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Legoventure Part 1

One day, my parents left me at home. I was bored so I decided to play with some of our old toys and my dad’s camera. Here’s what I came up with.

 

LEGOVENTURE

Louie

Where are we?

Surrounded by thick foliage, Louie appears to be lost.

"Hey Jonesy, check out what's below us. "

“Hey Jonesy, check out what’s below us. “

Jonesy, the guy with the red cap leans forward to get a good glimpse of what’s below.

 

"Flat lands sir. I think we can climb down."

“Flat lands sir. I think we can climb down.”

The land below appears to be nothing but flat terrain. Fortunately, these travelers do know how to be prepared. Armed with a red rope, they start to descend.

 

"All clear guys! Jonesy, you go first then Laila."

“All clear guys! Jonesy, you go first then Laila.”

Louie, being the senior of the group, got down first. It appears that there are no hostile activity going on.

"Going down now, sir"

“Going down now, sir”

Jonesy carefully lowers himself down to the waiting Louie. The rope starts to sway as the wind starts to blow.

 

"I'm going down now!"

“I’m going down now!”

Laila, the youngest researcher this side of the world, struggles to hold on to the rope. Fortunately, she managed to secure her hold and is soon on her way down.

"Almost there...This is scary stuff."

“Almost there…This is scary stuff.”

Jonesy doesn’t want to admit it but he is afraid of heights. He just doesn’t want to look bad in front of Laila who is a real charmer.

 

Laila easing herself down the rope.

Laila easing herself down the rope.

It is quite amazing how tough these kids are especially when climbing down the rope. Jonesy is almost down with Laila looking on.

 

"Whew! We finally made it." said Jonesy.

“Whew! We finally made it.” said Jonesy.

So far, they managed to reach the flat lands. Laila is covered with dust and dirt after battling the thick foliage above.

 

"Where to next, boss?" Laila said. "How about investigating that fence?" said Louie.

“Where to next, boss?” Laila said. “How about investigating that fence?” said Louie.

The travelers have finally decided to inspect the fence that is dividing the flatlands. The group gathered themselves for the long trek.

 

Jonesy leads the team.

Jonesy leads the team.

Jonesy started the journey as the lead. The area beyond appears to be some sort of jungle. What will these little adventurers discover as they near the fence?

 

"Sir, we're almost there." said Jonesy.

“Sir, we’re almost there.” said Jonesy.

A few debris is scattered around. Everything appears to be quiet. No signs of movement as the team nears the fence.

"It appears that there is no sign of life here." Louie remarked as he surveys the surrounding.

“It appears that there is no sign of life here.” Louie remarked as he surveys the surrounding.

Louie slowly climbed the fence to survey the surroundings. After a few minutes, it appeared that nothing was moving or stirring.

 

"Laila, see if you can climb up higher to see better. "

“Laila, see if you can climb up higher to see better. “

Jonesy would have been his pick but at the moment he was feeling a bit peaked after climbing down the rope. Laila, ever helpful, starts to climb.

 

"I'm up! Everything seems to be okay, sir!" Laila called down to Louie.

“I’m up! Everything seems to be okay, sir!” Laila called down to Louie.

But Laila, what is that behind you?!

 

"OH NO!!! IT'S THE MIKASAURUS!!!"

“OH NO!!! IT’S THE MIKASAURUS!!!”

IT’S THE MIKASAURUS!!! (Mikasaurus – a half blind four legged creature that has a strong sense of smell.)

Can the little adventurers escape the wrath of Mikasaurus? Or will their mission to explore the other side of the fence fail? Their adventure will be continued.

 

 

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Bohol

My first trip outside of Manila, Philippines was in Cebu and Bohol together with my best friends. I think this was in 2005 if I am not mistaken. It was a five day trip where we get to spend 2 days in Cebu and 3 days in Bohol. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough pictures of that trip especially in Cebu because I was still using my dad’s old camera and I was running out of film (yes, film). I’ll try to recall our adventures here so please bear with me. πŸ™‚

Bohol

We disembarked on the Port of Tagbilaran where we hired a van to take us around the beautiful province.

