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How to go to Spacio Caliraya

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     Spacio Caliraya is an events place located in Caliraya Laguna (a man-made lake).

A place where you can have your dream wedding, birthday or any occasion. It has it’s own swimming pool, ceremony area for a perfect garden wedding, casitas, a rustic-themed venue and more.

It is one of the best location in Laguna. Spacio Caliraya has been featured in famous blogsites as well.

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BAGUIO2018

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This was taken January of 2018, But was not able to edit the photos and videos… LOL

Team sherem goes to Baguio!

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BORACAY2019

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Team Sherem Goes To Boracay
(This wasn’t really a vacay LOL, the initial plan was to come visit because of our friend’s wedding and voila!)

2GO Travel ticket per head: P1415.84 x 2 (back & forth) = P2830.36 each
* Make sure to book a hotel before booking a flight or or any means of transportation because they will ask you once you arrived at the port.
* Make sure to have a print out of your tickets if you will take a ship (2go) because they will have it signed. If ever you weren’t able to print it out before leaving, just go to their (2go) ticketing office at Batangas Port and they will have it printed. You will have to pay P50.00 for each ticket.

My friends and I decided to just share P1500.00 each for the food and expenses, We bought pork, chicken, condiments, chips and canned goods. Just make sure to have your meat pre-cooked because they will not allow raw meat upon entering the ship.

BREAKDOWN – Caticlan Port:
P250.00 each (Airconditioned boat, Environmental fee) – There’s a much cheaper boat but we were already tired and we just wanted to get to the place right away so we took this line instead.

We paid P250.00 for our multicab which took us to Gari’s place. (15-min drive from Caticlan Port)

Gari’s Place (P12,500 per night) is a three-storey house. It has 3 airconditioned rooms which can accomodate 12-and up pax. Has it’s private pool with a bar. Has it’s own kitchen, dirty kitchen, dining area, sala, and bathrooms on all floors. 2nd and 3rd floors have their respective terraces. If you are all tired and got no time to cook and prepare your own food, you can ask “ATE” who is the landlady to prepare the food for you, just make sure to pay her for the extra service.

Gari’s Place is located at Station 1, Brgy. Balabag Aklan which is just a 3-min walk to the beach front, 4-min walk to the groto, 2-min walk to the basketball court, 3-min walk to the church and is close to a lot of restaurants and food chains outside.

We all have been here several times but it’s different now. We visited several places such as:

EXIT Bar: Pay as you order, P50.00 per bottle of beer (Station 2 – Beach Front)
Epic Boracay: Happy Hour is from 7am to 12 midnight where you can avail the 50% off on all cocktail drinks and Buy 2 get 1 free beer. At 12:00am onwards, Pay P300.00 and that’s consumable of 2 glasses of the available drinks at the counter. (Station 2)
Boracay Halomango, D-mall: they offer the best and famous Mango Icecream which costs P150.00 for the smaller cup and P200.00 for the bigger one. (1 at D-mall / 1 at the Beach Front Station 2)
Real Coffee And Tea Cafe: their bestsellers are Calamansi Muffin and Mango Muffin – P90.00 each, Banana Buzz for P180.00, Tuna Melt for P290.00, Pancake with 2 eggs for P280 (they will ask you naman if you want it scrambled, sunny side up or omelette) (Station 1 Beach Front just next to Epic Bar)
P&P tattoo: the price depends on the size of the tat. Most of us had a 2-inch tat on our wrist which cost us P3000.00 each. (D-Mall)
Kolai Mangyan Boracay is located at station 1 right in front of Paraw Beach Front. They offer viands of Mangyan food which is really affordable.
Gerry’s Grill, Boracay (Station 2 Beachfront – second floor, near Exit Bar)
CHORI BURGER: they are everywhere, but we tried the one next to MUSE hotel.
D-MALL: since we threw a surprise dinner for our friend, we were able to buy some party stuff here, they have a lot, they are just too pricey..
CITY MALL: Just incase you haven’t seen end game yet.. :p
The Muse Hotel Boracay – Unli Seafood Buffet P799.00 each
Lind Hotel they offer good food and place especially if you want to have your wedding here in Boracay.

