A day trek at Mount Mauyog

I am definitely not an active person. However, I am often thrilled with trying out different kinds of activities which give me adrenaline rush,such as diving,bungee jumping or trekking and so I’ve decided to join my officemates on a trek/ hike to Mount Mauyog. I have heard about it through social media. 

Mt. Mauyog has a towering height of 1,027 meters above sea level. It is also one of the popular hiking destinations my province (Cebu )because of its human brain look-like formation. Hikers usually visit this place and proceed to Mt Manunggal or vice versa for a day hike.

NOBODY SAID IT WAS EASY!!  ๐Ÿ˜‚ It was a totally not an easy climb.Ascending required endurance.I/we were undoubtedly catching our breath. You need to be always careful, when walking in rough narrow path. Steep slopes, sharp ridges and even wild plants with thorns. Descending was a tough one as well. You really needed to take extra caution because the path was slippery, two of my friends slipped, luckily my other friends were quick enough to catch them. I couldn’t describe my movements though but I tell you, in some  instance you need to use both your hands, streched your legs and arms (like almost crawling) ๐Ÿคฃ . ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ

Look at the photos below so you can imagine the struggle,but definitely worth it!! [ But I wouldn’t climbed Mt Mauyog again!! ๐Ÿ˜‚ ] 

Yeah, me struggling haha
My messy hair! A great exercise indeed



That compulsory pose though!!
We’ve made it!!!

  

โœ… HOW TO GET THERE

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ From Ayala Cebu Terminal, take vhire ride bound to Balamban (P.S. Don’t forget to tell the driver or conductor to drop you at crossing or jump off to curong Curong, Balamban) Or Barangy Sunog

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ From Crossing to Brgy. Sunog, take a Habal-Habal (Motorcycle) to Brgy. Sunog. Note: Tell the driver to drop you at Mt Mauyog starting point to register for your safety. Pay disturbance fee and guide

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ At Mt. Mauyog starting point there is a house where we answered call of nature and got ready together with our 2 guides. 


 

We didn’t climb Mt Manunggal because we were already exhausted ๐Ÿ˜‚. We rested and relaxed in BAGUIO DE CEBU. 


I really loved the ambiance of this place.The place can be cool to colder and you can see fogs around. 




The place offers:               

SKY BIKING ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ.                                          Horse back riding ๐ŸŽ                             Camping โ›บ๏ธ 

My friends sky biked and I think they were able to haggle with the price,since there were only few people at that time. My sister and I sat in a small store(cafe?) ๐Ÿคฃ where we ordered coffee and cup noodles.  

P.S [I couldnโ€™t give elaborate details about Baguio de Cebu,since I didnโ€™t ask the staffs about the place.You better search first before going there ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ]

โœ… EXPENSES ๐Ÿ’ธ


NOTE:  Our group has 2 guides because 1 guide  is good for about 6 people and there were 9 of us. The private van we had wasn’t air-conditioned (because it’s a private owned).
 

๐Ÿ“ ITERINARY 

8:30AM – Departure from Ayala Cebu Terminal 

9:30 AM – Arrival at Curos Curos crossing

9:40 Tricycle to Registration area

10:00 Starts trek Mt. Mauyog

11:00- Enjoyed Mt. Mauyogโ€™s Peak
11:40 โ€“ Trek down from Mt. Mauyog 

12 :00 LUNCH 

 1:00 Depart to Mt. Manunggal

1:30-3:30 Enjoy Mt. manunggal

3:45  Go back to City Proper (JY Square)

โœ…  TIPS

** BE CAREFUL!! 

**Streching is must!!  ๐Ÿ˜‚

**Take snacks with you, you will be famish after ๐Ÿ˜‚ 

** Wear comfortable clothes (leggings and jacket to avoid cuts,)

** Trainer shoes which can sustain  slippery slope 

** Bring  water, extra shirt,towel,band aid,  alcohol and some medicine ( in case of emergency )

**best to climb during summer or sunny weather

**umbrella or cap

P.S : THE NEXT DAY: My legs hurt and couldnโ€™t even sit properly!!Shoulder and arms hurt as well! Haha ๐Ÿคฃ 

 It takes a stronger heart to conquer the summit of this mountain.But,if you love adventure this summer, go for it!! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผโ˜บ๏ธ

~~Ciao 

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Coron Travel Tips ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

Traveling can be really costly especially if you opt to go to a famous tourist spot. But, hey!  don’t let it stop you from visting the island. Coron, is definitely a must  for all types of travellers. There are a lot of affordable accommodation depending on your budget and preferences.  

