Thousand Versions


In a world of thousand versions,
I see you staring at me
Moving closer beneath the mint tree.

There’s magic in that glance
That i dont want to miss a chance
To be cared and loved by thee.

Fleeting, chasing slowly cuddling
Your hands above mine
Carefully caressing the moonlight fang.

Then again i wanna chase you
Surrender to you
Feel your love and
Create  thousand versions of us.



Mt. Mabilog


First climb in Laguna this time, it was Mt. Mabilog situated in San Pablo, Laguna. From San Pablo town proper we rode a jeepney bound to Nagcarlan or Liliw and got off Barangay Sta Catalina . We walked to Pandin Lake (one of San Pablo’s seven lakes) in able to climb the mountain. We passed by Lake Yambo.


Photo-op at the lake is mandatory, kasi madungis na kami after the trek. Guide’s fee is Php. 300, we were just two. Mt. Mabilog is 441 MASL, the trail was mostly banana plantation and what happened to me was I stumble and fell for more than five times. The supposed to be two hours hike turned out to three hours. We started at nine and reached the summit almost 12 noon. The cloudy skies prohibited us to enjoyed the summit, after few minutes of rest and recreation, we decided to descent because the heavy rain started to fall. At around 1:30 in the afternoon we were at Lake Pandin, we were more faster descending, the halo-halo was a bliss for me after the tiring trek.

We also swam in the lake along with the locals. It’s kinda clean naman kaya kebs lang. It’s refreshing to swam while the heaven was crying loudly – iba din sa pakiramdam. We had fun with the locals, chatting with them about their lives and means of fun which is splurging in the lake.

The bad side in this trip, we got sick after.

Soleus Trail Run


July 9, 2017

Mt. Sinai, San Mateo


My first ever 12K run, second time sa trail run since I joined Merrel in 2011 at Timberland.

The race fee is Php 1,100.00 and as a preparation I enrolled at Slimmer’s World for Php. 5900.00 good for six months.


I was afraid and agitated if I could finish the race in four hours (cut off time), hindi biro ang trail run especially that you would encounter rough roads and dangerous trails along the way. Basta ang nasa isip ko lang, laban lang!


I met with Matet and Marvy at Jollibee farmers at 3 in the morning, we need to be in Mt. Sinai before 6 in the morning. We rode a jeep going to Cogeo and another jeep to Mt. Sinai (the trip is almost an hour).


Marvy gun start past 6 in the morning because he ran the 21K while me, I stayed near the stage for the warm up excersise, masyado ako pa-bibo that time – I enjoy the exercise as evident in my pictures taken by the organizers. The gun started and everyone was excited but we opted to walk because of flocks of people. The trail was downhill , some parts were narrow and arduous. Nakakahingal din. The tough part was the uphill near the cemented road, nakaka-ubos ng hininga pero keri pa din.  I reached halfway at 7:15 AM, chill lang ako, enjoy the view and photo-ofs. I just preparing myself for the grueling return which composed of uphill trail. Umaraw na kaya mahirap na lalo, tapos medyo ubos na yung energy. In  able to get some strength I played worship song from my phone and the song Still gave me courage to reach the end. Faith lang talaga.

It was 20 minutes before the cut-off when I reached the finish line, Matet was already there and I am happy seeing her because finally natapos ko na din ang 12K. I am grateful for this achievement, I didn’t imagine that I could pull off this trail and finished it within the given time.


Congratulations to me and hoping for another trail run in the future.


Photos from Running Photographer..

Mt. Talamitam Take 2


In search for another mountain to hike, we ended up in Mt. Talamitam. We supposed to go to Mt. Tapulao in Rizal but the recent accident in the area made my companions worry.

I urged them to go to Mt. Talamitam since I haven’t finish the trail two years ago and I am excited to try again Lawang Bato. This was motivation that time and also to prepare me for my Mt. Pulag trek.

Since I quiet know the place, I served as the tour guide. We didn’t get a tour guide since (magmamarunong ako) and just paid Php 50.00 for entrance / environmental fee. Actually,  there are lot of changes along the trail – I was looking for the community in the forest but none, I remember, we paid Php. 20.00 before entering the grassland. There were also various store in the grassland now.