On our way home, it took us a little time before reaching Caticlan Port because our scheduled time back home is at 11pm.

P150 first tryc
P100 second tryc to Caticlan Port
P40 – fee

DISCLAIMER: we only paid for a little amount of money on some establishments because we were given discounts and freebies on our trip. Lucky enough to even try the food of some hotels because of our sponsors.

This won’t be possible without the help of them! Thank you and more power on your businesses.

James Natividad Pauie Cabrega RV Bndy Kim Surbano Jizzle Torio

#Macbilog2019
#TeamSheremGoesToBoracay2019

VIDEO MAKER: Imovie & GooglePhone App
CAMERA: Iphone, Google Phone, FujifilmXA3

And a friend who is very patient in taking video/photo shots and editing.

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LOCAL (Kape Kesada)

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     How much do you like coffee? What do you look for at a coffee shop? Do you sometimes consider the good ambiance?

Yesterday, I went to Paete, a small town in Laguna to pick up some goods that my cousin ordered.

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On my way there, I saw this small cafe at Quesada St. that caught my attention. Thought to myself that I’d visit the place once I’m done running my errands.

A few moments later, I went back to the street of Quesada. A greeting from a very simple girl was heard in an echo. “Hello Ma’am, welcome to Kafe Kesada.” I smiled and entered.

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Upon entering the small place, I already felt a very good ambiance. Then I saw paintings made by different artists. The welcoming post says “Life begins after KAPE” (coffee in English)

Then I went to their best spot. I ordered a cup of hot coffee and a sandwich. (Forgot to take a photo of the sandwich though).

The coffee tastes really good. And the air is fresh. You’d see flowers and plants around the place and you’ll hear birds singing and the flow of the water on a small river on the side.

It was a very relaxing moment to just sit still and enjoy the moment. Sometimes, we need that out of our busy lives…

 

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Is your SUMMER over?

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      April of this year, I posted a blog about the start of summer in the philly… Talks about SOME of the famous beaches in the Philippines. How visitors enjoy their stay here and why Filipinos are so delighted of the country.

One of the beaches that I included there is CAGBALETE. Just a few weeks ago, I myself visited the place with some of my friends and discovered how beautiful the island is.

One of the resort owners in Lamon Bay (a large bay in the southern part of Luzon Island in the Philippines) happened to be our friend and offered us a tour in Pansacola Beach in Cagbalete whose owner happened to be his cousin.

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Pansacola Beach is a 40-minute travel by boat from Mauban Port. The beach resort almost certainly has the widest beachfront compared to other beach resorts in Cagbalete.

You just have to be there early, or you will have to walk a lot during low tide.

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Its white sand and very clear water gave us a strong desire of recommending the place to other people and to help them advertise the island.

Life in Cagbalete is very simple. We stayed here overnight and we really enjoyed the place and the company of each other because we weren’t able to use our cellphones for a long time.

There are some cottages that you can rent which provide you air-conditioned rooms. There are some small and large tables that you can rent as well if you would wish to stay and use a tent overnight.

Unfortunately, we were not able to rent a cottage since we came late so we all decided to sleep in a tent (P300 per tent). Glad we stayed there and we all experienced how difficult it is to stay in a tent unprepared.

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What made us love the place, even more, is when we looked for a store to buy something but since there are only a few numbers of stores in the area, we had to walk to the next town and saw how clean the place is.

Most of the stores in the island do not sell hard booze and cigars. (Beer is available at some stores though). You better make sure you have it with you on your way to the island. Granted that you have forgotten it, find some young locals playing or just hanging out, wasting much of their time walking there. You can ask them to buy some items for you, just give them P20.00 or so. They save money for their school “baon”.

There are also some locals selling souvenirs which cost a little, ranging from P10.00 to P150.00. Come on don’t be a jerk! Buy at least 3 pieces. It helps them feed their families.

