Maldives: A Quick Travel Guide – Adaaran Prestige Vadooh Island Resort

One of the most exciting place we’ve been to in our Maldives Trip is this Adaaran Prestige Vadoo Island Resort. Adaaran is a small island resort that you can walk around for two minutes. But the place’s view is just breathtaking. What’s great too is that the fee ($100) includes everything (yes including the transport by speedboat) .

FREE FOOD – buffet lunch – at 1:00 PM
FREE Drinks – from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM – yes, that includes Wines and Beers!!!
FREE WIFI – the entire island is Wifi Zone.

If you want to have some relaxing experience you can also avail of their SPA services.

If you want to eat ahead of time they have a Japanese restaurant.

They have a volleyball court.

The entire island is just great for snorkelling.

They have a swimming pool.

They have a watersports centre.

They have beach tanning bed across the island.

They will also give you those huge umbrellas if you want for the beach.

I am sharing below some of the photos we’ve taken in this beautiful Island Resort.

Look for this sign and book your trips with them. Very reliable. On time. Reasonable price. 

One of the things I really want to see in Maldives. This!

A swimming pool just right infront of the beach. So either you take a dip here, or get soaked in the beach. Your choice. 

My kind of R&R!

Modeling 101.

During the day, we chanced upon their celebration of World Tourism Day, and we were invited to participate. Each year, they celebrate and they do this, PLANTING! Yep, we were able to plant flowers in the island.

And of course, it’s a tropical country, we planted Coconuts too!

Inside the island resort are stunning landscapes.

If you want to enjoy the island SPA. Just get here.

When in Adaaran, do not miss the fish feeding. This was one of the reasons we picked this one. Because we can’t afford to swim with the sharks, at least we get to see them fed in this island. And we saw not just sharks, some fish too.

Drank so much wine in the island, it’s BEACH + WINE! So  yeah, I got a little dizzy. To shrug off the dizziness I dipped in the pool, and yeah, she’s on it too!

BEACH-ing in the MALDIVES!

You can’t miss the sunset too! It’s just awesome to the extreme level.

What’s available on their FREE Drinks?

At some point, I needed to check something. Work follows the worker. LOL! 

This is a romantic spot. Nope, we did not eat at this table, but you can. Arrange your dinner with the resort management.

In connection to the World Tourism Day celebration, we were able to join their event at night. 

We just can’t get enough of the back ground.

This was the ceremonial cutting of the cake. Guests in this resort were from various countries, Koreans, Egyptians, and well Filipinos. I think I heard people speaking Spanish too. 

This was before we bid good bye to Adaaran, we took a picture with the “band”? 

Adaaran Prestige in Vadoo was my share of “living-the-time-of-my-life” moments. This was really what I envisioned to experience. Everything was just GREAT!

Thank you Adaaran! So long! See you again. One day. I know, I shall return.

#doroexplorero #doroadventures #dorolakwatsero #Maldives #AdaaranPrestige #VadoohIsland #Resort #budget #pool #beach 

Adventures in Cu Chi Tunnel: What’s In There? What To See and Experience in Cu Chi?

After our city tour and I’ve posted pictures on my instagram and facebook pages, my friend popped me a message on messenger and told me to visit Cuchi Tunnel. And I have no idea I could go there. Wasn’t sure that it’s a few hours away from Saigon. I asked him the details and he gave me the idea that it’s possible to visit. I said, we’d go there, and that we’d set a schedule. And we did.

While I didn’t have the slightest idea what’s in there, I am thankful I did decide to visit Cuchi Tunnel. If you’re in Ho Chi Minh, please, do visit Cuchi Tunnel. It’s really one worthy journey. So let me share some of the things we’ve seen there, and why I think you should visit it too.

On the way to the Cu Chi Tunnel, we dropped by a handicraft store. It showcases various crafts for interior designs. If I only have the means, I’d love to bring back home a lot of them. They’re really great designs.

Then we were given our tickets to enter the area. Yep! We arrived safely at the Cu Chi tunnel.

First spot was one of the traps that the Vietnamese used against the Americans during the war times. It’s camouflaged like grass but one could go directly into their way to hell once they stepped on to it. Those pointed objects could surely pierce through your body.

Everyone’s checking it out. Yep, we’re with different tourists/travelers from across the world, you’d notice in the pic below.

The Americans usually drop bombs almost every where. And yes, the evidence of those are these “bomb craters”, they still exist up to this date.

