was one of her dreams and I am happy to finally let her experience this dream.

Will be on my 2nd month as a full-time work-at-home woman and I’m sooo happy to share this with you. I’ve spent this wonderful time with my mom on a mid-weekday (Yes! Perks of Freelancing!). Seeing her smiling and finally experiencing one of her dreams… Thank God! Everything was worth it!

It was a 3-day and 2 nights of Adventure.

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There’s no Terminal Fee upon our arrival at Kalibo Domestic Aiport. But upon our departure (on our last day), we prepared P200.00 each for Airport Terminal Fee.

 

P175.00 per person was collected upon our arrival at Caticlan Jetty Port. That was for Terminal fee and Environmental Fee. We also prepared another P100.00 per person for Terminal Fee upon our departure (last day). Children who are 5 years old below are exempted to these fees. It is recommended to include your terminal and environmental fees to your tour package for a hassle-free tour. 😉

 

 

  • Activities: Island Hopping and Room Service Massage (Arranged by Hotel)

Snorkeling gears, Boat transfers, Island Lunch Buffet are already included on the Island hopping package. There is an entrance fee of P200.00 per person if you want to explore more of Crystal Cove Island. Some other Islands hold minimal fees too.

 

 

Here’s a Video Preview of our Boracay exploration. Enjoy watching!

 

 

Date: July 27 to 29, 2016
Place: Boracay, Philippines
Camera: Supremo 1 Action Camera and iPhone 5s
Video Editor: Premiere Pro CS5
Music: Sound Off / Audio Library

Dear Mama,

We may always have misunderstandings but I want you to know that I love you so much. Thank you and sorry for everything. This is for you! 🙂

 

If you came to a point that you loose hope to work, go back to your why’s and get fired up with your dreams.

 

Let’s keep moving forward! 😉

 

Now living a life in work and work in freedom,
Anna Maria Concepcion Termulo

 

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Exploring 5 Out Of Home Adventures to Enjoy in Ilocos, Philippines

A video preview of our 3-day Ilocos adventure.

Date: Nov 29-May 1, 2016
Place: Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, Philippines
Camera: Supremo 1 Action Camera
Video Editor: Adobe Premiere Pro

Music: “Celeste” credits to Ezra Vine-Les Enfants

 

Riding a van from Manila, it took us seven to eight hours of travel time before we finally arrived at Ilocos. Nevertheless, our long wait was worth it because of the wonderful adventure we had during our 3-day trip.

Sharing with you below the Out of Home adventures we had during our trip in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.

 

1.) 4×4 Ride and Sand boarding

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Our 4X4 Ride is one of the most thrilling adventure we had in Ilocos. Super exciting!

 

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Sand Dunes is completely a desert place where the sun is extremely shining. Make sure you bring towels, hat or any sun block!

 

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We don’t have snow boarding in the Philippines but we do have Sand boarding! This adventure is already included in Sand Dunes’ package. This is a must-try experience!

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Yes, we survived from the easy to the highest trails of this desert! La Paz Sand Dunes is located at Paoay, Ilocos Norte.

 

2.) Swimming at Pagudpud Beach

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Another attraction at Ilocos is their famous white sand beach – Blue Lagoon, Pagudpud!

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Have fun playing with the waves! (Photo captured using Supremo 1 Action Camera)

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Other activities you can do at Pagudpud includes zip line adventure and other water sports like banana boat ride. There are also available booths for  Permanent and Henna Tattoo!

 

3.) Horseback Riding

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Horseback riding with view of Ilocos’ windmills. Did you know that Ilocos is at the forefront of renewable energy technology? See it yourself because your Ilocos tour wouldn’t be completed without visiting Bangui Windmills!

 

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Ilocanos are friendly and so this horsey! Experience Horseback riding on your way to Kapurpurawan Rock Formation!

 

4.) Food Trip

Along the way of our adventure we had the opportunity to try  Ilocano foods such as Puqui-puqui,Warek warek, Bagnet, Pakbet, Special Empanada, Laoag and Vigan Longganisa, and the their ideal pasalubong, Royal Bibingka. Apart from these, they also have a lot of  dragon fruit produce.

