Britania Islands, Surigao del Sur

The perks of living in the province! You get to travel a lot by land from place to place without the hassle of going through a traffic jam. And of course, the beautiful beaches you only get to see in my native land Mindanao. Not everyone has visited this one yet that’s why many would say that these are one of Philippines best kept beaches.

Situated in the Province of Surigao del Sur in San Agustin where many beautiful islands and islets sit along the shore of Lianga Bay. Or as many would call it the Britania Group of Islands. 

Wooden bridge leading to the boats that’ll take us to the islands. So by boat it will take you about 20 minutes to get to the first island. Along the way, you get to admire the perfect view of the islets all laid out right before your eyes. 

Most of the boats are operated by LGU (local government unit). Boat fees at P1,300 for 11 of us. But for those who would like to visit, keep bargaining. Who knows you’ll get it for a thousand only. =)

 4 of the many islands in Britania. Some of these islets are very close to each other you can actually walk from one island to another if the water is in low tide.

Stopped over this island for our lunch. I think this island is also the biggest compared to the other islets in Britania. This is also the island where a grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a crucifix is built.

For food, people usually bring food with them since every group has its own hired boat so its okay to leave your stuffs in it. In our case, we didn’t really prepare anything before we left Butuan, not even a single bottle of water. Hehe! Good thing we ordered food and drinks at a local sari-sari store back in the mainland before we left and have it specially delivered to us back at one of the islands where people usually stop to eat lunch. If I’m not mistaken, its the Boslon Island. 

I wasn’t able to take photos of the food anymore since we were all starving to death and we haven’t eaten our breakfast either. Haha! But anyway, food was good. No tables and chairs at the island so you’ll have no choice but to form a circle with your friends, sit on the sand and start eating with your bare hands. Best part? Expect to chew on something crunchy. White sand! Haha!

(Cost of food: P1,100++ for 11pax.)

 They call this one “Naked Island” since nothing grows in it. Just sand and coral stones.

In every island, you get to see and feel the beautiful white sand beaches and clear blue water of Britania. 

 I think the island behind me is what they would call the turtle island because of its shape. Although the way I see it, every single islet looks identical to me. Perfectly shaped to look like twinnies! =) We left Butuan at around 6am in the morning where the sun is still rising. Travel time from Butuan to Britania took us about 2hours to finally get to the exact location.

For those who travel from Davao, I think it’ll take around 6hours from Davao to Britania. 

Here is an overview map of our route from Butuan City to San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. 

From Butuan City:

Heading south to the province of Surigao del Sur. It will take 2hours to get there so you may have to take shortcuts along the way. You’ll be able to pass by the town of Sibagat, Bayugan and Prosperidad. Before getting to the town of Prosperidad, we took a shortcut turning left to Los Arcos. This is an alternate road where no public vehicles passing that road except for private vehicles. So from Los Arcos going to Lianga make another left going to San Agustin. 

Hope this blogpost was helpful for everyone who has plans on visiting the place soon! Summer 2015 maybe? Hehe! 

Feel free to ask me questions on the comment box below if you need more info.

Enjoy! =)

Hello Chicago!

Okay so I know this is a super late blog post about my visit to Chicago a few weeks ago before heading back home to Philippines. But anyway, here goes!

Last stop, Chicago!

Who could forget a 12hr drive to Chicago from Virginia on Valentines day? While other couples are out dating and having romantic lunchies and candle lit dinner. Me and boyfie spent Valentines day driving to Chicago to meet up with friends since our flight got canceled ‘cuz of the snowstorm. It was one of my longest road trips ever! Loved it! =)

Chicago’s very own skyscraper, Willis Tower.

Hello freezing Chicago! Hehe!

Look! Docs! hehe!

The famous Cloud Gate at the Millennium Park. Then again, I always see this in movies. Can’t believe it! =)

Can you find me? Hihi!

Now why would anyone forget about dropping by to see Michael Jordan’s statue right outside United Center?

Overall, Chicago was the coldest place I have ever been in my entire life! I cannot explain how cold it was during my visit. But anyway, I really had fun, like reaaally had fun. I like to party… a lot, haha! And I think Chicago’s party scene was one of the best I’ve ever been to. We also got to meet some new friends which is one of the best parts of traveling in different places.

On my way home to Philippines, I sat next to a Filipina, (Thank God I had someone to talk to during the flight to Japan) she was in her 60’s but she really didn’t look her age. I guess age doesn’t really matter when you’re happy. Hehe! She was on her way home to visit her father who was sick. I could tell she was a very happy person inside and out ‘cuz of the way she talked to me about life and how we should all spend it. As cliche as it may sound, we only live once and that’s a fact. She told me she was glad I could travel and see new places and things while I’m still young.

She said that people need to travel the world in order for us to broaden our horizons, experience new culture, meet new people and a chance to look at life in a different perspective. You become more open-minded and flexible.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

Blanc Canvas

Zara dress/ Urban Outfitters leather bag/ H&M tights

The dress is indeed a blank canvas and I chose to wear it without accessories to keep it minimal and simple. Now I don’t know where I can wear this again. I might have to go some place with a much colder weather since it’s a little too thick for a warm tropical country like ours. But overall, I really love everything about this dress.

H&M studded booties

I just knew it that I would probably be in the Philippines by the time I post this ootd. This was my last ootd shoot in Old Town Alexandria as I was already running out of clothes to wear. I think I bought more makeup than clothes. Eeek! Haha!