There are also funnels that the Vietnamese created so they could breath. It would look like beehives.

And we tried entering the tunnels. It’s an enlarged versions so our brothers from other countries (not Asian, and relatively bigger built, would be able to experience it. Here’s a photo of it below.

And yeah, I did try. Haha just so I could experience it. Nothing beats experience right? I did fit in.

That satisfied smile of mine. 

Entrances to the tunnels were also shown.

And there are life-size statues of Vietnamese soldiers that we could take fun photos of.

This is a real war tanker! I couldn’t even lift that i-dunno-what-they-call-it. It’s really heavy!

What really amazes me is the ingenuity of their strategies and traps. Apart from being able to get arms coming from Americans, they set up traps that could really help them survive. Below are the different traps that they set-up in different locations.

Sticking trap, once you stepped in, you’ll get inside a man-hole and you’ll be pierced by those pointed objects all over your body. I doubt if you could survive. It’s not like it’s acupuncture. It’s way larger and deadly.

As obvious as it’s name, here’s the “Clipping Armpit Trap”.

Almost like the Clipping Armpit but a bit more deadly.

Windows aren’t safe either.

You couldn’t sit either. Careful not to sit in a folding chair trap.

Three pointed objects to kill you is this “Swinging Up Trap”

We were then taken to a bunker where the Vietnamese innovate, repair and redesign weapons and tools theygot from the fights they’ve had with the Americans.

Then we were lead to the “shooting range” where you can get the feels of firing gun, reminiscing the war time. But it’s not included in the package, so you’d have to pay extra.

While waiting for those who tried the “firing”or “shooting”, we also enjoyed looking at some souvenir items in the shop.

On our way back, we were led to the tunnel which would lead us back to the entrance. We were informed that there are exits every couple of meters should we not survive the heat or should we be suddenly attacked by claustrophobia.

Again, our tour and my experience wouldn’t be complete without actually going in there. So, yes! We tried getting in there.

And that ends our Cu Chi Tunnel experience. It was such an informative and exciting experience. I am not a fan of Vietnamese, until I get to experience Cu Chi Tunnel. So yes, this is a must try. This is a must visit place for one who visits Vietnam.

What about you? Have you been to Cu Chi Tunnel? What was your experience like?

Hong Kong Travel Guide (Not Your Usual Places To Visit In Hong Kong But Worth All Your Time)

Hello guys! I am writing again! C’mon! It’s March, and yes, this is my first in the 3rd month of the year. Been a while. Been caught up with a lot of tasks and jobs. I haven’t been traveling for quite some time now, but my mind traveled a lot. I mean, while I am in one place, my mind is wandering and wondering. Yes. I have a wanderlust. I am a wanderlust. Yep!

So, as I was also revisiting photos on my gadgets, I missed traveling. I missed being in a place I have never been to before. I miss boarding on a plane, I missed the stairways, the railways, the traffic, the nature and everything that I encounter in traveling. To somehow mitigate the feeling of missing, I have decided to do this blog.

What am I gonna share? Well, I wanted to share some other things in Hong Kong that may not be part of your Hong Kong City Tour and your Macau City Tour or Disney and Ocean Park. There are other places you can visit in Hong Kong if you have time.

In our case (me and mom) we had a free day before we leave for home. I have contacted a good friend of mine Rhea to be our tour guide on the said date. She too loves wandering. So, she decided to pick us up at the hotel as we don’t know the directions going to the places she mentioned we’d go to. True enough, we were not brought to the typical places of Hong Kong that we usually see in the picture.

Our first stop was in Diamond Hill. Just a few steps from the train station and we’re in the Nan Lian Garden. It’s quite a place to stop. There are structures of Chinese Architecture and a mini Museum, a Garden and well Temples!!! My mom is really happiest when she’s in a temple. She’s a lover of Buddha, of everything that is taught by Chinese people for prosperity and luck. She’s a fan!

The Nan Lian Garden in Diamond Hill is really a great place to visit! Plus, it’s FREE!!! Yep, you’ve read it right, we didn’t pay a dime to get in. And it’s one great destination for travellers like us. 🙂

I will be sharing the photos below, so you would have an idea.

Mom was really happy to see all those green leaves (natural) plants around. She can’t help but ask a photo of us. 

And she’s a fan of the writing in a different way, like this? Yep, was it chinese or something? But it doesn’t matter, she wants a picture with it too!

