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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Casa de Don Emilio » A Step Back In Time

hover_share Antique wall lamp inside Casa de Don Emilio antique Spanish house
The moment I got in, I stepped back in time. The whole atmosphere took me back to a simpler time. Maybe because I’m a little bit dizzy from the summer heat, it’s all the more apparent to me that inside this restaurant, the world seems to have stopped during a gentler and slower, bygone Spanish era. 

Our destination is Casa de Don Emilio restaurant along Mercader St. in Boac, just across the Marinduque Museum. We arrived late in the afternoon just after our visit to the hot spring. Still feeling the unbearable heat and tired from lack of sleep, we immediately look for some caffeinated cold drinks.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Torrijos Freedom Park » Relaxing Side Trip on your Marinduque Getaway

hover_share Dugong guarding the three mermaids at Torrijos Freedom Park
We’ve done almost half of our travel plans in Marinduque. Still euphoric from attending the Moriones Festival, still full from gorging some local food and tingling sunburn – we came back to town and felt we needed to escape and have some quiet time and just relax.

With that extra time on our hands while in Torrijos,  Marinduque and craving for some space and air, we headed to the Freedom Park, which according to the welcome sign was formerly called the Luneta Park of Torrijos. 

It is about a few minutes walk from the town proper – impressive place where we enjoyed pleasant view of Mt. Malindig and some lazy walk. It would be nice swimming at the beach but we already visited some awesome Marinduque beaches and had enough sun so we just stayed to relax and got totally unplugged from our hectic Marinduque get-away.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Marinduque’s Best Kept Secrets: Killer Beaches Without the Crowds

hover_share A very relaxing calm boat ride with scenic view of Mt. Malindig in Marinduque
If I could tell you something about the beach and myself, it would be this – I am selfish and I’d rather wish we murder each other if you ever block my view of a golden sunset.

I flee to the beach whenever summer holiday strikes – and so does everybody else. Me and those hundreds of thousands of fellow beach bummers. That’s the kind of beach-becomes-public-market kind of holiday disaster we would most likely encounter at Philippine’s popular and overrated beaches. You know the drill - too many people, too much noise, not nearly enough serenity to enjoy the majesty of blue skies, build sand castles and hear the whispers of the waves. And Boracay, with its thousands of summer visitors, is one of the worst offender (but you’ll love Boracay or Puerto Galera if crazy beach nightlife is your thing.)
 
I know you also crave for undiscovered beaches out there — secret beaches and blissful hideaways where highly commercialized tourism hasn’t yet eclipsed the local scene.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Marinduque Hot Springs Resort: Where Summer Backpackers Must Go (But Don’t)

Figurine with blistered face
It’s hot! Where’s one to go?

A cold pool or a beach - that is what summer backpackers need on a scorching hot summer. But what about a short break for a hot spring?

Don’t think I’m writing this to convince you to visit a hot spring on a hot summer; that is completely insane (but could be fun). I’m writing this because it recently occurred to me that, what we did in Marinduque (as backpackers who have no itinerary and has no intention of creating one) could be a fantastic and “hot” experience for anyone who likes random side trips.

So instead of spending the remaining hot afternoon to pass the time talking and laughing about our Bellarocca misadventure, we do a side trip at Marinduque Hot Springs Resort.

Marinduque is not just the place for the renowned Moriones festival, it is also home to some excellent healing hot springs and waterfalls.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

7 Kuripot Moves to Survive the Expensive Boracay

hover_share Shadow of man against tribal designed floor with white sand
If, on your last trip to Boracay you paid and stayed in Shangri-La or any luxury resort in Station 1, then get out of here. If you have a 50K budget just to go beach bumming, then this post is not for you. If you still go on reading and later tweet about how embarrassing my suggested kuripot moves are and how I demean myself somehow – then thank you, you rich brat.     

OK, so this post is intended for budget conscious traveler (read: broke-ass backpackers) who are brave enough to travel on a very limited budget – and were able to enjoy awesome travel destinations with just their kuripot maneuvers.   

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Friday, May 09, 2014

X-MEN: Days of Future Past

X-Men mutants are some of my most memorable and most loved band of heroic outcasts since my childhood and I will definitely not miss this year's sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past which from the puzzling trailer, seems to have all the ingredients for a sure-fire blockbuster hit.

The premise it seems is that, In the near future, The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that would result in doom for both humans and mutants.

Wolverine is going to travel back in time into the mind of his past self. Older Professor X sends him to the past while telling him: “I was a very different man. Lead me. Guide me. Be patient with me” which is particularly interesting

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Yodi Insigne
Yodi de Veas Insigne is one of those delusional sorts who imagines himself a useful contributor to the greater blogosphere (Well, that's what he's trying to accomplish).

He started blogging for three reasons:

1. He always felt he has something important to say,
2. Books can make him cry,
3. He want to sleep at night.

He is a certified bookworm, travel junkie, shutterbug, movie freak, Mangyan freethinker who sleeps a lot and think a lot. He got a little vice, which is black coffee and cashew nuts. He got colorblindness on yellow and green - and he freaking loves it!

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