We spent an hour trekking the forest area and more than two hours in the grassland. The heat of the sun made the trek difficult especially ascending the summit (nakakaubos ng hininga, pinipilit ko talaga tapusin pero ang hirap talaga). We reached the summit at 12 noon, I think we started the climb at 8:30 and we just reached the at this time. We spent an hour there, eating halo-halo and picture taking in all angles.  It more easy descending at we reached the jump-off at 3:30 in the afternoon.

Starving that we are, headed to Tagaytay for some bulalo and good food. I brought them to Rada Itaas Road since Bulalo restaurants lined up there.

Bangkok, Thailand


June 3- 6, 2017

I booked a flight last March 2017 via PAL for this  trip. Gaya ng mga dati kong trip, bahala na ano mura, paghandaan na lang pag malapit na. First international trip via Pal that’s I’m super excited to experience it. I guessed  I booked Chern hostel a month after.

June 3, 2017 was the day of my flight, my flight was 1:40 in the  afternoon but was delayed for an hour. Prior to my departure, I was stressed because I need to change my peso in to baht and the money changer in the airport was close and the other one offered higher amount, I changed the Php 1.00 = 1.63 baht (mahal di ba?!)

Okay back to my PAL experience PR-736, it’s a huge plane, since there were few onboard passengers, I occupied the entire three rows and clang to three pillows. The menu was full course meal (a first for me since hindi naman ganoon ang Cebu Pac and Air Asia) I just lived the experience even I looked like a fool in the plane. Paki ko ba, basta mag-eenjoy ako.

It’s kinda board for three hours, I brought my journal so I can write stuffs and anticipations. I landed at around 5:00 PM (Thai time). I must say hassle free airport, although malaki sya pero sundan mo lang yung mga sinages and you will not lost. I went down to the basement to ride a train going to my hostel. The Sky train going to Phaya Thai cost 45 baht for 45 min ride, not bad kasi wala naman hassle although my times na puno pero hindi naman siksikan unlike nung MRT. I reached Phaya Thai past 7 PM, I looked for taxi that could bring me to the hostel but most of them overpriced like 200-500 baht, my goodness! I decided to take the tuktuk at 200 baht, I don’t have a choice because taxi’s wanted contract than using their meter.

I arrived at Chern past 8 in the evening. I paid 1,200 baht to the hostel for my three nights stay. They were accommodating and kind, the ambiance at Chern’s is excellent, it’s not like the typical hostel that instilled in me. I went to the dorm, there were some guest and I talked to one Irish girl who had her vacation for almost three days.

I walked outside the hostel to look for restaurants but they were already closed because it’s almost nine in the evening. I ended in street food and paid 45 baht for my dinner.


Day 2

I woke up 7 AM (8 AM PH time), I overheard two Filipino guests (buti na lang may pinoy). I prepared myself to go to Grand Palace. Actually, when I studied the place, there were around 5 places to visit in the area and I’m not sure if I would go to all of these places.

I ate breakfast in the streets, I don’t know what kind of noodle  dish was that but it’s not that delish (laman tyan na lang din naman). I went back to Chern to fix my things. They said that Grand Palace was 15 minutes away from the hostel but NO (malayo sya promise, parang Philcoa to Edsa. Ganoon!)

The entrance fee to Grand Palace is 500 baht, unlimited access nay an sa whole palace, malaki naman din masyado kaya sulit. Nakakapagod din ikutin kaya marami moments na nauupo na lang ako sa tabi. The good thing here is they have free drinking water. Ang nakakainis lang hindi nakisama ang SJ cam ko, buti I brought spare camera para sulit pa din ang moments.

One in the afternoon when I decided to end my tour at Grand Palace and I’m starving to death, I bought an orange juice at 30 baht, it’s  really refreshing. I ate my lunch in a restaurant nearby, I ordered Spicy Chicken Basil and although it’s really hot it delish (lalo na gutom na gutom ako).