And look at those trees! Aren’t they great for our eyes? 

Mom couldn’t have it pass without her in the picture! 🙂 Smile mom and Rhea! Even if it’s under the heat of the sun! 🙂

At the entrance of their Museum! One kind foreigner (white) stranger looked at us happily taking pictures, then she volunteered “do you want me to take a picture of you three?” She needed no request, she felt the need and she responded. Haha thanks to you Ma’am! 🙂

Mom, nailed the choreograph! Don’t you think? 🙂

And she does pose like this? Seriously? Haha that’s my mom! 🙂

Another great view on the other side of the 

She said she was tired, so we sat, but what else do we do when we rest? Of course, you guessed it right! Selfie! Pictures once again! 🙂

Like a Chinese smile! 🙂 

Our next stop was the Ten Thousand Buddhas! Yes, that’s a lot of Buddhas! So off we go to the train station!

At the entrance of course, you’d start seeing the Buddhas of different poses, style or posture. 

As this is not a usual Hong Kong City Tour destination, you can expect that this is not soooo crowded unlike the other places. 

We can take pictures like it’s just us in the place. 🙂

Along the way up, are Buddhas every step of the way! Yes! EVERY STEP literally. 

This is a photo at the entrance at the top!

Look, how happy mom is! 

This is when your mom is cool for fun shots!

Hey mom! Smile again! 🙂

Did I say wacky pose?

Of skies, geenery, and temples! 🙂

Back to the mall, where we had our quick lunch!
Then our next stop is the 1881 Heritage! This place is a bit crowded, but you can still take pictures around. It’s a great place of like English theme I believe. It’s a huge structure where everywhere is pose-worthy. Such a good place to visit as well. You can take profile-able pictures. Haha

Mom’s the coolest with fun shots. She knows what she’s doing eh? 🙂

And look at her, made me carry her hand bag so she could pose properly. LOL

Like a magazine photo cover model! 
A few steps away from the Heritage is the port, where you can actually get on board on a ferry to get to the other side. Instead of taking the train, we opted to ride the ferry boat. It’s a 15 minutes ride and we’re back near the hotel. 🙂 I forgot the port’s name, but it should be very well known to locals if you’d ask. Even known to foreigners as well. 

I had to take a picture of this cruise ship. One of my dreams is to actually be on a cruise ship one day. So this is a good sign! 🙂

End of the Day Hong Kong Tour was the dinner at a restaurant of my friend’s choice. Had to fill our tummies after a long day of wandering! Hai! Itadakimasu! 🙂

I am sharing below the photos I had with mom. Some of the great photos we’ve taken during the day! 

There you go, the top 3 spots you can visit which is not included in a typical Hong Kong City tour, but is visit-worthy. I had more fun having this tour with my friend Rhea. It’s great when you are in control of the time and places. You can go whichever place you want to go first, and then set the entire day’s itinerary to your preference. 
This not-so-ordinary Hong Kong Tour Day is one of the best days I’ve spent in HK, perhaps because, I’d rather have control of the travel rather than have a tour guide dictating what time to leave, and where to go next. 
Summary:
1. Drop off train station is Diamond Hill. Walk towards the Nan Lian Garden. Few steps away.
2. Explore Nan Lian Garden, it’s a wide structure with Museum, Garden, Park, Temples all around. We spent almost half of the day here.
3. Go to the Ten Thousand Buddhas. Walk towards the top! Yes! Thousand of Buddhas you can take selfies with. 
4. The 1881 Heritage. Take all the pictures you want. You can also shop nearby. This is within the city there are nearby malls and stores. There are boutiques nearby. 
It’s worth the day spent in these destinations. And yes, it’s part of Hong Kong! 
#doroexplorero #dorolakwatsero #laagAsia #suroyWorld #doroadventures #HKTour #HKTravel #Travel2015

El Nido: Tour C (Helicopter Island, Hidden Beach, Star Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Secret Beach)

In our El Nido trip, we had spent two days, and two nights. We availed two tour packages one is for Tour A which I wrote about here and we had Tour C. This is what I am writing about here now. 🙂 

I did wonder if we could have a cheaper trip if we don’t avail the package, but I believe (in humble opinion) we were better off with this package. Reason being, the tourism office of El Nido has imposed standardized rates. This is better, as each tour operators won’t overprice and rip off each tourist going on an island hopping. Tours have been standardized and tariffs were displayed prominently in each establishment. So yes, it was a great tour package we’ve availed. 

