One-of-a-Kind Places found in the Clichè Destinations of Macau & Hong Kong

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Guess what?!

There are visit-worthy spots in the Clichè destinations of Macau and Hong Kong… especially for families with kids and elderly!

Our 3-day journey accommodated the following fascinating sites:


  • Senado Square
  • Ruins of St. Pauls (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • The Venetian Macao

Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong Disneyland (of course!)
  • Ngong Ping 360 and the Village
  • Victoria Harbour
  • Ladies Market

You can have a glimpse of the places by clicking the link below

Macau – Hong Kong Tourist Destinations

Yet again, my DJI Osmo Pocket did not fail me and captured the sceneries at its best and truest quality.

Not convinced, eh? Try to watch my travel video Paradise Beaches in Coron, Palawan that makes you feel like you’re in the island yourself. Not kidding!

Anyhow, it makes me ponder that even in the “road NOT less travelled” and stereotyped destinations, you can still find one-of-a-kind views and landscapes. I reckon every journey’s end offers a unique charm and adventure, regardless if the place is too orthodox or not.




A Mellow Wedding in Siargao Island, Philippines

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Meganoi’s Invitation was graphically designed by one of the their friends (for free).

First and foremost, this is not my wedding… It was Noi’s, my only brother, with a femme française (French woman) who is now my sister-in-law, Megane.

Let me begin with an anecdote…

They were both migrants in the island, Noi comes from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines while Megane hails from Paris, France. They met each other while staying in Siargao, the unfamiliarity of the place became the bedrock of their friendship that ultimately turned into romance. They found a home in each other’s arms. In fact, Megane left the island once, but of course the inevitable happened and love brought her back to Siargao Island.

Finally, both decided to tie the knot on the 19th of September 2018. It was a day of pure happiness and gaiety; My first time to witness a union of two souls in a rustic, simple but meaningful, and intimate setting. The compounded impression of the ambience, carefree guests, sunlit weather, good music and food made it one hell of a day. There was a short drizzle before the start of the celebration, but the sun and azure skies appeared just in time for Megane to make her dazzling entrance.

Alright.. So what made it remarkable?

The Location

It was held in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, specifically in a secluded and private property located in Malinaw, General Luna. It’s owned by one of the couple’s friend, who I heard lent it for free. Some locals call it the “secret beach” where they can halt from the flock of tourists visiting the island. The property is situated between the beach and a lagoon having few mangroves along the coastland.

Tip: I heard the owner intends to open it for public next year and name it Maison Bukana Resort.

Here’s a view of the beach…


And the lagoon (Too bad I was not able to take a picture of the mangroves)…


Hopefully, these pictures can already give you a sketch of the solitary place.

Synergy of Friends

The bride’s Santan (Ixora) bouquet, her floral headdress and the blossomy garnish on the wedding cake were handpicked by her friend “Leah”, no wonder all of it have the vividness of colors. Further, each layer of the wedding cake has a different flavor (Calamansi, Chocolate, and Carrot) and was baked with love by Siargao Sweets.


Even Megane’s classic bridal car was owned by one of their friends and it set the mood more folksy. She was met by “Thomas”, one of her closest comrades from France who visited the Philippines for the first time just to see her happy tears. Kidding aside, isn’t this photo tear-jerking?


IMG_3243Again, the location is still not open for commercial purposes, thus there was no electricity in the area. Lo and behold! Another couple’s cohort brought a generator, portable speakers, and music instruments too! I was surprised few of the guests were gifted and sang out their wishes for the couple. Even the cab used to fetch guests and run some errands during the celebration was owned by someone they know.

Gaps Sabuero & Leighton Andante, both are Meganoi’s friends, were the videographer and photographer respectively of the surf-themed prenuptial session and during the wedding. I saw the vid by Island Monkeys, and it was lovely!


Moreover, what’s also amusing was when the supposed person to initiate the union failed to arrive in Siargao due to cancelled trips brought by a storm, their Yogi cohort “Davide” (the one on the picture) accepted their request to stand-in and composedly managed to lead the vows. Namaste, indeed!

