this little thing called Paradise – Calaguas

As early as March I planned to travel as many place as possible…and yes I started to uncover one of backpacker’s dream destination in Bicol region and that thing called paradise – Calaguas.

Calaguas is a group of islands in the Philippine province of Camarines Norte. It includes the major islands of Tinaga Island and Guintinua Island, the minor Maculabo Island, as well as several other minor islands. Wikipedia

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a Splash at Dakak Beach Resort

Splash at Dakak Beach Resort
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I have to quote the Kuya driver who was nice to be our ride for our day tour at Dakak, “Dapitan City is just a history city without Dakak and the Jaloslos”. I have friends from Dapitan and Dipolog but the only thing I am familiar about these cities is Jose Rizal, his life and works the time he was exiled years before his Bagumbayan execution. Pretty much nice place and spacious too, villas are available for those planning to stay for a night or more. Food and amenities are good and staff too, the powdery white sand and breeze made our day tour fantastic.

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My Rizal walk @dapitan

always been a Rizalista in my own little way…I admire his life, works and dedication to this country that I considered to join the actual organization before but thank God I did not.

Heard a lot about the city from friends in college, blogs and other print ads that this humble place is nice to visit.

Gabby and I headed to this quiet and laid back city after out Visayas leg last October 5 and 6. From dumsville we found ourselves running to catch the 7AM Cokaliong trip going to Dapitan City. The bumpy boat ride in the middle of the day was new to us, I mean don’t get me wrong but it was really wahhh and whooah and my first time to experience. Enough said, we docked at the port and immediately looked for a ride going to the Hotel I booked online for a day.

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Travelbee Hotel is a heritage house of an old clan in Dapitan. The hotel was clean and staff were friendly to give us tips about hows and whats around the city. We checked Kamayan Resto to dine for a late lunch but ended to eat at some carenderia near some State University since the service was too slow and only one old lady attended those who just came in. With less than php200 bill for friend chicken and bbq plus rice we somehow filled our grumbling tummies.

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Took tricycle and started our own Rizal walk at the replica of where the great Dr. Jose P. Rizal stayed for years. Few pics were taken as proof that I was here at Rizal’s House where he found and discovered additional and interesting facts about plants, animals and others and also the love of his life Ms. Bracken. After almost an hour of tour with the real Rizalistas we headed back to the city and managed to love every bit of frames we took from the beautiful St. James Parish, to the Parochial School, Rizal Park.

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Before we called it a night, grabbed BBQ and cold beer…

Legian St – how we partied at Kuta

i love Boracay no doubt since I spent 3 bdays already and still love the party of the island but after a night in Legian St. of Kuta Beach Bali…i think i’ll be spending my next beach birthday in Bali.
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The beach was more of surfer cup of tea since the waves was just few meters from shore and i was just there observing the creatures enjoyed the sun and sand.
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After an afternoon of walk at Kuta we decided to enjoy the party before 11PM and found ourselves as Bounty. Crowd was crazy great… from music to drinks to ambiance. Legian is one big street party!!!