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Be a Beach Bum at the Manjuyod Sandbar (Bais, Negros Oriental): Photo of the Day

We’re on the safe side when we say everbody loves the beach. Ok, perhaps not everybody, but almost everybody, and we bet if you’re reading this, you’re most likely a beach bum. Or a beach lover. Now, imagine enjoying the beach the whole day, frolicking in crystal-clear waters off the the town of Bais, Negros Oriental, then, at the end of the day, going home to the same beach? Or sandbar, to be more specific. That’s the Manjuyod Sandbar, a 7-kilometer stretch of white sand in the middle of the sea, around 15 minutes by boat from the mainland, with huts that can be rented for overnight stays through the Bais City Tourism Office. The sandbar disappears during high tide (imagine waking up in the morning and jumping straight into the sea) and reappears during low tide (imagine forgetting that it’s low tide and jumping into the sea). It’s oftentimes called the “Maldives of the Philippines,” although we’re undecided whether we should be happy with the label (the Philippines has the best beaches in the world, so what’s the point of comparing it to Maldives?). Here, look at this photo by Damzel (check her Instagram account, @missdamzel, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Be a Beach Bum at the Manjuyod Sandbar (Bais, Negros Oriental): Photo of the Day

“Fresh” Danggit at Taboan Dried Fish Market, Cebu: Photo of the Day

What’s the breakfast of champions? Yes, we know, we can have a debate based on science and nutritionists will most likely win. In our book, however, it’s danggit. Yes, that deboned and sliced little dried fish that is popular at the Taboan Dried Fish Maket in Cebu City. If you put it side by side with bacon, spam and all the works on a buffet table, we’ll still pick danggit. Every. Single. Time. Just dip in suka (vinegar), lump it with a little rice, and you’re good to go. It’s so popular in this side of the world that it’s usually bought as pasalubong (then again, this kind of gift-giving is probably unique to Filipinos, right?). The concept of pasalubong is a bit hard to explain, but suffice it to say that it’s bought in the place you’ve visited and you won’t get one if you’re not close enough or special to the one giving the gift (it’s like saying, “hey, I’m thinking of you even if I’m far away”). It’s also hard to explain why your Filipino neighbor, especially abroad, is cooking something with that weird smell. That’s danggit. Want to see danggit? Here, have a basketful, photo courtesy of Rubi Santos (check her Instagram account, @rubirubiroo, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading “Fresh” Danggit at Taboan Dried Fish Market, Cebu: Photo of the Day

Quiet Comfort at Subic Bay Yacht Club: Photo of the Day

Yachting has its draw, although it’s no secret that a yacht club is not exactly for the public to enjoy. Still, there must be no stigma attached to that.  The comforts and glitter of a yacht should be an incentive for many to do well in their chosen fields of endeavor to afford this piece of luxury. It’s a neat piece of life, facing the raw power of the sea while sailing, yet enjoying the quiet comfort of life at the dock, like we see in this photo of the Subic Yacht Club, courtesy of Until The Horizon (check her Instagram account, @untilthehorizon, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Quiet Comfort at Subic Bay Yacht Club: Photo of the Day

Free as a Bird, Paragliding in Carmona, Cavite: Photo of the Day

From the very first crude attempt to conquer the sky, mankind has always wondered how it feels to be free as a bird. There were a lot of crashes, of course, but we were able to fly. Some forms of “flying,” like paragliding (parachute + gliding), are simply controlled crashes. It’s not really flying as a bird, but the feeling of freedom that comes with flying should come with it. It’s not strictly like flying as a bird, but the feeling of freedom that comes with it should come close to flying. To be blunt about it, it’s just crashing with style (fun, though). Now, having read that, are you still brave enough to try paragliding, like the one you’ll find in Carmona, Cavite? You should try it. Just watch Edith Vitug (check his Instagram account, @dithvitug, for more photos) in this photo. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Free as a Bird, Paragliding in Carmona, Cavite: Photo of the Day