Meganoi’s Hearts and Hands Into It

Very heartwarming to know that the couple used their hearts and hands to make the event more cherished. Noi personally built the wooden tables for the reception, and Megane embellished it with neutrally colored candles and table mats, plus the “Banig”. Voila!


All other decorations were personally chosen by Megane and designed it herself. Moreso, their wedding souvenir was a Filipino native “paypay” or Abaniko. All ornaments were an epitome of basic supplies turned into ingenuity.

A Warm and Merry Celebration



It was a cordial invitation, guests were allowed to wear anything comfortable and advised to bring beach mats for resting, but if they don’t mind lying on the sand then no problem too!




Of course there was wine, baguette, jam, and cheese (imported from France just for the wedding), Filipino cuisine like Pancit, Sinugba and of course Lechon! It was catered by Mama’s Grill, one of the favorite restaurants in Siargao. It was not just Megane and Noi’s union, but also of the French and Filipino culture.

It was festive the whole day, there was even a bouquet throwing for the men! The one who was able to grab it came along with his Filipina girlfriend to whom he gave the bouquet afterwards. Cheesy!


It was a day of joi de vivre and love, strangers became friends, storm became sunlight, and sweethearts became husband and wife.

By the way, the photos above were captured by me & my connoisseur cousin, Mich. Follow her on instragram (holamishka and mishabalos) and see more of her portfolio.

This write-up is not against couples who want to have extravagant and fancy wedding, everyone deserves the freedom to choose how to make their day extraordinary. Rather, this is a remembrance that weddings are personal events that should be celebrated candidly, where the couple is saved from uneconomical expenses and socially constructed wedding programs that are usually the source of anxiety, and be celebrated together with people who sincerely cares for them. A union of two souls can be memorable in any way it is celebrated, what’s important is the commitment and candor to share life’s ebb and flow side by side.

Here’s a snapshot of the couple with the bride’s closest friends and the groom’s relatives (of course, I’m wearing my precious hat):


Photo Credit to Leighton Andante





Essential Tips When Traveling to Coron, Palawan

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Planning to visit Coron, Palawan this 2019? Here are my suggestions for a smooth and worth-the-money kind of excursion:


Any travel (international or domestic) must be planned sensibly, that includes booking ahead your accommodation. You can use booking channels (, Traveloka, Trivago, etc.) or contact the lodge directly, in our case, I  was able to reserve a room at Divine Castle Travelers Inn through

I have to say, Divine Castle Travelers Inn surpassed my expectations (Note: I’m not getting paid to write this review nor a co-owner, just want to give you an impartial write-up). First and foremost, it’s affordable, roughly Php 800.00 to 900.00 per night for every person, and breakfast is already included. Next, the room, parlor, reception are sparkly clean. The staff was amiable and accommodating, they even arranged our transportation going to the airport. Lastly, the location is ideal, it’s just a 5-minute walk to the public market and restaurants but secluded enough from the bustles of late night parties.


What’s more gratifying is the chance to eat our meal at the rooftop facing the limestone landscapes in Coron.


The very basic is NO LITTERING, and speaking of, Coron observes a plastic-free environment. Aside from that, I implore beachgoers to use REEF SAFE SUNSCREENS. The ocean has been plagued already with industrial waste and pollution, we should spare them from toxicants brought by chemical sunscreens. The use of mineral sunscreens (contains Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide in lieu of destructive chemicals like Oxybenzone, etc.) with non-nano particles to avoid being ingested by the coral reefs is safer for both human and marine life. Here’s my recommended list of Reef Safe Mineral Sunscreens.