I told myself na uuwi na ako, ayoko na mag Wat Pho kasi ang sakit na ng paa ko at it’s 2 PM already pero the Dora in me, said keep on going. The walk from Grand Palace is another kilometer (sabi malapit daw, pero hindi – hindi- hindi). Wat Pho is 100 baht and where the reclining Buddha is situated. I thought maliit lang sya pero ang laki pala. At dahil okay na si SJ cam, I had good pictures there.

I took the tuktuk going home, imagine 100 baht going back to Chern samantalang kayak o naman lakarin (well, malayo at baka maligaw ako kaya wag na lang). Charge to experience at least I get to experience riding it.

I asked the reception area of Chern where can I get a tour to Ayutthaya, they told me to go to Khaosan ( I can walk daw, ayan na naman tayo sa lakad na  yan eh), so I walked I asked people where is Khaosan pero napagod ako at nung may nakita ako na travel and tour, pinasok ko na kahit wala pa ako sa Khaosan. They have various tours and I paid 1400 baht for whole day tour with lunch. Pwede na sabi ko, at least makakapunta na ako sa Ayutthaya.

I explored the streets nearby Chern looking for something to eat. I ate in a carinderia – parang chicken curry yung order ko cost 70 baht. They I had chocolate crept  for 40 baht.  I also did my laundry when I got back at the hostel, it’s nice kasi sa ibang bansa ko pa na-experience ang self-service laundry. Kakaaliw din.

Day 3

Yehey! Ayutthaya na. I got a chance to talk to my pinoy roommates, they worked in the call center and happened to spend the morning in floating market. Nakakabilib lang sila because they’ve been to 5 countries in 10 days and Thailand was the last. Amazing!

I was amazed with ancient temples since I went to Cambodia, iba talaga ang dating nya sa’kin. There were about 5-6 temples in the tour and all capsized me. I love the fascade, it’s history matched the perfect blue sky.

I must say that riding a elephant was a tick on my bucket list (don’t bash me – di naman ako kabigatan). It cost 200 baht plus 160 baht for the picture. I met Aleth, Pinay din but she is based in Vietnam, we bonded because kami ang buddy sa elephant ride. Konting chika and exploration of the place, she’s so bubbly kaya napa-chicka kami sa group of monks in one of the temples.

At dahil dyan, naiwan ako ng service. Sumabay ako sa service nila Aleth kaya lang naiwan ko yung gamit ko sa service ko, alay daw sa Thai yon. Grabe ang paghabol namin sa van, practice training ko na yon sa marathon na sasalihan ko.

Binaba ako ng service sa Khaosan kaya nag-explore na din ako at bumili ng pasalubong. I ate at Burger king dahil gusto ko ng aircon. The food cost 132 baht. Kaso kumain uli ako ng Pha Thai sa market worth 95 baht. The best part was the massage at 160 baht (feet, legs, and head lang). Pasalubong cost 620 baht.

Day 4

It’s my last day in Bangkok and it means shopping time. I went back to Khaosan kasi nga, ang dami pwede pamilhan don. I passed a street noodle house and it’s very delicious (solid talaga!) and very cheap at 45 baht. As I walked Khaosan kainis lang kasi ang dami pala mas mura na bilihin compare sa mga napuntahan ko kahapon, nasa bandang baba pala yung mala-divisoria na presyuhan. Asar di ba! Pero ano magagawa ko, ganoon talaga. Bumili pa din ako kasi mura nga eh. Pampalamig na lang ng ulo ay yung coconut ice cream nila.

I left Chern at 1 PM since 6 PM pa naman ang flight ko. I took the taxi going to Phaya Thai sky train, good thing metered ang taxi ang it’s only cost 70 baht (super cheap compared to 200 baht na tuktuk). I ate at the mall near the sky train, it’s a high end resto and the cost of my food was 165 baht. I also bought some bread at 88 baht baon ko lang in case gutumin.

Masyado naman ako maaga sa airport kaya konting ikot muna kahit wala naman bibilhin. My flight was delayed again, 7 PM na kami nakaalis ng Thailand at it landed in Manila at 11 PM (PH time).