I know, not everyone is concerned about the price, but let me tell you the price it’s for P1,400 or around US $30.00 per person. Not bad for five islands to visit. 

First stop, Helicopter Island! When asked why it’s called helicopter island, the simple answer and reason is because it looks (shaped) like a helicopter. It does resemble the helicopter. It was a quick stop. We did some photo op. Group picture with the classmates! haha of course, I needed to plunge! Advantage of growing up jumping (yeah not diving) into sea water, almost every day, I can easily jump off the boat. haha plunge into the blue-green sea water! But I guess, I took a better shot of my friend’s jump. Look at her!




Next stop, we had the Hidden Beach! Yes, it’s hidden because you’ll be dropped off on a rock formation, then you’ll have to walk towards the inside of something like an open cave. When you get in, you’ll find that there is a beautiful place inside. Yes, it’s hidden and yes, it’s beautiful! We did some crazy photos here!








Third stop was Star Beach. This is where we had our delicious lunch. As usual. It’s a bit late, but yes, it’s worth the wait. The cook of our boat is actually doing a great job in the food. Thumbs up on the culinary abilities! It’s my personal humble opinion, that they (he) can cook well. If you’d ask what’s in the Star Beach, we didn’t have much to explore here. There’s just white sand where you can do some sun-bathing then, you can also take a lot of pictures with different greatly shaped rock formations. There are areas where you can shoot some photos that would look like you are on top of a rock in a high mountain or you’re on an edge of a cliff. Other than those, I don’t remember much but the food! haha 




The food has its place on this post! It has to be a highlight! 🙂 It’s FEAST day in each tour! 

And we can’t let the food pass without our class picture! hahaha Boat-mates! Ready, 1, 2, 3, click!


Next stop was Matinloc Shrine, as narrated by the guide, this place was owned by a foreigner (yes not Pinoy) with a Filipina (the wife) whose relationship got shaky and when they eventually split up, the shrine was left not properly maintained. But the beauty of the place, structures and foundations of different areas were still there, and you can still take photos that would really look great on pictures. Plus, you have to climb up a rock formation, this time, bring your selfie-pod, or monopod, or something, or better Go-pro! Yes, because at the top of the rock formation (I hope you’re not afraid of heights), you can take a breathtaking picture! Some (most) people did climb up (that includes me). Amazing view! Although, we were not able to take a stunning photo. We were all afraid of heights. haha


Last stop was Secret Beach! Okay, unlike the Secret Lagoon, this was a bliss! The place was where I really just lie down the sand, enjoy the breeze, the sun’s not-so-bright shine, the sight of rock formations, and nature. This is inside a cave like rock formations, and yes, you have to swim to get here. But was worth all the effort. I enjoyed this place. Here, you can just sit, talk with friends, enjoy the water, the sand, the sun, the air. And reconnect with the universe! Crazy shots are also made here.

Going back to the main island, we were already exhausted but we all enjoyed the tour. Island hopping it is! The boat ride back to the shore was an adventure. Larger waves were rocking our tiny boat. Some of our boat-mates were already afraid, while we keep enjoying every roller-coaster-like rocking of the boat.  So, to Palawan! To El Nido! Thank you! I totally enjoyed you! I’m definitely coming back for Coron, or even still, El Nido! 🙂 

To Jeff, to Cling, and the rest of the crew Kudos! Job well done! We enjoyed the tour because you guys are awesome guides!

How about you? What’s your latest naturescape? What’s your latest adventure? How do you like island hopping? How does food trip in the beach sounds like? 

Share with me your adventures! Maybe I’ll join you too! 🙂

#doroexplorero #dorolakwatsero #doroadventures #laagAsia #suroyWorld #laagPinas #ElNido #TourCPackage #PalawanPH #PalawanPH2k15 #Travel2k15

9 Things You Need To Know Before You Avail A Tour Package (Hongkong-Macau Tour Packages)

A lot of people availed of tour packages, one because they want convenience (same reason I do), and two, sometimes they’re cheaper. That’s because you get to share the cost. Also, tour package could be a good way to explore the place when you are not yet so acquainted with the area, less risky. Furthermore, tour packages gets you to places in a short period of time. But let’s face it, there’s more to the place than that included in the tour.  That is why, if you have more time, and if your energy allows it, Do-It-Yourself is still best.

