It was a pretty long walk around the Iloilo center, and seeing old building with people, and people vehicles making their way along the streets of Ithe city. And in middle of the day under the heat of the sun we took refuge, and some took with us historical, and cultural learnings inside the Museo de Iloilo.
Iloilo City, I tell, is one of those places I visited that made it seem like I fit in -- that I'm no alien. Even when their dialect is a new to me, as I was to their streets, it did not sound difficult to comprehend it's context. And in the few days I was there, it felt like I could call it a second home.
2014 was not been entirely good to me, but it was with my travels. When I started the year, no travel plans have been made, and no travel destinations was hunting me in my dreams. But I know myself better than leaving it to just that. So there was this one thing I promised to myself, it was lesser travels, more of home life, and a bit of reintroducing myself to fitness, and the kitchen. I know that it was a recipe for disaster, but I am glad that it was a year that did not disappoint.
|Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte|
A "no" was out of the conversation. So wanderlusting started when summer came too early. When I thought I did not have any plans of travel that year, I could not say no to an already long standing invite. Siargao was a burst of sunshine that was too early, and too beautiful to have that leaves you wanting for more.
Many of us have grown quite accustomed to life with a smartphone. We’re constantly taking photos of our food, of the streets outside, or of the bright Christmas decorations we happen to ride past in our travels.
Nearly everyone has a smartphone nowadays. In the Philippines, smartphone penetration is set to hit 50% by 2015, adding to the growing number of smartphone users across the world. Gaming Realms, operators of Iceland Bingo, has noted that in 2012, there were 1 billion smartphone users – a figure that has inflated immensely to 1.75 billion by the end of this year. For many, the smartphone is a mere tool for recreation, but for travel writers, it can be their lifeblood.
If you're planning to stay at Iloilo City for a night, or several nights to explore the city, and it's neighboring travel destination islands, here is a helpful guide on list of accommodations to choose from. I usually book my stay at either Agoda, or Hostel World online to get some great discounted rates, and just pay later when I'm checked in. The links below are directed to Agoda to help you secure a room.
Iloilo City, also referred to as the "Most Loyal, and Noble City, is located in the southern shores of Panay Island. It is a hub for trade, and commerce, education, industry, and tourism in the Western Visayas Region. Not only is it a travel destination itself, but also a gateway to some of the travel destination islands in the country. Here is a transportation guide on how to get there details to help you travel to Iloilo City.
Cantilan is considered the "Cradle of Towns" in Surigao del Sur. The town has unspoiled beaches of gray and white sand, picturesque islands and islets, hills and rock formations, farmlands and green pasturelands, and forest areas with rare plants and animals. Here is a helpful guide on how to get to Cantilan, Surigao del Sur via Butuan, Surigao, Hayangabon, and Davao City jump off.
Cathe Pacific is a beach-side cottage, and backpacker's haven at Cantilan, Surigao Del Sur.This fenced property is located fronting the beach that gives you a homey feel than a visitor staying in. We were suppose to stay there only a couple of night but had to extend it after canceling Bucas Grande. We were fortunate that Cathe Duero of Cathe Pacific was kind to enough to accommodate us early than expected.
The wind howled as it woke me up from sleep. I looked at the window hoping to see light shining in, only to find darkness, and the signs of heavy rain in the water that then dripped indoors through the window pane. Super Typhon Haiyan's first landfall had hit Surigao City that morning. My thoughts were of a possible travel destination cancelled, an extended stay at the city, or possibly if the roads allowed it head for home. We stayed at a friend's home for an extra night at Surigao, and eventually headed for Bucas Grande when the weather cleared up.
When you find yourself along the beach line of red sand, and the red to brown mountain tops that dots the landscape before it kisses the sky - you're finally at the part of Surigao province where mining is second nature to breathing for the locals. But it is also where the jump off to the only place in Surigao province that mining is not allowed. Here is a detailed guide on how to get to Socorro, Surigao Del Norte, and to experience Bucas Grande, and more of what this island has to offer. You can find the details fitting if you're entry point is either from these cities: Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Surigao, and even if you're already at mainland Siargao Island.