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NATURE UNLTD IN SAGADA

Trekking. Hiking. Spelunking. Food. That's Sagada.

WIND AND MORE IN ILOCOS

Life is a wind. Get that in Ilocos Region.

BOLINAO FALLS

If you think golden sand beaches are the only tourist spots, think again. Bolinao is falls too.

AMBUKLAO WATER RESERVOIR

If you just want to see a sky-mountain-lake landscape, then head to Bokod, Benguet.

DASOL HIDEAWAY

In this simple town of Dasol, Pangasinan lies an unspoiled island paradise sprinkled with white sands and a total half of mysteriously formed rock formations.

HUNDRED ISLANDS, PANGASINAN

The Hundred Islands in Alaminos, Pangasinan is one of the many tourist attractions in Luzon Island. Give yourself a summer treat; enjoy island hopping, kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling.

Saturday, March 31

How to Go to Baguio Tourist Spots: Leonard Wood

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Part 5 of Leonard Wood Baguio Tour

How to Go to Baguio from Manila, Dagupan, Vigan or Olongapo:
That’s pretty easy. All you have to do is to ride in a bus bound to Baguio. Just be aware though that some bus lines have last trips prior to the trip. Victory Liner Bus last trip from Olongapo to Baguio is at 6 PM and Victory Liner Bus last trip from Dagupan to Baguio is at 6:30 PM. Van in Dagupan though has 10 PM as their last trip.

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Friday, March 30

Botanical Garden of Baguio

Igorot statues inside Botanical Garden, Baguio City, Philippines

Part 4 of Leonard Wood Baguio Tour
After staring at the windows of the famed haunted white house (or after the haunted white house stared at us), we finally decided to move on and walk a few more meters to Teachers’ Camp (just stopped for a while and took pictures but we didn’t manage to get inside as we didn’t have anything to do there). We then crossed a bridge and continued to walk until we reached the Botanical Garden. There are a group of Igorots in costume in front of Botanical Garden, so if you don’t want to miss the photo op with the Igorots (or if you want to be in Igorot costume), then go ahead and take a photo with them. There is a fee of Php 20 per shot, so if you are on a tight budget, just cross the road to the other side, zoom your DSLR and presto, you have it.

Baguio Haunted White House

Dare to get inside...and walk out alive. (Photo at haunted White House in Baguio)


Part 3 of Leonard Wood Baguio Tour
 The sequence should be the other way around, the walk tour first then eat in a restaurant. But we didn’t actually plan to do the walk tour, that’s why eating in a restaurant came first.

Wednesday, March 28

Dine in 50’s Diner


Shade of different ice cream shakes only at  50's Diner

Part 2 of Leonard Wood Baguio Tour
 We started our walk tour with 50’s Diner. We did not actually plan to walk along Leonard Wood but because we had in hand a camera, we decided to visit some Baguio tourist attractions. We were supposed to eat in a restaurant along Session Road but ended riding a cab to 50’s Diner.

Baguio Walk Tour: Leonard Wood

A flower inside Botanical Gardens, Baguio City


Part 1 of Leonard Wood Baguio Tour
 This should be the first installment of all the trips I ever traveled. I already spent one-fourth of my life being a Baguio resident and I now know how life works in Baguio. This walk tour can be done in less than two hours. I wanted to include this Leonard Wood Baguio Tour in a travel series that deals with the different Baguio tourist spots, but I finally decided to separate it. Another Baguio travel series will be posted right after this Leonard Wood Baguio Tour.

Monday, March 26

How to Go to Baguio for the Panagbenga Festival




Part 3 of Baguio Flower Festival 2012

How to Go to Baguio from Manila:
Ride any bus bound to Baguio (Victory Liner, Dagupan Bus, Philippine Rabbit, Saulog Transit, Genesis Bus etc). I recommend you to arrive in Baguio a day before the event. If you don’t have any media pass, you have to secure a slot somewhere along the side where Porta Vaga is located. Check these maps:

Saturday, March 24

Baguio Flowers and Session in Bloom


Have a cool summer!

Part 2 of Baguio Flower Festival 2012
I was supposed to watch it alone, but when I opened my Facebook and chatted with a friend, she was also going so we decided to be there at 5:00 in the morning.

So we got just in front of Patria de Baguio (Jollibee) at exactly 5 A.M.. We waited there like for three hours—if not forever—before the Panagbenga Festival grand float parade kicked off.

Friday, March 23

Baguio's Panagbenga Festival

2012 is the Year of the Dragon for the Panagbenga Festival in Baguio.
Part 1 of Baguio Flower Festival 2012
Panagbenga Festival (season of flowers blooming), is yearly celebrated in the mountain resort city of Baguio. Started in 1995, the festival now draws in more than a million tourists both local and foreign to come to Baguio to witness “thousands of flowers in bloom”.