I was with my fiancรฉ for our vacation so definitely he paid everything.We stayed in Sunlight Guest Hotel,the hotel has a pool so during the days we were only relaxing. It took us around 3-5 minutes by trike to reach the town. Prices of commodities in Coron are expensive for me.๐Ÿ˜‚ For instance,  I bought 1 pack of Yakult for 60 php. ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

The two cost 70 php ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

We ate out using Tripadvisor as a guide and eventually tried some of them for lunch and dinner.My fiancรฉ said that I am very stingy for I often complain “costoso” which means expesive. Hahaha,๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜œ

๐Ÿ“Below are the list of what I’ve  learned from my 5 days in Coron. ๐Ÿ˜

โœ… Book your round trip ticket ahead, promo tickets are better.โœˆ๏ธ ( Ours were regular priced tickets purchased from SKYJET via Manila and PAL going to Cebu)

โœ… Bring cash although there are banks in Coron. For foreigners its better to change your currency to Php before coming. The rate in Coron might be lesser.๐Ÿ’ธ

โœ… Busuanga airport is around 50 minutes depend of the traffic (haha yes!! ) to Coron town. [Our hotel offers free transportation ]

โœ… There are some hole in the wall restaurants  for those who are on a tight budget. ๐Ÿฑ

โœ…Stay near the town where everything can be reached on foot. Tricycle in Coron is around 10-15 pesos. ๐Ÿ

โœ… Don’t  worry for the island tour in Coron, there are a lot of tour agencies offering different tour packages (if you haggle the rate might be lesser) .In our case, we let our hotel arrange the tour for us! ( of course vacation must be carefree! Stress free!  ๐Ÿ˜‚ )

โœ…Try the other island tour if you have more time in Coron. (We only had one because my fiancรฉ still had jetlag and I wouldn’t want to see him sick like when we had our El Nido island tour)

โœ…Bring your own snorkeling gear (if you have).
โœ… If you visit Mt Tapyas, I suggest you go there before sunset, the view is breathtaking. Take water with you. 

โœ…Bought ref magnets 5 pieces for 100php

โœ… Terminal fee is 100 php.

โœ… Bring light,comfortable  clothes because it is scorching hot in Coron especially this season. 

โœ…Treat yourself sometimes,there’s nothing wrong in spending into lavish things, it’s your own money anyway. ๐Ÿ˜˜โ˜บ๏ธ

REMEMBER: LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS . LET’S PRESERVE THIS PARADISE. ๐Ÿ
I hope these tips will help you.๐Ÿ˜โœŒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

~~Ciao ๐Ÿ’‹

See you soon Boracay ๐Ÿ˜‡


Today, the temporary closure of Boracay island has started.The news about its closure  (for 6 months)has been the talk of the town and it partly saddened me, for I was actually planning to go on a solo trip there,nevertheless I fully understood the governmentโ€™s purpose although it will surely affect the islandโ€™s businesses but I am more excited for a clean island again.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

I have seen how Boracay has progressed..The drastic changes definitely affect this paradise.This island has witnessed important memories of my life. 

๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸผMy fist flight!!! โœˆ๏ธ

2009 


 Indeed. Boracay was my first travel destination outside Cebu way back 2009. I stayed in Station 3 ( Crown Regency ).If I could recall, there were only few hotels, few shops, and D Mall,  no Mc Donaldโ€™s and not a very lively night life. Not to mention, that trip made me realize how wonderful it is to travel . โ˜บ๏ธ

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ A SUMMER with Amore ๐Ÿ‘ซ

2014 


Yes, I brought my man to this island during his second visit. [ I really daydreamed of coming to Boracay with my man or family]. My second time then, I was quite surprised when I got off from the hotel shuttle, totally different the first time I visited. It was March, definitely summer, tourists flocked around the island. We stayed in Red Coconut Resort in Station 2. The location is perfect for a day plunge or a chill at night. 


I swam with green algae floating around me, but I didnโ€™t mind that at all. I missed the powdery white sand,and the gorgeous sunset. I loved how the crowd got along well with one another. Several choices of restaurants can be found in Dโ€™Mall.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ  FAMILY VACATION ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿง“๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป

2016 

Another dream came true!! My third visit was with my Mom, two siblings and niece. My dad doesnโ€™t really like leaving his pets (roosters,pigs and goats ๐Ÿ˜‚ ) This time, we stayed in an apartment (booked through AIRBNB). It wasnโ€™t peak season because it was around the end of August to first week of September,but still there were a lot of tourist on the island. A lot of construction going on.