I want to share some tips regarding travels (I am basing it on my recent Hongkong-Macau tour). What is it and what it’s not. Some things I think people need to know before thinking of availing or not availing of the tour package. And of course, this is limited to the package that we availed.

1. In availing the tour package, know the inclusions. And do some research on what these inclusions mean. Sometimes, the inclusions sounds so nice and grand, but actually they’re just common sense dictated inclusions, or normally part of an ordinary package, but is marketed like it’s a special feature of the package. Check out different deals.

2. Breakfast meals, there are packages that says “outside breakfast”, ask if this breakfast means they’re going to serve the meals in a separate area or is it just meal vouchers. Unlike when we were in Thailand, and in select hotel with free breakfast packages, this “outside breakfast” is actually just a meal coupon. If you’d do the math (in our case) HKD20/per person per meal. But the restaurant where you should avail the coupon serves, on an average meal, around HKD 24 to HKD30. You might want to provide extra budget for meals if you want to eat decently. And do not be surprised that you will see bunch of people lining up with the same coupon that you have. Meaning, you must have availed the same package (most tour package) offered in our country have the same suppliers in Hongkong. So even if you have different travel agencies in your country, you might end up eating in the same restaurant and staying in the same Hotel. It’s good, you’ll make new friends. 



3. It’s better if you know where to go in each area, ask what’s in the “City Tour” or what’s in the “Day Tour” you might just avail a package with itinerary that is not so much of your liking. Try to ask, what places are included or will be visited in the “tour”, this might give you an idea, whether you should or you shouldn’t avail the package. If you were told of the places included or itinerary, just google the places, read some reviews. It will help you decide. Choose a package that includes an itinerary of most places that you want to go to or visit.

4. Check if there are provisions for “Mandatory Tipping”. Yes, almost every guide or driver will ask you for “Mandatory Tipping” and it’s part of the package. In our case, we paid HKD100/guide for two persons. In our case, for our guide in Hongkong and another payment for our guide in Macau, even though it’s just one tour package that we availed. Reason, it’s because we have one guide in Hongkong and one guide in Macau. And yes, they are literally, MANDATORY.

5. Tour Guide will have their way of selling you things or selling you out. Well, not actually selling you. But yes, they will sometime bring you to places that you would probably buy something (and who knows they get a cut either each person they bring or a percentage of what you bought). So be respectful to your guide, be nice, but yes, be skeptic at times. Sometimes, they would sell you items at way higher prices than their prices when you go to the real market place. If you have a lot of extra, buy ’em, you’re helping the guide. If you don’t have much extra, courteously decline. 

6. If part of the itinerary of the tour is a place you want to explore, check the duration in the itinerary. You might not be sooo happy if you’ll just be stopped suddenly because it’s time to go on board the bus again for another destination. 

7. “Free and easy” means you will be on your own. So, check ahead of time, if there are places you can go to, while it’s your “leisure” time. If you avail a package for say 4D3N check what activities are included in each day. Just so you know, “free and easy” means no activity. If you don’t have much budget, you might end up spending days in a hotel. So make the most out of it. Make sure each activity is well distributed/scattered in different days. Makes the tour more comfortable and worth every penny.

8. Know the details of the places in the itinerary. Some destinations in the itinerary, you would have to spend extra, because it’s part of the “exclusions”. Example, when we get to the fishing village, we had to pay HKD20/per person for the tour in the fishing village.

9. Tickets included. Check if ticket to-and-from the places are included in the package. And whether you would be taken back to your hotel or not. Fortunately for us, even if the package that we got did not include a transport service from the port or arrival from Macau, we were able to learn to commute from the port to the hotel. So, if you are not so good with directions, either avail a package that provides transport back-and-forth the hotel after the tour or at least check where the taxi stand is. NOTE: Not all taxi drivers understands English, so be prepared to speak to couple drivers before you can get a driver who would understand and agree to take you to your hotel.

These are some things that I think, you might want to know before taking or purchasing your next tour package. It’s important to note, that these packages, though seems so great, always remember, that it’s still business. Choose the deals that you know you wouldn’t think of being “robbed” afterwards.

What are the things you’ve discovered in availing tour packages or deals? 