For solo travelers, couples or small groups (3 to 4 persons) trying to save especially on boat rentals, I suggest to avail tour packages where you will be sharing the cost with other tourists. Plus, all are arranged by the agency including van transfers, lunch, snack, and environmental fees. In our case, we booked the following tours with Calamian Islands Travel & Tours:

Coron Island Tour –  7 Highlight Destinations (Php 1, 600)

  • Kayangan Lake
  • Twin Lagoons
  • Balinsasayaw Reef
  • Beach 91
  • Skeleton Wreck
  • Malwawey Reef & Coral Garden
  • CYC Beach

Island Escapade Tour (Php 1, 700)

  • Malcapuya Island – snorkeling and fish feeding is a must!
  • Banana Island
  • Bulog Dos Island

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  1. There are other travel agencies offering almost the same arrangements at a lower price.
  2. If you opt to avail the Coron Island Tour, I suggest to skip the CYC Beach (just an average beach, nothing fancy) and stay longer at the Malwawey Reef & Coral Garden where you can revel in the various species of coral and fish.
  3. But if you desire to hire a private boat and freely manage your time, I recommend to leave early (8:00 am or earlier) for the tour to avoid the flock of tourists, especially during weekends and holidays.


Travel agencies, like Calamian Islands Travel & Tours, offer town sightseeing for a fee of Php 700.00, but I suggest to do it on your own and spend less. Two of the town’s highlights are the sunset in Mt. Tapyas and the Maquinit Hot Springs. You can actually hire a public tricycle for both destinations and pay only Php 500.00. And please don’t forget, do the hike in Mt. Tapyas first then wallow in the hot springs afterwards (ugh, the feels!).


-Tourists adoring the sunset at the top of Mt. Tapyas-


We first enjoyed the fried Danggit Lamayo in one of our breakfasts at Divine Castle Travelers Inn, and I got to believe in love at first taste. I normally think of Danggit as the salty dried fish sold in Taboan Public Market in Cebu, but Danggit Lamayo tastes different since it’s marinated with vinegar and garlic.

Cashew nuts as souvenirs are quite pricey but certainly delectable, especially the garlic flavored.


I booked this tour with Calamian Islands Travel & Tours, and to speak candidly, I haven’t appreciated it much since we only saw a speck of fireflies and an iota of plankton. Our guide informed us earlier that it was hard to see them since the moon braved its way to the clouds and shined brightly at us. So they say, it was worth the try, besides the included dinner buffet at Panget Floating Restaurant was dainty.


Try the seafood platter at Kawanayan Grill, splurge on Italian dishes at Trattoria Altrove, rollick on grilled recipes at KT’s Sinugba sa Balay, and chill out with a cup of coffee at Coffee Kong & La Morena Cafe.

Well, that sums up my two cents on how to make your Coron trip enjoyable. And to guide you more, here’s our itinerary:

Day 1

0820H - 0930H Departure from Francisco Reyes Airport (Busuanga) to Coron Town Proper

0930H - 1400H Lunch. Check in at Divine Castle Travelers Inn

1400H - 1600H Rest

1600H - 1800H Sunset at Mt. Tapyas

1800H - 2000H Maquinit Hot Springs

2100H - 2200H Dinner at Trattoria Altrove

Day 2

0830H - 0840H Pick-up by van to Coron Port

0900H - 1700H Coron Island Tour -  7 Highlight Destinations

1700H - 1800H Back to Divine Castle Travelers Inn

1800H - 1810H Pick up by van to Coron Port

1810H - 2130H Dinner Buffet at Panget Floating Restaurant. 

              Fireflies Watching.

Day 3

0715H - 0725H Pick-up by van to Coron Port

0800H - 1700H Island Escapade Tour

1900H - 2000H Dinner at KT's Sinugba sa Balay

2000H - 2200H Chill at Coffee Kong

Day 4

0800H - 1000H Shop for souvenirs (Danggit Lamayo & Cashew Nuts)
              at the public market or stores near the pier.

1230H - 1340H Coron Town Proper to Francisco Reyes Airport (Busuanga)

To show you a glimpse of  what Coron has to offer, watch my travel video here Paradise Beaches in Coron, Palawan.