Day 1 – 290 baht

Day 2 – 2466 baht

Day 3 – 1432 baht

Day 4 – 1433 baht

Hostel – 1200 baht

Total in baht: 5388

Total in peso:  8,782.44


Airfare – 8000 php

Tax – 1620 php

Total Bangkok trip in peso:  18,402.44 


Mt. Pulag


Pronounced as Mt. Pul-ag meaning Bald (or Kalbo) because of non-existence of trees from the grassland to the summit. Dubbed as the “playgrounds of the Gods” because of the majestic presence of sea of clouds (you are very blessed if you witnessed one).

If I remember it right, I really wanted to climb this mountain way back 2012 or 2013 because it was dubbed as the highest peak of Luzon and everyone was crazy over this mountain. That time, I have second thoughts if I could pull off Pul-ag with flying colors, based on what I have seen in social media;  people need to undergone extensive training before climbing, there were seminars and clinics for climbers ( my wild guess, this going to be tough and I didn’t know if I can survive).

Fast forward to 2017, I don’t have plans to go climb, but when my cousin (who was eager since we planned this for I think four years) told me that we should climb, without second thoughts, I said yes and coordinated Tripinas. Well, Tripinas is a travel agency that I trusted because of my experience at Mt. Pinatubo and Sagada. I booked on November 18-19 but need to cancel because of Quezon training so we pushed through with December 9-10 instead.

We are excited as everything was packed and prepared however, Tripinas cancelled because other joiners re-scheduled their tour. So, it’s back to zero, anxious tensed and agigated. We need to push through so Rina looked for travel and tours that offered trip. Until she found Ma’am Jo’s group (as referred by Edelweiss). Gosh! We were saved.

The adventure starts on the night of December 8, I just came from Tagaytay and I was super per-occupied with things and exhausted – I’m stressed for what might happen (panic attack mode on). We were 13, I guess – strangers who have one goal which is to finish the hike and experience God’s wonder through the sea of clouds.

We reached Baguio at 4 in the morning and transferred to Monster Jeep that would transport us to the Ranger Station. 6 AM we had our breakfast at JangJang – if I’m not mistaken it was located at Bokod, Benguet. Rina and I shared tinolang manok and two rice which cost Php. 70.00 only (ang mura).

Past seven when we reached the DENR office for the orientation, log-in and other things.  We waited for a while until the office was open. I enjoyed the orientation a lot, because I got to know the mountain more.


Going to Ranger station, I decided to ride the topload, ang hirap mag-picture but the experience is good. Medyo kinakabahan lang dahil sa zigzag ang up-down road.

What we just did in the homestay was to sleep and recuperate strength since we supposed to climb at one in the morning. Ma’am Jo, prepared sumptuous meals for us – grabe! Sulit talaga. But we also got a chance to explore Ranger Station since signal was difficult.




THE CLIMB (This is it!)


Wake up call at 12 midnight, we need to prepare for the midnight hike. Had breakfast and some rituals. At one in the morning, we headed to the jump-off. After a short prayer, we started the trail. To be honest, I had difficulty in this hike, I don’t know why (my body was not in proper condition, so I opted to go behind the group), we haven’t reach Camp 1 and Ma’am Jo, brought my things, she also told me to remove my jackets because of the humid air. I really wanted to throw away my things that time (di na keri, hahaha). It took us, two hours going to Camp 2 from Camp 1. Camp 2 going to the summit was more tougher, imagine the slippery mud along the way, it’s never easy. Ma’am Jo kept on pushing me, bawal huminto kasi ang worry nya ay maka-hyporthemia ako, yung drizzle kasi sobrang lakas na dahil nasa kabundukan na kami. To be honest, I really want to give up, ayoko na, uwi na ako but within me said go lang. Kaya mo yan!

We reached the summit past six and almost seven in the morning, walang sea of clouds but it’s okay. Worth it naman ang hirap (super, mega, duper na hirap because of the muddy trail). Congested ang tao sa taas, alam mo yon, pila ang pa-picture sa Mt. Pulag sign. Sa dami ng tao parang hirap umanggulo at maghanap ng tamang spot for IG worthy.


