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BIYAHEROES: The Best Online Bus Booking Platform in Manila! Try it!

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One of the toughest predicaments travelers face is how to get from Point A to Point B in the least stressful way possible. Deal breakers include the cost of travel, time convenience, and accessibility of transport. Biyaheroes, an online booking transportation solution, is easily a DIY Traveller’s best friend.

With the sheer number of people taking public transport each day, commuting comes with its own set of nightmares: long lines, the hassle of physically purchasing your tickets, and unreliable departure schedules. With Biyaheroes, you can travel to over 20 local destinations with a few clicks of a button and minus the stress!

Here’s how you can become a bonafide Biyahero!

 

BIYAHEROES
Unit 6Y, #75 OBS Building III, Lopez Jaena St., Brgy Doña Aurora Quezon City, Metro Manila, NCR, Philippines
Phone: (02) 507 8656
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.biyaheroes.com
Facebook: @biyaheroesph
Twitter: @biyaheroes

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LUMIANG TO SUMAGUING CAVE: Conquering Sagada’s Cave Connection!

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Aside from its coveted weather and otherworldly landscapes, Sagada is blessed with stunning limestone caves filled with millennia worth of history. The most popular locations for caving activities are in the Sumaguing, Lumiang, and Balangagan Caves. Here, adventurers can test their limits while exploring ancient burial grounds and magnificent rock formations.

Most tourists opt for the 2-hour course at Sumaguing; this is the quickest and most scenic route that's ideal for visitors short on time. We chose the 4 to 5-hour Cave Connection course, which starts at Lumiang and ends at Sumaguing, to have ample time to explore the inner beauty of Sagada.

Here's how we conquered the Cave Connection Challenge…

 

SAGADA TRAVEL GUIDE 2017 Series:

SAGADA Itinerary DIY: The Road to Sagada (2017) @FordPhilippines
• YOGURT HOUSE SAGADA: Best Breakfast Place in Sagada! (2016 Review)
• GAIA Sagada Cafe: That Famed Cafe in "That Thing Called Tadhana" (Review)
• SAGADA CELLAR DOOR: Agadulay's Kitchen Igorot Dinner and Sagada Craft Beer Experience! (A Review)
• LOG CABIN: A Cozy Retreat in Sagada (A 2016 Review)
• LUMIANG TO SUMAGUING CAVE: Conquering Sagada's Cave Connection!
• SAGADA DEATH RITUALS: On Hanging Coffins, Panag-Apoy and Echoes of Old Igorot Traditions
SAGADA'S MARLBORO: Basking in a Sea of Clouds at Kamanbaneng Sunrise Peak! (Photo Essay)
SAGADA ORANGE PICKING Guide at Rock Farm Inn (Photo Essay)
BIYAHEROES: The Best Online Bus Booking Platform in Manila! Try it!

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LOG CABIN: A Cozy Retreat in Sagada (A 2016 Review)

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Log Cabin has made a name for itself as a favorite among both locals and tourists in Sagada. This rustic home was transformed into a bar, restaurant, and then lodge in the 90’s by Dave and Janice Gulian.

In its early stages, Log Cabin was a bar exclusively for foreign dignitaries. Food was incorporated into the menu after Dave and Janice returned from Switzerland and experimented with the European palate. A fusion of European and Filipino elements eventually made up the 5-set menu we know today.

Log Cabin is most recognized for its Saturday buffets prepared by French Chef, Philippe Heyer, who has had more than two decades of culinary experience all over the world. Alas, Chef Aklay (his Igorot name) is no longer part of the Log Cabin Family, but the buffet still carries on every week.

 

LOG CABIN SAGADA
Poblacion, Ato, Sagada, Mountain Province
Mobile: +63 915 671 7949
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: @logcabinsagada

 

SAGADA TRAVEL GUIDE 2017 Series:

SAGADA Itinerary DIY: The Road to Sagada (2017) @FordPhilippines
• YOGURT HOUSE SAGADA: Best Breakfast Place in Sagada! (2016 Review)
• GAIA Sagada Cafe: That Famed Cafe in "That Thing Called Tadhana" (Review)
• SAGADA CELLAR DOOR: Agadulay's Kitchen Igorot Dinner and Sagada Craft Beer Experience! (A Review)
• LOG CABIN: A Cozy Retreat in Sagada (A 2016 Review)
• LUMIANG TO SUMAGUING CAVE: Conquering Sagada's Cave Connection!
• SAGADA DEATH RITUALS: On Hanging Coffins, Panag-Apoy and Echoes of Old Igorot Traditions
SAGADA'S MARLBORO: Basking in a Sea of Clouds at Kamanbaneng Sunrise Peak! (Photo Essay)
SAGADA ORANGE PICKING Guide at Rock Farm Inn (Photo Essay)
BIYAHEROES: The Best Online Bus Booking Platform in Manila! Try it!

