Thursday, July 28, 2016

Mt. Bromo, Indonesia (Part1)

I saw a photo of a friend who had an amazing shot in Mt. Bromo and I immediately wrote Mt. Bromo on my Travel list of places to go to before I die.

Because Cebu Pacific had a promo, we booked a trip to Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar).

My first time to be in Indonesia. I wish to go back again.

While waiting for our driver at the airport . . .
Selfie time!

This Indonesian man is also a driver. He helped us in contacting our driver.
He was so nice that he even offered his phone to call our driver without any fee.

Our money.
We had millions but if you convert it into peso, it's not much.

We were surprised when we got inside our car.
We had free drinks.
You don't see that in the Philippines.

Our driver in Bali is Hendrix who drove us 3 hours from Denpasar to Gilimanuk port, which is West of Bali Island.
In Java, Hendrix endorsed us to Wan, his brother and our driver/guide.

In between selfies.

Gilimanuk port.

A boat ride for 30 minutes.

My friends took every opportunity to sleep.
They slept inside the plane.
They slept inside the car.
They slept inside the boat.
I tried not to.
I don't want to miss anything.

When we got to Ketapang port in Java Island, it took us 6 hours more to get to our lodge in Mt. Bromo. We got there late. We slept right away because we need to be early the next day for the sunrise.

No photos while trekking because it was dark and freezing cold.
Trek was just short and easy.


The two happiest people in this activity.
We love trekking.

The sunrise.

No sea of clouds.
But . . . the view was wonderful on its own.
Mt. Bromo and Mt. Semeru.


The viewdeck is below but there were too many people so we decided to advance a little.

Selfie with Mt. Bromo and the other mountains.

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We shared the spot with just 4 other tourists.
We met two artists from Thailand.
A lot of filipinos say I look like a Thai (Korean, Japanese and Chinese) more than a fiilipino.
Do I look like them?
They spoke little english so I just understood the part that they were photographers focusing on landscape.

I can now put a check mark on my travel list.

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Wan brought us coffee while we  enjoy it looking at the amazing view.

No. He is NOT the one.
Just a random photobomber.

I have sooooo many selfies with the wonderful view.

Group photo!

Our guide in Java Island, Esnawan "Wan" Alysius.
You may contact him in Facebook or contact his numbers:
+62 812 3626 276
+62 361 9235007
What's App is also popular in Indonesia so you can contact him there too.
Shoot him an e-mail if you want at

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Our next activity, is to get to Mt. Bromo.

Please wait for the Part 2 of our Bromo experience.
It gets better.
I promise to post it SOON.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tawi-Tawi: Panampangan Island

One of my goals is to reach the farthest part of the Philippines both North and South.
My travel friend Jane brought me to the South of the Philippines in Tawi-tawi, Mindanao.

From Manila, we went to Zamboanga first where our exploration started then we flew to Sanga-sanga airport in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi whih took about less than an hour.

I was a seat apart from Tawi-Tawi's Governor, Sadikul Sahali.
It made me sad hat he got the window seat. I was not able to see the islands of Mindanao.
Well . . . I just had a selfie with him. He was nice and he looked like a humble man compared to other politicians.

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This was Jane's second time so she made friends with the locals.
This is Khenn. She took care of us and also in coordinating with the locals.

Our very colorful tricycle with our driver.
I remember when he said to me that I should not go back to Manila and stay in Tawi-Tawi.

We changed our clothes for the island hopping and went to the market to buy our food.
Here with us is our PNP escort, Rage.
It is a must that tourists have escorts.
Rage was in full gear.
That was the time it sinked in.

When I found out we were doing island hopping, I changed to my beach wear.
A big percentage of Tawi-tawi is Muslim. As much as possible, we have to be conservative. I had to put on a wind breaker. Jane said not to attract too much attraction as we do not want to be in trouble (the kidnapping of tourists or foreigners incidents in the Mindanao area) Great. I brought the brightest pink wind breaker. My hair was red and I am often mistaken as Japanese, Korean or Chinese. I covered half of my face which did not actually solved the problem. I looked like a ninja.
When we were at the market, they told us not to go down unless they told us. It was a little bit hard on my part since i was in bright colors and was sitting at the back of the driver which I can be seen.
A little tension at first. I felt eyes on us.
Well . . . . you don't see five female tourists walking around that much.

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We had a big boat. I had the back seat.

Rage, was in front of us.

At times, he would stand checking the vicinity.
It was a little alarming when he does it.

We enjoyed the view.
Well at least I did. It was like an hour of boat ride.
Others I think dozed off.

Panampangan Island.

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We got excited as we approached it.

The only cottage we saw.

Mandatory group selfie.

We had our lunch first.

No one was up to swimming so we had some photo shoot.
We had our props courtesy of Rage :)

Not too convincing.

Is this convincing now?

Well . . .  disclaimer . . . these are all fun photo shoot.
Don't judge me please.

I think they are the kids of the caretaker of the island.

With Rage and Jen.

The island was beautiful.
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Clear waters.

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White sand

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a short 360 video clip 

We saw this mother and child getting shells for dinner.
I tried helping them but I have poor eyesight.

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We went to explore half of the island.


Five Fearless (well ... almost) Female explored Panampangan Island.

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Wait for my other blog posts on Tawi-Tawi :)