Saturday, May 25, 2013

Tenogtog Falls


Our first exploration in Mayoyao, Ifugao.
This is the start point of our hike to Tenogtog Falls.
Tenogtog Falls is 5km from town.



We met this guy who was resting from carrying this long and heavy wood.
Strong, he is.



It looks like a jungle out here but it was safe.



Trail is very easy since we explored this without any guide.



The hike from the start point was 20 minutes . . . regular pacing.
Once you see this shed, you're there.



Tenogtog falls has 3 mini pools. I only explored this.
Look at what's beneath me . . .



The water was freezing. So we had our water bottle dipped in the water so it would be cold.



My tummy's companion everywhere especially when travelling.



These are falls on top of the one I was at. We did not have any locals with us so we weren't sure how to get to the other mini pools. It was pretty high and trails weren't that visible.



Top view.



The sun was hot but the water and the air was refreshing so I just laid down to enjoy the moment.
Can you see me?


I am thinking if I want to dip in the water. It really looks tempting.


I decided to go in the crystal clear water. 
But I tell yah . . . it was freezing cold that I felt half of my body turned numb from the temperature.


Explored Tenogtog Falls!


A nice and simple place to hang out.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Dakasi

I've never been a fan of Milk Tea. My cousins and friends get excited when they see Gong Cha, Bubble Tea and other stores. I don't.

One night, we stopped by at Dakasi at P. Tuazon, Cubao which they said the milk tea was really, really good. 


I was trying to figure out the concept of the store based on the wallpaper.
Around the world? Could be. But I did like the smiling star.


I liked it so much that I had a picture with all the smiling stars I saw


The place looked clean, well lighted and it gives you that feeling that it's a nice place to hang out away from the heat, the busyness and whatever chaos is happening outside.


Customer Service was good.


Price wasn't bad.


You can see how they're being made.


I ordered the Dakasi Bubble Milk Tea as they said that it's the most popular order. 


Surprisingly, I enjoyed milk tea for the very first time. 
It was really good for me.


 I left the place with not just a smile. A big SMILE and a happy tummy!
I can't wait for my next visit.


You can check them out at these branches:
Annapolis Carpark, Greenhills Shopping Center
Ground Floor, Dela Rosa Carpark 1, Makati
Level 1, Marquee Mall 
Level 1, Market! Market!
Level 1, SM Sta Rosa
Level 1, SM Tarlac
Level 2, Harbor Point
Level 2, The District
UN Avenue corner Orosa, Manila
Level 1, Festival Mall
Level 1, Robinsons Place Otis
17 P Tuazon, Cubao
Level 1, Technohub Iloilo
Level 3, SM Calamba
Level 1 Padre Faura Wing, Robinsons Place Manila
Level 3, Trinoma
207 Banawe St, Quezon City 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Bohol Country Side Tour

In Bohol, your eyes will be filled just doing a country side tour. I've done it twice :)
If  you visit this place, make sure you get a certified tour guide to learn more about it.

The CHOCOLATE HILLS.
I asked our driver guide about the history. He did not give us much information as he was not really a guide. We just became creative and made our own story to entertain ourselves.

I've never seen these hills brown because of the months I went here. It's brown on summer. 
But I bet it's as beautiful as the hills being green.



The BOHOL FOREST
A 2km stretch of man-made mahogany forest. Said to be planted by the boy scouts of the Philippines.


 

The CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF THE IMMACULATE IN BACLAYON
One of the oldest churches in the country. It is made of coral stones that the locals got from the sea and turned it into bricks. They used egg whites to cement the bricks together. Do the math! How many eggs did they get?


Can you see the face on the wall? The locals believe that is the face of one of the priests. 



The BLOOD COMPACT.
A monument in remembrance of the Blood Compact.
The first treaty of friendship between the Spaniards and the Filipinos.
This was performed in Bohol by Spanish explorer Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and a Bohol chieftain  Datu Sikatuna as part of the tribal tradition.




The BAMBOO HANGING BRIDGE.
Not much to see here but just a bridge made of bamboo. Though steel cables have been added for additional security.


If you're not into heights and wobbly bridges . . . you shouldn't try this.


This bridge is along Sipatan River.


The LOBOC RIVER.
Floating restaurants along the river.


We were really hungry so I can't really say if they were good.


But it was really relaxing to be on the floating restaurant.


There will be a stop where the locals will perform for the tourists. It's a free show. 
You can donate if you want.


The river is so green and clean. I just wanted to stay there and relax. 



Sunday, May 5, 2013

Kiangan: Shrine and Museum

Kiangan is the oldest Ifugao province.
It has been believed that it was the dwelling place of their Ifugao mythological ancestors, Bugan and Wigan.
It was the former capital of Ifugao.


We went to the Kiangan War Memorial Shrine. 
(entrance . . . and exit also hehehe)


as of February 2013



Kiangan is known for General Tomoyuki Yamashita's surrender 
to the Philippines-American forces.




The tagalog version. 
It also speaks of how our former President Ferdinand E. Marcos played a big part on this.




Behind me is the Kiangan War Memorial Shrine built in 1974 to commemorate the end of the World War II and the last battles of the war in the Philippines.


Hmmmm.... what could this be?


The flagpole hehehe


The history in wood carvings.


A funny signage as we enter the giant concrete structure.


On the way to the roof top.


Shot from below.


Panoramic view from the top of the shrine.


Can you see me?




I love the different flowers and plants around. Well maintained by the gardeners.
I picked the flower on my ear on the ground *:)



It's so clean and we were the only people here *:)
Walking towards the museum.


Being a monkey again . . . I like climbing trees.


I forgot what this is called . . . the one I'm sitting at.


It's meant for lying down. Though, this is not the most comfortable bed.


Other side is the Ifugao Museum.

kiangan

The museum was very interesting. So much history in it. But no cameras allowed.
Rate as of Feb 2013. 


The huge field!