Kalanggaman Island

I never knew about this island until I saw a photo of it on Instagram, one of the many travel accounts posted it.  I read the description, and it says Philippines…….

 I GOTTA TELL MY FRIENDS!! 

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WANT TO SEE THE ISLAND?  Watch this video ♥: Kalanggaman Island is LOVE

and sooo…… we went there. lol we spent 2Days & 2 Nights. Actually it should have been 3Days & 2 Nights but our flights got delayed so whatever.

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anyway, let’s get to it. :)

HOW TO GET THERE:

The island is located at Palompon, Leyte. There are two ways to get there, via Air or Land travel. We chose to travel by air since travel time would be shorter.

This is our route: MANILA TACLOBAN – PALOMPON – KALANGGAMAN ISLAND

1. MANILA -(air)- TACLOBAN

There are available flights from Manila to Tacloban at AirAsia, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific. Travel time is approximately 1 hour.

We arrived at Tacloban around 10pm-ish..or is it 11-ish? …it was late, is what I remember. ’cause our flight got delayed due to heavy rain.

Anyway, upon arrival at Tacloban Airport, ride a jeepney (terminal is just outside the airport) tell them to drop you off at Downtown McDonalds. then ride a tricycle going to the van terminal; just tell the driver to drop you off at Palompon Van Terminal.

If you’ll be arriving late (like us) you could stay at hotels in Tacloban. We stayed at Hotel Consuelo. There are a lot of hotels/hostels/lodges that you could stay at. just google ’em :D

2. TACLOBAN -(van)- PALOMPON

Once you’re at the terminal, look for the vans going to Palompon. Travel time would take 2-3 hours. Drop off would be at Palompon Eco Tourism.

REMEMBER:
Last trip going to Palompon is 5 PM.
Last trip going back to Tacloban is 11:30 AM.

3. PALOMPON -(boat)- KALANGGAMAN ISLAND

Going to Kalanggaman Island from Palompon town is more or less 1-hour boat ride. Tourists are advised to call the Palompon Eco Tourism beforehand so they could assist you with boat reservations. You could book the entire boat, or share with other tourists.

THINGS you  MUST BRING:

  1. TENT – you could bring your own, or you could rent. There’s a shop just beside Palompon Eco Tourism. You could also rent solar lamps if you need.
  2. FOOD – yes, there’s a store at the island that sells food and drinks, however it’s very limited, so it’s advisable that you bring your own food specially if you’re planning to stay overnight.
  3. WATER – just like the food, water is scarce. (I brought one 1500 ml and one 4000ml just for myself)

By the way, before going back to Manila, we decided to eat at this famous seafood restaurant in Tacloban, Ocho Seafood & Grill. They serve fresh delicious local seafoods. and MY GAAAAD! ANG SARAP! Haha

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However, If you’re not into seafood, they also have a variety of meat you could choose from. Or you could try this other restaurant Calle Z 

anyway since we had A LOT of extra time before going back to Manila (due to our, AGAIN, delayed flight) we decided to visit Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum. They’re open daily from 8am to 4 pm. A guided tour takes 30 minutes.

It was one of the rest houses of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. It was built for his wife, Imelda Marcos, who was born in Tacloban.

The place was beautiful. I don’t know how many times I’ve said “WOW!” “ANG GANDA!” “GRABE!” It was like being in a victorian dollhouse-ish place.  The interior designs of each and every room, the details of the furniture, the walls! the chandeliers! LOL

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just look how big that chandelier is compared to me.
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(I was planning to stand right under it, but decided not to as it might kill me #finaldestination haha)

So if you’re ever in Tacloban City, I highly recommend that you visit this place. Everything is just WOW.

BUDGET: (for 1 person, group of 3)

1. AirAsia (roundtrip) – PHP 1,533

2. Vans (roundtrip) – PHP 300

3. Boat (roundtrip) – PHP 500

    ** in our case, there are 6 of us. (we shared with 3 other tourists)

BOAT RATES: (roundtrip)
– Php 3,000.00 for 15 capacity & below
– Php 3,500.00 for 25 capacity & below
– Php 4,000.00 for 30 capacity & below

4. Overnight Fee to Kalanggaman Island – PHP 225

REGULAR RATE (day tour)
– Foreign Tourists : Php 500.00
– Local Tourists : Php 150.00

OVERNIGHT RATE
– Foreign Tourists : Php 750.00
– Local Tourists : Php 225.00

5. Tent + Solar Lamps – PHP 200

  ** Php600 (1 good for 4 tent + 2 solar lamps)

TENT + SOLAR LAMP RATES:
– Php 300 / night (4-Person Tent)
– Php 250 / night (2-person Tent)
– Php 150 / Solar Lamp

