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Treasures of Maitum Sarangani

Maitum Sarangani

Early Morning Chores
Location: Old, Poblacion, Maitum, Sarangani, Philippines
I went further east and saw this young boy cleaning the fish nets to be used later.

Bantayan Island Chronicles

Bantayan island, the shining tropical paradise in Asia is commonly known as an island paradise in Philippines. Tourists as far as Europe fall in love with its fine white sand and crystal clear blue waters. Many of these foreigners even settled down on the island to spend the rest of their lives. They build single-cottage beach houses along the shore but as time went by, construct a couple of new cottages instead to accommodate the growing number of tourists who seeks safe haven on the splendid island paradise. Two of the main attraction of the island is its crystal-clear waters and it's long stretch of powdery white sand. The stunning sunset will really spice those romantic walks on the beach. One of the reasons the island is famous is its peacefulness, the way a resort should be. Unsaturated beauty and a combination of sweet smiling natives made the island as it is now.

When you get to cool, crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, pleasant town folk and delicious sea foods ... you're in the island of Bantayan. Coming to Bantayan is like coming out of a time machine. It's like entering the time and place when life was simple and quiet.

The island, which is composed of three municipalities, specifically Bantayan, Madridejos & Santa Fe is also generally known as the “Egg Basket” in the neighboring regions because it has been generating over one and a half million eggs a day to supply the growing demand of eggs for mainland Cebu, Negros, Panay and even Leyte
Bantayan Island Cebu
Location: Madridejos, Bantayan Island, Philippines
It took us two hours from Bantayan poblacion to reach Madridejos. I setup my tripod and wind was blowing like hell, it almost knock the tripod down. Truly a spectacular place. 

Davao Oriental Chronicles

The City of Mati offers beautiful landscapes and a number of beautiful resorts. The Provincial Capitol building and park rises atop the hill commanding a fantastic view of the Pujada Bay. Other plateaus that offer birds-eye-view of the town are Mati Tourism Complex and Badas Viewdeck.

Mati has always been known as a beach destination. Dahican is one of the most popular destinations in Mati with its 17-kilometer pure, fine white sand shore. Masao has been visited by tourists from Finland, Australia, USA, Japan and Korea. Pujada Bay boasts 15,700 species of sea life and has been considered as among the richest bays in South East Asia. Lobsters, Sea Cow (locally known as Dugong), bottlenose dolphin, hammerhead shark, manta ray and different kinds of turtles are among the most protected by the locals.

Recently, skimboarding, surfing, and frisbee sports have established a wide fandom among young locals with Dahican being the favorite hub for tournaments in the region.

Mati Davao Oriental Dahican beach
Orb in the Horizon
Location: Mati, Davao Oriental, Philippines
We traveled six hours from Davao City to Mati, Davao Oriental. The road was paved and scenic. We stayed at Botona Resort and the resort in-charge informed us that the sun will rise just in front of the resort.  We woke up early and witnessed the spectacular sunset.

El Nido Palawan Chronicles

From the towering marble cliffs and enchanting lagoons to its 100 white sandy beaches, lush jungle, mangrove forest, prehistoric caves and waterfalls. El Nido is one of the top tourist destinations in Palawan, which is often referred to as the "Philippines' Last Frontier".In the November–December 2007 issue of the National Geographic Traveler's magazine, Palawan was chosen as one of the best travel destinations in the world, and particularly, it recommended El Nido and the Calamianes Islands.In 2012, CNNGo, the travel news website of the international news agency Cable News Network, declared El Nido as the Philippines' Best Beach and Island destination. The action packed movie "Bourne Legacy" was filmed here.

El Nido Palawan Phiippines
Stormy Weather
Location: El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
 From Puerto Princesa, Palawan we rode a  bus to El Nido. El Nido town is located north of Puerto Princesa and 5 hours later we arrive at the local bus terminal. The weather is perfect and guess what?13 hours later the weather had turned from good to bad. Heavy rain's accompanied by strong winds battered the Island for 2 straight days.Bring it on!.

Thailand Chronicles

Pearl of the Andaman " Phuket"

Phuket is a tropical island in southwestern Thailand. Surrounded by immaculate white sand and stunning blue water, it is a popular Southeast Asian tourist destination where people visit from all over the world. In the last 10 years, Phuket has transformed into a premiere resort and vacation destination, home to affordable Thai-style bungalows to 5-star world-class resorts, exotic nighttime entertainment, market bazarrs, scuba diving, adventure sports, animal shows, elephant ride tours, stunning beaches, and of course, Muay Thai. Phuket has it all.

Majestic Thailand
Location:  Phi Phi Island, Ao Nang, Krabi
 Long tail boats are a common water transport around Thailand. These boats are attached with an automotive engine with a long propeller shaft.

Three birds and a Pizza
Location: Phi Phi Island, Ao Nang, Krabi
 Woke up early and caught these three birds eating a Pizza.  The bird in the middle wants a chunk on the right bird  without realizing that there's a bigger chunk on the left. 

Evac Route
Location: Phi Phi Island, Ao Nang, Krabi
Blue signs of Tsunami Evacation route scattered around the island. 

The Tower
Location:  Phi Phi leh,Thailand
 Towering limestone cliff at Phi Phi leh. 

Maya bay
Location:  Phi Phi leh,Thailand
Long tail boats at Maya bay. Truly a spectacular place to visit if your in Phuket.  They divided the swimming area from the long tail's to avoid accidents.

Location:  Loh Dalum Bay, Phi Phi Island, Ao Nang, Krabi
Mid size truck engines mounted on long propeller shafts that's why they are called "long tails".

The Bird in the Paradise
Location:  Pee Pee Viewpoint, Phi Phi Island, Ao Nang, Krabi
The walk to Pee Pee Viewpoint offers spectacular views over Dalum and Tonsai bays and out towards Phi Phi Ley.

Loh Dalum Bay
Location:  Phi Phi Island, Ao Nang, Krabi
The opposite part of Tonsai bay is this one. Amazing view from here.
Location:  Phi Phi Island, Ao Nang, Krabi
Colorful beach chairs along Tonsai bay. 

Sacred Banyan Tree
Location:  Phi Phi Island, Ao Nang, Krabi
Big Banyan tree with colorful ribbons.

Red Bicycle
Location:  Phi Phi Island, Ao Nang, Krabi
There are no roads on Ko Phi Phi and the only vehicles are bicycles and the occasional motorbike with sidecar, used to transport goods.