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AUTHOR’S NOTE: This post was originally published on June 24, 2016. I added some information that are more relevant for those who will visit Lanuza, Surigao del Sur.When I was a kid, I always thought that the ocean was dangerous and beautiful at the same time. Imagine those big waves rushing to the shore with strong wind blowing through the coconut trees. What a paradise! But for a child who grew up in a small town facing the pacific ocean, the sea was a tease to play with but a warning to stay safe. Having that love-hate…

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freediving-in-lambug-beach-badian

It has been over a year since I started freediving. I shared my first freediving experience here in the blog and I can’t believe that for only a year, I already did a lot! (That’s according to me. HAHA)I just want to share with you that it is one of the fun outdoor activities I tried. I always tell everyone that they should try it too. I’m like a saleslady, selling my product to every single person I’m talking with. I have been asking my friends, even people I just met who like going to…

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road-trip-in-siargao-island

Back in Paradise!The first time I’ve been to Siargao, I was in awe how laid back the vibe and the people were. Also, I was surprised how much beauty it offers aside from its famous waves. The place left a mark in my heart and maybe that’s the reason why I keep on going back. It’s like a summer fling I want to experience again and again.In every visit, I can see big changes on the island, which for me is too fast. For example, I was in Siargao last November, then I’m back…

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4-day-travel-guide-in-coron-palawan

Coron, Palawan has been in my list of places to visit here in the Philippines.Like I intended, I should visit El Nido first (which I already did last year) then Coron (which I have done this year) *insert happy dance. I got this advice from a lot of people who already visited both destinations. You might know that these two beautiful places will always be compared with each other. They are both wonderful, but as I always say, travel and experiences will always be subjective.Like for me, I can’t compare both since when I visited El Nido…

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wildlife-encounters-in-the-ocean

 Marine Life in Great Barrier Reef from Bundaberg, AustraliaA great place to see marine life is on the Great Barrier Reef.  We have visited many times from various points.  Recently we visited the Southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef from Bundaberg.We snorkeled in the coral reef off Lady Musgrave Island where we were surrounded by hundreds of colourful tropical fish.  On board the glass bottom boat we saw 7 turtles, some people were even lucky enough to see the turtles whilst snorkeling.On our way back on the boat to Bundaberg we had a wonderful experience where…

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freediving-in-philippines-the-ultimate-list

Sometimes, all we need is to say yes.I already shared my first freediving experience here in the blog and I mentioned that my boyfriend invited me to try freediving. It was a memorable experience and I’m happy (until now) that I said YES to his invitation.Through freediving, I experienced a lot of wonderful memories and feeling that I haven’t done and felt before. Underwater is a beautiful scenery and it gives a different feeling each time I can glimpse of marine life. All I want is to stay for a much longer time with every dive…

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Freediving in Limasawa Island

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After our amazing experience chasing whale sharks in Pintuyan. We went directly to Limasawa island.Some of my friends visited the island and I heard a lot of good things about it. Actually, when we went there, half of the group had already been in Limasawa island. It was a concrete proof that the island is not just for a one time experience but it is a place worth visiting back. The ArrivalWe used up all our energy chasing the whale shark, and we were exhausted on our way to the island.It was an hour boat ride…

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visited-bantayan-island-again

Reminiscing my first visitI remember the first time I visited Bantayan Island.I was 16, and about to enter college. I took the university’s entrance exam and the school’s administration office said that the result will be revealed after a week. We needed to wait so that I could enroll to the university. During that time, we stayed in my Aunt’s house, she is Mama’s first cousin. While waiting for the result, they decided to go to Bantayan Island, where my grandfather was born.I actually had no idea about the island back then. I…

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whale-sharks-in-pintuyan-southern-leyte

I almost didn’t go to this trip, because of shallow reasons involving money. In case you didn’t know, I do not have a job. Not that you care about this, but as an obvious reason, it is an important way to generate money and to make my travel dreams come true (A little bit exaggerated but I know that you get it). Anyway, I’m grateful that I have the energy and a boyfriend who supports me in everything I do, and I went anyway.Accompanied by fellow freedivers. We had one goal. To see and swim with…

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best-places-to-travel-solo-philippines

Traveling is one of the most liberating things to do. No matter what kind of traveler we are, we can experience different situations, and from that, we can tell different stories to other people.I experienced different versions of being a traveler. It all started one summer at a time in my homeland, Mindanao, as a family travel. Then college came, group of friends started to explore the nearby towns in Cebu. After college, I experienced traveling with strangers in a boat for four days and three nights on an island hoping in Leyte. And recently, I experienced traveling alone…

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