At night, you will get to watch fire dancers performing for all the guests in a very loud music that can even make you dance, followed by fireworks.

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The heat of the sun the whole day was scorching. But everything was all worth the stay.

Thank you PANSACOLA BEACH, we’d love to visit the place again.

     So is your SUMMER over? Make sure to end it right and visit PANSACOLA BEACH RESORT in CAGBALETE.

 

Thank you Artystafoto for the photos that you provided us during our trip. Till our next adventure!

 

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Wanderlust

 

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Have you traveled anywhere exciting lately?

     BATANES is one of most fascinating places in the Philippines. It’s beautiful sceneries and kind people catch the eyes of the globetrotters. But not all travelers think they can afford to go to Batanes. Here’s one of the most wonderful vacation these two have ever experienced. I included their DIY IT for those who would like to go to Batanes!

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     Airlines such as PAL and Skyjet fly from Manila to Batanes. As far as I know Skyjet flies on weekdays and weekends except for TUESDAY. They only have flights in the morning. The plane leaves at an exact time (6:45am). Don’t be late. The plane arrives after an hour and 15 minutes. Batanes airfare can go as high as PHP10,000 one way but sometimes, you can score cheap tix whenever there are promos available or seat sale. Unlike in Boracay, there is 2go available or passenger boat that would take 10 hours. In Batanes there isn’t any available.

Arriving at the airport, you will have to pay P300 for the environmental fee in Basco. You will be given a map and a ticket, Make sure to keep it,, you will use it later on.

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     Hotels and homestay abound in Basco. They stayed at Nanay Cita’s Homestay which is just a few minutes away from the airport. Just take a tricycle and pay for P30.00 to reach Nanay Cita’s. There are 5 available rooms. They suggest you rent the one on the rooftop. (Photo available here) All of the rooms are air-conditioned, but since it is very cold in Batanes, you can just tell Nanay that you will only use a fan. (3N4D, they only paid for 2100 for two.) It has it’s own restroom/bathroom and you are allowed to cook. She has a kubo where you can enjoy the relaxing view while having coffee or lunch. Since they arrived at 8ish, she prepared a free breakfast (egg, sinangag and tapa plus coffee).

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The two took a rest the morning they arrived and had their North Batan Tour after lunch. Nanay Cita will provide you a tricycle driver who will take you to your tour.

North Batan Tour – P1,000 (Don’t ask, you will understand when you get to experience it.)

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Valugan Boulder Beach (They didn’t swim LOL, mashadong mabato po). You will see different sizes of pebbles in layers.

People in Batanes believe that if you make one yourself that day you visit Valugan Boulder Beach and it is still there the moment you get to come back, your wish will come true. (fingers crossed)

Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel – show your ticket. (the one that you paid upon arriving at the airport)

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Fundacion Pacita – they say, this is the most pricey hotel in Batanes where most actors stay. (Approx 8-12,000 per night.) They will allow you to take photos and take a tour inside if there aren’t any tourists. But if there are, you are only allowed to take photos outside, and the garden. There are food and drinks available too.

 

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The famous Dios Mamajes

Cafe de Tukon – famous for their tea. A must try!

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Pagasa Weather Station

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Tukon Church or the famous Mt. Carmel Chapel – Their churches are really awesome, old and new.

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Vayang Rolling Hills – breathtaking.

Chadpidan Boulder Beach – sister of Valugan

Naidi Hills / Basco Lighthouse – wear flats or sneakers, you wouldn’t want to have your feet numb and heavy with fatigue.

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Basco Proper

     END OF DAY 1 – their moms cooked and prepared adobo and tocino on their first day. There aren’t any resto close to Nanay Cita’s. So it’s either you cook or take time to find a resto. They said it’s really tiring! You’d rather stay at home after a long trip.

     They were scheduled to have their Sabtang Island tour the next morning, unfortunately, it rained. So they decided to just have the South Batan Tour instead and wished for a sunny third day for their Sabtang tour.