I’m actually sad that I’m back home now but happy as well… I know, It’s a bittersweet feeling. I had to leave boyfie back in the US but at the same time when I got home, I get to see my 2 babies, Gucci and Fendi. I have been dying to see them for months and now I get to finally cuddle up with my two cuties. =)

So how is everyone? =)

A Walk In The Park

Took a walk in Central Park with ze boyfie. Clearly this place is the most romantic park I have ever been to. Not that I have been to a lot of parks before but maybe above all that I have visited this is by far the most romantic one. Although every single one of them has its own allure. I’d love to visit again soon during the summer, I’m sure it will be just as beautiful as it is during winter season. image image image

PINKaholic tweed dress/ Oasap knit cardigan

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Rarelove Jewelry flower wreath necklace

Adding up some sparkle, I had to put on this multi-colored stone necklace from Rarelove Jewelry. I think it’s the perfect addition to any modest look. 

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H&M boots/ YSL bag

image image image image No wonder they shoot a lot of romantic chick flicks here. It is sooo beautiful especially when you visit it on a snowy day in NY. Snow makes everything so beautiful!image image 

My visit to Central Park was surely one of my most unforgettable moments in NYC. I was so thrilled to find out that the park was just a few blocks away from our hotel. 

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my latest ootd post guys!

By the way, I’d really love it if you guys could share your favorite movies that took place in Central Park. I’d love to watch them! As for me, I’m pretty sure I shared some of my own favorites on my last blog post. Hehe! Don’t mind me… I’m a sucker for chick flicks. Haha!

Have a great week! =)

Lady Liberty

Finally, a new ootd update! Good thing I don’t have to break down hundreds of photos into a few sets to create an ootd blogpost. Whew! I can’t imagine how travel bloggers select the best ones from thousands of photos they snap each place that they go to. 

Anyway, If you guys have seen my recent blogpost about my trip to New York City, I guess you have seen half of my ootd by then. Well, here’s the rest of my outfit. Hehe!image image Forever21 knit pullover and jacket/ H&M infinity scarf

imageH&M leather pants/ Urban Outiftters boots/ Balenciaga bag

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So I know a lot of us love to travel. Like, duh… Who doesn’t? And of course, in our generation, bringing along our very own trusty cameras and a camera-equipped cellphone is a self requirement nowadays. I realized that every place on earth is so beautiful that sometimes you just have to forget about taking so much photos on your camera. Instead, try admiring it through your naked eyes.

Boyfie always tells me to relax, enjoy every moment and stop taking too much photos every time we’re out travelling. He said I tend to get so annoying from snapping too much photos and forgetting about why we were there in the first place…And oh, according to him, I always end up ignoring him as well. Haha! Anyway, I took his advice and left my camera at the hotel for one day and just snapped photos using my phone if I really needed to. 

So yeah, I did it… And yes, It really is better to witness the beauty first-hand with your own eyes. He even asked me how I felt having all the freedom to admire every place without taking out my camera all the time. Not to mention excess baggage. Hehe! Ugh! His positiveness is so annoying it amazes me. Whyyyyy can’t I be like that? I have to be like that! Haha!

You guys should really try it as well! Try doing photographic memories instead. It also helps you improve your memory. Hehe!

Hello New York!

Had a blast with boyfie last week on our road trip to New York. We got there around 10 in the morning and headed straight to see Lady Liberty.  We actually picked the perfect day to arrive in New York. The sun was out, clear skies. Perfect time to do a short day tour. 

imageimageimage The ferry heading to the Statue of Liberty had to stop by a nearby island called Ellis Island which was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States. It was used as an immigrant inspection station from 1892 to 1954.

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Old suitcases displayed inside the Ellis Island Immigration Musuem.

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Spotted a bunch or girls in their wedding gowns. They all look so cute!

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Statue of Liberty during sunset. Beautiful!

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Anyone who visits New York should never miss a chance to try out their local food carts. You can find them at almost every corner on every street in times square. 

One of the best food cart meals I have ever had.

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I took so many photos I don’t know which one to share to you guys! I can’t just pick one.. Hehe!

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The famous red steps on Times Square.

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Oh yeah, Cake Boss! Not really a fan of cakes for dessert but their cheesecakes were uh-mazing!

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Now who would want to eat these? Look at it! It looks too good to be eaten. Hehe!

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On the 102nd floor observation deck of the Empire State Building!

This was on our last day in New York since we got lucky the sky cleared out after 2 days of non-stop raining so we decided to visit the Empire State Building. 

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Uh! So beautiful I almost cried!

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The New York Times building is sooo pretty!

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The famous New York City yellow cabs! =)

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At the Rockefeller Center.

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“Fools Rush In” starring Salma Hayek and Matthew Perry is one of my old favorite movies and that’s where I first heard about Gray’s Papaya hotdogs. 

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This is what we had for breakfast. Me and boyfie had 2 hotdogs each! Hehe!

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A whole wall of colorful M&M chocolates!

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And of course, Serendipity 3. Hehe! You know what’s funny? We actually saw Serendipity 3 in Las Vegas but I told boyfie that I really have to try the one in New York where the actual film was shot. Haha!

Yes, I’m a sucker for chick flicks! Hehe!

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By the time the waiter approached our table and asked what we would like to have he was already suggesting that we order the Frozen Hot Chocolate which was obviously what they are famous for.

It was so good! No wonder people line up outside just to get tables.

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A miniature Lego replica of the Rockefeller Center! So cute! I even saw Darth Vader playing golf on the roof top. Haha!

So that wraps up this blog post. New York has always been one of my dream destinations since I was little. I literally cried when I first saw Times Square. I was having a hard time taking it all in. That I am finally right in front of something I have only seen in the movies. Haha! 

Okay, I’m starting to sound like a loser. Lol

Have a great week guys! Mwah!