The CARAMOAN ISLANDS Adventure

I’m currently in the state of rejuvenating my skin from sunburn last week. Aside with my toasted skin arms, everything that happened for 3 days in Caramoan Island is absolutely amazing! Let me share you what happened so if there’s still at least 3 days remaining in your vacation, you can still visit Caramoan Islands.

Let me share to you my adventure and the secrets of Caramoan Islands.

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The Caramoan Peninsula is located at Camarines Sur, near the City of Naga. The municipality covers approximately 277.41 sq.kilometers with approximately 41 miles of irregular coastline surrounded by the vast ocean, bay, seas, and swamps. It is 500 kilometers from Metro Manila which gives you a hint that you’ll be spending almost half of your day travelling by bus. A real pain in the butt. But looking info and photos in the internet is nothing compared to the real experience, so we planned our adventure and immediately booked a trip to Naga City to make this out-of-town before it become straight out-of-paper(a drawing).

We got a tour guide and settled all the payments including food, a place to sleep, and a boat that can take us to the islands. As the day finally came, we packed our gears, charged our gadgets, and board the bus going Naga City.

There are 2 ways to get to Caramoan: You can either ride a plane to avoid the dancing PUVs and busses on zigzag and cliff-sides, or spend a night riding a bus then: tricycle, van, boat, and van again to reach the ideal Villas of Caramoan. Plane is the fastest way to get there but it’s very expensive. The boat is big. It can accommodate 1 whole bus passengers in one trip.

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The boat ride is more than 2 hours. You can’t feel the sunny weather because of the cold breeze from the vast sea. The boat constantly slows down whenever we go near an island over very low waters. The crewmen are so careful not to hit the sea floor and the starfishes around.

The next day, our tour guide came to pick us up. We arrived to check-in at La Vila De Leonila Tourist Inn, Caramoan. The area is booming with tourist inns, beer houses, sea food restaurants, and souvenir shops. Upon walking around, we noticed that some shops have a distinctive familiar merchandise of Survivor Philippines.

We got there late and missed the chance to check the nearby islands. But there’s still time so after an hour of resting, we set sail and managed to visit 2 of the 5 islands on the list: The Laos Island and Matukad Island. The Laos Island is like 2 small islands divided by sand bar while Matukad Island is the home to the two mythical Bangus (milkfish). According to the Legend, no one knows how the fresh water fishes get in that mysterious lagoon and how they survived for a long time.

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The next day, we climbed the Mt. Caglago – Grotto of Our Lady of Peace, Bugtong Island. We endured the 500+ steps and reached the top with 360 view of Caramoan. Then jumped to the next island of floating cottages to eat our lunch, the Manlawi Island with 2 hectares of Sand Bar during low tide, holding the record of the biggest sand bar in the Philippines. you can literally walk on water. After lunch, our boatmen showed their boat-driving skill to avoid hitting stones and sea creatures to get us close to Guinahoan Island and see a real light house up-close. After that, we chose Cotivas Island as our final Island for our wondrous adventure before heading back to the inn.

 

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Our tour guide was planning to visit a specific island where tourists are not allowed to take photos. But unfortunately, the visiting window is too narrow (plus we’re a bunch of rule-breakers too). This should be a secret island but locals will tell it to you anyway. I won’t tell you, so that you will discover it yourself. The souvenir shops, the amount of foreigners, and the flags will tell you. Something that proves the beauty of our islands internationally. A secret that will keep Caramoan a top tourist destination for decades.

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On our 3rd and last day, we visited the old town church to thank God and ask for protection on our long journey back to our homes. We bought pasalubongs and souvenirs and finally said goodbye to the inn keepers of the villa at Caramoan, and to our awesome tour guide.

It’s one of the best adventures of my life. The effort and budget I gave is worth it. I wish I can show everything to you, but like what I’ve said, info and photos in the internet is nothing compared to the real experience. If you’re going there, do me a favor:

“Be a responsible tourist and please keep the secret.” okay?

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By Snow White
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Special thanks to my friends (you guys know who you are), to the people of La Villa De Leonila Tourist Inn, to our 2 rocking boatmen, and to our Tour guide Sir.Macky (0918-678-1103 or 0905-230-4464).

The Barkada Outing Attendance

Summer isn’t over and there are still places in your bucket list you need to visit on the next coming weekends. Bags are packed, Summer destinations are set, gadgets fully charged, and the day will never be complete without your friends! This is gonna be one amazing summer vacation because the officials of the team are present. And I’m sure, if your Barkada’s officials are present, every minute of your adventure’s gonna be great.