(All of my photos and videos were captured by the super handy DJI Osmo Pocket)

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” Gustav Flaubert


Coron is now a famous tourist destination in Palawan along with Puerto Princesa & El Nido. Those seeking for a more tranquil and slow-paced vacation, check Port Barton in San Vicente, Palawan (adding it to my wanderlist too). Still, Coron has the gem, and I hope the visitors as well as the locals will continue to safeguard it.



Paradise Beaches in Coron, Palawan

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Take a glimpse of the paradise beaches nestled on the island of Coron, Palawan, and let it be your wanderlust stop this year.

Coron is a first class municipality of Palawan, the best island of the world according to Travel+Leisure for three years (2013/2016/2017).

Watch the full video at Paradise Beaches in Coron, Palawan

By the way, I used my newest handy DJI Osmo Pocket for a high grade video quality and stabilization (a must for the waves, if you know what I mean).




10 Nifty Reminders for your DIY Mt. Fuji Climb

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“When everything feels like an uphill strugglejust think of the view from the top.”

  1. CLIMB ALONE OR WITH A GROUP. A guide is not required to climb Mt. Fuji. No need to worry of getting lost, trail marks are almost everywhere and the massive volume of foreign and local climbers will keep you company.
  2. SUMMER IS THE OFFICIAL CLIMBING SEASON. Summer usually starts from early July to mid-September; During these months, almost all of the mountain huts are open and public transportation is easily accessible.
  3. AVOID THE OBON WEEK (Mid-August). As much as possible, do not set your climb during Japan’s major holiday season as well as on weekends, otherwise, expect intensive foot traffic.
  4. YOSHIDA TRAIL IS THE MOST POPULAR. There are four main trails heading to the summit: Yoshida, Fujinomiya, Subashiri, and Gotemba; Yoshida trail attracts more visitors considering it is the most accessible from Central Tokyo and there are around 20 mountain huts to choose from.
  5. BOOK YOUR BUS TICKETS & ACCOMMODATION IN ADVANCE. If you’re planning to rest overnight near the summit, you better make an advance reservation because a lot of mountain huts (especially in Yoshida Trail) get fully booked even before the start of the climbing season. Also, unavailability of bus seats can cause sudden changes in your itinerary; No one likes to be rushed or delayed, right? Thus, it is best to buy your tickets ahead of time and you can do it online. Easy peasy!
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Look! The buses have USB charging outlets, amazeballs!

  • I was able to book our tickets through Highway Buses; You just need to present your web or mobile ticket before boarding the bus.
  • We stayed at Tomoekan 8th Station, it is one of the closest huts to the summit. They also offer meal options, though not really delectable but something that can temporarily fill your stomach; Well, you still have the option to bring your own food. Furthermore, one should not expect a queen size bed of roses, just like in any other hut in Mt. Fuji, you’ll be resting on sleeping bags and side by side with other travellers. Apparently, they’re maximizing every inch of the lodge. Lastly, Tomoekan only accepts cash at the site or credit card payments made online prior the arrival.
There are two Tomoekan mountain huts, one at the 7th and
another at the 8th station.
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                        Fuji Subaru 5th Station


6. EVERYTHING AT FUJI SUBARU 5TH STATION (Yoshida Trail). There are restaurants, grocery stores, and souvenir shops available at the 5th station. The registration and voluntary contribution of 1000 yen for conservation fee are also located here. Tip: They’re giving gifts to those who donate!

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I received a souvenir made with timber from Mt. Fuji.

7. OPEN FOR CHILDREN & BEGINNERS, BUT DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE. During our trip, I saw a boy who’s probably 5 years of age, enjoying the climb assault as if it’s a normal walk in the park. Sounds pretty easy, but believe me it wasn’t for me. Don’t underestimate the ascent and prepare for the following:

  • Temperature can drop anytime especially in the evening and the early morning climb to the summit; At least four upper body layers (base, outer light, two insulating layers) and three lower body layers (base, trek pants, & rain pants) will give you enough warmth;
  • Weather in Mt. Fuji is unpredictable, use rainproof clothing, bring ponchos or raincoats, and backpack rain covers;
  • Trail Food & Fluids, drink enough water to fight altitude sickness;
  • Climbing Equipment, head lamps and hiking sticks will come in handy.
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8. THERE ARE NO PORTERS. Climb as light as you can since the hike will be full of assaults.