South Batan Tour – P1,500 (Again, don’t ask, you will understand when you get to experience it.) They both decided to take the tour at 12:00pm hoping that the sun will appear after lunch and voila! It did. Thank God.)

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Chawa View Deck

Tayid lighthouse

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Racuh a Payaman (The famous Marlboro Country) – Manong told them, that a few decades back, an American came to visit Batanes and said that, Racuh a payaman looks like the famous Marlboro country so he named it after it.

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Imnajbu Beach (It rained a little so they were not able to enjoy the view for a long time)

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Ruins at Sitio Songsong

Honesty Coffee Shop – unfortunately, the owner wasn’t there when they visited. They were not able to take photos with them.

House of Dakay – Yay for the son of Dakay whom they met personally on their trip.

The old Spanish Bridge

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Homoron Blue Lagoon and White Beach – Talking about aqua blue? See it to believe it.

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Diura Fishing Vilage

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     San Carlos Borromeo Church – the first stone-made church in Mahatao, which has its small souvenir shop and the famous Batanes Blank book archive which holds hundreds of hardbound books with blank pages. You can pick any number of a book and you can write anything there. (BTW, you will have to pay P100 upon entering)

     END OF DAY 2. – They had to get back home before dinner so they can take a rest and tuck themselves in bed early for their 5:15 am tour in Sabtang. Received a message from Kuya Jun Castillo (everybody knows him) informing them of the tryc number who will take them on their last tour.

    You will have to get dressed as early as 5:15 in the morning. Nanay Cita will wake you up and will call you once the jeepney arrives. Make sure to bring BAON (water, crackers, juice or whatever)

     Sabtang Island Tour – P1000. You will pay P54.00 back and forth. There is only one jeepney available. So the one who will drive you to the port is the one who will be there after your tour. You will be asked to register your name. Do not forget the number of bags you’re taking with you.

Here we go! The water between Sabtang and Batan is known to be rough, tough and frightening. They dare you to try it. (Take 1 bonamin before riding aboard the Faluwa/Falowa boat. A 30-minute boat ride to the unforgettable island.

     Arriving at the port, One shouted Kuya Jun’s name and he was there waiting for them, guiding us to our tryc driver kuya Eugene. The tryc in Sabtang is different from the usual ones that we get to see in Manila. Theirs is made of wood.

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You will then have to go to the Tourism office and will be asked to pay P200 for the environmental fee.

Sabtang Church

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Savidug Village – this is where you can see a lot of stone-made houses built in a small barrio. Where people live by means of farming, fishing and alike.

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St. Thomas Aquinas chapel and old Beaterio. (PS: they have a restroom)

Chamantad Cove and Tinyan Viewpoint – where you can rent a complete outfit of Talugong, kanayi, basket and Vakul for P25.00 and take as many photos as you like. There are some small souvenir shops as well, which sell drinks and snacks too. They bought buko and ate pansit bihon packed in a some kinda leaf.

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Chavayan Village /Chavayan Chapel – The first Nipa hut on the right is where you can find some traditional Ivatan costumes and headdresses being sold. You will meet Nanay, who will teach you how to make a Vakul.

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Morong Beach, Mahayaw Arch and Nakabuang Cave – the driver will take you here right after a long day. PREPARE P300 for your lunch. I think that is where they really take the tourists.

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Sabtang Lighthouse

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Conscience Cafe and Souvenir shop – this was their last stop for this tour. Where they bought some bukayo and waited for the 1 pm boat ride back to Basco.

     Some people stay here overnight. (You can stay at a homestay next to Sabtang Lighthouse. If I am not mistaken, you will have to prepare P300 for an overnight stay.) They chose to have a day trip instead since their flight back to Manila the ff day was early. Make sure to be at the port before 1 pm or you will have to stay overnight. That is the only schedule going back to Basco.

     Manong jeepney (The same jeepney driver that morning) will be waiting for you and will drop you off at Nanay Cita’s.

