The Beach @ Jumeira Beach Residences

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This Dubai Beach Residence is one of the best beach destination that this city could offer. A mall strip is there to provide with your dining needs – from fine dining to fastfood; from chinese to arabic. There is also an outdoor theatre and a moviehouse nearby so a day at this place is never enough to spend with your loved once.

1544501_10151993342411269_4547797548878162435_n1609941_10151993342121269_7443639620414189808_n Few steps away from the mall strip is the beach where you can enjoy swimming or just bathe under the sun.

By the beach, you can unwind or just have your picnic. In the waters, you can enjoy jet ski and other water sport activities.

How To Get There: Getting there is very easy using an RTA cab. Just tell the driver to get you to “The Beach” in JBR. It would be around 30 or less USD from downtown Dubai or airport. By train, you can just simply go to Jebel Ali platform, red line, and just drop off at JLT station and ride the tram going to JBR. It would take you around 40 minutes from the airport.

What makes this place so special to us is that on the 14th of February 2014, I made the biggest proposal of my life. Yes! This is the place where I proposed marriage to my one and only. The memories that we have in this place is just simply unforgettable. That is why, in our every destination, yeah, we spend money but we make sure we are investing on memories that no money can buy.

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We are Indeed Happy wherever we may be as long as we are together!

A Letter to My Future Ex Girlfriend

“I have been to paradise but I have never been to me” – Charlene

The moment I am writing this letter, you might not have any trace or idea of what is going to happen today. Today might be special for lovers because it is the valentines day but for me, it is extra special as I am now deciding to bring our relationship into the next level. But before anything else, let me express to you how grateful I am to have you; the experiences that we have together and how we conquer things and places.

We started as friends, with a bit of admiration/crush though for me, so to say because I am pretty much attracted to chinky-eyed women. I am thankful that things patched in at the right place and at the right time for us. We started to talk a lot and share things about life and your insights and perspective in life impressed me so much which lead me to falling in love with you. A few days after we started dating, I have decided quickly to put an end to it and start to commit so i proposed to you a formal relationship of officially being a couple. 387355_10150365573641269_73039172_nAt this very moment in the above photo, you said “yes” on Nov 14, 2011. That was indeed one of the happiest moment in my life. I did not expect that my life would be more colorful and full of adventures with you! On our first few months in relationship, I admit that we have been through a lot of challenges but these challenges strengthened our relationship. We had a great job and we were working together in the same company – more time for us! hurray! We discovered that traveling is indeed very helpful to our relationship hence we made a lot of travel adventures and good thing we were able to document it in a blog – This blog! (though I need to repair my previous posts are images are missing. sorry about that). Our first escapade was during your birthday and we went to Moalboal with our friends. I am so thankful to have a very supportive friends.

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After that, we became travel and adventure addicts!  We have conquered the Beaches of:

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 Malapascua Island1006068_10151527141331269_1980694152_n

                                    Daanbantayan  942675_10151351844536269_598478918_n

                     General Luna, Siargao 1976919_10151937521176269_1917688837_n

Naked Island, Surigao del Norte 1966815_10151933995876269_741267447_n

    Dakong Bato, Dalaguete, Cebu 1472812_10151734779026269_12573824_n 

Bantigue Beach, Ormoc, Leyte 402191_10150442230771269_737020853_n

We have also visited almost all kinds of land and water forms!

The Deep Blue Enchanted River in Surigao del Sur380241_10150798336511269_495064347_n

The Wonderful Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao del Sur485863_10150798324066269_2086792922_n

From the deep seas with the Whale sharks in Oslob 399390_10150928696231269_596285694_n

To the Highest point of Cebu in Osmena Peak 943296_10151455097011269_1649717881_n

From Taal Volcanic Lake in Batangas 580251_10151049694591269_565451452_n

To Lake Danao in Leyte                   580353_10150634504816269_927013361_n

From Lake Danao in Camotes Island 407960_10150530899386269_559788580_n 

To Timubo Cave in Camotes Island 418282_10150530915146269_1034927424_n

From Tumalog Falls                                      427495_10150926588926269_1008066969_n