Tagbilaran, Bohol

Touch down!

Our first stop was in Loboc River where we took a ride on a floating restaurant. We enjoyed some beautiful sights while being serenaded by a few local folks and gorging on some delightful local cuisine.

The Barge

Our entertainer for the day πŸ™‚

Barge number 2

Another group of tourists.

 

Loboc River

A view of Loboc River.

 

Trees everywhere!

A green environment.

The river

Loboc River

After our tour ended, our next stop was Bohol’s amazing Chocolate Hills. You have to see these hills regardless of whether you are a tourist or a local. πŸ™‚
Before you can enjoy the view of Chocolate Hills, you must first climb The Stairs. I just call it as such because of the many steps leading to the top. πŸ˜€

up and up

This is The Stairs. πŸ™‚

Once you get to the top, you will be treated to a beautiful sight. One that you won’t get tired of looking at. I tried counting the hills but I failed. :))

The First Hill

Chocolate Hills up close πŸ™‚

 

Chocolate hills

A different angle πŸ™‚

The hill

The Hill

 

Chocolate hills

The road down.

After we had our fill of the famous Chocolate Hills, we stopped to see Bohol’s Tarsier. This itty, bitty creature is kinda cute. A word of warning for you guys who are planning on visiting the Tarsier: Please do not take photos with flash. It hurts their eyes, okay? Please heed the warning.

Philippine Tarsier

Hello there little guy πŸ™‚

Afterwards, we stopped by Baclayon Church which is one of the oldest churches in the country. It was already night time when visited this church so we weren’t able to hear mass. Anyway, here’s a photo of the old church. Kind of creepy if you ask me especially at night. πŸ˜€

Old church

Spooky!

Like I said before, I was running out of film so this was the only shot I took. I think it served its purpose because I can’t stop thinking about that church after I took this picture. It’s creepy but kind of fascinating.

Finally, we were able to reach Panglao, home of the some of the best resorts in Bohol. I forgot the name of the resort we stayed in but what made the stay memorable is the beach. πŸ™‚ Here are some photos taken by me and best friend Andrea.

Panglao beach

Water and trees πŸ™‚

 

Panglao Beach

A different view.

 

Panglao Beach

Tourists.

 

Starfish

Starfishy πŸ™‚

 

morning

Waiting for the sun.

Cloudy skies

Endless ocean.

 

Sun

yey! Sun!

Friends

Travel buddies. πŸ™‚

Staying for 3 days in Bohol was not enough. Unfortunately, we had to pack our bags and go back to Cebu.

I wasn’t able to get a lot of photos of Cebu but I was fortunate enough to go back a few years later with my family which I will post soon. πŸ™‚ Just to give you a hint of what awaits you when you go to Cebu here is one of its famous landmarks.

Magellan's Cross

Magellan’s Cross Plaque

 

Magellan's Cross

Stunning landmark.

Oh, and don’t forget to drop by Cebu’s market where you can get dried and salted fish. Just remember to change your shirt afterwards because you will smell like dried fish. :))

Dried fish

Dried fish galore!

There is much to see in Cebu and Bohol. Next time, I will bring a good camera for more photos. πŸ™‚

Pagsanjan Falls

I grew up studying about Pagsanjan Falls never knowing that one day I will get the opportunity to visit this beautiful falls in Laguna. I have been to several places in the Philippines but never have I considered going on a trip to this place until a friend of mine invited me. And boy was I glad I took the trip because Pagsanjan Falls is truly a sight to see.

We started our trip to Pagsanjan on a sunny Saturday morning. While on the road my friend, along with a few office friends of hers, swapped stories to keep us entertained throughout the 2 and a half hour ride to Laguna. While looking out the window of the van, you can already see yourself leaving the crowded streets of Metro Manila and venturing into new territory where trees are abundant and tall skyscrapers are being replaced by old style houses.

