Manaoag, Pangasinan: Travelled a Hundred Miles to say Thank You

I was asked by a friend why would I want to travel all the way to Pangasinan (which is about 105 Miles away from Manila) just to visit a church and attend a mass- when I could do just the same in any church in metro manila.

For a moment, I thought, she actually has a point.

But this hasn’t stopped me from going to Dagupan Bus Company terminal in Cubao and traveled for four hours to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag.

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I took the bus with Manaoag/ Dagupan signboard (the route is actually Cubao- Dau- Tarlac- Manaoag- Dagupan) and it left by 2:30am. I was told that there are buses that leave the terminal every 30 minutes. For real time schedule and bus fares you can check their facebook page.

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A Day Well-spent in Baler, Aurora

Baler has always been on top of mind (aside from Siargao and La Union) when it comes to surfing in the Philippines. But do you guys know that there’s more to Baler than just surfing.

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Here’s how we spent a day in Baler:

1 AM: Travel via JoyBus or Genesis Airconditioned bus (Cubao Bus Station)
Fare and Schedule: Check their website or call their office for real time info (http://www.genesistransport.com.ph/)

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Game Face on at The Archery Academy

When I was in high school, I was always fascinated with the way College of St. Benilde cheerleaders incorporate the “archer-like-dance-step” (placing-the-arrow-in-the-bow-and-pull) in their routines. I always imagine myself doing the same thing (not the dance though but holding a real bow and arrow). Somehow it became a dream and later on became part of my bucket list. Katniss’ and Legolas’ characters were not even popular or were not even created yet- so to put it simply, Archery at that time was not a sport du jour (at least in the Philippines since most filipinos are into basketball and boxing).

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But now, it’s slowly becoming a craze. So I’ve done some research and later on learned about The Archery Academy in San Juan- a “school” that teaches the sport.
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Museo Orlina- A Testament to the Glass Sculptor’s Success in his Element

Who would’ve thought that after years of honing his craft and being shifted by changing times (or should I say difficult times- that is Martial Law during the late Marcos’ regime) from being an architect to a world-renowned sculptor, Mr. Ramon Orlina would be known as the Father of Philippine Glass Sculpture.

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GrabCar, Changing the Way We Commute

When I was still working in a premier real estate company, I remember we used to have events and gatherings in hotels or decent venues that would make me buy my pair of suits and look the best possible. Knowing there would be premier clients, the least that I wanted to happen is to be dropped by a taxi in front of the venue where everyone will see me. In tagalog, “ang dyahe diba?” lol. Of course, aside from selling the projects that we have, I am also selling myself (I mean the brand, not the one that you’re thinking of lol) So the best solution is to be dropped by a taxi meters away and walk towards the venue as if I have just parked my car.

Sounds familiar? I’m pretty sure most of us have experienced the same.

Most filipinos don’t have a car. Let’s admit that. And since it’s not really a priority unless of course if you have the money, then taxis are better alternatives than taking the jeepneys, buses or trains. But in certain situations (just like my experience) even taxis aren’t really good alternatives.

For some, even if they have their own car, the idea of being stucked in traffic, parking their car, paying for gas, toll fees, parking fee and car maintenance, are all just hassle and not really as comfortable or convenient as we (people who don’t have cars) thought it was.

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MMDA Pasig River Ferry System- Will it serve its purpose?

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Yesterday I’ve decided to try the MMDA Pasig River Ferry System which is still at their dry run stage (free ride extended until May 15). This newly reopened system and/ or type of transportation, for both locals and tourists, hopes to lessen passenger volume/ congestion and to lessen the heavy traffic that we are experiencing these days.
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The Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod, A Place to Rest and Pray

“And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” –Genesis 2:3 (NIV)

As a nation that is mostly catholic, the Philippines (filipinos) consider Sunday as the seventh day- the time to not just relax and bond with family and friends but also the time to visit the church.

Today, a friend and I decided to visit the Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod at the Level 7 of SM Aura Premier at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

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Summer Getaway to the Unspoiled Island of Cagbalete, Quezon

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When talking about virgin and unspoiled beaches in the Philippines, its always those in Zambales (Anawangin or Nagsasa) and/ or Camarines Sur (Calaguas) that comes into our mind. But we always wanted to try something new…something that is very unfamiliar and not yet receiving much hype as compared to those I’ve previously mentioned. And when a friend of mine –misshappywanderer– asked me if I wanted to join her on a Holy Week getaway at Cagbalete Island, the initial thought was- ‘where the h*ll is that?!’..with all the question marks floating above my head lol…

And after 2 days (hours before the trip), I decided to join (because I first planned to spend the weekends at Baler, Aurora)..haha…
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Traveling to Mindoro, Caticlan (Boracay), Antique or Ilo-ilo from Manila by RORO (combination of overland routes and roll on/ roll off ferries)

It’s the season of Lent- most people I know will take this opportunity to go out of town to break their usual routine and as a breather from their stressful city life. The summer heat is also intolerable that’s why both local and international tourists head to beaches like Boracay to cool down.

We all know that a large part of a traveler’s budget goes to Airfare and accomodation (especially if you haven’t planned ahead of time and most seat sales are already gone). As a budgeted wanderer, we definitely know how to have fun without spending a lot. If you dont mind spending about 15 hours (from Manila to Caticlan) to more or less 22 hours (to Ilo-ilo) inside a bus then this mode of getting to Panay (Aklan, Boracay, Antique, Capiz and Iloilo) is definitely for you.

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WD My Cloud Binondo Photo Walk and Food Tour

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Last Saturday, I was invited to join a photo walk and food tour in Binondo. This event was sponsored by WD as they are promoting their newest product the WD My Cloud where you can store pictures, documents, and any other files and have access to it by using any of your gadgets (laptop, desktop, ipad and mobile).

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