Since the outing is not a “drawing” anymore, let’s start naming these “officials” before hitting the beach. Here are the Barkada Outing Attendance.

Super Gran – The oldest, the most sensible, and the leader of the group. Super Gran is the grand daddy, the big brother, the final say, the one responsible for the actions of his best pals. He’s often the party starter and the house owner where the Barkada will round up before going out-of-town.

The Joker – He’s the life of the party. He will start everything with a punchline. A simple smirk and everyone will laugh. The group is dead without this guy. Everyone will agree and he won’t to crack a joke. Every time he talks, you will expect a joke following it. It could be a green joke, a smart joke, or a serious one but you will still blast a giant laugh because you thought it’s funny but it’s really serious.

DJ – This friend of yours has the most loudest speaker on her phone. Often a young and stylish lady, this girl have watched every single music video on the topic. She also wears earphones on her neck playing music in 100% which sounds like 75% of your phone volume. Her playlist could be chaotic but she knows which are reggae, kpop, mellow, and rock.

The Thinker – The serious type. This guys spends his journey sitting on the back seat. He could be the one among the group that isn’t laughing when the joker starts to talk that’s why most of the time getting roasted by the joker. He might be quiet but he is a very important person in the team. Days before the outing, you’ll see Super Gran talking to this guy for suggestions and recommendations. An adviser.

Baggage Counter – We sometimes call this guy as ‘Brando’, a wight-lifter, athlete, tall, dark and handsome hunk. The tank of the battle party. He will gladly accept the favor of carrying the excess bags of the ladies. He’s the selfie stick of the group because he has long arms. He can also also piggy-back everyone who’s tired except,

Fridge – the most heavy-weight among the group. He’s the sumo wrestler, she’s the ‘Babe in the City’. This person carries big bags of food but always getting worn-out carrying them. As heavy as real fridge, but reliable when you need an emergency snack. I don’t why but whenever the Fridge is a woman, she’s around 5’1 or 5′ flat in height with 25 or 26 of foot size which is the main reason why these guys always fell when the group is doing a mile hike.

Photographer – It’s always important to bring a camera when going out-of-town but the best camera is nothing without the skillful photographer. He takes picture of everything. Friends, landscape, sea shells, neighbors, skeletons, etc. He’s your friend who’s carrying a distinct bag that he often covers with his body when it’s about to get hit, or raising on the top of his head with full strength when walking on a 3-feet water. He has this expensive camera that costs his college semester tuition fee and he’s gonna die protecting it.

The Cat – The person who shouldn’t be here in the first place. This particular member of the group was just in school an hour ago and now spending a summer vacation with you guys in a remote island miles and miles away. That’s right, she’s currently snorkeling wearing her school uniform. “Ikaw, san aabot ang vacant mo?”

Counter-terrorist – Or sometimes called “Terrorist” depending if he looks like a Taliban. He’s the combat expert. The group’s security guard. He wears camouflage all the time. You can’t actually tell whether he’s going for a tour in an island or the battle zone of Scarborough Shoal. He carries flashlight, army knives, taser, probably a concealable pistol with live rounds in case of real trouble.

The Rich Kid – The Rich kid is wealthier than any of your family wealth combined. Even wealthier than Super Gran. This kid’s so rich if it isn’t it a government property, she’ll purchase it (Or maybe that’s exaggerated). She’s rich, alright? She” join the adventure with a big space on her bag -for souvenirs of course. She might be techie with gadgets she bought online a week ago for the trip. She doesn’t brought much since she can buy what she needs on the area. “I’m sure there’s a store there somewhere.”

Jail-bait – The youngest but look like the same age with Super Gran. The first girl to be approached by the flirts. Her oldest age is 17 but look 28 on her 16. If she approached you, you’ll get jailed. If you approached her, you’ll get jailed. Plus a kick on the face by Brando. That’s better than NATO rounds, right?

Tour-guide – If the tour guide is one of your friends, I’m sure this person have reached many places with the big chance that he already visited your next destination twice. He knows the area and you guys will never be lost as long as you have this walking Dora’s Map. He blends in with locals as if he  grew up with them. He speaks and understand 9 local dialects in the Philippines even if we have only 8. But his monthly travels made his skin very dark because of sun burn which helps him look like one of the locals. I’m not a racist but inside a Barkada, there’s always that “well-done” friend.