Feel free to share your insights, discoveries and ideas below. Would love to know them too. 🙂

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HongKong Travel With Mom (Teaser Post)

One of the amazing people in my life is my Mom. 
She stood with me, when everything seems falling apart. She’s been a constant supporter, and my number one fan. Even if the whole world turns its back on me. There she is, smiling and cheering for me. I grew up a Mama’s boy, and I am not ashamed of that. That’s because, my Dad died back in high school, and since then, Mom has been the mother and father of the family. She supported the family, though struggling, but surviving. I would say struggling because I know how many loans she’s availed just to get by every day. With expenses here and there. With only herself earning for the family. 
So, last year, I have been travelling. I went to places, I haven’t been to before. And yes, I enjoyed it. But there’s one thing I remembered and yes, realized. Mom didn’t get to enjoy them because, she was busy supporting the family. I was still in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia then, doing my #KLSoloTravel when I saw the opportunity to book a flight for me and Mom to Hongkong. When I arrived in the Philippines, I told Mom we’d be going to Hongkong for Christmas.
I wanted to give her a gift, that she really wouldn’t forget. And I said to myself, this one’s gonna last. It’s going to be her first time to travel to another country. She was ecstatic when I told her. But she didn’t have her passport yet. So I asked her to do me a favor once again, GET HER PASSPORT! 🙂
I knew she wanted it, because she filed several leave from work just to get here in the city to get her passport from the DFA. That’s when I said, this got to really happen. There were things that challenged me, but I couldn’t let it NOT happen. I have already said my word to Mom. She has her apprehension regarding immigration and etc. But the urge to really fly to Hongkong is greater. 
I completed the booking, return tickets, domestic flights, Hongkong City tour and Macau tour. All of these were set. Even our tour with a friend in Hongkong were all set. We were ready.
I told Mom, she only have to bring extra money as she might want to shop more than what I could afford. Haha true enough there were shopping. 🙂
For a simple man like me, giving my Mom one of the memories she won’t probably forget is on my bucketlist, and I am glad it happened last 2015!
So how was travelling with Mom?
1. You’ll have to carry all the bags. She’s in her late fifties, and she is not as healthy as she was back in her younger years. And she couldn’t walk fast, so I needed to carry everything for her, except her light hand bag, which she insisted on carrying.
2. You’ll have to prepare everything, as convenient as possible. Having your Mom on a trip, will be like having a child. Well, even if it’s not required. I want to make her as comfortable as she can, and as convenient as it could be for her. (Although this barely happened, she isn’t used to the food taste in Hongkong, haha and she’s a rice eater more than a noodle fan).
3. You’ve got to accept that when Mom’s tired, you got to stop. This is the major part where I needed to adjust. In my solo travels, I didn’t have to look back and ask “can we still go there?” because, as long as my feet still moves, I am off to another destination. This travel is different, I’ve got to ask every now and then, if we can still go somewhere. Or just go home. Like this photo below, she’s already tired. 🙂
4. You’ve got to slow down the pace, your speed is not your Mom’s (Parent’s) speed. They’re a little bit slower than you. So keep checking if she’s (they’re) following you.
5. You’ve got to prepare to see not-so-good shots of you. Yes. Photos of you won’t be that great than those that you took for them to pose. I’ve got some good photos that I captured for mom, but, yeah, I could forget about my photos. Haha She isn’t techy, so she doesn’t even know how to use my iPhone. 
I wanna share some of her photos that she wants printed. Yes, some coz, there are more than a thousand photos she wants printed ahahaha 🙂