9. DAY HIKE OR OVERNIGHT. Day hike is cheaper, but overnight climb is the most common and safe for beginners.

10. TAKE NOTHING BUT MEMORIES. Last but definitely not the least, bring your best cameras to capture lifelong memories, especially the picturesque view from the top of the highest mountain in Japan. If you’re lucky enough to experience a good weather and arrive at the summit on time, you’ll be able to witness the sun rising gloriously above the sea of clouds.

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Breathtaking. Surreal. Magnificent.


I’m out of words, just WOW!

Other tips:

  • After your descent, you can do a brief side trip at Gotemba Premium Outlets that is roughly two hours away from Fuji Subaru 5th station. You can hop on a bus from the 5th station to Kawaguchiko, then transfer to another bound for Gotemba station. From there, you can ride a free shuttle bus going straight to the premium outlets.
  • Most of my international travels are seat sales, I got my Manila-Tokyo-Manila ticket for only Php 2, 582, it was during Cebu Pacific’s Valentine’s Day Seat Sale last February 2018. Saving money on airline tickets means more fund for food and shopping.
  • Don’t underestimate the hike, shop the essentials ahead of time. Look for the best gears here: Hiking Essentials.

Here’s my Mt. Fuji Itinerary…

Day 1
0935H - 1200H
Departure from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal to Fuji Subaru 5th Station

1200H - 1310H
Lunch and Registration at the 5th Station

1310H - 2030H
Start of climb to Tomoekan 8th Station

Day 1 to Day 2
2030H - 0200H
Dinner and rest at Tomoekan 8th Station

Day 2
0200H - 0400H
Ascent to the summit

0400H - 0500H
Sunrise. Sea of clouds. And everything nice.

0500H - 0600H
Return to Tomoekan 8th Station

0600H - 0700H

0700H - 1000H
Descent to Fuji Subaru 5th Station

1000H - 1230H
Travel to Gotemba Premium Outlets via Kawaguchiko

1230H - 1900H
Shop! Eat! Shop! Eat!

1900H - 2100H
Going back to Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal
(Buses heading directly to Shinjuku are available at Gotemba Premium Outlets)

“Thorough preparation makes its own luck.” – Joe Payer

The success of our DIY climb is a combination of good luck, determination, and conscientious planning. I know this may sound cliché but it pays to be prepared; So, plan your trip, don’t forget the nifty reminders, and hope for the best experience, au revoir!



Bienvenue tout le monde!


Last year, I was athirst of success that I ended aspiring multiple paths and faced with life-changing decisions; Until the end of 2018 I was unsure if I was prepared or even willing to sacrifice some valuable segments in my life.

Then my luck came early this year, a random thought came through me saying, “I’ve been struggling in choosing routes because in the first place I’ve been looking at the wrong direction.”

It enlightened me to think of something I’m 100% interested, no half-hearted or half-baked decisions, something auspicious and won’t let me give up the kind of life I have right now.

I love to write. I love to travel. I love to read. I love to be a stranger in new places. I love to take photos and will be delighted to share it with the world. I have a lot of unforgettable experiences, at the same time, I love to learn & engage in new things.  A perfect head start to begin…BLOGGING.

There will be quite few French words here since I fancy the language, I mean who doesn’t? Also, I’m excited to use a plethora of photos that I took using my Fujifilm X30 ( Fujifilm X30 12 MP Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Black) ) since 2015 and from my recently bought Osmo Pocket ( DJI Osmo Pocket Handheld 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with integrated Camera, Attachable to Smartphone, Android (USB-C), iPhone).

Looking forward in sharing this journey and I’ll be glad to learn from everyone as well. Salut!



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