Tag : beach

Summer Cruise: Of Chillin' Snorkelin', Corals and Scuba

Summer Cruise: Of Chillin’ Snorkelin’, Corals and Scuba

It was like another summer to remember in one of the Saturdays of September. Straight from my late work shift and caffeine-filled mornight, I went alone to San Luis, Batangas to experience discovery scuba diving. Even though this was my third time, the thrill and excitement were still present. My first two dives happened in […]

Capturing Contrasts and Complements

Capturing Contrasts and Complements

There were times as I wandered in other parts of Asia, I could also find the Philippines fitting in the picture. And vice versa – the countries, where I have been, were also remembered in some of our own spots. The following captures from my lens are either in contrast or complementary. I am presenting […]

El Nido or Coron? 12 Factors to Consider in Choosing One Over the Other

El Nido or Coron? 12 Factors to Consider in Choosing One Over the Other

The islands of El Nido had received some bright spotlight from various international travel magazines and blogs like Travel and Leisure, National Geographic and CNN. But the world might be overlooking an equally stunning place called Coron (Calamian Islands). Both archipelagos of towering limestone formations are located in northern Palawan. In case you are still […]

Meant-to-be Moments and Misadventures in Maldives

Meant-to-be Moments and Misadventures in Maldives

It is a known fact that Maldives, having endless pristine white sands and infinite blue waters, is one of the sought-after paradise destination of honeymooners. So how come a solo backpacker and poor traveler like me would choose a luxurious vacation to find himself or to search for love in a hopeless place surrounded by […]

Separation Anxiety is Parang Pag-ibig

Separation Anxiety is Parang Pag-ibig

Separation anxiety from our travels is like the love from our past (the ex-boyfriend or the ex-girlfriend, or the ex-crush, or the ex-almost) that we can hardly forget. Here’s the list of how close the parallelism between the two is: 1. They are beautiful… The places we had been, and the ex, whom we used […]

Where Do Broken Hearts Go?

Where Do Broken Hearts Go?

I know it’s been some time. And there’s something on your mind. I see, you haven’t been the same since that cold November day. There’s a voice encouraging you to move on but you don’t know where to begin, and heck, you don’t even know where broken hearts go. The relationships that sadly ended (and […]

Places in the Philippines na Parang Pag-ibig

Places in the Philippines na Parang Pag-ibig

Call me hopeless hopeful hope fool romantic (or just call me maybe). Whenever I travel, I see love everywhere! Not from the couples who couldn’t afford to get a room while they release their romantic tensions. Not from another traveler whom I just met. But I find love in places. Metaphors of love are checking […]

Happy: Laiya

Yet another birthday celebration for a member of Team OSOM, it’s (Saint) Patrick’s day! Because we enjoyed Hashtag Saturdays at Club Haze the other week, we visited it again with vengeance – a bigger couchsurfing crowd. And just right after the partying and meeting bitches in the club, we headed straight to Laiya, Batangas to stroll in the beach with the club. What is so clingy?

Music by Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
Taxon Trap Remix

Fihalhohi Island Resort

Fihalhohi Island Resort

The heron is one of the species roaming freely around the beaches of Fihalhohi Island Resort. These birds were part of the welcoming committee of the island resort while we’re docking at the entrance. I knew upon seeing them that Fihalhohi Island promises more – a diverse marine life below sea level.

This snapshot was taken while I was beach bumming in the island one more round for the last time.

How to Get There:
You can arrange your visit to Fihalhohi Island Resort (i.e. transfers to and from Male International Airport) when you book from their site or after the confirmation has been sent by Agoda or Booking.com. Male and Fihalhohi are separated by an hour of speedboat trip. Interesting to note that Fihalhohi is using a different time zone, an hour ahead of Male.

How Did I Get There:
Joining a group of 12 delegates from the Philippines (and Australia), LOL, who got lucky to score “free” tickets to Maldives, we arranged a speedboat ride from Maafushi Island to the Fihalhohi Island Resort. We need at least to experience the luxurious side of Maldives before we get back to Male. While it seems I enjoyed bird and fish watching in the resort, seeing couples in their honeymoon or in their retirement gave a different feeling. I wished that you were there too.