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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Canyoneering

Last Monday, my boyfriend and I had had a different adventure. We went canyoneering at Badian, Cebu. Yup, only the two of us plus our tour guide, Fritz. We were kinda worried that we wont be able to see other options that would accommodate only two persons for this activity at an acceptable price.  The whole trip would cost around P1,210: P950 for the tour, which includes the guide fee, entrance fee, helmet, and vest, and P260 for the bus back and forth. Thank you so much Galore Tours for, again, making this possible.
Took the 7am scheduled bus trip. The bus ride from the city to the destination takes around 3 hours. 
 This is a photo of the first jumping point. It doesn't look so high in this photo, but I swear it's really high. I think the first jumping point was around 20 feet. And that's not the highest! Took me around 8 minutes to jump. Haha! 
The water was refreshing! It was cold, perfect for the hot summer day.
Meet our lovely tour guide, Fritz! She's the only female tour guide for canyoneering in Badian!
 The place just looks majestic! 

 There were a lot of interesting formations.
 Me and my hyper active, adventurous boyfriend.
 Aside from swimming, floating, and jumping, there were also a lot of crawling and climbing!

Finally reached the last jump. It took me awhile to jump coz it's the highest among the rest. It's around 25-30 feet! I was already trembling while I had this photo taken. Haha!
Here's another view of the last and final and scary(for me, coz I really really have a great fear of heights) jump. After so many minutes, I finally jumped! Even though it took me awhile to do it, I'm really glad that I did it. 
The whole trip was a great adventure. Perfect for those who are looking for something new to do. It was quite an experience for it really challenged me and made me face my great fear of heights! :)

Have a great evening everyone! :)

xx,
Sophia


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Summer Blues











photos by: Tj Tan
bikini: Rue 21

Been hitting the beach and did a lot of hiking lately, which means that my skin is getting darker... and I'm loving it! So far my summer was well spent. Couldn't wait to share it with you guys!

How about you, how's your summer? ;)

xx,
Sophia


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Kalanggaman Island



Went to Kalanggaman Island, Palompon Leyte with my boyfriend last Monday. It was by far the most amazing beach I've ever been! I love how remote the island is, perfect for taking refuge away from the city. There were no electricity available on this island, as well as fresh water, food, and rooms. Might as well bring your own. Though there were a few lamp posts there, which depends on solar panels. Anyway, I'm so thankful for Galore Tours for this promo because everything was just worth it! Spent P1,050 for the trip, P800 for the boat and P250 for the entrance upon reaching the island.
The starting point of this trip was at Angasil Port, Lapu-Lapu. Meeting time was 6:00am, and the boat left around 7am. It took about 5 hours to reach the destination. 
After 5 hours of trying to sleep but couldn't do so, we finally arrived at our destination. The first thing that came to my mouth when I saw the island was "wow". It was really amazing, especially the sand bar. The island was small, it takes around 30 minutes to walk around. 


On the front part of the Island, there were a lot of corals! Perfect for snorkeling! I was so excited to take a swim!
But before we went swimming, we had to take our lunch and set up our tent since we were going to spend a night there. Here's a picture of our home for a day! :)
We chose a spot that has a view towards the sea.
Here's a clearer view of our spot. Amazing huh?
Heading towards the sand bar.

It may not look so long in the photos, but trust me, it's a long way towards the end.

The water is crystal clear, and there were no seaweeds near the shore, which was perfect for me coz I hate seaweeds!
An umbrella is a must if you're going to the sand bar. The heat of the sun is just crazy!
A few of many underwater shots we had! 

Check out those giant clams!
Aside from swimming, snorkeling, taking photos, playing with the waves, we also made a sand castle! Haha!
Later in the afternoon, my boyfriend decided to explore the other side of the island. I was kinda' hesitant at first because we were the only ones going towards the other side at that time. Thank God we went to the other side! 
The view of the sunset was beyond beautiful! 
There was an interesting tree, which was great for taking pictures! This tree kinda reminds me of National Geopraphic's Logo. Haha! ;)


The rocks by the water wre interesting as well. Had to take pictures with it also. Haha!


A lot of people missed the sunset, they came seconds after the sun went down. So if you're planing to visit this island, always make time for the sunset! ;)
It was getting dark, so we head back to our tent and made dinner. 
At night, the sky is so clear, you can see the stars above. I haven't taken any photos coz I wasn't able to bring my other lens for my camera. The perfect spot for star gazing would be at the sand bar. Saw a few shooting stars that night! :) 
The sun rises by the sand bar, so again make time for it! Sorry, wasn't able to take photos of it.
Left the island around 11:30am instead of 12. 
Since we left early, we were able to make a quick stop where the water was so clear and had a lot of corals. 

So that sums up everything! The whole island itself was picturesque. Everything was beautiful! Will definitely come back for this island this summer! :)

Have a great weekend everyone! :)

xx,
Sophia