As we were nearing our meet up point, we were greeted by tourist guides hawking their services. They were even riding their motorbike alongside our van just to offer their services. It was impressive but dangerous at the same time seeing them dodging oncoming traffic. Fortunately, they know when visitors are not interested so they backed off and we went on our way.

We arrived at the church where we met the other party along with our guide. We thought we had to travel again but we were surprised when we were directed to an office near the church. This was our tour guide and we were informed that the boat was already waiting for us. After paying at the counter, we were fitted with life jackets and helmets and we were soon off to find our boat ride.

My friend and I took the second boat. I was sitting at the front and I could already feel the glare of the sun beating down on us. Luckily, we were able to buy straw hats from a lady at the church so we had some sort of shade to beat the sun. And we were off!

me and my bestie

We had two boatmen accompanying us on our boat ride and they had been working as guides for several years now. They were a father and son team and they were happy enough to answer our questions about the place. During the boat ride, we took some photos of our surrounding and one particular sight stood out forΒ  me which is this amazing looking tree.

The Tree

This photo doesn’t do justice to the magnificence of this tree but it was so amazing that I had to take another shot.

The Tree Part 2

Again, I didn’t give the tree’s beauty enough justice. And besides, I was blinded by the glare of the sun so you have to forgive me for this shot. πŸ˜€

After passing this gorgeous tree (yes, gorgeous), I was eager to see more interesting sights before reaching our final destination which was Pagsanjan Falls.

Around the bend

I forgot what this sign was saying but I think it’s something like welcome to Pagsanjan Falls. πŸ˜€

The other party :)

This couple is really cool. πŸ˜€ Sir Rex and his wife were the ones we met up with at the church.

Travel buddies

These were the guys we were with in the van. Abhi, Core and Vijhay were fun to talk to because they had plenty of stories to share. πŸ™‚

First falls

This was the first fall that we saw going to Pagsanjan. I was already anticipating the next surprise on our boat ride.

the boatman

The boatman at the head. He was the one guiding us along the river. Those are part of two separate mountains and we were right smack in the middle.

another falls!

Another beautiful fall to greet us. Again, it’s hard to take pictures when the sun is at its peak.

Look! Stones!

We had to navigate around these large rocks as we moved forward. We were now venturing to the rapids.

Photo Op

After dealing with the rocks, our boatmen had to take a few moments to catch their breath and also to take our photo. πŸ˜€

What lies beyond?

And onwards we went. Entering the rapids again. πŸ˜€

Stopover

Our second stop over. The boatmen called this place Jollibee and we were wondering why but later found out that it was because of the damn big roasted chickens on sticks for sale!

the third falls

Isn’t it gorgeous?

the rapids

This is the rapids. Our boatmen already moved our boat to the other side but we definitely passed this one on our way back.

Nearing our destination

According to our boatmen we were almost near our destination. So, more photos!

nearing the bend

What lies yonder?

Is that what I think it is?

Is that what I think it is?

Pagsanjan Falls

This is what it’s all about. Pagsanjan Falls!

Pagsanjan Falls

We took a raft to the falls and on to the Devil’s cave behind it. I wasn’t able to take pictures there because I need to have an underwater camera. Nevertheless, the experience was well worth it!

Shooting the Rapids

Going back we shoot the rapids. This is just a taste of what’s yet to come.

Big Boulders

These rocks are really huge! But our boatmen managed to navigate them with ease. πŸ™‚

Shooting the rapids with boulders on the side.

Rocks or should I say boulders?

The rapids on this side.

The rapids on the left side.

More rocks!

The rapids on the right side.

another falls

The final leg of our trip.

We had buffet for lunch but I wasn’t really hungry because of the experience that we just had. After we finished our lunch we took another boat ride back to the head office so we can pick up our van and head home.

All in all I’d say going to Pagsanjan Falls is worth it. I’m thinking of more adventures on the road. Maybe hiking next time. πŸ™‚