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SAGADA DEATH RITUALS: On Hanging Coffins, Panag-Apoy and Echoes of Old Igorot Traditions

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Sagada’s mysterious Hanging Coffins at Echo Valley attest to the 2,000-year-old Igorot burial traditions that have fascinated the world. Pinewood coffins suspended with primitive wires and ropes along limestone cliffs act as vessels to heaven. The departed assume a fetal position, as it is believed that souls should leave the earth the same way they entered it. Little written records exist to document this bizarre practice; rather, knowledge is passed down through word of mouth by Applai elders.

Aside from their animist beliefs, the Applai hung coffins on cliffs for pragmatic reasons—high places meant the coffins were protected from wild animals and humans. Similar rituals are found in parts of Indonesia, but historians believe they may have their roots in China. Chinese tribes, such as the Bo and Guyue, also had a practice of burying their dead along cliffs. It is possible the tribes made contact along the way. 

The rise of Christianity has prompted Igorots to opt for western-style cemeteries where they honor the dead on PanagApoy, a Sagadian All Saints Day celebrated every November 1st.  

Join us as we explore the incredible funeral culture of the Igorots … 

 

SAGADA TRAVEL GUIDE 2017 Series:

SAGADA Itinerary DIY: The Road to Sagada (2017) @FordPhilippines
• YOGURT HOUSE SAGADA: Best Breakfast Place in Sagada! (2016 Review)
• GAIA Sagada Cafe: That Famed Cafe in "That Thing Called Tadhana" (Review)
• SAGADA CELLAR DOOR: Agadulay's Kitchen Igorot Dinner and Sagada Craft Beer Experience! (A Review)
• LOG CABIN: A Cozy Retreat in Sagada (A 2016 Review)
• LUMIANG TO SUMAGUING CAVE: Conquering Sagada's Cave Connection!
• SAGADA DEATH RITUALS: On Hanging Coffins, Panag-Apoy and Echoes of Old Igorot Traditions
SAGADA'S MARLBORO: Basking in a Sea of Clouds at Kamanbaneng Sunrise Peak! (Photo Essay)
SAGADA ORANGE PICKING Guide at Rock Farm Inn (Photo Essay)
BIYAHEROES: The Best Online Bus Booking Platform in Manila! Try it!

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Sagada’s Marlboro: Basking in a Sea of Clouds at Kamanbaneng Sunrise Peak! (Photo Essay)

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Whenever I think of Sagada, visions of cloud-filled vistas and verdant landscapes with a mystical allure come to mind. There is something just so transcendental about Mountain Provinces—it’s probably because they’re so close to the sky!  

On our visit to the chilly Mountain Province, the team embarked on adventures that tested us in every sense of the word. From the frigid weather, perilous roads, slippery trekking paths, and the eerie cave passages, visitors will leave Sagada having conquered at least one thing.

Kamanbaneng Peak, often referred to as Marlboro Country by locals, was one of our first conquests. Its unique 360 views of Sagada, Bontoc, and Sabangan at Mt. Lamagan makes it a better alternative to the sunrise viewpoint at Kiltepan.

Here’s our experience …

 

SAGADA TRAVEL GUIDE 2017 Series:

SAGADA Itinerary DIY: The Road to Sagada (2017) @FordPhilippines
• YOGURT HOUSE SAGADA: Best Breakfast Place in Sagada! (2016 Review)
• GAIA Sagada Cafe: That Famed Cafe in "That Thing Called Tadhana" (Review)
• SAGADA CELLAR DOOR: Agadulay's Kitchen Igorot Dinner and Sagada Craft Beer Experience! (A Review)
• LOG CABIN: A Cozy Retreat in Sagada (A 2016 Review)
• LUMIANG TO SUMAGUING CAVE: Conquering Sagada's Cave Connection!
• SAGADA DEATH RITUALS: On Hanging Coffins, Panag-Apoy and Echoes of Old Igorot Traditions
SAGADA'S MARLBORO: Basking in a Sea of Clouds at Kamanbaneng Sunrise Peak! (Photo Essay)
SAGADA ORANGE PICKING Guide at Rock Farm Inn (Photo Essay)
BIYAHEROES: The Best Online Bus Booking Platform in Manila! Try it!

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INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!