6. Hotel Consuelo (overnight) – PHP 600

 ** Php 1800 good for 3 persons

7. FOOD: (island & ocho seafood) – PHP 1,000 (approximately)

8. Sto Nino Shrine Museum – Php 77

** Php 230 good for 3 persons (we only used 1 camera)

TOUR RATE:
– Entrance (5 persons) – Php 200
*exceeding 5 persons- additional Php 20
– Per Camera – Php 30
– Per Video Camera – Php 200

TOTAL: PHP 4,435

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CONTACTS: (as of August 2016)

Palompon Eco Tourism:
09173037267
09173037269

Hinablayan Outdoor Shop (Tent rentals)
09227228218
09989994276

Hotel Consuelo
09176283588

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Getting Lost: Hong Kong – Macau

Lats month, we finally went on with our Hong Kong – Macau trip.

Actually we were only planning to go to Hong Kong, but we found out that you can actually travel to Macau via ferry, and it only takes an hour, so..why not? :D

We got our money changed into Hong Kong Dollars before we left, if there’s no HKD available, I suggest you change it into US Dollars, as it’s accepted at any money changer in the world.

Here’s our itinerary (4 Days, 3 Nights)

DAY 1:

We left Manila around 2:50 PM  and arrived at Hong Kong at roughly around 5:30 PM

Upon arriving at Hong Kong International Airport, I highly suggest (specially if you’re planning to travel around the city) to buy an octopus card. 

Where can you buy this? It’s at the center of the airport. (sort of… LOL it’s there on arrival area, you won’t miss it.)

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This will cost HKD 150. It already has a stored value of 50. You can add more load on your card at 7-11 stores. Also, one octopus card = one person. You and your friends cannot share in one octopus card.

You can watch this for more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY8-Q2c2Bpk

Taxis are expensive, but if you’re willing to spend money on that, then forget the card.

Anyway, after we got our cards, we went around searching for… where the buses are… We finally found it. Yey! This is our bus! :D

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Unfortunately, the place we’ll be staying at is a bit far from the center, it’s located at Lam Tei, but the place was cozy, so it’s all good.

We booked this room at Airbnb, and our host was very helpful and accommodating.

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When we got there, it was almost 8 PM-ish. we left our bags, freshen up a little, then went  out again. This was the first night we got lost. LOL

We were supposed to go to the Ladies Market, but when we looked at the bus routes on the screen of the bus — it was not the same as the ones we have on our notes.  Man. We’re lost. Haha!

so we drop off at wherever that was, and from there just walk around, look for a place to eat because we’re starving (and lost) until we felt really hopeless (because we couldn’t find where the E33 bus stop was) and went home.

Most of them don’t speak english, so if you don’t speak chinese, better have a photo or a Chinese translation of where you want to go, so they’ll understand you better.

We got back around 12 past midnight, and then we just slept. lol

DAY 2:

We got up early at 8am. Then went our way at 9am.

Our first stop was the The Ngong Ping Village + Tian Tan Buddha + Po Lin Monastery

I forgot which bus to take though lol but you’ll have to go to the Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal, from there you can take the cable car going to the village, or in our case, since the cable car was under maintenance that time (booo)  we rode a bus. The bus ride took almost an hour.

aaaand…Here we are!

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4268 STEPS!

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Once we’re done here, we’re off to Disneyland!!! :D

From here, go back to the Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal, across that  is the Tung Chung Station. Take the train going to Disneyland Resort, go down at Sunny Bay Station.

This train will get you to Disneyland! ♥♥♥

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Do not miss Disney Paint the Night and Disney in The Stars! It was amazing. :)

DAY 3:

Woke up early again, then went directly to Hong Kong – Macau Ferry Terminal. We got lost (again) lol but we eventually found our way.

We took the Cotai Water Jet Ferry going to Macau, there’s also Turbojet Ferry, but Cotai is cheaper. :)

Transfer from Hong Kong to Macau took almost an hour. Upon arrival at Macau, if your hotel offers free shuttle service, look for the bus. if not, take the cab.

By the way, before going to Macau, change your HKD or whatever money you have into MOP / Pataca. They don’t accept other type of currency most of the time. 

We stayed here at Inn Hotel Macau.weqw

The room was spacious, and clean and at a very affordable price.

After checking-in, we went our way to the Ruins of St. Paul.19

Near the Ruins of St. Paul is the Monte Fort as well as the Macau Museum.

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We were planning to stay the night in (because we got lost, AGAIN) but one of our high school friend (that works at Macau) contacted my friend and asked that we go out for dinner.

