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[4 Apr 2013 | 4 Comments | ]
The heart of Malasimbo

We snugged our sarongs tightly to our chins to somehow ease the chilly mountain wind. Our friend, Santi, fashioned his Thai pants into a bolero to do the same. We were at the gates of the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival waiting for our passes to get acknowledged while holding our pee. As we get to the verge of reliveing ourselves by the darkened cliff, we saw volunteers resting behind the makeshift cottage. That urge left just as fast as it came. Pretty soon, we were eased through the line into the ampitheater-chiseled mountain.
A faint chanting …


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[24 Mar 2013 | 31 Comments | ]
beach, please!

Every time we travel outside of the Philippines, we always want to check-out the beaches. Locals will brag and hype-up their priced locations and then when we get there–FAIL! Although we always tried being polite and verbally appreciate the beauty of their shores or at least try to look for something that will compensate with it’s (ahem) mediocrity.
“The sandbar is eeer-kay… Oh look! Those boats are soooo pretty!”

See, Filipinos have a very high standards when it comes to beaches. I mean come on, we all grew up on a place …


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[26 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]
malasimbo music and arts festival

For a self-confessed music lover, I have not gone to ANY concerts… Sure, there was this one time in my elementary days when I saw a mall tour of the Introvoys, but I don’t think that counts under an awesome music experience. There were numerous times when I performed on stage during my band days but I wouldn’t consider them concerts. And there were a lot of concerts by foreign artists in the Philippines that I missed, all because I don’t like the mob.
This year, I vow to change that. …


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[19 Oct 2012 | 6 Comments | ]
the tagbanua tribe of coron island

We pulled away from the port and, as if by divine providence, the sky cleared. If not, we would not have risked the visit to the northern part of Coron Island while the clouds beat the crap out of the ocean. But he was too eager to take us there, Russel, for the reason that he shared their past. He might have tried to hide it, but I can see his neck craning out into the horizon even before we made the final turn to shore or the lack of …


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[16 Sep 2012 | 16 Comments | ]
coron island tour: the gateway to iraya

Our trike parked in front of the Coron Eco Lodge as we gulped the remains of instant goodness from our coffee-cups and downed the last morsels of scrambled egg sandwiched in hot pan de sal. It was time to take on the waters of Coron in a not-so-perfect weather. But who wouldv’e thought that something perfect would come out of that. After all, great things can come out of mediterranean cruise ideas running in our heads; but the Coron island tour bore better things toward the end.
Being there the second time with friends …


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[3 Jan 2012 | 16 Comments | ]
whatever happened in 2011

 Wow… 2012!
(love it, sounds so Jetsons)
Sorry if it took us quite a while to post our year end entry. We were too drunk to touch our computers. LOL
So here is our rundown of the highlights of the year that was.
[warning: video content may not be suitable for very young audienc—blah blah blah
you know the f*****g drill]

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[6 Dec 2011 | 12 Comments | ]
souvenir cliché

We are beach creatures. We prefer bumming on a sandy shore than climbing a mountain, rappelling down a cliff, storming down the river on a raft or playing rape-the-pond-fairies in god knows what other body of fresh water there is. We crave for the sticky feel of the evaporating salt on our skins and the attenuating sound of waves crashing the shore. We lie down the hammock under the shades of coconut trees and forget about time for a change…
then “PooF!”
Someone softly but rudely interrupts your heavenly time in paradise to sell …


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[29 Nov 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
sand rimmed bottles: beach partying 101

Imagine staring blank at the horizon as the huge ball of fire dipping slowly into the ocean, then you pop a bottle to signal the start of a long night of fun.
Is there a better way to spend the nights of your beach escapade than to party it away? However, most if not all first timers underestimate the power of sand and booze and end up waking up the next morning wasted, busted, harassed and in a lot of documented cases–lost somewhere along the shore.
So here are some quick beach …


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[19 Jun 2011 | 12 Comments | ]
mui ne motorcycle diaries

Previously, on Fliptravels:
We were both drifting fast to La-la land when I asked Monette…
Ron: We booked a round trip ticket right?
Monette: Yeah…
Ron: Is it (the return ticket) with you?
Monette: No…
Both: HOH CRAP!!!
And so we endured half of the five-hour trip to Mui Ne with shooting BPs as we don’t know how we can get hold of our return tickets. At the pit stop, I quickly took my caffeine fix; and with closed eyes, called our hotel that booked us the tour (Ron also had to call them to make sure …


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[21 Oct 2010 | 11 Comments | ]
surviving caramoan (episode 2)

To give you an idea on how Caramoan appeals to the international market, watch this primer of Survivor Serbia in 2009.

We spent the first day hopping from one island to another, jumping shots after shots, it was a vacation like no other. That’s because this time around we were with two of the most fabulous guest travelers and good friends of ours. Jeff is a fashion b*tch and blogger from Vancouver Canada and Santi is a fashion designer and runner-up of Project Runway Philippines season 2–(READ: BAKLA).

The first day was …

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