And now that the officials of Barkada are all aboard, let’s hit the beach!

By SnowWhite
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The 10 must haves in your bag before going on a vacation

 

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Summer’s here!

It’s the time for weekly outdoor activities! Mountain climbing, swimming, biking, and lots of stuff aside sitting in front of the internet and reading fictional stories like what you’re doing 2 minutes ago. Get out! Time to have fun.

But before you pack those swimwear and fridge in your bag, here are some basic needs you should have this summer.

  1. Sun Screen
    If there’s something that your bag should have not just in summer, that’s the sun screen. Why? because science, my friend. The world’s getting warmer each year and countries near the equator are experiencing hot temperature under the rain. Isn’t that weird? Now imagine if it’s sunny day.
  2. Bottled Water
    Water. Not juice, not Ion energy drink, not coffee. WATER! Going under water, does not mean you’ll never get dehydrated. When you take a bath, you get dehydrated, pretty much the same with swimming. You sweat even under water, plus the sun heat that can fry an egg in minutes.
  3. Sun Glasses
    Do you wear glasses under the sun? I have a good fact here. Wearing a spectacle does amplify the sun’s harmful rays especially when you look directly to the sun. It doubles the radiation from a larger area than a 1mm diameter pupil through the eye’s pupil. That’s why optic shops offer graded glasses with Transition. Besides, you’re not in the beach for sole purpose of reading a book, right?
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  4. Power Banks
    Or any reliable power source for that matter. Technology is everywhere and some of them are made for isolate areas but they do still rely on electricity for power. You can buy many types of renewable energy power source online now.
  5. Resealable Bag
    Resealable bags are basically plastic bags that can be sealed. We cannot just leave our devices like phones, earphones, and other gadgets behind so we have no other choice but to bring them with us, even underwater. This is where resealable bags come in handy. You can also use them for your wet clothes or food.
  6. Survival Kit
    You’ll never know when the bad luck struck. Survival Kit includes thin long ropes, pocket knife, flash light, whistle, lighter, crackers, and ion water -All of which are neatly stored in a small compact pouch.
  7. First-Aid Kit
    Because no matter how careful you are, accidents do happen. And your medical kit just got the right equipment to do the job. Like the survival kit, it’s compact. It carries your medicine for common sicknesses like headache, pain, and itchiness.
  8. Back-up Phone
    This phone doesn’t have to be an iPhone. A simple phone capable to texting and calling will do. A phone that’s when got wet, it’s okay because you just got it for free -kind of phone. This particular phone should be fully charged whether you’re in a summer vacation or just at home. It’s purpose is to call for help in-case you got lost or stranded somewhere. These kind of phones also have a build-in flash light. So cute.
  9. Hygiene Kit
    Toothbrush, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, cologne, razor(if you’re not boarding a flight), feminine wash (for girls), facial cleanser, and mouth wash. Some inns doesn’t even have a good toilet room, what makes you think they will offer a free hygiene kit for their guests? And finally,
  10. Condoms
    Really. I’m serious. It’s more useful than just for sexual protection. Condoms are like balloons. They’re made of rubber, waterproof, and handy.
    (Just trust me, alright!? Put it in your bag! Ha! Ha!)

Now that all of the real necessities are inside the bag, you may now put your clothes in, extra socks, shoes, hats, extra money or whatever. It should only occupy 1/4th of your 10x12x12 (LxWxH) backpack. Remember, all of this are nothing if you’re not mentally prepared for anything. Your greatest equipment that can cover it all is your brain. Use it wisely.

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By Cinderella
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The 7 unthinkable and fun uses of flu masks

 

The Philippine air is becoming  more pollute each year and the public found a way to battle it with style. We adapted other countries’ flu masks and decorated it with fancy ornaments and prints that suits our different personalities. Its primary uses are against air pollution, avoiding airborne bacteria (and hopefully strong viruses), prevent dust entering our facial pores, and to make sure we’re not infecting anyone.

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Aside these primary uses, there are still plenty unthinkable ways to use a flu mask. Let’s start counting.

