Five years after the devastating super typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda hit the Philippines, I finally got to visit Leyte where it made landfall. I went to Leyte on October 19 to 23, 2018 with fellow backpackers. And I must tell you that Leyte is a beautiful province with so much to offer.
Everyone I spoke to had a story to tell about his or her personal experience with Yoianda not too long ago. Despite that, people were always smiling and accommodating during my visit.
The places of interest that I got to visit and are featured in this vlog include:
San Juanico Bridge
Cuatro Islas (Himolikan Island, Mahaba Island, Apid Island & Digyo Island),Inopacan
Kalanggaman Island, Palompon
Sto. Nino Church, Tacloban
Leyte Provincial Capitol, Tacloban
Balyu-an Ampitheater, Tacloban
Maria Kanon Madonna of Peace Shrine, Tacloban
Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum, Tacloban
Tacloban City Convention Center, Tacloban
Yoland Memorial Monument, Tacloban
Anibong Shipwreck, Tacloban
Tacloban City Hall, Tacloban
MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park, Palo
Five days was not enough to explore the whole province of Leyte. I hope to be back soon!
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Watch my solo do-it-yourself travel to South Cebu featuring Oslob including Sumilon Island, Allegria and Moalboal. Watch as I swim with the whalesharks in Oslob, cliffjump in Allegria, swim with sea turtles and sardines in Moalboal and so much more.
I went to Batanes to cover the wonderful and amazing tourist spots. I went to Vayang Rolling Hills and took off. My first attempt failed as I chickened out and decided to land as soon as I felt the gustiness of the wind. I told myself, “next time, Jaws… next time.”
And then in ten minutes, I took off for the second time. I struggled piloting my drone…. until I could no longer control it. I wanted it to return to me but the wind just won’t let it. I could feel my drone’s yearning to come home to me… I stared at the distance counter on my mobile go higher and higher as my drone went farther and farther away. I watched my drone as it grew smaller and smaller in the horizon until we lost contact.
Thanks to my fellow travel blogger Cai Dominguez of Travelosyo and Kuya Wilson for staying with me and helping me look for my drone. Special thanks, too, to Mark Lawrence B Lechuga of Safetravel Philippines and Mike Barcelona Acebes of Katuvang B&B for their concern.
I will never forget Batanes. Batanes will hold a special place in my heart not only because of this unfortunate experience but because of its sheer and mystical beauty. I am going down in history as the first person to lose his drone while in flight in Batanes.
I am not giving up. I am only on my second day in Batanes. I will come up with a beautiful travel video featuring Batanes with or without a drone. Not yet signing out… sorry. Peace!
I had the most unforgettable experience of swimming with whale sharks, considered the largest fish in the world, when I visited Oslob, Cebu.
Oslob is a municipality in the southern part of the province of Cebu.
This is the first travel video of most probably a three-part series of my solo travel do-it-yourself trip to Oslob, Cebu.
For the first part, I am featuring the whale sharks of Oslob with underwater and aerial footage. Note that flying of drone is not allowed in the whale shark watching/interaction area, Sumilon Island and Tumalog Falls unless the drone pilot has secured a proper permit from the authorities which I did. Rules and guidelines with respect to the local government’s policies on whale shark interaction must also be strictly observed. In the video, I made sure to keep my distance from the whale sharks and stayed to the boat as close as possible.
There were instances, however, when the whale sharks would go near me or the boat. Hence, I kept still and let them pass. I also did not wear sunscreen or any moisturizer which could affect the whale sharks. Special thanks to the Office of the Municipal Tourism of Oslob and to the Hon. Jose Tumulak, Jr, Mayor of Oslob.
I will be posting new entries on my blog featuring the back story of my trip to Oslob, Cebu and the amazing tourist spots like Baluarte, Church of the Immaculate Conception, Cuartel, Sumilon Island and Tumalog Falls.
I also extended my trip to visit Allegria for canyoneering and Moal Boal. I got to swim with sea turtles and sardines in Moal Boal.
Based on reports, Metro Manila’s night-time population of 12.9 million rises to 15 million during daytime as people from the outskirts find their way to Metropolitan Manila for work. Living in congested Metro Manila that is made up of 16 cities and 1 municipality can be stressful especially for commuters.
Having an efficient mass transit system such as city buses, trolleybuses, trams, passenger trains, rapid transit and ferries similar to more developed countries is a must. Further, having a high-speed rail network connecting the different provinces to the center of commerce will certainly ease congestion and traffic in Metro Manila.
I have been to several countries where majority of the people use an efficient mass transit system primarily because it is available and convenient. In Nagoya, Japan, for example, from my hotel window, what I thought was a main thoroughfare like EDSA (Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue) was actually a complex system of multiple railways from as far as the eye could see.