If ascending was struggle same with descending, imagine the muddy trail downhill. I decided to be the last along with the guide Deborah (17 y/o kiddo who never left me all along, actually nag-bonding kami). I’m really tired and starving, all my food was with Rina. Grabe, nanghihina na talaga ako at hindi ko alam kung matatapos ko ba yung trail. I opted to stop from time to time- paano naman 10 hours ago pa yung last meal ko. I thought of good things and stopped to appreciate the world around me, the brown grassland, the mountain, the mossy forest, the flora and faunas, the sky and everything the God created.

I reached the homestay at 11:30 I think and everyone was prepared to go home. We ate yummy lunch c/o Ma’am Jo.

Log –out at Ranger Station and some souveniers.


We were at Baguio before five in the afternoon and go back to Manila. Reached Manila at 11 evening. Baon ang makabuluhang karanasan at masarap sa puso. Salamat sa mga estranghero na nakasama namin sa paglalakbay na ito.




Mt. Pulag as a major hike, “MAHIRAP” well kung tutuusin parang Talamitam ng 3x pero ang struggle talaga yung putik, ilang beses ako nag slide pero bumangon ako. I am thankful kay Ma’am Jo, kasi ngayon lang ako umakyat na may nag-push sa kin to the limits. Paano naman kasi sa lahat ng hikes ko, pare-pareho kami ng mga kasama ko ng pacing, pwedeng magpahinga anytime, but here,  kailangan ko i-push sarili ko. Kailangan ko yata ng ganyang mentor, yung hindi nag-settle sa pwede na kasi kaya mo pa. I need that kind of motivation para mas lumakas pa ako.

It doesn’t matter kung may sea of clouds, tulad nga ng sinabi ko maraming ganyan sa Rizal (lol!) pero yung experience lang. Biruin mo, Pulag na ‘to, sa picture ko lang nakikita pero ngayon napasok ko ang puso nya at pagkatao nya. Ang sarap sa pakiramdam, alam ko yung journey ko na yon kasama ko si Lord. At dinededicate ko ang hike na ‘to kay Joy.


I hope to climb more mountains (major climb) naman next year


Tour Fee (includes round trip transfer, homestay, dinner, breakfast, lunch) – Php. 2050.00

Head lamp: 100

Breakfast: Php 140.00 ( 2 rice, 1 viand – tinolang manok, 500 ml of mineral water and 1L mineral water)

Lunch: Php. 100.00 (2 rice, 1 viand – sinigang na baboy)

Diner Last Day: Php. 75.00

Pasalubongs: Php. 200.00

T-shirt: Php. 260.00

Total:   2,925.00


Birthday 2017

Now I know why birthdays exists its because we need to feel the presence of God on simple ways. Dati lagi ko sinasabi dapat kakaiba ang birthday ko, dapat masaya pero ngayon simpleng pasasalamat lang sa Maykapal kumpleto.

i couldnt ask for more. One for the books nga ito – biruin mo celebrating it witn hundreds of strangers in the ship. Sobrang thankful ako kasi mababait ang mga tao dito.

Basta thank you God. Sobra!!!


Hay Tagaytay


Tagaytay is my happy place for more than 10 years… It’s closeness to the Metro and chillin’ weather. Last December 3, I invited my friend Joy to come with me in the city for some breath of fresh air. I am stress for the past week and needed some time out. I am glad she gave in.

I urged her to meet at Good Shepherd – Pink Sisters to cool down. I miss the place and wanting for some retreat. The cold air kissed my skin tightly that made me relax. I prayed and thankful for the year 2016… This may not be a grand year but a steady one and I am fine with it. I realized that two important things highlight the year. I don’t want to leave the place because we didn’t know what to do…. Actually, we didn’t plan anything unlike our trips before… We just rely on google on where to go.


Its always 11am when we decide to dine in one of the Bulaluhan in the area. We didn’t know where to head to until we reached Radar Baba where a couple of eatery situated. Since, M&M was included in top 10 Bulaluhan, we just tried it. Joy wanted to add tawilis (good! Not to salty) and I liked lumpiang shanghai (delicioso!).



Joy recommended a coffee place somewhere ( she isn’t sure about the name so we googled it). Before going to Jazz Java coffee, we stopped first at Ina ng Laging Saklolo church to pray and someone had their wedding there. We watched for a bit and felt the music that was played ( we were a bit melancholic that time).
(trivia: I went to this church about 6 years ago and wanted to wed here and had a reception at T house).

