Travels


Five Reasons You Should Absolutely Try Glamping Now

I’d be lying if I said this is what our weekends-off from the hospital usually look like. But why not, right?

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Especially if our one and only weekend off that coincided fell right in the week of our anniversary. (We are from different hospitals and have different duty schedules huhu!) Party party!! Congrats to us besh.. I mean babe lol 🙂 High five!

[Quick story] 15 minutes before I was supposed to be let off from duty, and as Noe was already on his way to pick me up for our trip, I suddenly had to scrub in in an emergency caesarian section due to placenta previa. Unfortunately my reliever wasn’t there yet, and who am I to say no to a bleeding patient? 🙁 Of course I was just quiet about it during the whole operation, but deep inside I wanted to cry. Hahaha. Is this the life we’re getting ourselves into?

Good thing our resident doctors handled that case very well, and I was able to scrub out after an hour.

It was also raining very hard that morning, and even the resort already advised us to postpone our trip. But like what I said, our schedules hardly match, and like what he said, “there are no bad days”, so…

HELLO BATANGAS WEEKEND!! 🙂

Despite the weather forecast, we pushed through with our road trip down south and tried glamping for the first time.

Mind you, we’ve been to legit camping trips a  few times in the past (throwback – Potipot Island, Zambales) and we both love it. But when we spotted a random Facebook post about Casa Antonio, our curiosity got the best of us and we decided to try this different kind of adventure.

 

CASA ANTONIO GLAMPING, CALATAGAN, BATANGAS

Here are the top five reasons why we enjoyed our stay, and basically why you should absolutely try glamping yourself too.

1) Having someone else pitch our tent while it was raining. (I felt a little guilty about that though!) If you don’t know how to set-up your own tent, I suggest you watch the staff and learn from them so you can do it yourself next time. But if you already know how to do it anyway, you’re not missing out anymore – right?

casa antonio glamping batangas

2) Not having to start a fire to cook our own meals. That would have been impossible given the weather! Grilling steaks and burying baked potatoes in charcoal would have been fun though, but the chicken and fish they served were so well-cooked that we couldn’t complain.

3) Waking up to the sound of ocean waves and a bright, sunny day ahead. For me, this is the BEST part about camping in general.

4) Riding an ATV for the first time! We got to enjoy different activities in the island without worrying about our things because of the camp’s security.

5) All the fun of camping, without the inconvenience. It really depends on you if you think it’s inconvenient to do the usual camping stuff or you think it’s all part of the experience. But nonetheless, it’s best to treat yourself once in a while and try a luxury experience too.

BOOK YOUR GLAMPING TRIP NOW!

If you’re wondering, we availed of the Glamp Rock Package and we highly recommend it. It’s of course more expensive than the usual camping trips that you can DIY, but for the one of a kind experience, I think it’s worth it.

It’s not just for couples, but also for families, friends, organizations, and company outings. The day of our check-out, the Casa Antonio team was getting ready for the 56 people who were booked for the long weekend. Congrats guys!! 🙂

If you have questions, I’ll try my best to answer based on our experience and the very nifty travel guide that they emailed upon confirmation, but it’s still best to ask in their FB page instead. 🙂


Exploring Northern Mindanao, From What I Remember

In February 2015, Noe and I traveled with a big group for the first time. We went to different provinces in Northern Mindanao with a fun bunch of med classmates just after third year finals, while the much-awaited promo boards was being deliberated, and right before we started clerkship!

Lighting candles and offering prayers at the start of our trip

Sto Nino Basilica Church, Cebu City – Lighting candles and offering prayers at the start of our trip, because there’s just so much to be thankful for.

Again, it’s been a while and I never had the time to have an in-depth blog entry, but these are just some of the things I will always remember. 🙂

From Manila (Luzon), we had an early flight to Cebu (Visayas) and had an impromptu tour to kill time. We then flew to our main destination, Cagayan De Oro (Mindanao). All these in one day! #TeamLuzViMinda it is. 🙂 Make sure to hover over the pictures for the caption!

The whole gang - all nine of us - always fitting in Noe's selfie-ready reach

The whole gang – all nine of us – always fitting within Noe’s selfie-ready reach

Cagayan De Oro – White Water Rafting

The best part about traveling with a big group is that you can do big group activities! The highlight of our trip, hands down, would be the white water rafting in CDO. If you’re a thrill seeker and nature lover like us, this activity is perfect.

Until now, I smile at the memory of the experience. It was the adrenaline rush of being in a river that knew mad, and the peaceful marvel of being in a river that knew calm. Four hours of advanced rafting through the rapids and we still wanted more! Some parts of the river were more calm, so we were allowed to jump down, enjoy the cool waters, and float along the current. A gift of nature, indeed. We’re just happy to be young and able to embark on adventures such as this. 🙂

Camiguin Island – Non-stop Activities!

