#Travel, Catanduanes

CATANDUANES: PURARAN’s Majestic Wave (From a Non-Surfer’s Point of View)

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One of the top surfing destinations in the country today is Puraran in Baras, Catanduanes.

It is home to “The Majestic Wave” that top surfers from all over the world visit during the surfing season, July to October.

For non-surfers like us, we love Puraran Beach because the beach area is wide and not crowded, the beach-surfer food is yummy, and you can really smell and feel what clean air is all about. Just be careful because the island life in Puraran will seduce you to stay for a couple more days. 

Puraran is the top destination in Catanduanes — here’s a photo essay of our experience: 


For surfers, please read this:
When in Manila | When in Catanduanes: Surf Majestics (or at least try to) by JB Gamboa

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#Travel, Food Tours

An Invitation to a 7-Day Culinary, Cultural & Pilgrimage Tour of Northern Italy: Pilgrimage to San Antonio de Padua, Romantic Tour of Venice and Verona, & Shopping in Milan and Outlet Villages!


I would like to personally invite you to join us for a 7-Day Culinary, Cultural & Pilgrimage Tour of Northern Italy!

I’m personally excited about this trip because we will be going on our first European Food Trip in 2013 from Milan, Padova, Venice, Bassano, Verona and Vicenza in the Northeastern Part of Italy.

Also, I’m excited to go finally to a Pilgrimage to my Patron Saint — Saint Anthony of Padova (Padua in English). Saint Anthony is popularly known as the patron saint of lost articles but little do people know that he also helped a lot of Filipino entrepreneur devotees with miracles in their businesses. We will have a Sunday English Mass at Saint Anthony Basilica🙂

Finally, we will go on a romantic tour of Venice, the city in the sea and Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet 🙂  Of course, there will be enough free time to do your own shopping!

Here is the detailed itinerary of our trip to Northeastern Veneto Region in Italy:

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PARAGLIDING High in Manila in 2013!

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Paragliding in Manila started 4 years ago (with only 20 paragliders to date in Manila). It started to become popular when the Main Fly Site in Carmona, Cavite was discovered by Jonathan Thayamora, a 2nd– generation paraglider. The other paragliding flysite is in Saranggani.

Recently, Buko Raymundo – an Airsport Specialist, offered tandem Paragliding in the Carmona flysite to those who want to experience the Paragliding High in Manila 🙂

2013 is definitely the year of Paragliding in Manila 🙂 Check out our Tandem Paragliding experience:

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FOOD TRUCK Hunting in LA: @TapaBoyLA, @GrlldCheeseTruk & @WhiteRabbitTruk

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It was harder to hunt food trucks in LA since it has a wider geographic area unlike SanFo where it is concentrated in the downtown area.

Thanks to Emilie (@Nuts4Pilinuts), a Filipino Food Blogger of Food Truck Adventure ,who is passionate about hunting food trucks in the LA area. 

Here’s a photo essay of our food-truck hunting experience and my favorite food trucks in LA:

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FOOD TRUCK Hunting in SanFo: @SenorSisig, @ChairmanTruck & @HapaSF!

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I love my first food-truck experience in San Francisco. I love hunting down these yummy street treats, and was fascinated with the whole outdoor gourmet experience.

Here’s a photo essay of our food-truck hunting experience and my favorite food trucks in SanFo:

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    KOMODO DRAGON’S Lair & the Secret Pink Beach! #Travel2Indonesia

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    KOMODO NATIONAL PARK is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature (together with the Puerto Princesa Underground River). 

    It is the natural habitat of the Komodo Dragons, the world’s largest living lizard, known for their aggressive behavior and mean-looking appearance. There are about 4,700 dragons that can only be found in the islands of KomodoRincaGili MotongFlores and Padar.

    They say that the mystical Komodo Dragons are the closest link to the dinosaurs and going to the Komodo Dragon National Park is like visiting Jurassic Park with these endangered species.

    It was also a surprise to see one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen, the Secret Pink Beach of Komodo Island.

    Check out this Photo Essay of our Komodo National Park experience….

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    MT. BROMO Sacred Mountain Sunrise Experience (Part 1 of 2) #Travel2Indonesia

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    Smoking Mt. Bromo Volcano on the left

    Mt. Bromo is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia (last eruption was January 2011) and also one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia. This volcano is considered sacred and named after Brahma, the Creator God in Hindu.

    Early morning is the best time to be there so as to witness the sunrise spread its dramatic light on Mt. Bromo and group of volcanoes in the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.  People also got to experience hiking through the sea of sand to reach the smoking Mt. Bromo crater.

    Here is a photo essay of our Mt. Bromo Sacred Mountain Sunrise Experience:

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    MT. BROMO: Hiking to the Volcanic Crater (Part 2 of 2) #Travel2Indonesia


    Legend has it that there was a couple named Joko Seger and Roro Anteng. They have been married for years but were not blessed with a child. They went up to Mt. Bromo to pray to the gods for a baby. The gods answered their prayer and gave them not one but 25 kids. However, here is the catch. The gods required the couple to sacrifice their youngest child to the crater of Mt. Bromo.

    The couple broke the agreement and the gods got angry. The volcano erupted and the lava was able to “snatch” their youngest child. Before dying, the youngest child requested his parents to commemorate his death by holding a ceremony in the month of the Kasada. The Tengger people call this ceremony, Yadnya Kasada,  which usually falls in the full moon some time July/August.

    On an ordinary day, tourists hike up to the crater of Mt. Bromo to see its smoking crater and for some peace offering to appease the gods commemorating the legend.

    Here’s part 2 of the MT. BROMO Sunrise Experience: Hiking to the Volcanic Crater

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    YOGYAKARTA: Home of the Yummiest Indonesian Food :) #Travel2Indonesia

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    Yogyakarta food is one of the best- kept secrets in Indonesian cuisine and the yummiest we have tasted throughout our 2-week trip of Indonesia. Yogyakarta or Jogjakarta (karta means city) is considered as the art, cultural and culinary capital of Indonesia. 

    Filipinos would love Yogya food because it is sweet and usually spicy with sambal. I love it more than the Singaporean or Malaysian cuisine. It is a lot better than the Indonesian food from Jakarta which is usually a compromise of flavors between authentic and continental influences.

    I was literally blown away with the unique flavors and left me craving for more. Unfortunately, you have to fly to Yogyakarta to really get a taste of it. Don’t miss to include this when you travel to Indonesia.

    Here are my top 5 yummiest foodie experience in Yogyakarta:

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    BOROBUDUR NOTES: Planning your Awesome Borobudor Experience

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    Amanjiwo Resort

    Borobudur is an hour away from Yogyakarta. Some groups prefer to go on a day trip just to see the Temple. However, I strongly recommend that you stay at least a night in the Borobudur Village and join the Borobudur Sunrise Tour.

    The Village is home to the most beautiful resorts, with Javanese-inspired architecture integrated with nature, that we have ever seen in Indonesia. And, Indonesian food which we love abound in the Central Java Area. 

    Here are my initial notes on how to plan your awesome Borobudur Experience…

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