Finally, we warmth at Jazz Java which a few meters from the church. Comfy ambiance and artsy design, several paintings hang on the wall. We sat at the corner of the place in front of the Christmas tree. We ordered Tagaytay coffee and malagkit na suman. We spent roughly an hour here, just talking about stuffs.



Highlights of 2016


Like what I said 2016 is a stable year. I mean not much grand happened – chill lang. But I must say that little things came thos year that made me appreciate God’s wonderful blessings.

1. Graduation from Cefam
I’ve waited for this for so long. After three years, finally I have a diploma. I am also thankful for the people whom I met in this journey, from my teachers, staffs, classmates and clients. I really learned a lot and it made my characted wiser and stronger.


2. Be a Teacher
This is my ultimate goal in life. I didnt expect a chance would knock my door and of course I grabbed it. Its nice to share my knowledge to my students ( and I believe they have a better future in this profession). It’s good and at the same time challenging.

3. Hike
Due to busy schedule in school, I just have 2 hikes this year. It a wonderful feeling to experience outdoors once again and breath a fresh air.


4. Travel
Been to 4 beaches this year (1 is through work) , I must say how I love the beach… (hay, ang taas na ng standards ko sa beach ngayon)… Hoping to have more next year. I also got a chance to stroll Baguio, Antipolo and Agusan because of work. Got also a chance to swim with family members.
Also explored Tagaytay, Sky ranch pampanga and Hot Air balloon.

5. Left brain functions
I let my creative juices functions again. I started writing poems and at the same time, draw out of the theme of my poems.  I also back to blogging. Hope to learn video edit soon.

6. Reunite with true friends
Happy to be reunited with my long lost friends and think alike. Our brains connects to one another and souls intertwined especially when pissed off. Hahaha.

White Castle Hotel

I booked a room a night before my stay and gotcha found one. I arrived at the resort at 11 AM and the staff was able to give me my room without any charges for coming early. The staffs are very accommodating – they provided everything I asked. I didn’t expect much with the hotel and room (even its pricy) because not all you see in the internet is true. The resort is clean and the staffs clean the pool, so you can stay in case you would be disappointed in the beach.
The downside – a two hour brownout upon my arrival. No internet connection in my room (which is located in a secluded part) but good signal in the other places of the hotel. Room is pricy as well as their food. You cant bring food inside the hotel. they also provided free transportation up to the hway. 

In general I love my stay here… 

Chasing Carabao


October here I come… This trip was supposed to be on the 1st of October unfortunately Cebu Pac need to cancel the trip due to aircraft problem.. So it was a dream for me to explore Hambil or Carabao island but it is really San Jose, Romblon, going back I used my Getgo points to get tickets for this trip ( you know, ang mahal ng roundtrip airfare Manila – Cariclan – Manila , ka price of some International airfare)… so ayun na nga, I used I think 13k points of getgo equivalent around 6k including taxes and baggage allowance. But since its October I want to do something bold again…

The Boat  Ride

Carabao Island is 40 minute boat ride from Tabon Bay Caticlan. From Caticlan airport ride a tricycle going to Tabon fare is Php. 80 but to save from the airport I walked going to the highway and took a tricycle for Php 60. Scheduled boat ride is 9AM but the boat left at 10AM, fare Php 100.00.


The only means of transpo within the island is motorbike. There are options to roam around the island, rent a motorbike for Php. 500.00 half day or go for a tour for 5 hours for Php.500.00 excluding entrance fees.

From San Jose going to Lanas (where I check in motorbike  cost Php.70.00 / one way).

Touring the island is one hell of an experience – AMBIVALENT. Going from one place to another is risky #buwisbuhay, the road is sloppy, rocky, muddy and there were edgy portions that caused adrenaline rush and heart pumping situations. Take note, we dont have any helmet or what so ever ( hindi daw uso sa kanila yon)… So what would I do was to trust my tour guide, pray and enjoy the scenery.

Viola! Its really good to enjoy new and exciting things again (buti na lang talaga, I had a warm up with the extreme rides last weekend, so nasa kondisyon ang katawang lupa ko).