After a 45-minute ferry ride, we reached Camiguin Island. Our day was so jam-packed with activities but we did it anyway! Had it been just Noe and I and a few other Tita friends, we would probably have an afternoon nap in our itinerary. But not that day. After all, we won’t always have this much energy!

Bukidnon – Dahilayan Adventure Park

Aside from the cool weather and the beautiful scenery, what I’ll never forget was the Drop Zone experience, how Noe and I were pulled up – higher, higher, and higher – 120 feet above the little lake, and one of us had to pull the manual trigger before we plunged down. Noe had to do it for us while I screamed to awaken my already dead afraid legs. He then shut me up by saying, “Hey! Look at me. Look at me.” (AKA Kalma ka girl) My heart calmed down, but I still screamed out of excitement, and he still pulled the trigger, and we still dropped. WAHHH!!!!

The Thing About Traveling With A Big Group

Again, most of our trips – it’s just Noe and I with a few other friends. It was our first time to join a big group, have lots of activities, and not have control over the itinerary – which surprisingly, was a very good thing as we got to really enjoy the vacation and all the surprises that came with it.


Our Hong Kong Weekend, From What I Remember

In December 2015, I traveled abroad for the first time with my two BFFs Erika and Mika. We went to Hong Kong for the weekend, and even though I’m only blogging about it now, there are a few things that I will always remember.

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We’d like to welcome you onboard this Philippine Airlines flight 247 to Hong Kong. Flight duration is around 2 hours and we expect to land at 0800 H. Temperature is 14 degrees, and nope your Manila clothes did not prepare you for this. Good thing there’s an ongoing sale at H&M. Lol.”

We should’ve gotten these animal ear beanies!

Me versus the cold

Well this is embarrassing, but compared to my travel buddies, I was the one who badly got sick because of the extreme change in temperature. To be fair, one of the has already gone dog sledding in Alaska while the other kind of lived in America. Haha. We had to use and re-use our jackets, stockings, and scarves. Good thing nakakaganda ang layers!

Hong Kong food!

Another way to keep warm – food! My favorite was the wanton noodles, whose sweet and salty taste will always remind me of our trip. Mojitos worked too!

Things To Do

The whole weekend was basically spent walking around the city, taking shameless photos with our (I’ll admit it) selfie stick, buying sneakers for my brother, and feeling like kids at Disneyland!

The best thing about this trip is that it was scheduled in the middle of a hectic December school week, and it was exactly what I needed that time. Hope you all get to have a much-needed break too! It doesn’t have to be far, but a change of scenery from time to time will keep you going in med school. 🙂

P.S. Mika, Erika – I made it! Until our next vacation! >:D<

 

 

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Proudly Davao: Malagos Chocolate

One thing that will always remind me of my Davao adventure – the hunt for Malagos Dark Chocolate!

My absolute favorite dark chocolate!

I love how DAVAO is proudly displayed in the soshal packaging.

I don’t usually spend money on pasalubongs and souvenirs, nor do I include “shopping” in my travel itinerary – ever.

I guess being on a solo trip could change that.

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Recommended Budget Davao Accommodation: Green Windows Dormitel

As a first time solo traveller, one of the experiences I wanted to try was to stay in a dorm-type accommodation.

I did my research and was sold on staying at Green Windows Dormitel, mostly because of the super affordable price tag – only P188 per night!

Imagine the savings! Because I only allotted P564 for my three-night stay in Davao City, I had more to spare for my night-outs and pasalubongs. (I usually scrimped on these two in my other trips.)

In this entry, allow me to share some pictures and reasons why I highly recommend this place. But before that, I advise you to lower your expectations like I did. This way, you will love the unexpected comforts that come along with the tiny price tag.

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On Turning 22, and Travelling Solo for the First Time

Last weekend, I flew to Davao City for the first time – alone – on my birthday!

Taken at Jack's Ridge, Davao City

Taken at Jack’s Ridge, Davao City (Too lazy to crop out the photo bomber, so hello!)

It was a spur of the moment idea that only pushed through because the first person I told (my best friend Peach) is crazy adventurous like me. She said – GO FOR IT!!!!

Everyone else I told before, during, and after the trip had the same reaction – “Your parents allowed you??”

Well, gone were the days when I had to cry blood and bleed tears just to be allowed on a sleepover. This time, when I told my dad about my plan, my opening line was “Did you know that Davao City is the safest city in the Philippines?”

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