Getting the opportunity to visit Indonesia was one of the most eye-opening journeys for me. Along with 20 style, travel, and local influencers, I traversed Komodo-filled forests and plains, watched legendary sunrises, swam with a hundred species of fish, conquered steep hikes that led to stunning vistas, and immersed myself in a culture that is both unique and unforgotten.

I am incredibly thankful to the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism for making everything happen. Had I not been part of this year's Trip of Wonders, I would have missed out on one of the best trips of my life!

Here are my #TripofWonders highlights in Indonesia … 

INDONESIA TRAVEL
Sapta Pesona Building, Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No.17, Jakarta
Website: www.indonesia.travel
Facebook: Indonesia.Travel
Instagram: @indtravel
Twitter: @indtravel

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

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THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings and Presidents through History

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The Royal Ambarrukmo is more than just a hotel—rather, it is a documentation of the the rich history leading up to its modern transformation. Bearing witness to the turn of the Mataram Kingdom right up to the Indonesian Republic we know today, the hotel was initially a venue reserved for royalty and foreign dignitaries.

Notable names the hotel has proudly hosted are Herman Willem Daendels, who served as Governor General of the Dutch East Indies; Pakubowono X, the beloved Surakarta King; the Kings of the Yogyakarta Sultanate; and the first-ever Indonesian president, President Soekarno.

During the reign of Hamengkubuwono II of the Yogyakarta Sultanate, the hotel was just a simple Joglo—a uniquely Javanese house with a tapered roof that signifies economic status, typically reserved for aristocrats. By the 5th Sultan’s reign, the space was eventually renovated and expanded. Development continued with every generation as did its value. It earned the moniker of Kedaton (house of the king) and became the official residence of Hamengkubuwono VII after his abdication in 1921.

Now as a cosmopolitan space with 5-star amenities and world-class services, the Royal Ambarrukmo invited us for a regal stay in one of Yogyakarta’s top hotels.

THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO
Jl. Laksda Adisucipto No.81 Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 55281
Telephone: +62 274 488 488
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @RoyalAmbarrukmo
Facebook: @RoyalAmbarrukmoYogyakarta
Website: www.royalambarrukmo.com 

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

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SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century

Sasak Sade Village

The Sasak, a predominantly Balinese ethnic group, makes up 85% of Lombok’s population. Lombok was previously a feudal state divided into small, ruling kingdoms that followed mixed belief systems such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Animism. By the 16th century, the majority of the Sasak converted to Islam, but maintained old religious practices—creating a uniquely Lombok blend of a Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist religion jointly called Wetu Telu.

On our #TripofWonders to the Island of Lombok, we paid an essential visit to one of the quaint cultural villages of the area. At Sade, the ancient weaving practices of the Sasak Tribe endure in the midst of Lombok’s touristic development. 

SASAK SADE CULTURAL VILLAGE
Rembitan, Pujut, Central Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara 83573, Indonesia

Entrance Fee:
IDR 10,000 

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

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KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!

Padar Island

Celineism stands on one of the peaks of Padar Island overlooking the one of Indonesia’s most breathtaking vistas.

The Komodo National Park makes up 26 of the 17,508 islands of the Republic of Indonesia. Situated in the Lesser Sunda Islands between East and West Nusa Tenggara, the park covers 1,733KM squared of land and water. Established in 1980 then officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, the Komodo National Park is home to countless aquatic species, coral, and the fearsome Komodo Dragon endemic to the area.

On our #TripofWonders with Indonesia.Travel, we visited 3 of Komodo’s largest islands and 3 of its most exquisite beaches. Komodo, Padar, Rinca are renowned for their scenic landscapes and trekking tours. Kelor, Kanawa, and Pink Beach, on the other hand, are held in high regard for their crystal waters and incredible snorkeling sites. We ventured into rugged landscapes, came face to face with Komodo dragons, and swam in the most biodiverse waters in the world—all in a span of 3 days!

If you want to experience #WonderfulIndonesia, it’s high time you make the Komodo Islands part of your bucket list! 

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

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MISTER DONUT: How The New Cake Collection Made Me Like Donuts (sort of)

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If I had dollar for every time my friends would give me a weird look when I say "I don't like donuts", I'd probably be a millionaire by now (not really). Excuse the hyperbole, but donuts are probably the last thing I'd be craving. So when I was sent to do a taste test at Mister Donut, I had a gamut of mixed emotions—mostly curious.

Thankfully I like cake, and cake is the lesser of the two evils in Mister Donut's new Donut Cake Collection. I paid the newly refurbished branch at Trinoma a visit to see if I could be converted into a believer.

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