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Intramuros is the oldest district of Manila.  Nicknamed the “Walled City”, Intramuros is the historic fortified city of Manila during the Spanish Colonial period. Its thick defensive walls were built by Spaniards in the 16th century to protect the city from invasion. Its name in Spanish, intramuros, literally means “within the walls”.

Plaza de la Fuerza

San Agustin Church

Casa Manila

Lourdes Church (El Almanecer)

Puerta del Parian

Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

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Filipinos today consider Intramuros as a living history and an important landmark in the Philippines. O_o


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Today marked the 52nd-year anniversary of Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden.

It is a 5.5-hectare (14-acre) zoo located in Manila, Philippines that opened on July 25th, 1959. The Manila Zoo and Botanical Garden receives millions of visitors every year, and is especially popular with visitors on weekends. It is more specifically located along Adriatico St., corner Quirino St., Manila, the main entrance of the zoo is fronting the Paraiso ng Batang Maynila (playground).

Mali, is an Asian elephant born in Sri Lanka.  She was 3 years old when she arrived at Manila Zoo.

Double-Wattled Cassowary

Philippine Deer

Monitor Lizard

Green Iguana

Chapman’s Zebra

Philippine Serpent Eagle

Brahminy Kite

Entrance Fee (as of 2011)

Child (below 4 ft) – P20.00, Child (above 4 ft) and Adult- P40.00.  If you are Manila resident – P20.00 (Just present valid ID like barangay ID, Driver’s License, TIN ID, School ID)

How to get to Manila Zoo

From Cavite: Ride a bus (San Agustin) going to Lawton then drop off at the corner of Adriatico St.

From North/LRT:  drop off at Quirino LRT Station. Ride a pedicab to Manila Zoo. (Alternative, from Marc 2000 tower, ride a jeep with signboard – Dakota, it will pass by the entrance of Manila Zoo)

From Alabang: Ride bus going to Lawton then tell the conductor to drop you off at Quirino LRT (then see above).

From Laguna: Ride bus bound to buendia LRT Station. Take LRT to Quirino station (then see above).

From MRT to LRT: Take southbound to MRT Taft Station and take LRT to Quirino station (then see above).

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Is it possible to have summer weather in July? The answer is yes!

Concepcion is located in the northern part of Iloilo between the municipalities of Sara and Ajuy.

To reach Bolobadiangan, Concepcion, either rent a van from the airport (P1800-P2500) or take the bus. Go to the Boracay/North Panay Bus Terminal in Tagbak, Jaro (known as Tagbak terminal). HPQ Trans is the only bus routing Concepcion (P120 one-way ride – currently for 2011). The trip will take 2-3 hrs.

Sandbar Island Beach Resort is 30 minutes away from the mainland. I contacted and arrange with kuya sanny (09068197516) for the whole trip (round trip boat service, accommodation, island hopping). You can borrow cookware and utensils from the resort. They also offer to cook for your group for a minimal fee.


Tip: Sandbar Island doesn’t offer the conveniences found in other modern resorts. Energy are gathered thru solar panels and stored in batteries. This is used for lighting in cottages. Buy all the necessary provisions before going to the resort.  Fresh fish can be bought from the mainland or from neighboring islands. Sometimes, fishermen will drop by early in the morning, offering you to buy their prized catch.


After lunch, we hop to kuya sanny’s boat and proceed with the island hopping O_o

Agho Island – entrance is P200 per group

Pan de azucar island

giant clam conservatory site at the sandbar island beach resort.

On day 2, we enjoyed and relaxed on the natural and unadulterated waters of concepcion

It was time for us to leave, and we hope that we come back some day…


Tip: Upon return to Tagbak terminal, you may proceed to SM Iloilo (take a “Leganes” jeep P10 fare). SM City Iloilo has its own Traveler’s Lounge with a wide variety of services: bus, ferry, airline and hotel booking services, baggage deposit (P30 per compartment). It has also a CR and showers for travelers as well.