PUKA BEACH

The Algae situation was the same. When I saw Bulabog Beach, it was totally the opposite of white beach in Station 1. Bulabog beach is where you can find a lot of deals of most of the water activities.

I am really hoping for a better Boracay. I hope we, people will also do our part, not only in Boracay but wherever we go.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS ๐Ÿ‘ฃ.                       ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Be a responsible traveler/tourist. ๐Ÿ˜

~~Ciao ๐Ÿ’‹

Okada Manila: Dancing Fountain โ›ฒย 

Last year, I asked my fiancรฉ if we could stay in Okada Hotel while we were in Manila, he agreed,but when I checked the rate,Gosh!!! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜ฑ, I immediately changed my mind though it was okay with him. ๐Ÿคช

So,last March 17, while I was in Manila with my family, I finally visited the place. We arrived  past 7 pm for the 8pm show.The pink themed ceiling caught my eyes right away!! 

 Wow! It is exactly as gorgeous as what I’ve seen on IG. The pink theme is so lovely!! For someoneโ€™s who likes pink (shade of pink) this place is heaven!I also had the chance to use their toilet!! It is the same as some toilets in Japan. It is well maintained and clean!!  



One of the highlights of this hotel is the world class fountain show. โ›ฒ Which was the main reason for our jaunt. 

It is the biggest multi-colored dancing fountain in the world! It’s bigger than the Bellagio’s in Las Vegas, which is only white but has 1,000 water jets

It was easy to locate and the staffs were very friendly. Just follow the sign and it will lead you to where the fountain is. There were only a few people in the area. While waiting for the time, you can still enjoy watching a series of water show randomly dancing. 
8 pm..As soon as the song “I don’t wanna miss a thing” was played, the fountain simultaneously danced with the tune. ๐Ÿ’ƒ โ›ฒ The sound effects were awesome. It was like watching fireworks display ๐ŸŽ† 

I apologize I couldn’t take a descent shot because I was using my iphone .I also managed to take few snaps from my camera but I wanted to enjoy the show so I put them down.

Here’s a video of the fountain. โ€‹I only have parts of the whole song!!  But it was fascinating !!  Speechless. My eyes glittered, I was smiling the whole time.! Just WOW!!! I was very glad my mom, sister and niece enjoyed it too!! They were very impressed with what they saw. ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜œ

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**FOUNTAIN SHOW SCHEDULES**

Sun to Thu, one song at the top of each hour (6:00 PM to 10:00 PM)

Fri to Sat, two consecutive shows at the top of each hour (6:00 PM to 12:00 AM)โ€‹

 **HOW TO GO TO OKADA MANILA **

You can reach Okada by taxi ,private vehicles or you can also take the free shuttle. I know one shuttle in MOA. Check Okada’s website for more information. 

I will be visiting Okada again next week and this time with my fiancรฉ (yes!!  ๐Ÿ˜ ) We will try arriving earlier so I could see the whole place well. 

So, what are you waiting for?  Drop by Okada Manila on your next Manila trip.๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

~~Ciao ๐Ÿ’‹

WHY I LOVE KLOOK ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผโ™ฅ๏ธย 


When traveling,convenience for me is a top priority. I donโ€™t travel just to take photos but to experience life in the area  and this is the reason why most of my travels were DIY. I prefer cheap accommodation without sacrificing safety and convenience. I choose the cheapest transportation but still consider the time and fare. ๐Ÿ˜

My first DIY Trip abroad was made convenient through KLOOK!! I went to HK last December together with my friend and purchased the 3G sim card, 2 Octupos Cards and 2 Disneyland tickets. I booked everything from the plane tickets and hotel.



One mistake that I did ( we did) was, we hoped the ferry fare going to Macau would be cheaper in the ferry terminal but we were wrong!! It was way too expensive than our estimated budget probably because it was a โ€œnight ticketโ€ where you can go back to HK from Macau the latest was 1am (the next day) . We were disappointed and regretted not purchasing the tickets ahead (LESSON LEARNED). ๐Ÿ˜ž

Good thing we had a back up iterinary, and forgot about that unfortunate experience!! Hahaha . Well , I then consider that a reason to visit Hong Kong again! 

So on your next adventure book through KLOOK!!! 

Check out Klook, an online concierge for you to explore, book, and enjoy exclusive deals on unique travel experiences!

