Photo Travel Diary 2017: Phnom Penh, Cambodia…of Tuktuks, Palaces and Water Festival…

My daughter and mine’s wandering feet brought us to Phnom Penh, Cambodia this time.

We were able to witness how the Cambodians celebrated the three-day water festival. According to the staff in the hostel where we were staying, water festival is one of the many long holidays that the whole of Cambodia enjoy in a year. That 3-day holiday surely beat the Philippines two non-working day due to the transport strike back in October 2017.  Sure! We do have long weekends but only when a holiday falls on a Friday. The water festival was celebrated on a weekday…ahhhh to be a Cambodian during these days…

We stayed overnight at Phnom Penh because the hubby adamantly refused to allow us to travel by bus  during night time going to Siem Reap coming from Vietnam.

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Photo Diary 2017: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam ..of Vietnamese coffee, Pho noodles and motorcyles..

My daughter and I’s first international trip together was in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. What struck me most about this city are the coffee vendors! They are almost everywhere. There’s one every 20 meters, take your pick, settle on those cute tables and spend a few minutes watching people go by.

Pho noodles? love it or hate it! I may be asian but my palate just couldn’t adapt to the taste of their foods. But then the experience of tasting their favored noodles was still awesome. Well, give me batchoy anytime!

The motorcycles? Crazy! We spent a few minutes standing on the other side of the road because we were afraid to brave crossing the sea of motrocyles. We had to wait for some locals to cross and go along with them. Scary how these motorcycles whizzed by at your back and front.

Still, our HCMC experience was awesome. We did not do any package tours and did the tour ourselves. We got lost. We got rained on. We got scammed by an unscrupulous taxi driver. We ate the biggest bowl of noodles. We bought and drank liters of their sidewalk coffees. We visited the touristy area in this place.

HCMC or Saigon trip was a blast and we are looking forward to visiting more of Vietnam. Looking forward to checking out Hanoi in the future!

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Loreland Farm Resort, Antipolo City..of opportunities and chances…

August 14, 2017

DEPED can sometimes knock on your door and give you a chance to go somewhere else. Nah, not for vacation, never. But who am I to refuse when it’s an all-expense free trip and a chance to visit Loreland Farm Resort in Antipolo City? Certainly not me!

This resort is huge! 13-hectares huge!

PS: more pics of the place to follow, my SD card is giving me headache.

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Antipolo City, Pinto Art Museum..for art’s sake..

August 18, 2017

Admittedly, I am not an art lover. Sure, I do know how to appreciate beautiful things, and paintings, sculptures, pottery, etc. But art lover in a sense that I would really try to understand the artist’s message and debate my interpretation on a piece with someone? Not really. So my exploration of the Pinto Art museum in Antipolo City is just basically appreciating the wonderful works of the extra wonderful artists who shared their passion for all to see, including this art dummy.   Does that make me less human?

Pinto Art Museum is simply awesome! All the nooks and crannies are filled with interesting pieces, thanks to its museum’s designer and director, Antonio Leaño. PAM is a private museum owned by Dr. Joven Cuanang who passionately support local contemporary and indigenous art.

The place is simply postcard perfect.

No corners left vacant.

This old door gives off a Spanish-era vibes.

Paintings adorned the walls, feast your eyes on them.

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This art is actually made of textile and thread.

There is a garden dedicated to Dr. Jose P. Rizal and his forever love, Leonor Rivera.

Even the CR is IG worthy!

There is so much more to see and discover at Pinto Art Museum. They have cafes too, Cafe Rizal and Cafe Tan-aw, if you want to cool down after all that walking around the vast museum complex.

Open: Everyday except Monday

Entrance: PhP200 for adults, discounted price for students and SC.

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Easter Sunday 2017: Britania, SDS

April 16, 2017

Woke up early to attend the Catholic tradition “salubong” of the Risen Christ and the Virgin Mary. After a whole night of continuous rain we were blessed with a shimmering, glowing and fiery sunrise.

Following my lead to go somewhere hotter, my family and I packed our bags, brought foods, sunblock and lots of water and hopped on the old reliable Sportivo. We were suppose to go to Cagwait White Beach, but the pack kept asking, “are we there yet?”.  Since I was driving and we are passing through Salvacion in SDS, I turned left (coming from Lianga) and  headed instead to Britania Islands in Salvacion, San Agustin,  Surigao del Sur.  So much for the serene Cagwait!

That’s a 6-hour drive back and forth. I have to limit my speed to 80KMH, I have kids on board and the number one backseat driver in the whole world, my mama!

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My fave travel buddy (daughter ZZ)  on the boardwalk looking for the rented pumpboat.

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These islets are breathtaking whether far or near.  I don’t know what it is, but there is something about an islet or an island that makes my heart go fluttery.

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Five years ago, the first time my husband, my daughter and I set foot on this island there weren’t any stalls that offer food and drinks.  Commercialization is on its way. Tourists should be briefed on what to do and what not to leave.  The shore is now littered with styrofoam and plastic cups and junkfood wrappers. *sigh

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The rented pumpboat took us to four islands, Hagonoy, Hiyo-hiyoran, Naked and Boslon Islands.

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They have safety marshalls now! How cool is that?!

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Approaching Boslon Island.

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Just can’t get enough of the safety marshalls. They’re everywhere!

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My family! They seldom go with me on road trips. LOL. Their idea of unwinding is to stay at home and watch TV.

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The signage is a give-away to the island’s name.

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Naked Island. Nope the people don’t go around naked. It is all white sand! No trees, no grasses. Not even a shade to shelter you from the punishing heat of the sun!

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Burnt!

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My lady TKD blackbelt just wanted to kick some air.

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Just showing off the new cover up. *flips hair

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..just because…

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Star (fish) in her eye.

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My family! Minus 2 sisters, 1 brother, 2 nephews, 1 niece, 1 sister-in-law and 1 brother-in-law.

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Uma-awra!

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Weekend Roadtrip 2017: Bislig City and Enchanting Enchanted River

April 2, 2017

Coming back home from experiencing the grandeur of Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel, Davao Oriental we passed by the city of Bislig and the municipality of Hinatuan to revisit the Enchanted River.  Photo opportunity!

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Weekend Roadtrip 2017: Bogac Cold Springs, Barobo SDS

March 25, 2017

Another weekend jaunt for us! This time we went to Bogac Cold Spring in Barobo, Surigao del Sur. The good thing about this place is that it is located in their poblacion and just a mere 200m walking distance from the highway. There are some few open cottages for you to shelter in under the sweltering heat of the sun but the coldness of the waters will easily cool you off.

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locals love their spring!

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clear waters..

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under the heat of the sun the cold waters will surely cool you..

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this can accommodate hundreds of bathers

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because we need to take a selfie..lol

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surrounded by lush forest..

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