They arrived at 2 pm and decided to take a nap since they woke up early that day. At 4 pm they walked to a store a few blocks away from Petron Gas Station where bikes are for rent. For only P25.00 for an hour, you can go visit some places in Basco. They went biking to the plaza where some food stalls and souvenir shops can be found.

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They also tried Phil’s Brew Cafe. They offer sweets and coffee of course. MUST TRY!-

     This was their DIY/Tipid Tour in Batanes. They suggest you visit Batanes for a week because they were not able to visit Itbayat Island which is approx. 3-4 hours away from Basco. Considering the pricey airfare, if you are already there, stay for a week.

     For goodies, you can purchase Ube Halaya for P100 per container, P35-P45 for Camote chips, Prices ranging from 25-100 for bukayo (different sizes), P30-P250 for souvenirs.

     If you are a nature lover, go and experience the relaxing view and places in Batanes. They actually have the internet everywhere, but right after Bagyong Ferdie, most places had a problem with the internet connection. There are some areas which do not have any signal as well. They don’t suggest kids, especially toddlers because it requires you to a lot of walking, hiking, and trekking. They will not enjoy it yet.

     Batanes is a very clean province. There are only 3-4 tourists who were smoking. People are all kind and not boastful. They smile a lot. They are all fair and they all follow the standard rates in everything. You won’t see any street children. Everybody works. So they are all busy and earning. Life in Batanes is very simple. It felt like as if they lived back where technology wasn’t a big deal yet.

Make sure to have water with you all the time. It’s really hot.

PS: make sure to have a perky, active and funny buddy with you. 😊👍🏻
So, para sa mga nagtatanong – I hope this one helps!

Should you have concerns – Is there anything else that you need? I think I have written everything here already.

Nanay cita’s number : 0939 919 3616
Kuya Eugene Castillo (Sabtang Island Tour) : 0935 965 5317

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Thank you for reading! Hope this one helps!

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“EARTH” Summer Lovin’

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     Here comes SUMMER in the Philippines! One of the TROPICAL countries on EARTH! How do Filipinos enjoy the heat of the sun in the Philly? How can they stand the mugginess like as if their country is so close to the sun? Right at this moment, the temperature ranges from 30-37°C. Can you just imagine how hot it is in the Philly? But most travelers still prefer to go to this tropical country because of its beautiful places.

     There are many virgin islands in this country that only a few people have already visited. And of course, others are the most famous beaches such as Boracay, Cebu, Bohol, etc.

     Let’s take a look at some of the beautiful shots of the tourist spots in the Philly.

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Apo Reef Natural Park Sablayan Occidental Mindoro.

An island where you can see thousands of coral reefs, blue water, and white sand.

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The very famous Cebu and Bohol beaches, where most tourists visit to enjoy delicious food and amazing sceneries.

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Boracay Philippines, one of the tourist spots in this country where most Filipinos and travelers visit not just in summer but all year round. Ugh, regardless of the weather.

It is very famous for having its white cold sand even on the hottest season of the year.

That even some couple choose this as their venue for their beach wedding.

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Burias Group of Islands is one of the major islands in Masbate which has a very clear water and has a lot of diving spots.

Cagbalete used to be an island where only the locals were the only people who get to visit the place, then it became known to people in the cities and other provinces because of its clear water.

Calaguas is a group of islands in the Pacific under the hegemony of the town of Vinzons, Province of Camarines Norte

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Caramoan is located in the lower eastern part of Camarines Sur in Bicol. Having it’s clear blue water and white warmth sand, people enjoy coming here often to experience the beautiful sceneries.

 

 

 

 

 

And who will not fall in love with this beautiful Island of El Nido in Palawan.

     Now, these are just some of the beautiful islands in the Philippines and some of the reasons why most natives stay in their country AND…  one of the main reasons why most tourists enjoy visiting this tropical country despite its very hot weather.

     Come visit the Philippines and bask in one of the most amazing tropical countries in the world!

Decided to use this for my weekly photo challenge, because I want everybody to see how beautiful the Philippines is. #itsmorefuninthephilippines