Tag : couchsurfing

7 Disorders of a Travel Addict

7 Disorders of a Travel Addict

Our non-traveling friends tried to make us go to rehab but we said ‘no, no, no’. Wandering is addictive. The cure is yet another travel. While most of our friends outside the traveling circle may not understand our itch and calling as professional nomads, we still continue our passion. Their claims are valid though – […]

20 Travelers I Follow (Part 1)

20 Travelers I Follow (Part 1)

Before the travel bug bit me, there were only few travel blogs that I follow. I even used to question them on how they can afford to travel when most of them are full-time bloggers who just earn from ad payouts and sponsorships. Contrast it with someone who’s doing a nine-hour work inside the office […]

Young, Wild and Free: My XXX Birthday

My 57th weekend getaway is a double celebration. It’s my XXX birthday and the send-off party of our new friend, Sam Wu. He’s a fellow couchsurfer and visiting volunteer to Tacloban. Team OSOM, my large group of travel buddies, decided to invade Club Haze. It was the first time visit for some of us. We categorically identified ourselves as proud jologs and the invasion in Club Haze is quite overwhelming but hell of a fun still. The foreigner Sam, on other hand, is mistakenly identified as a conio who graduated from Ateneo and from San Beda by some of the students of these law schools who gathered there for an event.

Music by Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, and Bruno Mars, “Young, Wild And Free”
David Larkie Remix

Danjugan Island

Danjugan Island

This lagoon is one of the five lagoons of Danjugan Island, two of which open to the sea. Danjugan Island is 43-hectare island and private marine sanctuary that houses many wildlife species including sea eagles, bat species, butterflies, mangroves, corals, and giant clams. It offers activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling and unlimited kayaking. Overnight accommodation is possible too. It also hosts several international youth marine and wildlife camps.

How To Get There:
Since this is a private sanctuary, correspondence with The Philippine Reef & Rainforest Conservation Foundation Inc is strictly required. The daytour package already includes a boat transfer from Bulata. To go to Bulata from Bacolod, you can take the bus bound to Hinoba-an.

How Did I Get There:
Our friend and fellow couchsurfer, Julius Tagomata, has ties with the management of the Danjugan Island and has been responsible in registering our daytour trip around the island. We visited the lagoons, bat caves, watch tower, and the long stretch of white sands of Danjugan beach. We ate our snacks and lunch under the shade of lush forest. We also spent our time kayaking. The most exciting part is the scuba diving where we witnessed the diverse marine life being protected.

I salute the men and women behind this grand-scale wildlife conservation.

Madlum River

Madlum River

Madlum River runs through the feet of Mt. Manalmon. Its clean waters are inviting. The river is also surrounded by boulders and rock formations where one can try diving from the cliffs. To get to the jump off point of Mt. Manalmon hike, either you cross the river via a bamboo raft or via a monkey bridge. While Madlum River and Mt. Manalmon offer a handful of extreme activities, it is also interesting to note that along with the caves of Madlum, the area is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

How To Get There:
Take the North Luzon Tollway (via Baliwag Transit or ES Transport buses) and exit at Sta. Rita. Head north along the National Highway towards Plaridel until you reach San Ildefonso then San Miguel. You will be dropped off at Brgy. Camias. You can hire a tricycle from there to take you to Brgy. Madlum.

How Did I Get There:
Fellow couchsurfer and travel blogger, Ace Guevarra, organized Mt. Manalmon dayhike with a minimal fee of PhP 800. The cost is still cheaper compared to other travel groups offering the same package. I couchsurfed on his place in Apalit near the meeting point of other participants. I slept almost the entire travel from Pampanga all the way to northern part of Bulacan. Sleepyhead I am that other participants had even tallied my sleeping positions inside the hired jeepney. It’s freakin’ four.

I knew that Mt. Manalmon is a hike for beginners but I was sold with the idea of crossing the monkey bridge over the Madlum River. And the experience is fulfilling! We also got a chance to swim in the Madlum waters. The river was shallow that time so I was able to cross waters by walking on the rocks between riverbeds. I didn’t try cliff diving though. And yeah, I took a nap there too.

26 Badges for Travel Addicts

26 Badges for Travel Addicts

Do you travel too much? Do you travel across the land? Do you search far and wide, each culture to understand life lesson that’s inside? Good! Your quest to travel around the world comes with these accomplishment badges a.k.a. the insignia to tell that you’re someone who travels a lot. So if you can relate […]