Nightfall at Paseo del Mar and the Musical Fountain

City Sundown

Paseo del Mar and Fort Pilar at Night

Facing the scenic Basilan strait, Paseo del Mar is a seafront park located near Fort Pilar.

City Sundown

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Get Wet in Pink: Sta Cruz Island (aka The Pink Island), Zamboanga City

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On our second day, we went on a morning trip to the famous pink sand beach of the Santa Cruz islands. To think that this parcel of Paradise is just 10 minutes away from the city proper … who wouldn’t dare visit it?

Since there were only the four of us and one boat (which could hold a maximum of 12 pax) costs 1,000php, we decided to join with another group. Beforehand you also need to list yourselves at the Tourism office for the trip as they will be providing a military escort to your group. I think this is because of the abductions and kidnappings many years back in the island (it was also because of this event that the Pink Island’s popularity waned). Continue reading

Looking Back: A Visit at Fort Pilar and the National Museum of Zamboanga City

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Just before sunset, we’ve decided to complete our historical visit at Zamboanga City by taking a peek at the Fort Pilar and the National Museum.

Fort Pilar

Founded in 1635 as a garrison during the Spanish period, Fort Pilar serves as a present day open-air shrine. Originally named as La Fuerza Real de San Jose, the fort is named after and dedicated to Our Lady of the Pilar, the patroness of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga. Continue reading

Pasonanca Park, Zamboanga City: The Little Baguio of the South

Pasonanca Park

Pasonanca Park is about 7 kms away from the city and is recognized as the “Little Baguio of the South” as it is one of the highest elevated barangays from the sea level.

How to get there: From city proper to Pasonanca

Take a Pasonanca bound jeepney from the city proper and get off at the Boy Scouts grounds. Fare is about 10 pesos and travel time is around 20 minutes.

Boy Scout Grounds

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Zamboanga City, well-known for holding conferences, regional seminars, conventions, outdoor camping or jamborees of Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts and has won awards as the number one garden in the Philippines.

A total contrast from the busy city center, lazy afternoons can best be enjoyed here  with the cool breeze of the air, the towering trees and clean surroundings at the Boy Scout grounds. It is a park built to commemorate the 24 Filipino boy scouts who died in a plane crash in India while they were on their way to attend a Jamboree in Greece in 1963.

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Exploring Asia’s Latin City: Ciudad de Zamboanga

Arrival in the Asia’s Latin City

Arrival at the Zamboanga Airport

Zamboanga Airport

Inside Zamboanga's Airport

From the airport to the City center

Walk a few meters outside the airport and take a Canelar bound jeepney to the city proper. Fare is 7 pesos and travel time about 10 minutes. Continue reading

Zamboanga City 3D/2N: The 1,000 Peso Travel Challenge

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My itchy feet had been rested for a month now without any out of town trip and I admit that I am already bored. Luckily, the third week of March is already approaching and it’s time for me and my gang’s trip to Zambo (courtesy of Cebu Pacific from another piso fare, 775php RT all in fare!). Yay!

And what’s even more exciting this time is that we’ve challenged ourselves for a 1,000 pesos challenge. This means that we’ll just be spending 1,ooophp for the whole trip, inclusive of airport terminal fees, food, fare, and 2 nights accommodation. Can you imagine that?! I even can’t! We’ll let’s see if we’ll be able to meet this challenge. *Fingers crossed. Good luck!

So before we get all excited for a trip that  didn’t happen yet but is yet to come (I’ll still be traveling tomorrow), I’ll just be posting the details here of our Zambo plan and itinerary. Hopefully this may come in handy for you in the future, especially if your planning to travel the cheaper way. Continue reading

My Magnum Ice Cream Indulgence

I was awakened this afternoon from a nap by my ratting brother. I know I was suppose to be mad at him for disturbing my sleep (considering that I haven’t slept the whole night), but what he’s holding in his hand and licking deliciously changed my mood.

Indulgence Inside

It was the ever talked about Magnum Ice Cream.

I’ve been hearing a lot about this ice cream.. I actually saw this first during my trip at Singapore, but haven’t had the chance to buy it that time.. Lucky for me, this delicious indulgence is now available here at Tupi..

Magnum Almond Ice Cream

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AdventuRoj Surigao del Sur Adventure

Surigao Tinuy-an Falls

Yet another outdated post of mine. Back when I wasn’t still a blogger, not even in possession of my baby Nikon D3000 DSLR. So  pardon me if my shots here aren’t as great. But anyway an adventure is an adventure no matter what, so here goes my Surigao adventure.

The Plan

I had always wanted to visit Surigao del Sur but with no one to accompany me, this hadn’t been realized. Not until last year when my roomate and friend invited me over to their company’s outdoor trip. The trip was scheduled on August 28-29, 2011. Destination is at Surigao del Sur, with the Enchanted River and Hinatuan Falls as the main courses.

What tempted me even more to come was that because the trip will be on a budget one. My friend, along with her co workers (of which I know no one. Oops. I haven’t thought of that) do know someone from Surigao who will host them (or us). That alone could already be big savings! Plus the vehicle that will be used will also belong to one of their other co worker who also lives at Surigao. Talk about cost cutting huh? :) Continue reading

Surigao Tinuy-An Falls: Philippines’ Little Niagara

Little Niagara Falls

Adventuroj in TInuy-an Falls

Wonders of Bislig

Situated at the Southeastern coast of Mindanao facing the Pacific Ocean, Surigao del Sur’s Bislig City is 158 km south of Butuan, 152 km south of Tandag City and 208 km northeast of Davao City. It may be reached via a 6-hour bus ride from Davao or a 5-hour bus ride from Butuan.

Little Niagara Falls

Dubbed as the “Little Niagara of the Philippines,” Tinuy-an Falls is a spectacular three-tiered falls (there is a fourth hidden from view) about 55 meters high and a breathtaking width of 95 meters, said to be the widest in the country. Centuries old amazing giant trees, ferns and vines in a thick rainforest envelop your ride through thick forested hills that enclose the falls. Islets are on the swimming ground, with slippery logs where you can cross for a good view, plus multi-layered stones as pathways. Continue reading

The Hidden Tinago River, Surigao del Sur

Tinago River

Aside from the magnificent Enchanted River of the Municipality of Hinatuan, another river that is concealed for many is the Tinago River.

Tinago River

Tinago is a Cebuano word, which means hidden.  The water is not blue but the reflections of the lush forest on some portions of the river stretch paints the water color a shade of green, which makes it more pleasing and relaxing to the eyes.

The river has a wide mouth opening as it passes to the sea. Since the place is hidden, expect it also that the boat ride will be serene and relaxing.  Truly Surigao Del Sur is blessed with amazing tourist spots.  So what are you waiting for schedule a trip and grab your backpacks now. Continue reading