  1. Style – yes, i get it. This one isn’t new. I’m sure if you don’t belong in the examples above, you’ll probably land here. You’re the type of flu mask user because of the style. You’re not really sick, you just to wear it for fashion.
  2. Strengthen your lungs – I bet you didn’t see this one comin’. Wearing masks especially while doing exercise strengthens our lungs. Our lungs gradually learn to use air efficiently through practice. Like taking a deep breath before submerging to the water. The mask minimizes the air intake of the lungs which helps our lungs capacity to hold breath.1ピースかわいいかわいいアニメkaomoji-くんemotiction口マッフル冬コットン面白い口アンチダスト顔マスク
  3. Smile and laugh freely – Stereotypes of the public think you’re crazy for smiling and laughing in front of your phone. Wellp, not anymore.
  4. Speak freely and it wasn’t you – I’ve done this a few times and never get caught. It’s in my personality to say thing straight to anyone but it’s safer now.
  5. Saves you from being recognized – feel like a ninja”. Walk in and walk out of the party unrecognized. A flu mask is still a type of mask to covers the face and that includes your identity.
  6. Snore suppressor – more like saliva catcher. When you’re too tired from work, it’s not easy to stay awake on your journey home. Most workers take a nap on the bus and when the sleep gets deeper, the snore gets louder. your fancy flu-mask doesn’t really stop you from snoring but it lessens the sound.
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  7. Sensation concealment – Of course when you cover your face, you cover your expressions. Tough times requires your game face but when you can’t find the ability to do the serious look, you just need something to cover it up.
  8. (BONUS!) Slip away from being reprimanded – This just happened to me earlier. I really don’t want to get scolded by my boss in the office. I’m sick and required to wear my flu mask everyday. And when I’m about to get castigated, “Sorry boss, it seems I lost my flu mask somewhere” and I promise you, he doesn’t want to breathe air coming out of your lungs so the conversation will be over in less than a minute.

-By “Snow White”

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White Wolf

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Dear Black Wolf;

I hope you’re finding me on the right direction. Please look closer. Please focus. Do this and you will find my destination. I hope this message Reaches you in time before you lose My tracks.

Black wolf, If you’re reading this, you will understand why I choose to hide this message in these paragraphsPlease, reconsider your actions and decisions. Whatever you will do next will carve a big dent in your memories forever. It will hurt so much that no amount of tears can erase.

Through years of wandering alone, I have learned a lot. Drama brings down the toughest organizations; Unacceptable opinions cracks the strongest bonds; Messages ignites revolutions. I saw it all, but it made me strong.

I heard that you were disowned by the pack. Please black wolf, come and find me. I left some hints for you.

In our pack, there are 2 rules that cannot be broken: “Family first” and “Respect”.
These rules made our family strong against threat but whenever there’s strength,
there is challenge. This is the moment where our family, the ones who thought us respect, are the same ones who broke it. You are now standing between your family and what is right. The terrible truth is, the reality that no matter what you choose, the pack will still leave you behind.

You are humiliated, shamed, and accused by committing dishonorable deeds by your own kind. If they are pointing fingers at you, please don‘t start fighting them. Conflict only breeds catastrophe. If you fight and win, the ghost of conscience will never stop haunting your thoughts. If you lose, your chance to walk away will be out of hand.

I know family is important to you but sometimes it’s better to walk straight than turning left or right. We’re both trained to survive independently.

Again, don’t fight them. Hurting our kind is just another proof that they are right about you. If we do it, we are no better than a thief.

Please, stay in the trail so you won’t get lost. This could be the last scent I’ll be leaving for you.

Sincerely,
Your Real Color.

By “Rapunzel”

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8 of the Most Funniest Dubbed Animal Videos in the Internet

Yes. Today, we will talk about animals and their funny sides.

Animals, including cute and scary ones, believe it or not, have also a funny side in them. And because of the growing multimedia technologies, we now learned that not only fishes can relieve stress but also video clips of other animals especially when you put background music and human voices on them thanks to memes.

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In fact, funny animal vines has recently dominating the internet for their adorable looks and hilarious actions. This week, I gathered 8 of the most funniest animal dubbed videos that you can still search them in youtube right now.

You may now kiss your sadness goodbye so here they are,

The 8 most Funniest Dubbed Animals Videos in the Internet.

1. Laughing Lion

Lions are one of the most feared predators in the animal kingdom. Basically, they are “the big dad” of other felines and the boss of the jungle. While most videos show how strong and deadly a lion could be, there’s this one video of a lion who looks like he’s about to sneeze or laughing.

