I got myself a little something for the love of traveling. A Backpack with a lot of compartment in it and a board strap. Can be for daily use, skate trips or even for school. Good for traveling on plane and boats as well as a few day adventure in the wilderness with its waist belt and comfortable shoulder straps. Has an easy access pocket for phone, camera and other digital device incase you came across something worth capturing along the way. Thanks to GOTWAKE WATERSPORTS CEBU for the hook-up! ABOUT NEFF: Launched in 2002 by Shaun and Joe Neff in Southern California, Neff was the first authentic core snow and skate headwear company in the world. Neff is an active youth accessory brand supported by some of the biggest actions sports athletes in the world as well as key personalities across the globe. Neff World Headquarters is located in Camarillo, California and is internationally sold in 45+ countries to select action sports retailers. Neff is all about having fun and bringing new vibes to the world. “We are like a gumball machine; spitting out endless flavors for the world to consume,” stated Shaun Neff when asked to describe Neff Headwear. We are not confined to one specific category; we are defined by reaching across multiple platforms like sports, fashion and entertainment. Today, Neff is reaching further into the world of active fashion with the introduction of its Neff Vision and Neff Time lines, which are unique collections of stylish higher end sunglasses and watches. Collaborations with household names such as Snoop Dogg, Deadmau5, and Scarlett Johansson and their yearly charity initiative, “Neff Hope,” ensure that Neff maintains its pattern of constant growth and innovation. (visit them at https://www.facebook.com/NeffPH, https://www.neffheadwear.com) GOTWAKE WATERSPORTS: Visit their store inside Raintree Mall located at F. Ramos Street Corner General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City 6000 (near Robinson's mall) for more stuffs. Check out their great selection of Wakeboards, Wakeskates, Vests, Boots/Bindings, Tees, Boardshorts, Sunglasses and so much more! Watch out for their regular Promos and Discounts posted randomly on their page, SO DON'T FORGET TO VISIT THEM REGULARLY! https://www.facebook.com/gotwake.watersports

So the trip has begun. It’s been a couple of months since we’ve been planning to discover the whole island for everyone to see how wonderful our hometown is (even our own people, cause most of them doesn’t have the chance experience the whole province.) We were so blessed to live in a place where there are lots of islands and beautiful spots yet to be discovered.

1st stop MAGCARAGUIT ISLAND. It’s an hour drive by land from the city, 3rd municipality going east called DIMASALANG and 20 minute boat ride if its on a calm water to reach the small island with 1 barangay(suburb).

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There are other islands next to it with white sand beaches as well that are not that crowded unlike the famous beach in the Philippines most of you all know, BORACAY. Though the only thing we had was that we left at almost 3 in the afternoon from DIMASALANG and the waves are not that friendly anymore so we decided to go to MAGCARAGUIT.

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The island is known for it’s fishing grounds and cove to protect the fishing boats from storms and  destructive waters. Even it was too hot that afternoon and our skin are still feeling that burning sensation, the water is too clean and clear to resist!

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The only problem we had though was that there are a lot of sea urchins lurkin on the far end of the island. Good thing I got my Zem Gear Split toe (the one I’m wearing), to protect me from reef cuts and others that might hurt my toe. Feels like you’re on barefoot as well. So we got a couple of it then had someone prepare the meat of those sea urchins with just vinegar or lemon and voila! exotic food that costs a hundred pesos in the huge cities but we got it just for free.

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And the best way to end that day was the sunset, it was breathtaking! The view itself is relaxing and even words can’t describe it.

 

 

 

When I came back to the region from a training/seminar held in the BIG CITY, Manila, I decided to meet old friends before I head back to my hometown.

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(View from my seat. Legazpi airport, Ligñon Hill, and Mayon Volcano)

It was monday and I went off to get my certificate from Civil Service and applied for Passport at DFA to get ready for the Indonesia trip later this year. One of my former classmate invited me to her new workplace. We met around 3pm at Embarcadero de Legazpi (They’re giving free rides from Legazpi City Rotonda on their E-Jeep but you should be ready to get on it as fast as you can since you’re not alone waiting for the ride.)  and I haven’t taken my lunch yet so I told her we should get something to eat. So we ordered a box of pizza, but of course I ate 6 slices while she was having trouble eating her 2nd piece, at the food area on the ground floor. After our lunch/snack she told me we should try the edgewalk, zipline and wall climb. But little did she know that I got this fear of heights. But since it’s on my bucket list, I’d give it a try and it was FREE! I thought I’d pay for it LOL. I don’t know what position she has in her company but I think she was the one managing the outdoor/indoor games in Embarcadero.  Anyway I needed to conquer my fears to try other stuffs in my future adventures.

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(Getting ready to climb the tower. I feel anxious about me falling from the sky. LOL)

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(Feels like I’m on the top of the world!)

 

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(All photos were shot with GoPro Hero 3 Silver)

 

 

 

It was a typical fine sunny sunday morning in the island when me and my 2 friends decided to head out on a road trip. With only a few pesos (Philippine currency) in our pocket for food, gasoline, and fees, we drove to the western part of Masbate.Image

Here we are (Salvador, Mark, and me) on our first stop over to buy something to drink since it was so hot. What we always laugh about this picture is that Mark looks like that local guy whom you can pay to tour you around town. LOL It was just in the corner of junction road to Balud, Barangay Bacolod, Milagros Masbate. It’s 20 minutes away from the city.

