Stopovers at the Cities of Surigao and Butuan

Thursday, October 23, 2014

It was midsummer when my former officemate and I went for a travel in Mindanao. Our initial plan was to spend our vacation in the island of Siargao, but because of some time constraints and conflicts with transportation schedules, we then needed to have some stopovers in some cities before and after visiting our awaited destination.

There were no direct flights going to Siargao from Manila; hence, we were left with no choice but to fly through Butuan. It’s a long travel to get to Siargao from Butuan. Normally, it takes 7 hours of travel by land and sea combined. If ferries to the island from the city were frequent then there would be no problem in getting to Siargao anytime, but that wasn’t the case.

Tarlac | Enjoying the 'Bed Weather' at Microtel Luisita

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tarlac is a province in Central Luzon that is completely landlocked and primarily consists of plains and some mountains. The place is known for its fine food and immense sugar and rice plantations. Some historical sites, beautiful landscape and other attractions can also be seen on this province.

The province of Tarlac is about 3 hours away from Manila. There are several buses that pass by the area making it easy for anyone to get to this place. Yet despite of the convenience and proximity, it’s baffling that I haven’t traveled to this place before.

It was weekend of September when my buddy and me visited its capital city and attended a tourism event. We have an extra day to explore around after; therefore I’ve noted some sites, which I’ve thought of worth visiting. It could have been a nice weekend to finally get to the different tourist spots of Tarlac until a heavy downpour came the evening of Saturday

Caliraya Springs: Rest & Recreation at Mountain Lake Resort

Friday, October 17, 2014

It was 10 days after I return from an out of the country trip when some of my travel blogger buddies and me went to a resort nearby Metro Manila and spent a weekend of rest and recreation. It was exactly what I had needed as I was suffering from a post-vacation blues. You know, only another travel can end such misery.

Together with 8 of my travel friends, it was early morning of Saturday when we left the busy city and traveled the road for about 3 hours to reach the area of Caliraya.

Thailand | Ayutthaya in a Day

Monday, October 13, 2014

Still with 14 hours remaining before my flight back to the Philippines, me and my friends went out of the busy city of Bangkok and visited Ayutthaya to see some of its prominent temples. Ayutthaya is an ancient capital of Thailand, which is located in the central plains of the country. 

The city boasts numerous magnificent ruins and temples. It is situated 85 km north of Bangkok. Because of its proximity, this place has also become one of the famous sites to visit outside Bangkok. Getting to this place is easy as there are numerous transport services that are bound here such as train, boat, vans and mini bus.