The Attractions

A. Kuding-kuding point

First stop is just breath taking. Awed with the view and couldnt help but smile how wonderful life is.

You need to pay for the care taker Php. 50.00 for sight seeing and if you plan to swim its Php. 100.00



B. Ngiriton Cave

Entrance fee is Php. 100.00 with fresh buko. Home of bats and limestones.



C. Nausa Beach

Calm, clean water. I find this place peaceful. As if I own the world. There were some rocks in the shoreline but its manageable.


D. Tanagan Beach

My favorite place of all. White sand and crystal water. Coconut trees were just alligned in the shore. If I could stay here forever, I will. It is said that this place is not part of the tour, only locals will enjoy this marvelous place.


E. Tagaytay

It is named Tagaytay because it is situated at the peak of the mountain. Overlooking Boracay and puka beach. Perfect to end the day tour in a peaceful and quiet place. Entrance fee Pph. 50.00.

As we go along, we stopped to several towns for some breather and learned more about the culture of Romblon. We also passed constructing roads and airport. The island is gradually developing new infrastructures but the local government doesnt want to overly exposed the island to tourism.

The Accommodation


I stayed in Carabao Backpackers Inn located in Lanas which is around 20 minutes from San Jose via motorbike. The owner, Mike is very helpful and accommodating. The place is quiet cheap at Php. 350.00 per night. During my visit Lanas beach is not that clean unlike the Tanagan, Nausa and San Jose beach. However, Lanas is one of the tour destination in the place.

Since it is off peak season there is no restaurant in the resort. You can only find only one eatery near the place and several sari-sari store.

Tip: just bring your own baon/ foods/ snacks … You can cook in the kitchen and use their utensils.

If given a chance, I think I should check inn somewhere in San Jose at least it is at the town proper and near the pier.

Though the Inn has poor wifi connection and smart connection. Better bring globe mobile data

The People

I must say the locals are the best. They are very friendly and accommodating. Kudos to my tour guide Jess, he is the first person I met in the island since he brought me to Lanas. He is a registered tour guide and I didn’t hesitate to agree with him for a tour. My gut feel during the 20 min motor ride is he is a good person. We talked several things about the island and asked him some personal information (well, he is originally from Cam Norte and started a family in Carabao). While having lunch, I observed on how he deals with the locals which made up my mind to go on a tour with him.

During our tour, #tiwalalang . I made up my mind that he is a good person, I mean locals are nice and Filipinos are generally good. It is very risky to go with a stranger and entrust with him my life… To be honest, on our way to our first destination, Kuding-Kuding point, I’m very nervous because in able to reach the point we need to pass woods without any house and rocky road ( my pessimistic and judgmental self said: what if he is a killer, addict, holdapper, rapist or monster but my optimistic side kept on saying #tiwalalang). We were the only person in that area that time, kung may gawin man sya sa akin, walang makakaalam. Kahit na may care taker bago kami pumasok ng gubat…do they carr?… We reached and left the area safe… Doon ko napatunayan ang #tiwalang, I became comfortable with my tour guide so when we reached our next destinations I need not to worry even though the road seems leading to nowhere. Its my first time to experience the real extreme adventure without any gadgets and all.. Yung nga #tiwalalang talaga… We finished the tour and he brought me back to the Inn safe.

I also asked him to fetch me on my way back home on the 3rd day early in the morning since I need to catch up the 6am boat. He arrived at 5:40am … Actually, kinakabahan ako baka di sya sumulpot but he arrived at sobrang saya ko…

I also encountered different locals some employee of the resort, Inn and store owner. They are kind and nice as we engaged some stories and they talked about the island. They were also worried about me that I might not enjoy my stay because of thw stay but I told them that I had tour the island.


I really treasured this trip. The important lesson I’ve learned is to trust people and take risk by listening to your gut feel. If I didn’t go out of our comfort zone, we will never know what would await us and we can never appreciate things. I really love the locals’ way of care to tourist; no wonder why foreigners love our country.

I also need to plan out my travel and check all the logistics and strategize more to avoid hassles.

Tour guide:
Jes – 09077871337