To Agusan River in Butuan City   389309_10150803860091269_1897157998_n

From Magpupungko Rock Pools in Siargao 10009892_10151936974406269_1082444333_n

To Pasig River in Manila       311282_10151053285546269_1741295719_n

It is so nice to see these things with you and it made me fall in love with you over and over again. Not to mention the cities/towns and its landmarks that we have seen:

                     Oslob Ruins                                                 603552_10150926576366269_938786420_n

                 Fort San Pedro in Cebu                           401091_10150518417126269_1295633471_n

Silliman University in Dumaguete553545_10150926602131269_1797838326_n

                       Jaro Belfry in Jaro, Iloilo                                          534029_10151310685831269_1095409110_n

       The Ruins in Talisay, Negros Occidental            408111_10151315962196269_1456084961_n 

Negros Occidental Capitol Building in Bacolod72819_10151315969946269_1033109228_n

Guisi Lighthouse Ruins in Guimaras Island      57904_10151311046066269_253291311_n

Diosdado Macapagal Bridge in Butuan City      75266_10150803859701269_1001023234_n

                 Manila Ocean Park                               255441_10151049618086269_1509078357_n

We have tried all means of transportation together:

By Train3557_10151050863916269_1357977672_n                 By Boat                                                    3753_10151049604296269_801346347_n

   On a Bus                                                 971834_10151455058176269_1816360689_n         Cable Car?! Nah.. I don’t think so 156453_10151059401656269_632852195_n                                   Through a Rope                          29375_10151093021621269_1336383536_n      And lastly, on foot! the most effective transport in case of traffic jam!404500_10150466476596269_1995274161_n

Everything we had will be treasured and will always remind me of how wonderful and colorful our love is – I could not gamble it and replace it with any kind of riches of this world. As we are currently progressing with our journey together with, of course, the guidance of our good Lord, let us always be on support for each other as what we are always doing. I could not promise you everything of this world but I could promise you everything that I am.

Going back to the quote “I have been to paradise but I have never been to me.” Let me rephrase that to “I have been to paradise but I have never been to me, yet.” I am just simply saying that I have been to a lot of places and seen a lot of wonderful things. I call it paradise because I have seen it together with you. It could not have been paradise without you. I have never been to me as of yet because I have realized that one thing left is missing. I will never fully discover of who I really am and who I am going to be if I will not spend the rest of my life with my better half. Now, let me ask you. Please let me find myself by having you for the rest of my life. Will you marry me, Meriangiline?

64679_10151129690821269_1036845522_n I would be happy if you would marry me at the same date and the same place where our love blossomed for the first time.

523984_10150926578531269_776103589_n “The Earth is our battlefield and Heaven is our Home; Jesus is our King and Love is our Religion” -Moi

Cherinicole Resort of General Luna, Siargao

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Cherinicole Resort is a classy yet affordable resort located in General Luna, Siargao, Surigao del norte. If you want to experience the life in an island and connect with nature, then Cherinicole Resort is definitely for you. It is just few steps away from the town center of General Luna and few minutes away from the popular surfing site, cloud 9. The pool is perfect for a swim under the stars. The resort also offers a nice beachfront; they offer sumptous meals at their restaurant. My favorite part is the sound of the waves from afar – they are music to my ears.

How To Get There:  The gateway of Siargao is Sayak Airport which is about an hour travel to General Luna. From Cebu, there are daily Cebu Pacific trips going to Sayak Airport. If you choose to travel by sea, you can take daily ferry trips in Surigao City going to Dapa.

Resort Amenities:

  • Aircoon/Non-Aircon Rooms
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront    

For inquiries, you can contact them through their facebook page: Cherinicole Resort Siargao or through their digits, 0918 244 4407.

 

Siargao Island Hopping: Naked, Daku, and Guyam Islands

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The Three Islands (Naked, Guyam, and Daku) are Siargao’s little jewels that visitors must visit. Spending a day would be perfect for these three treasures. It is located in General Luna, Siargao. They are just few minutes from General Luna via motorized boat.