We went to The Venetian Macau (Food Court Area) and then at Fisherman’s Wharf.

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This is our friend Brian, beside him is his girlfriend Carla. Thank you guys! :D
(They taught us how to read the bus routes lol )

DAY 4:

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Since our flight leaves at 8:00 PM, we decided to go to the Macau Wine Museum, and The Grand Prix Museum. Both are on the same building.

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Before we went there, we found out about this App that functions even without data. It tells you where to go, where the bus stop is located and what bus to take.

THIS @#$%^@!!  APP! —> Macau Bus Guide & Offline Map

I KNOW. WHY haven’t we thought about that earlier. come to think of it, Hong Kong might have an app like that as well -_-

Anyway the Macau App was very helpful and accurate. WE DID NOT GET LOST. #proud lol

At around 8:00 PM we’re already on our way back to Manila.

BUDGET: (for 1 person)

Airfare (Airasia) – Manila to Hong Kong    – PHP 2419
Travel Tax (Manila to Hong Kong                 – PHP 1620

* Hotel Prices are as follows: Airbnb: PHP 3868, Inn Hotel: PHP 2812
but since there’s two of us, we split the bill)

Airbnb Room (2 nights)                                   – PHP 1934
Inn Hotel Macau (1 night)                               – PHP 1406

Airfare (Airasia) – Hong Kong to Macau    – PHP 2425

For the pocket money, I’ve allotted PHP 10,000 for this 4 day trip.
***this includes the bus/train/taxi fares, food, ferry fare, disneyland entrance fee, etc

TOTAL: PHP 19,798  you might want to add a little extra on that, just in case. :)

We also found out from our friend Brian, that you can actually do
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Boracay

 

Last November, my ultimate travel buddy and I (yes, ultimate. she’s the only one who’s always up to go with me, wherever that is. Just name the place and she’s ready to go lol) we went to Boracay, The most popular beach here in the Philippines.

It’s actually an island, a small one. I actually didn’t want to go, because of all the fuss people are making about it for the last many years.

“Boracay is so overrated” is what I would usually say, until the day I step foot on that Island, and have seen that it is really beautiful.

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I love it most during the early morning to noon. The color of the water is just WOW. Anyway, enough of the chit-chat, let me present to you our SUPER AMAZINGLY CHEAP itinerary.

HOW TO GET THERE:

MANILA -(air)- KALIBO -(van)- CATICLAN JETTY -(boat) CAGBAN JETTY -(tricycle)- BORACAY

1. Look for a flight going to Kalibo or Caticlan, usually it would cost (one way) at most PHP 3,000, but we only got ours for PHP 600! Yup. There are promo fares on AirAsia and CebuPacific. Our trip is from Manila – Kalibo took about 45minutes – 1 hour.

2. Upon arriving at Kalibo Airport, there will be stalls and vans going to Caticlan Jetty. We shared a van with a bunch of people, fare costs PHP 250 per person. this includes a boat transfer. (yes, I don’t recommend booking an early van transfer as you could get a cheaper price once you’re there) This land transfer to Catical Jetty would take around 2 hours.

3. Upon arriving at Caticlan Jetty, you have to pay for the Terminal Fee (PHP 100) and Environmental Fee (PHP 75). Boat transfer to Cagban Jetty would take around 15-20 minutes. (I don’t remember exactly, but it’s a short ride)

4. Upon arriving at Cagban Jetty, there are tricycles that could take you to your hotel. We paid PHP 100, but found out when we’re leaving that fare costs only PHP 15 per person!

REMEBER: Opeartion of boats are 5am-10pm.

WHERE TO STAY:

There are alot of resorts and transient you could stay in at Boracay, just google ’em and they would show up. We stayed at Wendy’s Apartelle. It costs us PHP 1,800 for 3days 2 nights for 2 pax. so… PHP 900 per person.

We stayed in a room, with one queen size bed, airconditioning is okay, there’s TV, bathroom’s okay. BUT we don’t have signal in our room. That’s the only downside. but that’s okay since we were only in our room, when it’s time for us to sleep.
It’s a 5-10 minutes walk away from the beach btw.

WHERE TO EAT:

Where to eat is not a problem, as there a loooot of restaurants in the Island to choose from. Some cheap, some expensive.

WHAT TO DO:

There are many activities in the Island. Island Hopping, Sailing, Helmet Diving, Scuba Diving, and other water activities you could choose from.

You could also try Kite Surfing, Flyboarding, Parasailing, and other activities.

We tried Parasailing and Island Hopping.

