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College was a big change for me, maybe also for others. Many students came from different places, and using different languages. For example, in my dormitory, we came from all over the Philippines. From Leyte, Samar, Bacolod, Masbate, Zamboanga and Palawan. It was a chaos for me as a province girl, now living in a big old city.First day of class in college, and everyone needs to introduce themselves. Name, from what school, and where you came from. Of course I got my turn, I introduced myself and told the whole class I’m from Tandag, Surigao del Sur…

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I’ve been living in Cebu since I was college. Almost all those years I was just in the City, trying to survive in the university. I started to know the place even more the moment I got out of school. Since then, exploring the whole province has been one heck of an adventure. Until now, Cebu never fails to surprise me, in every destination, it offers a different perspective and a different fun. One of the places I was surprised with is this little group of islands called Camotes.The name itself is intriguing. It sounds like Kamote, which…

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Last year, I was part of an adventure where we went island hopping for four days. It was epic. And since then I’ve tried to join these adventures organized by Outdoorsman’s hub, but it seems the universe is not on my side, or should I say my schedule was a mess. I keep on skipping those activities, until the day we went on a 2-Day trip to Guintarcan Island.Does the island ring a bell? No. I thought so. Because this is not a common destination. In fact, I never heard of it until the Facebook group…

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Two months ago I visited Siargao and until now I still can’t move on. No days have passed without thinking when will I go back. I’m not sure why, but what I know is there’s something in the island that made me fall in love with it. Maybe it’s the waves, the people, the vibe. I can’t specifically point out what it is. Maybe the whole package the island can give.  I don’t know. What I know for sure is there’s a lot of things going on in this simple yet amazing island…

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I want to try something new for my next trip. I said that to myself. It could be simple, as long as it will be memorable. Then couchsurfing came to my mind. I tried to get a free accommodation and contacted people from couchsurfing who are located in Iloilo City. What happened was I wasn’t able to get a host, but I have met new people through this. This is my first time to meet couchsurfers and it was great. I met Juno, who’s from Ilo-ilo. He was nice and bubbly and a bit crazy actually. Hello…

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sabang-daguitan-surf-camp

Can’t deny it, but I’ve been into surfing lately. It was all started in Lanuza, then I got stoked in Mati, and tried it here in Sabang Daguitan Surf Camp in Dulag, Leyte. I don’t know what’s with this activity, and why it is so addicting so don’t ask me. Just try it and don’t ever blame me if you’ll be the next addict. Haha.I must say that Sabang Daguitan Surf Camp is a good place for beginners. And as a beginner who tried to surf bigger waves more than I can…

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Since I’ve been doing a few hikes recently, I was expecting that trekking Mt. Kan-irag is as easy like my previous hikes. But I was wrong. It was longer, tougher, and definitely more challenging. Mt. Kain-rag also known as Sirao Peak is a 2,362 ft / 720 m mountain peak located in Cebu City. Many hikers go here for their preparation for their major climbs.During this day trek I was with my friends and our 65 years old guide Ta Ma. She started climbing at the age of 50 and since then she has been able…

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mt-naupa-chasing-sunset

What I love about Cebu is that I can enjoy both the city and the beauty of its nature. I can escape from the city in a few hours and have an adventure the whole day.Just like this day hike in Mt. Naupa.Mount Naupa is a 1,916ft / 584m mountain peak. It is the highest peak in Naga City. It is an easy climb and I’m sure anyone can do it. Even beginners. You don’t believe me? Meet Mae. She is the daughter of our guide, Sir Jude. She was with us during this adventure.This…

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I’m pretty spontaneous. I don’t consider it as a good thing, but I always hope that things would turn out good.Like this random travel to Davao.My initial plan was just to stroll around the big city of Davao. Without any plans, any activities, nothing at all. What happened was, my two friends already planned going to a place called Mati to surf. I like the idea because my first surfing experience was not that nice. So I went with them without any expectations. Just the urge to try surfing one more time.For four days and…

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lanuza-first-surfing-trip

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 and a warning to be safe. Having that love-hate relationship, I never truly appreciated what the ocean really offers.Now that I’m adult, freedom to explore comes in. It also means that I have more time and opportunity…

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