Wednesday, March 21

How to Go to Clark for the Hot Air Balloon Fest



Clark Region Map

Part 3 of 
2012 Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Clark 


How to Go to Clark for the Hot Air Balloon Fest from Manila:
  • Ride a bus north bound (Alaminos, Dagupan, Baguio, etc) and drop at Dau Terminal. From Dau Terminal, walk straight until you see Caltex. Cross the street from Caltex to the other side of the main highway. From there, ride a jeepney bound to Clark Main Gate for P8. In Clark Main Gate, look for a jeepney with Air Force City/Picnic Grounds signage. You can always ask the locals where to ride the jeepney. Fare is P10.

Up, Up and Away from Angeles

So how about just sitting up in the air?

Part 2 of 2012 Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Clark
Since I got this feeling that I need to travel just like every month, I finally decided to attend this 17th Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark. As it is just two hours away from Camiling (my hometown), I finalized my travel to Clark on February 12, 2012.

Saturday, March 17

Clark Hot Air Balloon Fiesta


A weekend of everything that flies at Air Force City in Clark.

Part 1 of Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Clark
I never got the chance to see an actual hot air balloon when I was still a kid. So when I learned that there is a festival celebrated in Clark in tune of its hot air balloons, I eagerly googled it and planned to attend to this one of a kind festival in the Philippines.
Hot Air Balloon Festival started sometime in the mid 90’s and it was still a small event before. But now, the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark draws in tourists (both foreign and local) to a staggering 100,000 in total last February 2012, knowing that the only main event was of course the flight of the hot air balloons. Other side events include the paragliding show, sky diving and night glow pushed through the night. The festival is annually celebrated inside Omni Aviation Complex at Air Force City in Clark, Pampanga. This happens every second week of February, most likely from Thursday until Sunday.

Thursday, March 15

How to Go to Subic Attractions and List of Expenses

The different Subic attractions in SBMA, Olongapo, Zambales.

Part 13 of Camiling-Clark-Subic Getaway
How to Go to Subic Attractions from Manila:
  • Ride a bus bound to Olongapo. Drop at the terminal in Olongapo.
  • To go to your hotel:
  1. Hire a tricycle to your transient/hotel/resort for P10 per head. Do not let the trike driver fool you. Some of them will make the route longer and request additional payment.
  2. Walk a bit until you are already around the roundabout or intersection of the streets and main road. Wait a jeepney along Rizal Avenue. If your hotel is located along Magsaysay Drive (or Avenue) or Rizal Avenue, ride a yellow one. Fare not more than P10 (P8 I guess).
  3. Try to hail a taxi to your hotel/resort. Taxis in Olongapo look like private cars. It is more expensive though.
  4. If your hotel/resort is located along Waterfront Rd/Dewey Ave. in SBMA, try to ride a jeepney bound to SBMA Maingate (I guess the yellow one) then hire a taxi to your hotel. Note that neither trikes nor jeepneys are allowed inside SBMA.
  5. When one wants to go back to Victory Liner Bus Terminal from Magsaysay Drive, catch a yellow jeep and drop at the roundabout. Walk a bit to the terminal.
  6. If you are along Magsaysay Drive, Saulog/Genesis Bus Terminal is somewhere near at the back of SM City Olongapo. Just a walk a bit to SM and cross the street along Gordon & East 16th Avenue.
  7. Note: Olongapo Hotels are far CHEAPER than hotels located inside SBMA.
  • To go to Subic attractions:
  1. If you are already in Magsaysay, inquire a traffic enforcer or just any local where you can hire a taxi for your trip. As in our case, we were helped by the hotel staff.
  2. Regular fixed one way fare to any of the Subic attractions like Zoobic Safari, Ocean Adventure or Tree Top Adventure at P400 (as of October 2011, rate might have increased now). Double it for a round trip fare. You can negotiate with the driver if you want to visit all the three destinations. Be sure to ask if he will bring you back to the terminal, because tourists will only be brought to the main gate where you can already ride a jeepney to the terminal.
  3. Piece of advice: Do not leave valuable things inside the van. The simple thought there is, you don’t trust strangers, do you?

Tree Top Adventure & Subic Yachts

Tree Top Adventure in Subic, Zambales

Part 12 of Camiling-Clark-Subic Getaway

Tree Top Adventure is about 10 minutes from Zoobic Safari (a zoo that offers safari ride experience). It is a park that offers another adventure that requires your stamina to enjoy fully their offered packages. The most popular of which is the “Superman” ride, because you mimic the way Superman flies to the sky—by means of zip line. Other rides include The Silver Surfer, Tree Top Tree Drop (their version of rapeling), Canopy Ride, trekking and the like. Trekking is the most affordable one priced at P100 while others like the Superman ride are priced at P300.

This is where you will be brought first--at the Harness Station. They won't allow you to enjoy the rides without the safety gears.


Look at those faces. We can't smile completely! We are standing 80 feet above the ground.



Tree canopies of the Subic forests.