Valentines Sunset at Peninsula de Punta Fuego: Photo of the Day

Yes, we said we’re not fond of Valentines Day, but that doesn’t mean we hate Valentines. Our first meeting originally fell on February 14. We decided to move our date because we realized it’s Valentines Day, and we don’t celebrate Valentines. Don’t get us wrong, though. We believe in romance. We believe in love. Incidentally, this lovely photo of lovers and sunset was captured in Peninsula de Punta Fuego by Fr. Jboy Gonzales (check his Instagram account, @jboygonzalessj, for more photos), a Jesuit. A Jesuit solemnized our marriage and baptized our children. A Jesuit blessed our offices. Love ’em, Jesuits. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Valentines Sunset at Peninsula de Punta Fuego: Photo of the Day

Kapit Lang, Bes, Malapit na Matapos ang Valentines: Photo of the Day

We’re not too fond of Valentines. We really don’t know how to say it without appearing as the Grinch of Valentines Day, but, there, we said it. It’s just another normal day for us because love is celebrated every second of every day, not only February 14 when everything is insanely overpriced (but a lot of people still fall for it). So, for those who share the same view, as well the brokenhearted, here’s a message for you from the Travelling Farmer (check his Instagram account, @traveling_farmer, for more photos) — Konting Tiis pa, bes, malapit na din matapos ang Valentines. Kapit lang! Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Kapit Lang, Bes, Malapit na Matapos ang Valentines: Photo of the Day

Face your Fears in Mt. Pamitinan (Rodriguez, Rizal): Photo of the Day

We all have different fears and we all have different ways of coping with those fears. We’re almost sure, however, that most people have a fear of heights. At the very least, we can speak for ourselves — we’re terrified of heights. Our palms were sweating when we watched that old Cliffhanger movie. Same thing while looking at this photo, courtesy of EA Policarpio (check his Instagram account, @edgrallan, for more photos), as he conquered Mt. Pamitinan in Rodriquez, Rizal. Good activity for those who enjoy the rough outdoors; definitely not good for us with fear of heights. Perhaps we’ll choose another fear to conquer. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Face your Fears in Mt. Pamitinan (Rodriguez, Rizal): Photo of the Day

The Bamboo Tricycle of Birdland Beach Club (Pangasinan): Photo of the Day

The tricycle is not unique to the Philippines, but we bet nowhere else in the world is the humble tricycle heavily used as a normal mode of public transportation. Only in the Philippines. And here in the Philippines, specifically the Birdland Beach Club in Pangasinan, you’ll find the bamboo tricycle, as you can see in this photo of Christian Tañedo (check his Instagram account, @christiano_galaero, for more photos). The bamboo tricycle fits into the whole design of the resort, as described in its website: “We are the first truly eco oriented resort in Bolinao. We built the resort around the existing coral instead of destroying them like other local resorts. All the pathways are sand so minimal destruction to the environment.” Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading The Bamboo Tricycle of Birdland Beach Club (Pangasinan): Photo of the Day

Everything that Flies at the 21st Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta: Photo of the Day

The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is on its 21st year, the longest-running sports aviation event in Asia. The Hot Air Balloon Fiesta has done a good job of filling the skies with everything that flies, like these lovely hot air balloons, photo courtesy of i am joey (check his Instagram account, @e1cam1n0, for more photos). The event usually eats into Valentines Day celebrations, a perfect venue for couples (or would-be couples) to watch things fly other than love sparks. For 2017, it is scheduled to run from February 9-12, so, yes, it has already started and you only have a few days left to go (tickets at the gate; you can also get separate tickets to ride the balloons). It’s easy to find — just look for those flying hot air balloons (seriously, just head on to Clark Economic Zone, around 80 kilometers north of Manila, highly accessible through one of the best-managed highways in the Philippines, the North Luzon Expressway or NLEX/NLE). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Everything that Flies at the 21st Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta: Photo of the Day

Serenity and Beauty at Balabac Beach, Palawan: Photo of the Day

It’s not difficult to conclude, basing on her Instagram profile, that Marian Bautista (check her Instagram account, @yianbautista, for more photos) loves the outdoors. Beach, surfing, and more beach. Here she is at the white beach of Balabac, at the southernmost tip of Palawan. The town of Balabac is an island group, 36 in all, which means there’s a lot of gorgeous white-sand beaches to go see and enjoy. Remember, should you choose to visit Palawan (truly a province of wonders), remember that there are way less crowded beaches other than El Nido and Coron (both lovely places, don’t forget). Vacation in paradise. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Serenity and Beauty at Balabac Beach, Palawan: Photo of the Day