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Misty Lodge – A Cozy Place to Stay in Sagada

misty lodge

Going to Sagada wasn’t really the plan for our 8th anniversary trip. We only thought of Sagada because I can’t have my hair exposed to direct sunlight right after hair rebonding. So we’ve scrapped our plans of going to the beach, and searched for Sagada accommodations.

We messaged the places where we want to stay, however, only 2 responded to us. One of which was Misty Lodge. We were told that we can tell the bus driver to drop us off directly at Misty Lodge.

Inside Misty Lodge - 1Inside Misty Lodge - 2

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Sanctuary Garden in Sibuyan, Romblon


Rooms at at Sanctuary Garden Resort in Magdiwang, Sibuyan

As mentioned in my previous blog post about Cresta de Gallo, we are very grateful that we’ve stayed in Sanctuary Garden.

Staying in Sanctuary Garden was the best decision we made. We were tempted to change plans during the RORO trip because I wasn’t getting any updates from my contact from the resort. When we went departed the ship, someone approached me and mentioned my name. Perhaps, it was gut feeling on his part to ask me and I immediately said “Yes, it’s me!”. It was one of the partners / owners of Sanctuary Garden and his name is Edgar. He brought his SUV and picked us up at the port then brought us to the resort. The reason that I didn’t receive his texts / calls is because of network problems. We felt so shy that he had to do this for us. This made me confirm the the things I read online that staff and especially owners of the resort go an extra mile for you.

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Day 2 of Romblon Backpacking Adventure: Journey to the Beautiful Island of Cresta de Gallo

Cresta de Gallo

Ambulong Port at Magdiwang, Sibuyan

The plan was to visit Cresta de Gallo the moment we docked at Magdiwang, Sibuyan. We had an earlier booking for a place to stay overnight in Magdiwang which is Sanctuary Garden Resort. We were told by another passenger on the ferry that it would be best to stay in San Fernando because it’s nearer Cresta de Gallo. We thought of changing plans the last minute, however, the owner of Sanctuary Garden already picked us up at the port. Thus, we went with the original plan of proceeding to our journey to Cresta de Gallo upon check in at Sanctuary Garden Resort. 

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Day 1: Traveling to Romblon

2go Ferry

MV St. Ignatius - 2GO (Odiongan - Caticlan)

Romblon province is a composed of 3 major islands: Tablas, Romblon and Sibuyan. Sha’s relatives from her mother’s side is in Tablas but we wanted to explore some more. The plan is to go to Sibuyan, Carabao Island, Looc, Tablas and last stop is Boracay all within 6 days. We had to do a lot of inter-island transfers and travel via land by riding passenger jeepneys and tricycles.

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Novotel Centrum in Krakow


Novotel Hotel - Krakow 8

I was just recently in Krakow, Poland for a week (due to work) and I could not believe that I will be able to go there. Great thanks to my employer who sent me there,  I was finally able to have my first trip in Europe.

I have tons of photos and blog posts to consider but probably let me begin my review of the first hotel I stayed, Novotel Centrum.

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Our Stay at The Alternative (El Nido)


Who wouldn’t want a view like this just outside your bedroom? I never realized that I could have a perfect view of the beautiful limestones of El Nido, Palawan just outside my room at an affordable price. Many say that the Alternative Inn has the greatest view of El Nido limestones along the shoreline of … Read more…

Weekend Getaway at Anawangin, Nagsasa and Capones Island


Nagsasa Cove Summer’s here and my first stop is Zambales, particularly Anawangin, Nagsasa and Capones. I celebrated my birthday weekend in Zambales which is very timely because my travel blogger friend (Nina) was itching to go to the beach. Another good timing is I have Polish colleagues who want to explore the Philippines while they’re … Read more…

Travelling Around Beijing in 4 Ways


Beijing Olympic Park 2

Travelling in China can be really challenging if you can’t understand Chinese (whether written or verbal) because not everyone can speak English. It was difficult but Karla and I had were able to survive 🙂 Our little adventure was back in September 2012.

Beijing has changed a lot since I was there back in 2000. It became more populated, more traffic jams and lesser people riding bicycles. As you know, bicycles are a common means of transportation for the locals there. According to our tour guide, many Chinese have gone rich and therefore had more money to buy cars. Ever since the Olympics held in Beijing back in 2008, there were efforts done by the Chinese government to make Beijing a bit tourist friendly.

Beijing roads are very wide. The main roads can have 5 – 6 lanes of cars and buses. Beijing main highway roads divided into 8 rings (loops). The entire place was built according to Feng Shui standards so that everything will be in harmony. Our hotel is located at the 6th loop (near Happy Valley Beijing) while downtown area are within 1st to 3rd loop.

We only stayed for 5 days but we experienced travelling in 4 ways. I’ll share you some of our experiences below. By the way, conversion rate when we were there was RMB 1 = PHP 6.50+.

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Forbidden City: A must visit in Beijing, China


Forbidden City: A must visit in Beijing, China, a photo by karlaredor on Flickr. If you enjoy visiting cultural treasures and appreciating beautiful architecture, the Forbidden City in China is a must visit. You can go there via subway by going down at the Tian’anmen East station (along Line 1). It took us two hours … Read more…