 

2. Death Metal Rooster

We all know it’s time to wake up when the rooster starts it’s loud cock-a-doodle-doo song in the morning. The sound typically goes for at least 3 seconds but can you imagine if a rooster has a bigger set of lungs like humans? Apparently, there’s a rooster that can do that, as if it was growling like the ones we hear in death metal songs.

3. Death Metal Ants

Ants don’t have a voice box so they use their pair of Antennae and limb gestures to communicate to each other. They also follow the scent of of their kind in order to stay in track while at work. The next video is when ants swirl altogether a meal in a heavy metal music forming a black hole mosh pit.

4. Trololo Cat

Cats are so adorable and they captivate our hearts with their simple acts of cuteness however, they also do some weird stuff that makes us laugh hard especially when combined with music -a classy music.

5. Ozzy Man Reviews: Homewrecker Penguin Fight

Ozzy Man Reviews is a page in youtube commentating a trending video. Recently, he uploaded a wild life video featuring penguin he named “Gerald” who’s coming home from fishing when he saw his wife with another male penguin. I honestly didn’t think that penguins are capable of committing  marriage betrayal but one thing is for sure, the video is not for faint of heart because of Ozzyman’s foul words and MMA penguin fights. And the penguins sing.

6. Screaming Marmot

This is the shortest yet funniest animal video vine I ever watched. A marmot is an animal that look like a beaver but actually a large squirrels in Genus Marmota. They live on mountainous areas, such as Alps and Pyrenees in Europe. In this video, a marmot appears to be squeaking in high pitch and it’s kinda cute but the uploader changed the sound into something loud and funny. The best 11 seconds of my life.

7. Screaming Mudskippers

Mudskippers are amphibious type of fish that lived in intertidal habitats in tropical and temperate regions of Indo-pacific and Atlantic. These fishes are active while out of the water, feeding and interacting with one another. Their battle dance includes opening their mouths to threaten an enemy. They do produce sounds but not like this one in the video.

8. Markiplier’s MEOW

…and you guessed it. Dubbed cats. Markiplier uploaded this video as a response to anime or japanese games that makes cats say “nyaa” instead of “meow”. He even made a dog version of this titled WOOF.

 

 

Unexpected Japan

I think Japan is a land of nature lovers. Harmony and peace can be seen everywhere. Even by just looking on their house fences, empty streets, or even street signs. There’s always something that makes you feel…”Yes. This is Japan.”

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Fishpond canals

Yes those are side walks with living Kois swimming freely. Recently, Japan learned that side walk drainage canals can also be artistic. We all know these delicate fishes can’t survive on dirty tanks which proves that these street waters are well-maintained clean. The Japanese people are well known for their light artistic touches that keeps them feel relaxed and stress free. These fishes are fed by residents and tourist who passes on these streets.

Spirit Animals

When you visit Japan, you will notice an animal statue sitting right on the next corner. No wonder the stone dogs, cats, raccoons, dragons, and frogs of Japan could out-number the Egyptians statues. Some of them treat these animal figures as spirits or guardians. They dress them, offer food, and light incense on them. Their technology is far more advanced than any of us, yet they still manage to keep their tradition and superstitious side.

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Who would have guessed that narrow, almost dead looking, streets can be a good spot for establishments? Ramen houses, tattoo parlors, and Bars are located on these narrow streets with only lamps or street signs direction to guide you. People also agrees that hidden Ramen houses serve the best Ramon bowl than restaurants inside malls. Yes, the place is not pleasing to eyes and a black cat might likely to jump out anytime, it will be covered with the delicious smell of boiling Ramen soup.

Snow on Summer

Not literally snow. But they fall and lump the streets like snow. The cherry blossom petals when blown by the wind turns every scenery into paradise. These Cherry blossom trees are so beautiful, you just wanna lie under them and forget everything. It’s pinkish petals can cover an entire field and color a creek. The tree has many varieties that can be seen not only in Japan but also in China, Korea, Netherlands, Brazil, and in United States.

Under the rain

tumblr_ojgwc4UoHz1symnfoo1_500.gifYou can feel the warmth everywhere you look. Even under the rain, you can see how the Japanese art blend in to weather to make another masterpiece. The Japanese tradition that’s been carved on roofs and walls expresses strong emotions. Even a simple rain(like that on the picture) could make you feel so mush sadness.

I haven’t been in Japan. But by just watching documentaries about them, animes, live actions, and photos, gosh it’s my ultimate dream to live there someday.