Monday, March 12

Zoobic Safari’s Aetas’ Trail and Crocodile Farm

Crocodile waiting for the food. (Photo taken at Croco Loco inside Zoobic Safari, Zambales.)

Part 11 of Camiling-Clark-Subic Getaway

As soon as you get tired looking at some skeletons and stuffed animals (after you did the safari ride), you will again ride that zebra/tiger painted train and it will bring you to the Aetas’ Trail. Aetas are indigenous Filipino people. They do have their own culture and characteristics. In Aetas’ Trail, people will witness a cultural dance show from the Aetas.

Saturday, March 10

Zoobic Safari & The Safari Ride


Your Pinoy jeepney ride will never be outrageous--not until you try a Subic safari ride.

Part 10 of Camiling-Clark-Subic Getaway

After waiting for a couple of minutes, we were instructed by our tour guide to ride the jeepney, which will bring us inside the safari field. But before you ride, you will be offered by the tour guide if you want some more fun adventure—and that is to feed the tigers. By the way, the jeepney we rode was fully fenced with grids, and there are openings on top and sides that are designed for you to feed the tigers. No one paid for the chicken (even if we had a few German nationals in our jeepney haha). But at least, we experienced the safari ride (without feeding the tigers). And it’s still fun! I still remember the time I had that experience, and then suddenly, the tiger came closer to my side (I was on the edge), and I don’t know what to do! Goodness gracious, the vehicle was fenced, I might have devoured wholly by that ferocious animal if it was an open vehicle! Haha.

This one will bring you to the area where you will be waiting for the jeepney used in the safari ride.

Tuesday, March 6

Zoobic Safari, A Zoo Leveled Up

Zoobic Safari, Subic (SBMA), Olongapo, Zambales

Part 9 of Camiling-Clark-Subic Getaway

Since we already have our all season pass (P800) to all of the theme parks of Zoomanity Group, we didn’t wait for the queue of the line for those who still don’t have their tickets to the zoo. We just presented a receipt, and we were given that one year pass. Regular tickets for Zoobic Safari play around P400 – P500. The theme park also offers tour packages, packages for a larger group, and a night safari. Zoobic Safari’s Night Safari though falls only on weekends, so if you plan to witness this one of a kind safari experience at night, pick a weekend date. At least, you don’t have to go to as far as Singapore just to experience one. After which, we took some snapshots of the façade of the zoo, and eventually went inside. You will be grouped accordingly, and there are assigned number of groups for a certain tour guide. There are a lot of tourists when we were there, so imagine a ratio of 1:100 (or more), tour guide versus tourists. But before you are allowed to join the group for this tour, you will be stamped a mark on your palm.

Sunday, March 4

At Magsaysay Drive in Olongapo

The love birds of Zoobic Safari, Subic, Philippines


Part 8 of Camiling-Clark-Subic Getaway

The bus ride from Dau to Olongapo is seamless and fast, since it traverses the lengthy Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). The student fare was P112 for this one hour trip. Along the road you will witness an endless rice field, some mango orchards, hills cut-and-filled to pave a better way (yes, some of the hills were excavated) and a world class asphalt pavement road. There are no traffic jams, not until you reach the main gate to Olongapo from Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA). From there, the speed of the vehicle will abruptly slow down. It was already 4 P.M. when we arrived at the Victory Liner terminal in Olongapo.

Friday, March 2

How to Go to Clark

Airforce City Park, Clark, Philippines


Part 7 of Camiling-Clark-Subic Getaway

How to Go to Clark from Manila:
  • Ride a bus bound to Baguio/La Union/Laoag/Vigan/Candon/Dagupan/Tayug/Bolinao/Anda/Alaminos/Agno or any other bus that will stop at Dau Terminal (P100+). Some buses don’t stop at Dau Terminal and instead go directly to SCTEX, so make sure it does stop at Dau Terminal. In Dau, walk straight passing Shakey’s until you reach Caltex. In Caltex, look for the pedestrian lane and walk to the other side of the highway. Near it was the jeepney loading area of jeepneys going to Clark Main Gate (P8). In Clark Main Gate, negotiate to a driver to bring you to Zoocobia Fun Zoo. Or you can always hire a trike to bring you to Clark Main Gate.


Thursday, March 1

Clark Outskirts and Barracks

Animalistic experience inside Zoocobia Fun Zoo and Paradise Ranch, Clark, Philippines


Part 6 of Camiling-Clark-Subic Getaway

As I have said in the earlier post (Clark Zoos & Gravity Go Karts), Paradise Ranch is about a mile away from Zoocobia Fun Zoo. So there we went, wearing some cozy sun glasses, under the scorching heat of the sun at nearing noon time. Paradise Ranch is a wide ranch, or must I say, very wide ranch. Paradise Ranch is more of a zoo complex, with a butterfly house, a pond, swimming pool and a mini Baguio among others. Before entering the complex, you will be given a map of the ranch. From here, you can now actually start to where you’d like to see first.