An autumn experience at Nami Island, South Korea

Few months ago, I finally ticked South Korea on my bucket list. My fan girling heart was very much excited. Visiting the famous Nami Island is mandatory on our itinerary of course. I’ve been in Nami Island twice during Autumn and Winter (i’ll be sharing in my blog soon). Whatever season it is, Nami Island is a wonderful place. Personally, I like it here more during Autumn. Why? Because of how picturesque the leaves look on the trees. Of course I didn’t miss the chance to take a photo with the maple tree.

You will surely be amazed with the beauty of this place. Going here for the second time feels like the first time. This place is surely one for the books.

Since this is a famous tourist destination, you will surely find a big crowd. There are spots where people took so long to take picture and others are just looking at the view, feeling the moment. Like who wouldnt, right?

The exact spot where you can never take a photo alone🤭
A picture should be taken to showcase the beauty of maple leaves.

My heart was full after roaming this beautiful place. It’s not just about the place but the experience itself as well. This was just a dream destination for me way back then, which became a reality. Everything felt surreal. I will surely keep on coming back to this place😊

For I left a part of me in Seoul❤

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A quick escape at Tingko Beach Alcoy

Taking a break from the busy city, our family decided to visit the famous “Tingko Beach”- a public beach located in the south of Cebu specifically in the Municipality of Alcoy. Approximately a 3 hour drive away from the city, this white sand beach is indeed a beauty. No wonder that southern part of Cebu attracts too many tourists because of it’s prestine beaches which Tingko is not an exemption.

Morning view of the shoreline when there were still few people swimming.

The waves were really crawling gently to the shore which is a perfect angle to take a picture.

There is really something on the waves that can take away all the anxiousness that we have even for a while. With all the struggles that I am facing on a daily basis, going to the beach can relax and clear my chaotic mind. Indeed, I consider the beach as one of my happy place. I know a lot of people feel the same way too😊

This beach is not nothing compared to other beaches. This can shine too. The sands are white and very fine. But there are a few things that I don’t like here. It’s quite pricey which is unreasonable. From the table with four chairs will cost you 400. We decided to rent two tables and ask them to set it up under the tent but the staff said that it will cost us Php 1000.00 in total. Like what? As a traveler, I’ve been to a lot of beaches both in the North and South of Cebu but this is by far the most pricey and it’s not even a cottage. Considering that this is a public beach, it should be affordable to the public. Right? Not to mention the parking fee. It’s very expensive, much more expensive than the parking area in the city. Regardless if you would stay longer or not, they have a flat rate of Php 100.00 for parking. I even said that we will only be staying for like 3-4 hours but the parking fee is fixed (sigh). The entrance fee is Php 20.00 which is okay. One more thing, shower costs Php 50.00 per person. So we decided to take a shower in the house that we rented.

One good thing is, they dont have corkage fee so you are free to bring as many food as you want. They have a good area for grilling too.

On the other hand, we did enjoy swimming under the heat of the sun. And that is more important than anything else.

By the way, they have room too if you want to stay overnight. It’s Php 2,500 per room (good for 2) according to the staff. But on our case we rented a whole house which is 5 mins drive from Tingko beach. The entire house is less than Php 2,000 which can accomodate up to 8 guests. Also, there’s a lot of cheap accomodations in Alcoy if you are in a budget. You can check airbnb. I booked our accomodation in airbnb too.

To complete our quick getaway, here are some photos.

Our very own “Hot Mama”. A mother of two but still looking gorgeous and sexy
Enjoying the waves
Best Candid award goes to these two😍
My mother is enjoying the waves too
Grandfather and granddaughter bonding
Bestfriend goals
Couple goals😍

A trek to Taal Volcano

Are you craving for an adventure? Are you bored with your daily routine and wants to experience new things out of your comfort zone? A day trek to Taal Volcano can be the best option for you.

A couple of weeks ago, I finally ticked Taal Volcano on my bucketlist. Hope you can tick this on your bucketlist too.

From the condo where we are stayed, it took us around 30 minutes to the boat station. We rode a trike which costs us Php 500 for 2 way. I guess it’s reasonable enough since it’s a but far. Once we arrived at the boat station, we are then welcomed by Bryan (owner of the tour) and he explained to us a bit of history of Taal Volcano and how long will it take us to finish the whole tour.

For the expenses here is the breakdown:

Boat: 2000 which can accomodate up to 6 person

Guide: 500 for the whole group

Tourism Entrance Fee: 100 for each person

Boat Terminal Fee: 50

Total: 2850

Since we are three in the group, we only spend Php 950 for the tour. Amazing right? As a traveler, you really need to look for tours that are cheaper and this is actually the cheapest so far based on what I have read in the internet. If you want to avail this, you can contact Bryan Malvataan (09172032792). And oh, they offer complimentary drinks for the tour too. They will give you mineral water, face mask, bulihat and of course fresh buko juice after the tour.

Once ready, we then rode the boat going to the starting point of the trail. Boat ride is more or less 15 minutes.

Of course a photo should be taken to document our still fresh face(boat ride).

We are welcomed by a bubbly tour guide once we set our feet on the ground. As excited as we are, we didn’t waste much time, we immediately start the trek. The distance is approximately 4 kms. There is an option to ride a horse if you’re not a fan of walking. For Php 500, a horse will take you to the crater and will wait for you until you decided to go down. But we prefer walking since we really love adventure.

Our tour guide explained what we needed to know about the history of the Volcano. You will need to pass fourteen station cross to reach at the top. From the the beginning of the trail going to the first station cross, it took as a while because it was a bit far. I begin to question my inner self, how long will it take to reach to 14th station? But as an adventurous as I am, I don’t mind as long as I reach my destination. The second, third and fourth station cross were also far. Good thing, the fifth to fourteenth station are closer which the guide also mentioned once we arrived at the fourth station. Thank God!