How To Get There: From Cebu by plane – There is daily flight from Cebu to Siargao via Cebu Pacific Air. Travel time is around 45 mins to 1 hour depending on the weather condition. From Sayak Airport, you can take a van or single motorcycle going to your respective accommodation. I suggest that you stay in General Luna town. From Cebu by Boat – Take the ship going to Surigao (check on Cokaliong Shipping Schedules on Shipping Schedule Tab). It would take 10 to 12 hours travel time; and from Surigao take the boat going to Dapa, Siargao. There are daily schedules going to Dapa via various boat and fast craft operators. In going to the islands, you can charter a boat for island hopping that would range to 1,000 to 2,000 for a day, depending on the number of visitors. To book a boat and siargao tour, you can contact our guide. His name is Longlong (local name for “Boy”). You can reach him through mobile numbers: +639466487954 or +639184738138.

Naked Island  Naked Island is technically a sand bar. You cannot hardly see it from afar, but once you get close to it, you would probably say the same thing I said, “wow!”

 

Daku Island       Daku Island is the largest island among the three. Its land area might be the reason behind its name – “Daku” which means big. You can rent a cottage and can even spend a night on this island. It is the only inhabited island among the three.

 

Guyam Island  Guyam Island is an island as small as Naked Island but unlike naked it has coconut trees and other plants existing on the island.

 

Once you decide to travel Siargao, make sure that you have included these three jewels in your bucket list. It would be fun spending a day hopping on these treasures – Sun bathing on Naked Island, playing beach volleyball and have your meal in a cottage on Daku Island, and have your siesta on Guyam Island. – that would be quite of an experience.

Until then! Keep on using that happy feet, wanderer!

The Magnificent Magpupungko Tidal Pools of Pilar, Siargao

 Magpupungko Tidal Pool is located in Pilar, Siargao. It is around an hour travel from the tourist hub of Siargao, General Luna. It is a salt water pool in a beach that is made out of rock formation. The best time to visit this place is during low tide –  the beauty of magpupungko unveils during low tide.

How To Get There: From Cebu by plane – There is daily flight from Cebu to Siargao via Cebu Pacific Air. Travel time is around 45 mins to 1 hour depending on the weather condition. From Sayak Airport, you can take a van or single motorcycle going to your respective accommodation. From Cebu by Boat – Take the ship going to Surigao (check on Cokaliong Shipping Schedules on Shipping Schedule Tab). It would take 10 to 12 hours travel time; and from Surigao take the boat going to Dapa, Siargao. There are daily schedules going to Dapa via various boat and fast craft operators.

What To Expect: If you are staying somewhere near Cloud 9 or General Luna and is planning to visit Magpupungko, expect about 40% rough road when travelling to the place as they are currently improving their road network. I suggest that it would be better to visit the farther destination first, i.e. Taktak falls which is located in Santa Monica.

Fees and Fares:     You can pay the entrance fee in Magpupugko in a small outpost, as shown in the image above, near the gate. You can bring your own food but there are food stalls available in the place if you prefer to buy food there or if you do not have enough time to prepare it.

Entrance Fee: 50 per person.

Habal2x/Motorcycle Fare: You can charter a habal-habal (motorcycle) in going to the place from General Luna or Cloud 9. They usually ask for 1,000 to 1,300 php depending on your nego skills. On our case, we agreed on 1,000 bux for a day tour of all Siargao’s destinations – Taktak Falls, Pacifico Beach, Crocodile Breeding Area, and Cloud 9. You can actually contact our motorcycle driver/guide for arranging your Siargao itinerary. His name is Longlong (local name for “Boy”). You can reach him through mobile numbers: +639466487954 or +639184738138.

Here Are Some of the Images We Captured In Magpupungko                  The inviting waters in magpupungko               This reminded me of Enchanted River’s blue waters.

         The Other side of the lagoon.

   Having Some Fun! 

Here are some images of the Magpupungko Beachfront.    

Magpupungko is indeed a hidden jewel of Siargao. You should include this in your itinerary once you visit the Surfing Capital of the Philippines. Remember, Siargao isn’t just paradise for surfers, it is also heaven to the happy feet!

Choose Philippines! Choose Magpupungko of Pilar, Siargao!

Have a great escape this Summer! Enjoy!