With this invitation you get โ‚ฑ 166.9 in free credit on your first activity.

To book, simply sign-up 

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P.S  Got KLOOK Credits from my purchased and , you know what, I used it to book to Dessery Factory!! Truly a win win. 
~~ Ciao ๐Ÿ’‹

My Starbucks Tumbler collection ๐Ÿ˜

Collect moments not things”

[UPDATED 3-25-2018]

A saying I agree ,however for one thing, some things are worth collecting. ๐Ÿ˜
I remembered those times when I often go inside Starbucks not to buy coffee but to check the tumblers. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ yeah TUMBLERS.

Each tumblers has its own story. โœŒ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜
(P. S: the pictures are from the newest at the top to the very first tumbler)

~~~~~~~~~~11th bucky~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 My favorite tumbler for now!! Why?? It is a limited edition spring collection tumbler and I got it as a present from my Korean friend (we are so close that we call each other sis!!) 

Isnโ€™t is pretty? ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ One of my greatest dreams is to see cherry blossoms fore real but as of now, this tumbler will do ๐Ÿ˜

 ~~~~~~~~~~10th bucky~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I bought it during my trip in Bacolod just last Month. The color is nice.

~~~~~~~~~~~9th bucky ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

A tumbler from the “Summer Capital of the Philippines ” .I tell you, this city is a good place if you wanna cool down from the humid weather in the Metro. I bought it this year (january 26,) during my trip . The cover is actually a little bit darker conpared to Boracay and Pattaya cover.


~~~~~~~~~~~~8th bucky ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

One of my dream country to visit!!  Hong Kong. Unfortunately,it was my friend who bought this one for me. Yet,this motivates me to actually booked a ticket to Hong Kong this year!!!  Yeahhhh. ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—  I will make sure I’m gonna have the Macau tumbler.


~~~~~~~~~~~~7th bucky~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The BORACAY  tumbler. Finally bought this tumbler on my 3rd visit in the wonderful island. The color of the cover is actually  the same as the Pattaya one, perhaps because the color might represent the beach, cool color though. ๐Ÿ


~~~~~~~~~~~~5th & 6th bucky ~~~~~~~~~~

Two tumblers at the same time was awesome!!!๐Ÿ˜ฑ Thanks to my man for buying it for me. We spent 12 days in Thailand. Specifically  Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya. I bought these two in Pattaya during or last two days. This is buy 1 take another one in a discounted price with a free bag!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—

~~~~~~~~~~~~~4th bucky ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I love the color of this one. KOREA starbucks tumbler. A friend of mine bought it for me but of course I had to pay for it !๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚  I promised  to visit Korea someday and buy a tumbler myself. โœŒ