 

5.) Heritage Tour

 

And of course, historical sites and city tour must be part of your Ilocos adventure. Here are some of the tourist spots you might want to include in your itinerary:

Ilocos Norte

  • Bangui Windmills
  • Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
  • Currimao Coral Rock Formation
  • Fort Ilocandia
  • Juan Luna Shrine/ House
  • Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation
  • Paoay Church
  • Paoay Lake
  • Malacañang of the North
  • Marcos Mansion
  • Pagudpud
  • Patapat Viaduct
  • Sand Dunes

 

Ilocos Sur:

  • Archbishop Palace & Museum
  • Burgos Museum
  • Banaoang Bridge
  • Bantay Church and Bell Tower
  • Baluarte Mini Zoo (Baluarte Ni Chavit)
  • Calle Crisologo
  • Crisologo Museum
  • Heritage Village (Mestizo District)
  • Hidden Garden
  • Plaza Salcedo
  • Plaza Burgos
  • Pagburnayan (Jar Making Factory)
  • Leona Florentino House
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Vigan Tourist Park at Mira Hills

 

 

Exploring Caramoan Islands

Date: May 22-May 25, 2016
Place: Caramoan Islands, Camarines Sur, Philippines
Camera: Supremo 1 Action Camera
Video Editor: Adobe Premiere Pro
Music: “Fools” credits to The Ransom Collective

It was an exciting escapade for me and my office mates because it is our first time to get there. Apart from that, we all really wanted to be free once again from the busy city of manila and have a refreshing treat with nature. Personally,  this trip is special to me as this is my last outing with our company and a perfect moment to enjoy with them. Yup! Because I will finally work at home as full-time. (It’s a mixed emotion but… Yey!)

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Adventure started when we flew from Manila to Naga City! For a hassle-free trip, we asked our hotel accommodation to arrange our van transfer and island hopping activity.

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From Naga Airport, we took a 1-hr van ride to Sabang Port to ride a boat to Guijalo Port in Caramoan. Getting into the boat was a bit tricky but the porters helped us. They are amazing!

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It took us 2 hrs before we finally arrived at Guijalo port. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the view and the fresh air along the way. Who would not love this scene??

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West Peninsula Villas served us for accommodation. Our stay with them was good! The facilities are just perfect for us. They have additional recreational areas like swimming pool, billiards, Karaoke and gym. They have Free WiFi but make sure to bring your own in case you would need a faster connection for video streaming and the like. 😉

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The adventure continues! Jump off to port for Island hopping! 🙂

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A moment of silence for this majestic place. Perfect time to relax and reminisce!

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A day of island hopping is not enough to visit all the islands and sand bars of Caramoan. Each islands have unique features you will really be amazed with. This is a view from Matukad Island. It has an enchanting secret lagoon, rock formations and polvoron-like sand.

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Matukad Island

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Tayak Island

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Bugtong Island

 

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Cotivas Island

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Lahos Island. a back to back beach Island.

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Our lady of the Most Holy Rosary – Mother of Peace Grotto, Caglago Mountain, Brgy. Tagbon. Photo by Cheska Marie France.

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We survived the 527 steps to the grotto!

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More than enjoying the wonderful and majestic place of Caramoan, I had a great time reminiscing the moments I’ve spent with our company and looking forward on the life ahead of me. I will truly miss Caramoan and the people I am with during the trip. Indeed, it was a wonderful 3 days and 2 nights of escapade. Thank you so much, C360 Team and of course, Caramoan Islands! 🙂

Caramoan Island is located in the lower eastern part of Camarines Sur in the Bicol region of the Philippines.

EK-speriencing the Magical Adventure

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It was more than a decade ago from the  last time I went to EK (Enchanted Kingdom).  Yet I still felt the joy, magic and excitement when I came back last December 28, 2015. The experience is still “magical” and the adventure was even more exciting.

On this page, I will share with you our adventure to give you few guides and ideas for your own EK-sperience.

 

1. Parking

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You will have an exciting view of EK from their Parking lot! And even hear people screaming from the rides. Hehe! (Note: There is a minimal Car Parking Fee of P50.00)

2. Entrance

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There are a couple of Ticket Booths in front of the Park. It is advisable to buy your tickets ahead of time especially when you are planning to go there on a holiday or peak season. Check this link for the ticket rates. (Note: No worries if you ran out of cash. There are ATMs near the entrance.)

 

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If you are coming with kids, they are required to have their heights checked for tickets and rides restrictions.

3. Rides

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There are so many breathtaking rides to enjoy! It was just unfortunate on our part that we went there on a holiday season. There were many people and long lines. Therefore, we only have experienced a few rides. Hoping to try others next time! Oh Please! (Note: There are some rides that you will literally get wet. Bring your extra clothes or experience their “Magic Dryer”.)