It was a long hour and a half drive(but it felt like days!) on a motorcycle to the far western part of the island we live in. Good thing the roads were not that rough anymore unlike before. We enjoyed the scenery along the way since you’ll be seeing lots of trees, fine green hills and rice fields. Stuffs you won’t be seeing in an urban jungle. 

 

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We ended up on this sandy beach in a small barangay in Balud, Masbate. The place was called PALANI. It was a long stretch of fine white sand, same as the famous beach in Boracay island but not too crowded. We don’t know much of the place, and we haven’t taken our lunch yet so we asked some locals where we can find something to eat. After a few minutes of driving around the small village and asking where to eat, we were pointed by the locals at MyQ beach resort. Image

It was owned and run by this guy, a foreigner (forgot to ask but he was like a European guy to us because of his accent). He stayed in the Philippines for 5 years now and now living there with his wife and kid for a year already. A friendly and a great man. He gave us 2 rules before we entered the resort. #1 Don’t feed the dogs and #2 Don’t piss in the waters.  

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The place was still new, clean, and relaxing. The entrance fee was Php50.00, they got a few A/C rooms to offer as well for Php1,200.00/night and a few cottages for Php500.00/day. He generously offered us the small hut with two bamboo recliners for free. You could stay in the hammocks and tents if you bring one with you cause the owner told us peak season is coming from last week of march due to Rodeo and the seafood festival. They have water jetski for rent, around Php1500.00/hour but we don’t have that budget for now so we told the guy we’ll try that next time.

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They serve good food but it depends on the availability from their kitchen. This time Chicken was offered with Vinegar as its sauce. But the best thing about this was the view. It felt like we were in the remote island in the Caribbeans or some sort. Every bite was made heavenly I should say. 

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We stayed there for a couple of hours. Took some photos, dipped in the waters, and played a lil football out of a rolled shirt. The place was great I should say, but too bad we got in there during low tides so there’s a lot of seaweeds along the shore but the water is clean though. No plastics and fine sandy bottom that feels comfy on your foot. Ow if you’re into skimboarding this spot is so stoked! With the fine sand a few small waves. Too bad we don’t have a board yet but will definitely get back on this spot.

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Since it’ll be a long drive back home, we left the place early feeling refreshed from the stress of life. We don’t know where our motorbikes will take us the next time. But I’m so sure it’ll be a whole lot of adventure again. This is the island life.

 

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Summer is just around the corner, but for me living in an island, summer is a way of life. So I always needed stuffs to protect me from the summer heat. Good thing I got hooked up recently with Harpoon Co. (visit them at https://www.facebook.com/harpoon.co for some rad stuffs you needed for summer trips), a local Philippine brand, with there 5 pannel floral hat and by winning the recent NeffPhilippines (visit them at https://www.facebook.com/NeffPH, https://www.neffheadwear.com/, https://www.facebook.com/neffheadwear) online contest, I got my self this cool Daily shades to protect my eyes. Just enough for the summer season. 

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Neff PH recently had this contest online on Facebook about 4 travel destination in the Philippines and luckily I’m addicted to traveling so I got to get all the answers. Though the 1st photo was the tricky one. Had it confused with El Nido so I tried to Google it first just to confirm. LOL (see picture below)Image  

Anyway the answers were: 

1) Coron, Palawan - famous for divers and thrill seekers where you can go diving in one of famous WW-II wrecks and see the majestic limestone cliffs from town about 20 to 30 minutes boat ride to see those famous attractions.

2) Basco, Batanes – famous for its lighthouse and spectacular view of nature. Located at the northern most part of the Philippines.

3) Cloud9 Siargao, Surigao del Norte – famous for it’s barreling waves and it’s annual surf competition with competitors from all around the world.

4) Vigan, Ilocos Sur – was featured in Celebrity Chef show on TLC, famous for it’s longanisa and bagnet. 

These places are a must visit if you’re travelling to the Philippines!

 

ABOUT NEFF:

Launched in 2002 by Shaun and Joe Neff in Southern California, Neff was the first authentic core snow and skate headwear company in the world. Neff is an active youth accessory brand supported by some of the biggest actions sports athletes in the world as well as key personalities across the globe. Neff World Headquarters is located in Camarillo, California and is internationally sold in 45+ countries to select action sports retailers. Neff is all about having fun and bringing new vibes to the world. “We are like a gumball machine; spitting out endless flavors for the world to consume,” stated Shaun Neff when asked to describe Neff Headwear. We are not confined to one specific category; we are defined by reaching across multiple platforms like sports, fashion and entertainment.

Today, Neff is reaching further into the world of active fashion with the introduction of its Neff Vision and Neff Time lines, which are unique collections of stylish higher end sunglasses and watches. Collaborations with household names such as Snoop Dogg, Deadmau5, and Scarlett Johansson and their yearly charity initiative, “Neff Hope,” ensure that Neff maintains its pattern of constant growth and innovation.

(visit them at https://www.facebook.com/NeffPH, https://www.neffheadwear.com/, https://www.facebook.com/neffheadwear)

It was a fine sunny afternoon with a special someone. We were just planning to get a time-lapse footage while the sun sets but I can't help it whenever I get back to this place. I can feel that adrenaline just by looking at everyone enjoying their ride and as long as there is water I needed to get myself soaked. Honestly, the water is so addictive. May it be fresh or salt water, whatever it is, it's like cocaine running through my system and I can't get enough of it. It's like a fine grade crystal meth that always makes me high.

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