When 2010 started, I didn’t really have a concrete goal. I had ticket that I hoarded during airline seat sales, so I knew I was going to those places. What I never expected was that I’d end up traveling at least one a month this year!
Lakbay Norte group at the Paoay Church. Photo by Bong Bajo
I had no trips for January except for the week-long Lakbay Norte media tour with other travel bloggers and members of the media. In seven days, we covered 1,798 kilometers through 7 provinces on North Philippines: Cagayan Valley, Ilocos Norte, La Union, Benguet, Pangasinan, Zambales and Pampanga. It was a crazy seven days, made crazier with a very tight itinerary, truckloads of food, videoke contests and several bottles of bagoong.
Lakbay Norte marked the start of travel season and it was also when I started burning out of traveling and travel blogging.
There were only a handful of places in my Hong Kong itinerary: The Peak, CTMA and Sino Centres, Citygate Outlet and Tim Ho Wan. Luckily, I was with two happy foodies, Ferdz and Oggie, who were more than willing to try out this famed dim sum place.
Though this was my second trip to Hong Kong, I was eagerly looking forward to coming back and exploring the Special
Administrative Region. My last trip took me way off the beaten path, and this time, I’m eager to go where everyone goes. Cheapest way to get to the city Our flight arrived at 10am, still too early to check-in. Before exiting to the arrival hall, I inquired at the Visitor’s Center about the best way to go to South Pacific Hotel in Wan Chai without taking the train. I figured a 40-minute bus ride isn’t so bad if check-in isn’t until 2pm. Also, the HK$40 fare on the A11 bus was a far cry from the Airport Express’ HK$100 one-way ticket.
Buying a ticket for the A11
Kalibo is known as one of the gateways to Boracay island. Bigger than the Caticlan airport, which is nearer the tiny island, the Kalibo International Airport can accommodate bigger aircrafts and chartered flights from Taiwan and South Korea.
Believe it or not, that’s a part of the trail map of the Bakhawan Eco Park
While most tourists that pass through Kalibo only stay long enough to board a bus or van to Caticlan, there are those that head to this municipality every third weekend of January for the ati-atihan festival.
I’ve done those two, so when there was an opportunity to stay with a friend who lives in Kalibo, I quickly grabbed it.