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What I Want to Do on Vacation

Posted on September 30, 2009 by under Things to Do, Travel.    

The crappy thing about traveling to the Philippines from the US is that you lose a day. We’ll be leaving Wichita tomorrow afternoon and we won’t actually arrive in Cebu until 11:30 AM on Saturday. We lose all of Friday traveling. Yuck.

Anyway, I think the plan is to go directly to Bohol from Cebu. I’m not sure yet if we will be staying in Tagbilaran or Panglao; or if we will be staying in one of the resorts or at Tita Esper’s house there. What I do know for sure is that I want to check out the following:

  • Tarsiers
  • Loboc River
  • Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Hinagdanan Cave
  • Chocolate Hills
  • Rice Terraces

I’m thinking that we will stay in Bohol for a couple of days before taking a ferry to Dumaguete and then finally going to Tanjay. There is supposed to be a big party on Friday night for mom’s birthday and Tito Cyrus promise me a tour of the geothermal power plant where he works (I think it’s the one in Valencia because it’s the closest one to Dumaguete). While in Negros, I also want to do the following:

  • Casaroro Falls
  • Dolphin Watching
  • Antulang/Bahura
  • Family Time

We plan to leave Tanjay a few days early so we can spend time in Cebu doing touristy-type stuff. Having lived in the Philippines, I never really got to visit the tourist attractions so this is my opportunity to do it. Plus, Brian’s never been to the Philippines so we want to give him the full treatment. The things I want to do in Cebu are:

  • Kawasan Falls
  • Sumilon Island
  • Casino Filipino
  • Tops Skyline Garden
  • Jetscape Adventures
  • Bantayan
  • Boracay

I know this is a long list. I doubt that we’ll get to do everything that I want to do during the two weeks we’re there. Though, if we don’t then we’ll have even more reasons to return. Maybe we’ll be able to spend three weeks next time. 🙂

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Where We Are Going

Posted on September 30, 2009 by under Family, Travel.    

In case you were wondering where the Philippines is, you can wonder no more.


The Philippines is located across the Pacific Ocean, right below Taiwan.

philippines map

We will be spending our time in Central Visayas.


More specifically, the islands of Cebu, Bohol and Negros.

central visayas

Everyone has been really worried about this trip because of everything that’s been going on. Rest assured that mom, dad, Brian and I will be fine. Central Visayas is North of the political unrest and South of the recent Ondoy devastation. I’m confident that this trip will be a pleasant one, full of memorable adventures. Please keep checking our blogs and Facebook because we plan to update periodically throughout the trip (whenever we can find the time and connection to the internet at least).

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Ketsana/Ondoy – How to Help

Posted on September 28, 2009 by under News.    

Please read this message from Jennifer Teves below.

Hello everyone!

I hope this won’t take much from your busy schedules but I am sure you already heard about the recent flooding in Manila and surrounding areas. As of this time, death toll reached 100 and dozens are still missing.

I hope you would not find it irritating if I am posting these donations sites for your benefit. I am not imposing or anything but it is better doing something than nothing, right?

Every single dollar counts. Feel free to spread the word if you want.

NOTE: This is just in case you are wondering how to help, how to give.
Red Cross —
Ayala Foundation USA —

World Class Tayo sa Bayanihan

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The Devastation Captured on Flickr

Posted on September 27, 2009 by under Flickr.    

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Typhoon Ondoy Decimates Manila

Posted on September 27, 2009 by under News, Travel.    

Got this video from Yeni:

Praying for the safety of all those who are hurt and/or missing because of this epic calamity. Hopefully, things will be somewhat okay by Thursday. I know that the Visayan region did not get hit as badly, but they have been experiencing some really strong thunderstorms of late (at least according to the weather reports I get on my phone) possibly because of Ondoy. I knew that our visit would be during monsoon season, but I was hoping for a few sunny days at least.

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