Sunday, December 11, 2016

Antipolo, Rizal: Cloud 9 Resort & Hotel

Ever since I was a kid, my grandparents always picked me up from school and even when I started college, they were just one text away whenever I needed a ride. I can say I'm super close to them that I still sit on my grandma's lap haha! And now that I'm working, I've been wanting to treat them out, so last Sunday, we attended mass at Antipolo and ate lunch at Cloud 9 (they are currently making buzz on facebook because of their overlooking location and their famous hanging bridge!).

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Morong, Bataan: Morong Beach

Hello! I know I've been inactive for months but fortunately, I have something to write about now plus I can explain why I was busy lately. Well, I am part of the millennial workforce for 2 months already haha! So far, I can still handle the stress but having work on a saturday is too draining for me huhu.

Now on to something good: I just got back from the holidays (Halloween, All Saints & All Souls Day) which my family spent on the beach. Actually, same weekend last year, we were on the beach too but it was part of my thesis. This year, the trip was completely spontaneous. We left the house at 10:00 am without any plans on where we were going! I was searching for a nice beach weekend getaways while we were on the highway and my slow mobile data wasn't helping lol. Finally, we chose Morong beach- it's 174 km from Manila, not that far but still an enjoyable long ride.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Zoobic Safari!

I've always wanted to visit Zoobic Safari as a kid (if we consider a 6th grader a kid haha). I can still remember them promoting their close encounter with tigers where visitors can ride a totally-secured vehicle and drive around the cage.
8 long years later, I was browsing MetroDeal's website and saw that there was a discount for Zoobic! It was just perfect since long weekend was also coming.

Monday, August 15, 2016

CEBU Day 3: Swimming with whale sharks & Rock/Waterfalls climbing

I understand now why Cebu is famous to both foreign and local tourists, this province is the total package! I know we weren't able to visit ALL its attractions but for the whole 3 days, we were able to experience a historical/ cultural tour around the city, climbed a mountain, saw a very rich marine life, chased waterfalls, swam with whale sharks and even did a combination of rock and waterfalls climbing!

Swimming (or snorkeling haha) with whale sharks (Oslob, Cebu)
This is a must-visit destination in Cebu. Our guide told me that all year round, there are a lot of tourists so there's no specific "peak season" but of course, summer is still the most crowded time!

Monday, August 1, 2016

CEBU Day 2: Morning trek, Snorkeling & Chasing Waterfalls

Here's the continuation to my previous Day 1 post and our second day on the 6th best island in the world! Since we were so satisfied and happy with our trip, I would like to mention and thank Kuya Jojo for arranging our South Cebu adventures. His team were responsible from all the things we did that you'll see starting from this blog post hahaha. So if you guys plan to visit Cebu and go on adventures, my friends and I gladly recommend him!

Osmena Peak (Dalaguete, Cebu)
Our 2nd day started very early- we were picked up at 6:00 am from where we were staying in the city and had more than 2 hours ride going to our first destination. We arrived in Dalaguete before 5:00 am and we had to stay inside the van for a while because it was too foggy yet. The trek was an easy one but considering that we're (especially me) "couch" people, we got exhausted easily hahaha but fortunately, our guides were so patient!
The fog still covered the view by the time we reached the summit but our tour guides' photography skills were so awesome! They were also enthusiastic about taking our photos so we had plenty of great shots.

Monday, July 25, 2016

CEBU Day 1: Unplanned little tour around the city

If you're following me on instagram, you'll know that I recently went to Cebu (also known as the 6th best island in the world according to the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, as seen on their website) with my college buddies. It was our first time going on a trip together that requires a plane ride. Hahaha. On our original booking, we were supposed to leave Manila on July 18, 7:00 pm but our flight got cancelled and we had no choice but to sleep on the airport! We rebooked our flight to 7:00 am the following day and again, it got delayed.... And finally, after waiting for almost 20 hours on the airport, we boarded and arrived in Cebu at 2:00 pm. 

Weeks before our trip, my friend Mina got us a 2-day tour package but because our schedule got mixed up, we got a free whole afternoon to explore the city! After we checked-in on our hotel, we hurriedly searched on how we can get to the iconic locations near our place.

Magellan's Cross

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

001 @mariellegnzls photodump

I'm starting this instagram photodump thing-y partly because I haven't been anywhere lately so I really don't have anything to blog about (huhu) and also I just love instagram so much! Here are some photos and life updates from a couple of months ago.
3rd row: Baccalaureate Mass is one of UST's much-awaited events yearly and this 2016 was our turn to be the students celebrating it! There were fireworks, holy mass, lighting of candles, writing on uniforms and a lot more lasts moments. I shed a tear that night during the fireworks huhu it was so sad to leave the university that became my home for 8 years but it was also great that I was finally graduating. You can watch the 60-second video I made here. Watching it still gives me the feels.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Batangas Beaches: Nasugbu, Matabungkay & Laiya

This is my last thesis-related post as I combined all the remaining beaches into a single entry so this is going to be quiet long but full of photos!


Monday, May 23, 2016

Calatagan, Batangas: Burot Beach

Burot is climbing its way up on beach-goers' list of must visit beach destinations because of its unspoiled charms. Also, I experienced beach camping for the second time here because this place doesn't have any resorts or rooms... yet.
This is the 4th out of 10 beaches I featured on my thesis and blogged about. I would just probably merge the remaining 6 beaches into a single post next time but you can check out my previous posts for the other 3 beaches.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro: White Beach

This is just the 3rd out of 10 beaches I visited for my thesis that I have to blog about haha so expect more overdue posts! This destination is actually famous here in the Philippines for having diverse attractions- may it be above or below the waters, and its close distance from Manila, the capital city.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mauban, Quezon: Cagbalete Island

Hello, I just passed my thesis defense and I'm back here blogging! As I mentioned before, I took photography for my thesis and my topic was about the beaches near Manila that my busy target market can easily go to because of its short distance so expect a few overdue posts of beaches haha.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Lobo, Batangas: Faro de Punta de Malabrigo

Faro de Punta de Malabrigo, or more commonly known as "Malabrigo Lighthouse" was built in 1896 to serve as a guide for those who are passing along the Verde Island. On November 27, 2006, the lighthouse was declared a National Historical Landmark. The place is well maintained and is open to the public though entering the premises without permission is not allowed.