Third Station for the Trail To Taal Volcano Crater

The view at the fourth station

After less than a hour, approximately 40 minutes, we finally arrived. We are welcomed with this magnificent view😍

Taal Crater Lake

I was definitely enthralled by it’s beauty. Looking at the lake gives me a relaxing feeling. It calmed me. The trek was so worth it. We did spend like a few minutes seating while looking at amazing view. Just feeling the moment.

Of course, we couldn’t miss a chance to take a picture with the view. Here’s our solo entry photos🤣

A couple of group shots and jump shots wouldn’t hurt🙈

Tryin’ out some decent pose

Trying to do a candid pose.

Our model friend on the right won the best jumpshot pose

Aren’t we cute? But we prefer awesome😜

And of course, I didn’t miss to do the “buwis buhay” pose. By the way, this is just made of bamboo and you might fall if you don’t know how to balance and no one will catch you. HAHA. It’s a cliff. It’s scary but I did it anyway.

To complete our awesome experience, the photo below is a must👌 We truly love TAAL.

After all the picture taking, we decided to go back since tourists were already coming. We were lucky because there’s only a couple of tourists when we arrived there. Going down is easy. Easy as one two three. Literally. It took us roughly 30 minutes going down.

The whole tour can be completed in 3-4 hours depending if you will stay longer and of course your pacing. In our case, we completed it in 3 hours.

Tip: Start your trek as early as possible because the hotness of the sun will really tire you. We started at 7am and it’s not yet hot. Also, bring food and water ‘coz it’s quite pricey there.

With our fellow “bisaya” tour guide

A magical experience at Enchanted Kingdom

Not so long ago, I’ve got the chance to visit Enchanted Kingdom for the second time. Finally, I was able to travel again and gave myself a break away from the busy four corner room we called “office”. With my two crazy friends along with my few teammates from Manila, we explore the different rides and attractions of EK.

Our initial plan was to explore Tagaytay alone but later it changed as we both agreed to visit this magical place. Since EK is just approximately 30 kms from Tagaytay, so we didn’t miss to squeezed EK on our itinerary. From Tagaytay, we rode a van in Olivarez Terminal which costs us Php 70.00 (drop off is somewhere in Laguna but a bit far to EK). From the drop off, we rode a tricycle for Php 120.00 going to EK. We arrived there before the opening hour which is 11am but the queue for the ticket is very long. No worries for us because we already booked our ticket online via klook. So I had the time to take a photo outside which for me is mandatory when you visit EK.

We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us” – Ralph Hattersley

The weekend pass is Php 900 but it only costs us Php 785 in klook so we were able to saved Php 115. Amazing right? So if you want to avoid the hassle and long queue, make sure to book ahead via https://www.klook.com/en-PH/activity/7350

All ticket booked online will use the entrance near the Agila Eksperience. Once the clocked ticked at exactly 11am, we then immediately made our way to the entrance. Without wasting much time we then immediately find our first ride.

1. Carousel

Who says Carousel is just for kids? Haha. Our kid at heart selves never grow old. We call this ” chill ride” in preparation for the extreme ones. Our smiles clearly explain how we feel at the moment.

2. Up Up and Away

This ride might seem a “chill ride” but definitely will make you dizzy. It’s going on circles, up and down, from slow to fast. Who wouldn’t feel dizzy with that? One tip is, when dizziness strikes, just close your eyes.

3. EKstreme Tower

From the name of the ride itself, this is an extreme ride. And I did not try this, my other two friends did. I was scared and I feel like I can’t do it. I did enjoy the reactions of my friends though. That’s what matter most, I guess.

4. Agila EKsperience

One of the most amazing experience I had. This is the new attraction of EK which I highly recommend. A must try indeed. This will let you experience how amazing the Philippines is. I will not put too much details of it but I did find the three elements during the ride. If you want to find that too, you need to experience this and be amazed by the beauty of the Philippines. I felt proud after the ride. And oh! we tried this twice.

5. Jungle Log Jam

This extreme ride will extremely make you wet. Good thing, we are prepared so we wear raincoat. So make sure to buy raincoat if your planning to experience this ride. The whole ride was filled with loud screams from one my friend. I needed to check my eardrums if it is still intact after the ride. Kidding aside, this is a must try ride. The adrenaline was too much.

6. Riogrande Rapids

Another ride that will make you wet. But again, we come prepared so no worries for us.

6. Disc O-Magic

Personally, this is one of my favorite ride. I was screaming at the top of my lungs during the whole ride. Not that I am afraid of it but I just want to join the other people who screamed a lot. I enjoyed it a lot. Though the queue for this ride is quite long but the wait is so worth it. After the ride, I kept singing “I love EK, I love EK….🤭

7. Space Shuttle

If you can’t ride it, just take a photo of it🤣. I did not try this ride afraid that I might faint during the ride. It’s scary. Literally. If I’m in my younger years, I would’ve tried this but it’s different when you get a little older. Haha. So to keep the memories from running away, I made sure to take a picture of it. Brilliant idea, isn’t it?🙈

We also tried the roller coaster and bump cars aside from the rides that I’ve mentioned above.

Moreover, aside from their amazing rides, there’s a lot of great finds in EK. They have everything you need. Affordable food, they have fries and of course shakes to quench your thirst. Plus they have Dairy Queen.

To sum up our experience in EK, it was indeed magical.

Fireworks display at 8pm.

Thank you EK. Till we meet again❤