@ Iloilo airport prior to departure for manila O_o

-The end-

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Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.

– Sigmund Freud –

I had a chance of taking shots of this lovely flowers during our visit at Baguio last April-May of 2011 O_o

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At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun.” – Unknown


we headed to the beach to enjoy the morning











Breakfast at the Pavillon



















It was time for us to leave Dakak (1000H)

we shall return! O_o










Selinog or Aliguay island?


Day 4 -End-


Mineral Water Php30.00
MISC/TIPS Php90.00
COKE Php6.00
PORTER Php100.00
CHECK IN Php172.00
SHUTTLE Php20.00
LUNCH Php120.00
TAXI Php250.00
TOTAL Php1,044.00



DAY 1 Php901.00
DAY 2 Php1,541.50
DAY 3 Php2,224.00
DAY 4 Php1,044.00
TOTAL Php5,710.50

+air fare                       Php172.50

TOTAL                   Php5,883.00



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“The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.” – Isak Dinesen




Dakak Park and Beach Resort is located in Brgy. Taguilon, Dapitan City, 30 minutes away from Talisay which Rizal stayed during his exile.

We were picked up (Dakak’s van service) around 1300H-1330H and it took an hour ride to reach Dakak. We check-in (Barkadahan Package) around 1445H (The receptionist was very pleasant and accommodating).

The rooms were elegant, simple and neat (well maintained). The bathroom was also huge! It was worth the price!


we headed to the beach and enjoyed the rest of the day O_o


We had our dinner at the Pavillion (Buffet – P395.00) around 1900H. A cultural show started around 1930H and ended at 2100H.

Part of the Barkadahan Package are free tickets to Gloria De Dapitan (entrance and 1 free pass for each ride). This was used after dinner and a free van service was provided to and from Dakak.

Day 3 -End-


Dakak Park Beach Resort
Taguilon, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
(0919) 7959416 / (0915) 3185238 / (065) 2136813

-For Manila Office-

Landline: (02) 7211461/7247375, Mobile: (0905) 2712556




TRIKE Php7.00
BUS Php15.00
TRIKE Php7.00
sardines – 7×30 Php210.00
sardines – 3×60 Php180.00
bagoong – 2×57 Php114.00
bagoong  1×59 Php59.00
T shirt Php199.00
DINNER Php395.00
Mineral Water Php43.00
ROOM Php886.00
TOTAL Php2,224.00

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We had breakfast at Monina around 0600H while waiting for Jade. He was generous enough to pick us up and returned as after.

Jade (09122278333) arrived past 0700H and the ride took an hour to reach Sicayab port.

Sunset Boulevard

Sicayab port

local delicacy


we boarded around 0830H

Aliguay Island

We arrived around 0930H-0945H

preparation for snorkeling

snorkeling at Aliguay Island

we took are lunch after snorkling

After lunch, we were able to roam around the island using a golf cart.

pasalubong! O_o

We left the island around 1500H and returned to Sicayab port in no time.  Before we returned to our accomodation, we were able to purchase dried salted fish (Tuyo).

Kan Anan

We took our dinner at Kan-anan restaurant were the prices of meals are “pang masa” A barbeque costs only P12.00 each.

After dinner everybody head home,  I head out again and look for a store to purchase old newspapers and boxes for the Tuyo we bought.

I asked the manong trike driver and he brought me to Vallecer supermarket, where I purchased all the things I need.

I returned to Monina and packed the Tuyo.

Still not sleepy, a few drinks again outside helped me put to sleep (there are a lot of places to drink along Sunset Blvd.)

Day 2 -End-


VAN Php72.00
BOAT Php100.00
LUNCH Php85.00
GOLF CART Php12.50
DINNER (12+12+24) Php48.00
NIGHT CAP Php150.00
TUYO Php100.00
BOX (5+5+51+40) Php101.00
TRIKE Php7.00
TRIKE Php8.00
ROOM Php258.00
TOTAL Php1,541.50



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