~~~~~~~~~2nd & 3rd ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

As you can see,there are two buckies in the picture, because I actually bought the one on the left as a Christmas gift to myself around January 2014.However when I had my business trip in Japan the same year, our boss gave it as a souvenir. I was so damn lucky!!!


~~~~~~~~first bucky~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This is my first tumbler. My ex bf bought it as a birthday gift and at thag time it was my second month in my company, way back 2010.However ,a cat cause this tumbler to fall from the 3rd floor to the first floor. Ouch!!! So yeah, I had to through this tumbler the year I broke up with my ex.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

I actually like the design of this

Dessert Museum Manila ๐Ÿฉ

Dessert  anyone?  As a kid, I have always liked sweets, who doesn’t? Who would have thought that a museum like this would exist? 

The Dessert Museum has 8 dessert-themed rooms where you can visually, mentally and gastronomically enjoy . This is good for all ages!! (Inclusive of FREE DESSERTS!)

The entrance of the museum..
Use this pink wristband to get your free treat.

Here’s a tour of the first ever dessert museum in the Philippines! This museum is all about sweetness and selfies. 

Let’s explore the  8 dessert themed rooms:

**The Raining Donuts Room  ๐Ÿฉ  

** Ten Thousand MarshMallows Room ๐Ÿก 

 **Candy Cane Groves Room ๐Ÿญ 

** The Ice Cream Room ๐Ÿฆ

**Never Ending Bubbles Room ๐ŸŽˆ

**Land of Giant Gummies Room ๐ŸŒ€
**Cotton Candy  forest Room ๐Ÿฌ

**Cake Pops  carnival  Room ๐Ÿฐ

 ******THE DONUT ROOM ๐Ÿฉ******

TRIVIA :  Canada consumes the most doughnuts and has the most doughnut shops per capita of any country in the world.1 


Wow!!! I wish they were real!!!

Pink Donuts!!!

******MARSHMALLOWS ******

TRIVIA :  Marshmallows don’t have fat!! 

Huge mallows!!




******CANDY CANE ******

TRIVIA : The first candy cane was made over 350 years ago.!!! 


******ICE CREAM ******

TRIVIA:  The most popular flavor of ice cream is vanilla. After it come chocolates, strawberry, cookies nโ€™ cream, and others.





******BUBBLE GUM ******

TRIVIA:   Walter Diemer invented the bubble gum. The first gum was pink because that was the only color that he had. 



******GUMMY BEARS ******

TRIVIA:      They were invented in 1922 by German candy maker Hans Riegel.




******COTTON CANDY ******

TRIVIA :  Cotton candy was invented in 1897 by William Morrison and John C. Wharton, candymakers from Nashville, Tennessee, USA. They invented a device that heated sugar in a spinning bowl that had tiny holes in it. It formed a treat that they originally called “Fairy Floss.”


My niece really love the cotton candy that I gave her mine. Haha


******CAKE POPS ******

 TRIVIA :  The cake pops were invented by the blogger “Bakerella ” in 2008.





I really had a great time taking photos that I forgot to try some of the free treats but thanks to my niece!!  She  was always alert and would always proceed to the dessert area. ๐Ÿ˜‚ 

Make your sweetest sugar-coated dream come true! Visit The Dessert Museum now. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

******TIPS ******

– ๐Ÿ’Œ Book your slots online at www.thedessertmuseum.com 

  [I booked through KLOOK ] https://www.klook.com/activity/9526-dessert-museum-manila/

-P699 (Online Rate) | P799 (Walk-in Rate) Sometimes they have some discount, so check the website 

-โœ… They offer group discounts for 20 pax – above

-โœ… Don’t be late!! You can choose what time you want to have the tour. 

– โŽ All tickets are non-refundable

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป To rebook unused tickets, email tickets@thedessertmuseum.com 
๐Ÿ’ต Rebooking fee Php 200 –

– โฑThere is a limited time to spend in each room so make sure to pose and take photos quickly..๐Ÿ˜‚ 

– Donโ€™t forget to get the free treats (you paid for it)

-Bring your camera and smile. 

WHERE: S Maison at Conrad Manila (Just a few steps away from SMX & SM Mall of Asia Official) .The entrance of the museum is inside the mall on the right side.It’s very easy to spot. 

Open daily from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
~~ Ciao ๐Ÿ’‹

WPC: STORY

Behind every photograph is a Story,and here is mine. 


I have been quiet busy for the past few days, but I wanted to share my entry of last week’s theme STORY. 

Probably you can easily guess where this photo was taken. Indeed, it is in an airport. Meet my mom (nanay) and my niece. They were heading to Manila for my niece’s US Embassy appointment.

Happiness   — definitely just glancing at the photo, you could really tell that they were overwhelmed. My mom has been longing to visit Manila and she wanted to get on a plane again (her second time). Seeing my mom happy is one of the best feelings in the world. 

Loneliness  —My niece was also excited as well. She might not realize the loneliness we might feel once she’ll leave to the US especially my mom who took care of her since she was still one year old. We will surely miss, this little one who once made our life a beautiful mess. (if you know what I mean) ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Excitement  — I am so excited for her as she will be living in a totally different environment,although I know her mom and step dad will take care of her. 

Acceptance — The fact that USA isn’t  just Cebu to Manila, or Philippines to Hong Kong, made me think of when will they visit us  knowing the distance and plane fare. ๐Ÿ˜‚  Nevertheless, long distance nowadays isn’t a big deal due to social media. For sure my niece will be calling my mom or me everyday.๐Ÿ˜โ˜บ๏ธ We will still be watching her grow into a beautiful lass with a heart.๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜‚

P.S  She will have her interview on Monday (3-19-2017) by that time, I will update this blog if her Visa will be approved. 

Thank you for reading ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜ƒ

~~ Ciao ๐Ÿ’‹

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Weekly Photo Challenge:A face in the crowdย 

Be the reason someone smiles today

I’ve chosen this photo for the theme because definitely I am a happy person. I often take photos of other people and find it fulfilling. However, this time I asked my friend to snapped a photo of me. I was wondering why my friend was laughing after that. A few minutes,when I checked my photos, I noticed something and even made me smile from ear to ear. Look at the photo closely. 

You got it!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚


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