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Category: Operational Plan : Do not be a stranger to your own land
(OPLAN) Operational Plan: “Do-not-be-a-stranger-to-your-own-land”. I’m not much of a traveler, but I still travel mostly a few of times every year. Sometimes I travel out of the country. Sometimes just out of town -This is a travel photography page of different places (mostly provinces) in the Philippines that I have been to.
Here’s the continuation of our travels with my family and relatives this year. We went to Paras Beach Resort in Camiguin and other hot and cold springs, waterfalls, sandbars and an adventure park in Cagayan de Oro. Traveling to go to these places is a lot tiring but once you arrive, it’s truly paradise. I hope you enjoy viewing the photos I took. Photo dump below. 😀
Me and my relatives went to visit Romblon last week, we just got back home today. We spent a couple of days on a private beach resort in Romblon specifically at Talipasak Beach Resort. The place is really isolated and situated far from the main centers of population in Romblon.
We first rode a ship from the port of Batangas to reach Romblon, Romblon. You can also fly on a plane as well but we chose to ride a ship because it is much hassle-free because if you fly on a plane, you still have to ride a ship to go to the main island.
The friendly white guy on the upper-right side on the background on the photo below photobombed us. 😀
If I am not mistaken he’s French or probably a German but he can also talk using the English language. They said he’s alone on the beach resort and guys like him go to beach resorts like this one in Romblon to find inner peace and serenity in their lives or just to unwind and take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. There are no televisions, radios and the place is really quiet. So quiet that the only things you can hear at night is the sound of nature -the waves of the beach, crickets, lizards and whatnot. The whole Romblon is still not that developed compared to other provinces, tourist destinations and beach resorts you can go to in the Philippines but once you arrive on the beaches on the islands, it’s really worth it.
I was about to ask the French guy I mentioned if he wants to have some grapes while we were eating but one of my aunt gave it to the owner of the beach resort because she knows her as she was a co-teacher of my aunt when they were still younger and they taught in Xavier school here in Manila many years ago. There are only a few foreigners I’ve noticed here. There was also a time, the other day while we were having our dinner, we were seated beside a group of French and Germans and me and my relatives were conversing in Tagalog (Filipino language) and I thought to myself these tourist foreigners probably knows English so they might understand some of the things we were talking about. One of my relatives is speaking in Tagalog and she inserted “I want TV” on the sentence she was saying and I thought they probably heard that and now they think that my relative wants a television. “I want TV” is the name of a local mobile phone app where you can watch local Filipino TV shows on the internet or on your mobile phone if I’m not mistaken but that relative of mine was truly saying that she wants to watch some of the TV shows on the app. Perhaps I could put that funny incident on my comics sometime in the future. 😀
My family and relatives you can see on the photo above are all senior citizens except for a cousin of mine (second person from the left) and their days are already numbered that’s why they want to travel as much as they can before they run out of time. Just kidding though. I hope all my family and relatives would have a long life ahead of them.
The rest of the photos that I took at the beach resort below. We also went island-hopping:
Crystal clear water and white sand
Mmmm . . . I love drinking coconuts.
Sunset by the beach. I was also the designated photographer on our vacation trip. 😀
Romblon is known for marbles and this is one of the sites where they extract them.
Many thanks to Ma’am Mina for hosting us guests. 😀
Vigan City, Ilocos Sur Province and Pagudpod City, Ilocos Norte Province, Philippines
February 20, 2017.
My aunt and her officemates decided to go to Vigan and Pagudpod at Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Philippines a few days ago and I just tagged along with them. The scenery on both places was truly breathtaking. I saw a lot of really old buildings and whatnot, we’re talking about really old structures, more than a hundred years that was a product and greatly influenced by our country’s first colonizers, the Spaniards. Most Filipinos don’t know this and foreigners also think that Filipinos are direct descendants of Hispanics (except of course for a few who really do have some Spanish blood in their veins living here in the Philippines) but truth is, Filipinos were just forced to line-up during the Spanish-era in our country and baptized our forefathers with Spanish-sounding surnames. My name (Arvin) sounds “American”, my middle name is Chinese, which is “Ang” (my granddad on my mother’s side is pure Chinese. He immigrated here in the Philippines a very long time ago.) and my surname sounds “Hispanic”, which is “Valenzuela” but we Filipinos still belong to the “Malay” race. Some say we’re pacific islanders. Back in the dinosaur age, Filipinos doesn’t even use surnames, they call themselves with who their father is, like, “Ding Dong” son of “Bong Bong”. Foreigners will think this actually sounds really funny. There’s a guy in this world named, “Bong Bong”, like a stoner guy and his son is “Ding Dong”, sounds like a doorbell but those names are actually the true and authentic Filipino names that we have. That’s enough for today’s history lesson, people. 😀
Blue Lagoon and Bangi Wind Farm at Ilocos Norte. The wind was so strong, you could actually hear it on these videos I took. The wind also makes the windmills work.
Me and some of my family relatives had a 5-day vacation at Cebu City, mostly in Oslob and in Malabuyoc, also located in Cebu City. We went to different waterfalls, different beach locations and even saw an actual Philippine Whale Shark (We call them Butanding in Tagalog/Filipino). Me and my relatives enjoyed it a lot and it was a fun-filled experience. After a few days under the scorching hot sun in Cebu, it’s really good to be back home here in Manila.
The red circle on the image below is a Butanding or a Whale Shark:
June 2, 2013. We went to my aunt and uncle’s house in Baguio City to check out their new house which is still currently being built. The house looks great. The two day trip was full of fun and excitement. I miss going to Baguio for a vacation like what we mostly do during holy week year after year when I was still young. I saw my relatives and we all had a blast and felt the cold weather again in Baguio because it’s a city literally on top of a very large mountain.