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Sunset was amaziiiiing!

we we’re supposed to go sailing but my friend got dizzy so we just sat by the beach. haha

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(My ultimate travel buddy haha ——>)

I would also suggest not to avail any package for these activities as it’s a lot cheaper when you’re there, Oh yes.

BUDGET BREAKDOWN (For 1 person, group of 2)

Airfare (AirAisa) – PHP 1,200 (return)
Van & Boat – PHP 500 (return)
Tricycle – PHP 75
Terminal Fee – PHP 100
Environmental Fee – PHP 75
Airport Terminal Fee – PHP 200
Lodge (Wendy’s Apartelle)- (PHP 1,800 for 2 nights) – PHP 900

FOOD:
3 Days (BFast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks) – Aprrox PHP 1,500

ACTIVITIES:
Parasailing – PHP 1,000
Island Hopping – PHP 400

TOTAL: PHP 5,950 — yes! :D

* I would suggest you bring extra cash, in case you want to do, buy or eat more.

3 days wasn’t enough, should’ve gone with 5 days, but whatever I could always go back. :)

Villa Escudero

Last May, my friends and I decided to go to Villa Escudero.

We were actually choosing between Camaya or Escudero. We chose Escudero, since none of us had been there yet.

HOW TO GET TO VILLA ESCUDERO:

Ride a JAC Liner bus going to Lucena, tell the driver to drop you off at Villa Escudero. It took us almost 3 hours to get there from Cubao, due to heavy traffic. We left around 7am.

The driver will drop you off just after the arch of Quezon, once you’re there, cross the street. There will be tricycles that could take you to Villa Escudero. It’s a long walk so I suggest you take the trike. :)

We arrived at Villa Escudero around past 10am.

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We were supposed to stay overnight, but all rooms are booked already. I suggest you call them ahead of time if you’re planning to stay overnight.

So, we took the day tour. It costs P1,450 for one person. This includes tour to the Museum and  lunch by the waterfalls, you’ll get to ride on carabao-drawn carts on your way to the city proper.

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Once your tour is over, they have swimming pools that you can use or you can go bamboo rafting and bird watching.

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TOTAL BUDGET: (for 1 person)
BUS (Cubao to Lucena / Lucena to Cubao) – P400
TRICYCLE – P20
DAY TOUR – P1450

TOTAL: P1870

You might want to bring extra cash in case you’d like to buy other foods and souvenirs.

This is surely a budget friendly and relaxing way to spend your weekend. :)

BALER, AURORA

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Last January, my friend and I wanted to go somewhere. We were choosing between Boracay and Baler.

We chose Baler, since it’s a lot cheaper. Haha

HOW TO GO TO BALER?

Ride a Genesis or Joy bus from Cubao to Baler. We got there via Joy bus since Genesis bus left too early, around 2 – 3am. We left around 5am. and got there around 2pm. Fare is P700 one way. Genesis has a cheaper fare around P400 (not sure) You may want to contact them if you want to inquire about their fares and schedules.

WHERE TO STAY?

We haven’t booked any hostel before our trip, so what we did is, upon arriving at the bus terminal in Baler, we asked the tricycle driver to bring us to the nearest affordable place to stay overnight. He brought us to ELAINE’S LODGE. It was a good place. It’s clean, spacious, ventilation is good. They have airconditioned rooms but we didn’t take it, since the weather is cold. Room costs P600 per person, also it’s close to the beach! win! Haha Airconditioned rooms cost P1000, if I remember it right. anyway you may want to contact them.

ELAINE’S LODGE: 09195379405

There are other places to stay, but as a backpacker, this is a good catch already.

WHERE TO EAT:

There are number of places where you can eat that’s located along the beach. We ate at Hungry Surfer.
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Food is good, but I suggest that you order 2 hours before, since it takes time for food to be cooked. Meal costs P150 or less.
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There’s another restaurant beside Hungry Surfer but I forgot the name already haha 😁

WHAT TO DO?
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Besides surfing? Well I recommend going on a tricycle tour of Baler. Our tricycle driver offered to tour us and we payed P600 for us 2. so P300 each. not bad. :)
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We weren’t able to go to every site, since we only have a day to spend.  Our tour took 2-3 hours. so it’ll be longer if you plan on visiting all of the sites listed.
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BUDGET BREAKDOWN (1person)
JOY BUS (Cubao-Baler roundtrip): P1400
ELAINE’S LODGE (overnight): P600
MEAL (dinner+breakfast): approx P300
SURFING LESSON (1hour): P250
TRICYLCE TOUR: P300

TOTAL: P2850

Awesome! Haha

If you haven’t been to Baler, you should. There’s more than just surfing here. 👌;)