 

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EK will suddenly turn you back into a kid like magic.  The carousel ride was made more exciting for us just like the old times! 🙂

 

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Have an amazing view of EK when you ride the Ferris Wheel!

 

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This is EK at Night.

 

4. Booths and Rentals

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ASide from various rides, EK also have Food stations, game booths and rentals for Stroller and Locker. Rentals costs P75.00 per day for Lockers and P150.00 per day for Strollers. You will need to surrender a valid ID upon the rental.

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We rented a Stroller for Baby Yumi. Here is what its look like. 🙂

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You will also enjoy hopping around EK’s various game booths just like we did! Each game booths have friendly staff. They can demonstrate how the game would be. Fee starts at P50.00 🙂

5. Other Attractions

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Our adventure was even made more magical when EK brought us to Broadway. The Rialto 4D Theater is located on this area. It was just sad that the park was about to close and we didn’t got the experience. So my advise, plan a whole day adventure or plan your day ahead for the rides and attractions you wish to experience. 😉

 

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We also had the chance to watch EK’s parade and wonderful fireworks display during our adventure! All rides were set closed a few minutes before the parade so everyone could watch.  We have seen Eldar, the Wizard! 🙂  (*Note: We went to EK on a holiday. I’m not sure if the parade and fireworks display also happens on a regular day.)

 

And so, these made our EKsperience a magical one. I’m happy to share with you our exciting experience through a video! Click and enjoy watching below! 🙂

 

Enchanted Kingdom is located at Sta. Rosa, Laguna. You can visit their website here.

Have an EK-citing stories to share? Feel free to post it below! 🙂

 

 

Exploring Puerto Princesa, Palawan with Supremo 1 Action Camera

If you are looking for a perfect place to reconnect with yourself and nature, to relax and get away from city noise and stress, then Puerto Princesa, Palawan must be one of your choices. This  article will share our itinerary and tour packages for 4 days and 3 nights captured by Supremo 1 Action Camera. Sample photos and videos for using Supremo 1 Action Camera are also on this blog.

Exploration of Peace, Arts, Freedom and Culture at Puerto Princesa, Palawan

| Exploration of Peace, Arts, Freedom and Culture at Puerto Princesa, Palawan |

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*This photo is not mine. Credits to the owner/Supremo 1 Action Camera. It was my first time to use Supremo 1. This action camera was perfect for my Adventures – may it be underwater or not. This comes with accessories and is bought from Kimstore Online Shop. You can use this with iDV smartphone app or with the bundled remote. See this blog’s photos and video for sample reference.

BALAY INATO PENSION: ACCOMMODATION THAT SHOWCASES PALAWAN’S FOOD, ART AND CULTURE
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Balay Inato Pension. Secured with 24-hour CCTV cameras. Our room includes Air Con, Cabled TV, hot and cold shower, Intercom, free WiFi, cabinet, mini kitchen and a lanai. They also have a  spacious parking.  You can choose from their Family Rooms or Double Rooms. Rooms are just a few steps away to their restaurant. Balay Inato Pension also offers free daily breakfast upon your stay.

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We stayed at Balay Inato Pension, a pension house/Bed and Breakfast inn. It stands out for its “feels like home” atmosphere. Balay Inato Pension is just a 2- to 5-minute drive from the Puerto Princesa International Airport.  Upon arrival, you never have to worry about looking for the place because Balay Inato Pension offers free shuttle services of pickup and drop-off from and to the airport.

I loved our stay because of relaxing ambiance, great food, accommodating service and artistic decorations (you will see a showcase of Palawan’s art and culture through decorated paintings, sculptures and photographies). Balay Inato Pension is also famous for its flagship restaurant, Haim Chicken Inato. Their Chicken Inato is a must-try!

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Not your ordinary Chicken Inasal! Haim Chicken Inato, the specialty dish. Served with atsara and sauce.

DAY 1: Explore Culture with the City Tour

For a worry-free and hassle-free tour, we let Balay Inato Pension arranged our tour packages with van rental. We have arrived at Balay Inato Pension on a morning and our half-day City Tour started after lunch. If you choose not to avail the packages, you can mix and match places or Do-It-Yourself to enjoy a budget-friendly tour.  

I'm amazed on how their tricycles were designed. Tricycles charge P8 to P10 per person, per destination.

Tricycles charges P8 to P10 per person, per destination.

