WHERE I’ve been AND What I’ve LEARNED in 2016.


It was a peaceful morning in the first week of January 2016 while moving the curtains on both sides of the windowpane. The touch of a sheeny morning cascaded in through curtains, heralding another picture perfect day to plan and imagine about what kind of life it would be in 2016. I took my small notebook and I write “2016 will be a year full of adventure and learning”. Yes, it was genuinely a year full of an amazing adventure and a boat load of learning.

I would be very happy to share the glimpse of my life in the year 2016 like where I’ve been and what I’ve learned. I’m going to share about the amazing destinations that I’ve traveled to this year. I will too be sharing about the learning I’ve learned in the whole year of 2016. There’s a saying I have made that I forever wanted to embrace “Experiences from other people is also a good source of lessons and learning”. People’s experiences are also a way to educate ourselves without putting ourselves into a certain situation just to learn a lesson. Sometimes, we simply have to be keen enough in other people’s experiences that boils down to their reflection as it for us as well.

WHERE I’VE BEEN TRAVELING TO THIS YEAR ?

THE PROVINCE OF CEBU

This year was a year where I’ve journeyed to different destinations in Cebu Province. The very first destination I’ve visited was the Flower Farm in Sirao or also known as The Little Amsterdam. I’ve visited TOP’s of Cebu, Cebu Taoist Temple and the Temple of Leah. Chasing waterfalls in Cebu were what Cebu really have known for. I’ve visited the Mantayupan Falls, Aguinid Falls, Tumalog Falls and the Kawasan Falls. Cebu is also really known for a beautiful and yet challenging peaks to climb. I’ve climbed Mount Lanaya, Sirao Peak and Osmeña Peak. But Cebu is not only about the temples, mountains, Peaks, and the stunning waterfalls, it is also a home of a pristine and white dust sand beach. I was able to visit the Tingko Beach Resort situated in the southern part of Cebu, Lambug beach in the Southwestern part of Cebu and Basdaku Beach Resort in Moalboal, Cebu. I’ve also tried the challenging Canyoneering in Badian, Cebu where so far was the most adrenaline kicking outdoor activities I’ve done in my life.

The Sirao Flower Farm or locally known as “The Little Amsterdam”
The TOPS view of Cebu
Tumalog Waterfall in Oslob, Cebu
Kawasan Waterfall in Badian, Cebu
Osmena Peak Dalaguete, Cebu
Lambug Beach Badian, Cebu

THE PROVINCE OF NEGROS ORIENTAL

The Province of Negros Oriental is a neighboring Island of Cebu, and just like Cebu Province, this Island has so much to offer as well. The first destination I’ve visited was the stunning beauty of Casaroro Falls that really have got my attention. The Pulangbato Falls is also a unique innate kind of the beauty of a certain Falls, and this Pulangbato Falls is what it speaks about. In the Province of Negros Oriental is also the house of a stunning Twin Lakes or locally recognized as the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes. I was as well granted a chance to visit the St. Augustine of Hippo Church in Bacong that keeps the Pipe Organ from Zaragoza Spain.

Pulangbato Waterfall
Balinsasayao Twin Lakes



THE PROVINCE OF NEGROS OCCIDENTAL

It was a trip to Negros Occidental that I’ve  slumbered in the bus just to save my one night accommodation and it was an awesome experience. The first destination I’ve visited was the panoramic view of a group of islands in Sipalay. I as well have visited the cunning little cave of Pulo Cave. Who would even dare to escape visiting the Taj Mahal of Negros or locally known “The Ruins” when you visit Negros Occidental?, of course no one would dare. I may have not climbed the well known Mt. Kanlaon, but I was given a chance to see it with my naked eyes. I was likewise able to traipse my two little itchy feet in the forest breeze of the Mambukal Beach Resort.

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Sipalay, Negros Occidental
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Pulo Cave, Negros Occidental
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The Ruins in Talisay, Bacolod , Negros Occidental

 

THE PROVINCE OF BOHOL

Bohol has been one of my favorite Provinces in the Philippines because it offers a bunch of beautiful and unique kind of landscapes. I’ve explored Bohol way back 2014 where I stayed there for 5 days just to explore the whole Island and it was an amazing experience. Only this year, I travelled back to Bohol to explore the unknown white sandbar beach located in Getafe, Bohol. The Pandao Island is really a beautiful Island that has not been visited yet of many traveler’s. It holds a crystal clear water and a white sandbar beach that will surely meet your longing for a tropical island paradise.

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Pandao Island in Bohol
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Pandao Island in Bohol

THE PROVINCE OF LEYTE

One of the memorable adventures I have done in my life is visiting the Kalanggaman Island for twice this year. My first sojourn was  in March, but I wasn’t able to enjoy due to my butterfingered inner self. I resolved to go back just last November of this year and I finally have enjoyed. The Kalanggaman Island is from the base word (langam is a Visayan term which means bird). It is said to be the resemblance to the wings of a flying fowl when you view it from atop.

The two polar sides of the island have its own sand bar, but a long reach sand bar is on its southern part. On my second visit in the Province of Leyte this year. I was able to visit the iconic and historical MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park. It was also a blessing to visit the beautiful Palo Cathedral Church. It has long been my dream to traipse my two little itchy feet to the longest bridge in the Philippines the San Juanico Bridge that links the Province of Leyte and Samar Province.