When I visited Seoul, South Korea, I did not see so many pedestrians walking the city streets. I thought it was just because of the cold weather. On my second day, I went for a stroll to explore. I discovered that the buildings were interconnected underground by tunnels and that there was a complex subway system servicing the city. People shuttled in and out of the city using subways. There was even a subway station connected to my hotel that could take me straight to the airport.
When I visited Malaysia this year, I took the KLIA Express from the international airport to Kuala Lumpur. It was more expensive than taking the bus but certainly faster and more convenient. Click here for my blog and vlog entry when I visited Malaysia.
The Philippine National Railways (PNR) is government-owned. Based on my research, it began its operations on November 24, 1892. Then, it was called Ferrocarril de Manila-Dagupan and then later adapted the name Manila Railroad Company when the Americans took over from the Spaniards. It was officially inaugurated as the Philippine National Railways on June 20, 1964.
PNR used to service the La Union-Bicol route with a track stretching 1,100 kilometers. Over the years, truth be told, PNR became inefficient with the neglect of previous administrations coupled by damage caused by informal settlers and super typhoons. Currently, the Manila-Bicol Services are suspended.
Fast forward to 2018, after more than 20 years, the Caloocan-Dela Rosa Line has finally reopened. This is certainly a big help in providing commuters a faster and better alternative to get from North to South and vice versa in Metropolitan Manila.
If one lives in Caloocan and works in Makati, there is now a more convenient means of shuttling to and fro. For only a flat fare of P15.00, one can get to Makati from Caloocan in merely 37 minutes in an air-conditioned coach (P12.00 for regular).
The Caloocan-Dela Rosa Shuttle Train Service has three coaches. Aside from the train conductor, there are at least two roving marshals on board to ensure the safety and security of the passengers.
The Caloocan-Dela Rosa Line stops ONLY at the following stations:
Below are the train schedules of the Caloocan-Dela Rosa Shuttle Train Service.
Below are the Train Schedules for C3/5th Avenue and Solis Stations.
I also met new friends at the Asistio Train Station while doing my vlog.
Bomb jokes are not allowed while on board and at the stations. It is punishable by law with five (5) years imprisonment or P 40,000 or both.
I left Asistio Station at 3:45 PM and arrived at the Dela Rosa Station at 4:23 PM as scheduled. The train left and arrived on time. I said 4:25 on the vlog because that was the time that I saw on my wrist watch after taking some footage upon arrival.
From what I have read, the reopening of the Caloocan-Dela Rosa Line of the PNR is just
the beginning of better things to come. Rehabilitation of the North and South Rails is already underway. Expected completion of the North Rail that will connect Metro Manila to Bulacan and Pampanga via the Tutuban-Clark Line is 2021. Pre-construction started in January 2018.
I look forward to the day when there are less cars on the road and more people taking mass transportation because it is more convenient.
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It was a short last minute summer getaway. I intended it to be a #solotravel to Siargao. Coincidentally, my best buddy Jeff, who I have known more than half of my life and is now based in Paris, also flew all the way to Siargao for a quick visit. The last time I met him was more than a decade ago. Without any travel itineraries and pre-booked tours, we rented our own bikes and explored the island.
The places of interests that we visited were Cloud 9 in General Luna, Taktak Falls in Santa Monica, Magpupungko Rock Pools in Pilar, Naked Island and Daco Island in just 3.5 days. Because it was just a short visit, I was not able to visit other places like Guyam Island, Corregidor Island, Sugba Lagoon and a lot more. I plan to go back soon, perhaps, after the rainy season.
This blog will be updated soon for the back story, some travel guides, photos and tips.
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I have always thought that salted duck egg or “itlog na maalat” in the vernacular was and has always been a Filipino delicacy. It is surprising to know that it actually originated from China. It is made by soaking duck eggs in damp and salted charcoal.
In the Philippines, salted duck eggs are dyed red to distinguish them from fresh ones. A popular method of curing the eggs is through the “Pateros style” whereby the fresh eggs are individually dipped in a cake batter made of clay from anthills and termite mounds, table salt and water. The eggs are then packed in boxes wrapped in newspapers and stored away at room temperature for two weeks. The cured eggs are then cleaned and boiled in low heat for thirty minutes.
I personally love eating “itlog na maalat” with fresh tomatoes, fried fish and super garlic fried rice. I am salivating as I write this. LOL.
Now, there is another way of eating salted eggs: CHIPIPZ Salted Egg Chips! Wow! I get to eat two of my favorites, i.e. potato chips and salted eggs, in one snack! CHIPIPZ has been doing the rounds on Facebook lately and I have been hearing from friends how they love it. I did not want to get left behind so I gave it a taste test on the first episode of “EAT OR EEK?” on my Youtube channel.
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