  • Puerto Princesa Baywalk
  • Plaza Quartel
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral
  • Mitra Ranch
  • Bakers’ Hill
  • Butterfly Garden and Tribe Village
  • Pasalubong Shops

Package Rate: P600 per person. This includes Entrance Fees and Licensed Tour Guide.

Note:  Donations for some places are optional.Bring extra budget for foods to try at Baker’s Hill and for pasalubongs. Palawan is also known for Cashew Nuts, Pearls and Exotic foods like crocodile meat/meal. Baker’s Hill’s Hopia is also recommended.

Pearls at MCA Pasalubong Center Mitra's Ranch Baker's Hill. Perfect for families and Kids. Butterfly Garden and Tribal Village MCA Market Mall and Pasalubong Center The Plaza Cuartel

  • Optional for Dinner: Kinabuch’s Grill and Bar. A large open-air bar. One of Palawan’s restaurants that offers crocodile meals.
Kinabuch's Croc-Adobo. First time to eat crocodile meat - It was incredibly delicious!

Kinabuch’s Croc-Adobo. First time to eat crocodile meat – It was incredibly delicious! *Photo by Mimi Montances and is NOT taken by my Supremo 1 Action Camera

DAY 2: experience the Underground river tour and Survive ugong rock adventure
  • Underground River Tour
  • Buffet Lunch at Gusto Grill
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Underground River Photo op. If you don’t have your own camera and you just want to enjoy your experience, you have an option to have your photos taken by Underground River photographers. You can claim your photos with their official design at P180.

Underground River Rules for Cave Tour

Rules to observe for the Cave Tour

Buffet lunch after the Underground River Tour at Gusto Grill and Resto.

Buffet lunch after the Underground River Tour at Gusto Grill and Resto. This is included in our tour package. The entrance fee is P200 if you plan to Do-It-Yourself.

Package Rate: P1,500 per person. This includes Permits and Terminal Fees, Buffet Lunch, Motorized Boat round trip transfer and Licensed Tour Guide.

Note: Bring ID for the Underground River Tour.  I recommend you to eat light or take meds if you get dizzy fast because the route to Sabang port (Port to Underground River) will be a long winding zigzag road. It is also advisable to bring insect repellent for this tour.

  • Optional: Spelunking and Zipline at Ugong Rock Adventure
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Spelunking at Ugong Rock Adventures. *Photo by Charles San Juan and NOT taken by my Supremo 1 action camera

Ugong Rock Adventure's Spelunking and Zipline. They will take a photo of you with your Zipline moment. You can have it at P100.

Ugong Rock Adventure’s Spelunking and Zipline. They will take a photo of you with your Zipline moment. You can have it at P100.

Fees: Spelunking costs P200. Fee for Zipline in sitting position is P250. Zipline in superman position is P350.

DAY 3: find Peace and freedom with honda bay ISLAND Hopping

Honda Bay Island has 16 islands. Our tour package only includes access to 3 islands called Starfish Island, Luli Island and Cowrie Island. It was a fun, peaceful and relaxing Island Hopping. Our package also includes Picnic Lunch at Starfish Island.

Snorkeling at Starfish Island

Snorkeling at Starfish Island

Fun Photo-op at Honda Bay's Cowrie Island

Fun Photo-op at Honda Bay’s Cowrie Island. They have accommodating and creative local photographers.

Package Rate: P1,300 per person. This includes Entrance Permits and Terminal Fees, Picnic Lunch, Use of Cottage, Boat transfers and Licensed Tour Guide.

Note: If you don’t have your own snorkeling gears, worry not! You can rent gears on your way to the Honda Bay Wharf.

Aquatic Gear - Snorkeling Rental Shop. You can rent Snorkeling gears for as low as P150. Better to take care of it because if you lost it, you will pay for it (Around P1,500).

Aquatic Gear – Snorkeling Rental Shop. You can rent Snorkeling gears for as low as P150. Better to take care of it because if you lost it, you will pay for it for around P1,500.

Optional:  A room service whole body massage. After a long day of adventure, you deserve a relaxing massage! Our place, Balay Inato Pension, offers this service. Regular whole body massage costs P350.

day 4: Reminisce your stay and check out

There are so much to explore and to do in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. 4 days and 3 nights are not enough to explore everything. For the days and tours we have spent in that wonderful place, I have found Peace, Freedom, Arts and Culture.

Other places to visit and packages to try at Puerto Princesa, Palawan:

  • Crocodile Farm
  • Binuatan Creation
  • Dos Palmas Tour
  • Firefly watching
  • Dolphin Watching
  • San Carlos River Cruise

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