Kalanggaman Island
MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park
San Juanico Bridge

THE PROVINCE OF PALAWAN

This was an escapade that I never thought I could have done this year. I consider my visit to Palawan as an unexpected blessing. I know that 2 days in Palawan will never be enough, but it was nevertheless an adventure that I really treasured. Visiting the famous Puerto Princesa Underground River named as 7 wonders of the world several times were truly a blessing I have experienced this year. I was likewise able to visit the Puerto Princesa Cathedral, Plaza Cuartel, Baker’s Hill, Mitra’s Ranch and the Crocodile Farm.

Puerto Princesa Underground River

 

THE PROVINCE OF SOUTH COTABATO

Among the beautiful spots that this province has to offer, there are some places that I always wanted to visit and would always love to come back. The 7 falls and the Zip line is what pulls in my whole experience awesome. I also visited one of the cleanest Cold Spring in Lake Sebu, the Sepacca Spring. I too have checked some of their amazing Lakes and the only Divine Mercy Shrine located in Brgy. Lamdalag, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

Sepacca Cold Spring

One of the amazing nature’s wonders that really made me speechless in the Province of South Cotabato is the Lake Holon, it is located in the Municipality of Tboli. I was also able to find out the most prominent scenic view of Mount Matutum with a 12,000 hectares of purely pineapple fruits that are peacefully nestled at the foot of Mt. Matutum.

Lake Holon in Tboli, South Cotabato
Mt. Matutum in Tupi, South Cotabato

THE PROVINCE OF SULTAN KUDARAT


Visiting this Province have opened my naked eyes with awe, taking me so deeply while hearing myself saying wow and my inner self remain muted with just an amazement marking my thoughts. It was an adventure that really have made me strong. These places I’ve visited was really amazing. The Panigan Underground River and WaterfallMarguez Hot and Cold Spring, Marawir Peak and Quetuban Waterfall.

Panigan Underground River and Waterfall in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat
Marawir Peak in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat

THE PROVINCE OF SARANGANI

I was not granted a leisure time during my sojourn in the Sarangani Province, hence I only visited Gumasa beach, but hopefully I can go back and explore this Province. Gumasa Beach is near one kilometer of a long stretch of powdery white sand beach with turquoise waters and known to be a Small Boracay of the Southern Mindanao.

Gumasa Beach in Glan, Sarangani
Gumasa Beach in Glan, Sarangani

THE PROVINCE OF BILIRAN

This was the last Province I have traveled to this year and it was an awesome adventure as I end my 2016. I’ve traveled to the beautiful sandbar of the Higatangan Island, Dalutan Island and the Sambawan Island. Biliran also owned a lot of waterfalls and it has long been my dream to explore all its stunning waterfalls. Simply because I don’t own a leisure time during my visit I have only had a chance to visit Tinago Falls and it was truly a jaw-dropping at its own innate state.

Higatangan Island in Biliran
Sambawan Island in Biliran

THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY OF HONG KONG

It was also this year that I had my first out of the country trip and I’m so glad that I’ve made it. I really find myself speechless and always in awe the minute I arrived in their airport until I explore some of the well known tourist destinations in Hong Kong. From the concrete jungle to how advance their country is, have really wowed me and made me so glad. I was able to visit Kowloon Park, Hong Kong Disneyland, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Victoria Peak and Ocean Park. It was also my first time to feel like I really had a lot of money cause I had my serious shopping moment for the first time and it was an experience that I’m genuinely so happy about. It was one of my travels that I experienced a great deal of first time and I’ll surely go back if I get the chance again.

Hong Kong Disneyland
Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
Ocean Park, Hong Kong

WHAT I’VE LEARNED THIS YEAR?

I truly learned a great deal of lessons this year. One lesson I learned was fighting for somebody you love doesn’t always mean you won in the end, sometimes yes, but most of the time it won’t end the way you wanted it to be. Your greatest failure in life is what brings the best out of you and that leads to something you have never expected to whatever you are now cause you’re at once landed at the  best version of yourself.

Traveling can really heal the pain of the past and along the way you’ll appreciate yourself and discover more about you that you didn’t even see yourself become the person you’re today. Being single doesn’t mean you’re sad and lonely, it is your chance to flirt with the things you have always wanted to do and experience.

Forging against all odds on my journey that absolutely maddens, strengthen and ultimately heals me from all the pains of the past, until I realize that I’ve got an ace up my sleeve and that brought me to where I am now.

I have now determined to decide independently about my own fate, the things I want, the things I enjoy, the learning that I want to treasure, the memories that I want to keep, the people I meet along the way and lock them in my vivid memories and bring them always wherever I go.

My 2016 was a year full of good memories of my travels and learning that I’ll forever be thankful for.

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My 2016 was really a year full of fun filled  adventure as I was able to visit 10 Provinces in the Philippines and one South East Asian country with a total figure of 55 astounding tourist destination. I too learned a countless learning while I’m traveling. To all the readers, viewers, supporters, and my friends who keep supporting this blog, you all deserve a big hug from me and would love to thank you all for being part of my 2016. Happy New Year to all of us, may we all have a prosperous 2017 and the years to come.

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