6. If there’s anything at all, that you needed to plan ahead of time and talk about, it’s the “shopping”. Mom’s could sometimes be a little pushy. And yes, you’ll almost all the time feel compelled to give in. So, if you plan to bring your Mom on a travel to a place like HK, prepare for shopping (I mean financially). 
These are the things I realized, you should inform yourself ahead of time. It’s a great experience to take your Mom to another place. Somewhere she hasn’t been to before. Somewhere she would be excited. 
If you want a detailed story of her 1st International Travel, it’d be great if you can talk to her. Haha she’d enthusiastically share the experience, way better than a 3D movie! haha 🙂
I wouldn’t say I didn’t get tired taking care of her back in Hongkong, it’s tiring to carry all the bags, to slow down, to keep taking pictures, to buy food, water, to spend, and a lot more things. But they couldn’t slightly repay how much my Mom has done for me. Every time, I get tired, I look at her, and I see her brilliant smile shining, and the feeling of being tired is somehow cured and translated to inspiration. My Mom, is one of my inspirations in life. I saw her struggled, endured and survived. My Mom’s smiles were precious and priceless. I wanted to give the HK trip to her as a gift, but she ended up giving me a priceless gift. The gift of being thankful and blessed. 
In one of my facebook posts, I said: I believe life is about taking turns. Yes, because back then, she does all the caring, all the feeding, the spending, the checking, the supporting, and trying to make things happen for me and my siblings. Now, I said, I believe, it’s my turn. 
Indeed, 2015 for me was a blast, but 2016 could be way greater! I am expectant, but I am fearless! 🙂
Why travel with Mom in Hongkong? Why not just local travels? I mean there are a lot of great places in the Philippines, isn’t it?
My simple answer is because I know, Mom wanted to travel abroad. But in her younger years, she’s chosen to spend the money on us. Yes. She had us on top priority. But I also know she wants to explore other countries, in one of the times, I saw Mom scribbled on something like a bucket list. I think I was still in high school back then, she wrote “Travel Around the World”. So this is my taking part of the that dream. Maybe some day, we’d be able to explore other continents. Who knows. The Good Lord will provide, and will make great things happen. The universe will conspire. Hongkong, might just be the first of many international travels. 🙂
Now it would be your turn:
1. Have you ever traveled with your Mom?
2. If you would travel with your Mom or Dad, where would you want to take her/him?
3. Have you imagined putting a smile in your Mom’s or Dad’s face a smile out of excitement to travel? 
These are some things that the answers might tell you, you’d want to bring your parents to somewhere. 🙂 Feel free to share ideas below. I’d be happy to hear them. 🙂
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El Nido: Tour A (Small Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Secret Lagoon, Big Lagoon, 7th Commando Beach)

I attended the PICPA Annual National Convention in Puerto Princesa Palawan. After the convention, we decided to go on a tour in El Nido. It has always been my dream to set foot in this well known place (at least to me and couple of wanderlust friends).

I managed to convince my friends to join me in the tour. So let me tell you what the Tour A of El Nido Package as standardized by their Tourism Authority.
The Tour A package is priced at P1,200 per person, and this package includes visiting the following:

1. Small lagoon – what’s in small lagoon? It’s also a good destination, where you can see great rock formations and of course, the view inside the small lagoon is just breathtaking. But, I should warn you, that you either spend or swim your way to get there. 

As we reached the Small Lagoon, we were informed that we needed to swim. It means we need to have our own dry bag and/or underwater camera. We had nothing. Our camera are not waterproof, we only had our cellphones as cameras. Plus, we don’t have dry bag. Thank God, one of the boat crew, lent his dry bag to us, with a strong caveat that he is not responsible should the sea water manage to get inside the dry bag. 

Then we were given the chance to witness the majestic view of the lagoon. I feel like words are not enough to describe its beauty.

2. Shimizu Island – what’s in here? Another group of rock formations, white sand beach where you can relax and explore the place. This is where we had our lunch. And we did enjoy this one. Thanks to the boat crew who prepared our sumptuous lunch. I should note, and highlight that their culinary abilities are commendable (or was it just because we were hungry? LOL) yet, I need to tell you, they do have made us full. 

The plating was also impressive, see photos below. If this isn’t a tour, then it’s fiesta! 

 

3. Secret Lagoon – well, this is something (sorry to say this) a little bit not-so-astonishing, it’s a good place perhaps, but I did feel, it wasn’t worth it. We needed to swim again going to the shore, and from the shore, you have to walk towards the entrance where you also have to stand and fall in line, while you be on queue to get yourself inside the “Secret Lagoon” as we entered, it’s as normal as the other shores, only that you have to go through a small cave-like passage to get there. Apart from that passage, this is going to be just any other beach in El Nido. We did go there because I am a curious man, and so are my friends. But seriously, if you are not as curious as I am. Then it may not be worth the swimming and the struggles to get to the shore and be on queue for a couple of minutes.

4. Big Lagoon – this was another amazing lagoon. The view makes me wanna stay and take a lot of selfies as we can. Although, you would be warn as you disembark (is that the correct term?) from the boat, that the sea urchins are just around, so be careful and watch your steps. Thankfully, none of us had an encounter with the urchins, just saw an electric eel (?).

5. 7th Commando Beach – this is heaven! A good finale of the Tour A package I should say. The sunset just blew your mind and you would feel like relaxing for the rest of the hours and just stay there for the night. 

 


The first day Tour A is worth the 6-7 hour ride from Puerto Princesa to El Nido. It was all worth it when we set foot in each of the white sand beach islands of El Nido.

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