Tag Archives: getaway

10 Things To Do in Siargao, Philippines

4 Nov

I’ve just recently marked off Siargao from my list of places to go to in the Philippines and I’m glad I did. Now, it’s one of my favorite islands in the country. Here are a few suggestions of places to go to and activities to do, if you should ever find yourself in this paradise.

Here’s the link to my blog about Siargao: http://jamiefournier.com/10-things-to-do-in-siargao-philippines-2/ ❤

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Wanderlust: Dos Palmas Island Resort & Spa, Palawan

25 Aug

It’s easy to make your mind up about something. Sometimes, unconsciously, we shut an idea, a person, or a place out due to certain triggers out there.

I’ll be honest, though the abduction of the tourists in Dos Palmas happened when I was only 17 years old, I’ve never quite forgotten about it.

Maybe that’s why I never gave this place a chance. I never once added this to my list of resorts to go to.

I’m glad that I was inspired to change that this month as I would never have discovered the perfect quiet getaway for those weekends wherein you long for a lil less of the craziness, and more of you…well you (and the special person or people you travel with), and nature.

Some things, or places in this case, deserve a second chance.

I’ll list my reasons for eventually, throughout the weekend, falling in love w this place.

But first, here’s a collage of what my weekend was like over there:

  
Special thanks to Trio for the wonderful app which I now use for my mash-ups(to download, here’s the link: http://tap.trioapp.co/jamiefournier).

Now, back to my reasons:

1. It’s Easy!

They make everything so easy. We booked through Globe Trek Holidays, Inc. (A big thanks to them too) and all we practically had to do was confirm and pay for our room. Once we were done with that, all we really had left to do was make sure we’d make it to our ridiculously early flight (5:20 am). We were picked up at the PPS airport, brought to the wharf  for our one hour journey to Dos Palmas and all the facilities, kayaking, snorkeling, and the like were for free. All we really had to pay for was our food and, ahem, drinks. 

 
  

2. Excellent Customer Service

And I mean the-going-beyond-what-is-expected-consistently kind of deal. All smiles from our first minute there to our last. This applies specifically to their servers at the restaurant. We didn’t really get to explore much as we had built a routine during those three days: Room-Pool in the morning (aka Sun Time) – Lunch at the resto – Beach time (aka Sand and Music time) – Dinner time (aka Grown-Up drinks time – Room time ( aka Movie and/or Balcony w A Wonderful View time). The point is the staff members we got to interact with were so accommodating!

Erik from the midshift, yes you, we love you!:p

3. The Food

Prawns. Crabs. Delicious Grilled Chicken. A good buffet for breakfast. Best part? All reasonably priced! Well, may I just add, the buffet breakfast comes with the room package. Free, yes.

And, yes, I’m awful. Why? I didn’t get to take pictures of the food. We were following a strict no-phone-on-the-dining-table rule.

If you go, try their Inasal (Grilled Chicken), Gambas, Prawns, and their Crab with either Coconut Milk or Sweet Chili Sauce. And, yes, we had both. We are now about 5 lbs heavier but who cares when it comes with priceless holiday memories. Okay, we do. Pilates and gym time this week, yep. 🙆😋

4. For its Stillness

Throughout the weekend, we kept wondering where the other guests were. There were times when we felt we were the only ones there, apart from the times we spent at the restaurant.

This place is perfect for couples and families.

   
   

 
 
   

  

 

  

My Overall Experience

Because of the specific reasons listed above, I came out of that weekend trip feeling rejuvinated and a lil more ready for the hectic week ahead. 

Although it was a quick getaway, it was enough to give us beautiful memories, badly needed for individuals like us who are mostly stuck in the metro. And yes, it was enough for me to conclude that someday, maybe even sooner than expected, I’d find myself there again.

I meant what I said, I have discovered the perfect hideaway!
Thanks GLOBE Trek Holidays, Inc and Dos Palmas Island Resort and Spa for making this amazing weekend possible!



To book:

You can contact GLOBE Trek Holidays, Inc.:

GLOBE Trek Holidays, Inc.

Unit -B 322 Villareal St.

Pasay City 1304

Philippines

Tel: (63-2) 8816558/8335388/8339349

Telefax: (63-2) 8335388

Mobile: (63) 917-8991648

E-mail: globetrek@pldtdsl.net
Or contact Dos Palmas Island Resort & Spa:

Contact details are found on their website –  dospalmas.com.ph

  

Wanderlust: Visiting Paradise – Coron, Palawan

20 Nov

As always, another adventure beckons, so here I am unloading pictures from my phone in hopes of capturing the beautiful moments of my last trip far longer than this phone can ever fathom. I do so because I know there will be days when I’ll be stuck in 14-hour sleepless work days and I’ll need a reminder of what I’m doing all this for.

And this reminder, Coron, will be one of the most beautiful reminders I can ever have.

Somewhere out there is a paradise waiting to be visited. Less than an hour away from Manila with limitless beautiful spots to devour.

I went for a quick weekend, but even that was enough to induce the energy and excitement I have been yearning for for a while now.

Although this wasn’t my first time to see Coron’s beauty, I still was pretty much in awe during the whole time I was there.

Why? Well, let’s start with the string of pictures below and maybe you won’t need my words to explain. Although you know I still will. Here it goes:

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The view on the hike up to go see Kayangan Lake

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Special thanks to Darss for taking most of these amazing pictures, by the way.

So there you go. Do you get what I mean when I say that there’s no need to say anything about these beautiful spots? In every corner, every boat ride, every Island stop… I was in complete awe of the world’s beauty.

I purposely did not mention the specific places as going Island/Lake hopping is quite easy. All you need to do is go for any package and the friendly and helpful guides will take you around paradise after paradise. Yes, to your heart’s content. It would normally just cost 650 for one tour.

Aside from the beauty around, the beauty under the sea waiting for you to unravel is indescribable.

I’m not an avid fan of diving but I have to say I enjoyed snorkeling.

Take a look at these:

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Photo credit: Darss 😉

For those who are wondering about what they should do there, below are spots I believe you should not miss out on:

1. Kayangan Lake

This is simply my favorite spot in Coron! Serene, relaxing, and beautiiiiful!! I stayed on a wooden plank relaxing sans any toxic thoughts and it was simply amazing!

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2. Go island hopping!!

Beautiful, almost-secluded, beaches. Lakes. Clear water. Beautiful creatures under the sea. The first string of pictures shows the sights I saw while Island hopping. We started the tour at about 9 am and ended at about 4 pm. All this for only P650.

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3. Visit Maquinit Hot Springs

I have not gone for this during my first two Coron trips, but a lot of my friends say it’s worth it. Even if you get to Coron in the afternoon, you’ll still be able to manage in the evening. It worth a visit, I hear. I’ll definitely go during my 3rd trip.

4. Climb Mt. Payas

I didn’t get to do this; obviously because I only had practically half a day.

Here are pictures taken by Darss though:

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5. Meet people! Go out there, join big traveling groups. That’s the best part about traveling anyway.

Our island hopping tour was composed of six individuals. Individuals I would otherwise never have met had I not gone for this adventure. I was lucky, my trip was made even more memorable thanks to them.

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Oh and where did I stay? During my first trip two years ago, I stayed in Coron Gateway Hotel. They had exceptional service. They upgraded our room to the best suite they had which was awesome! Spacious and fairly new when we stayed there.

For this trip, we stayed in Sea Dive Restaurant which was just as nice. My favorite part about that place is the view from the restaurant. So beautiful.

Below are some pictures:

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How much was the damage? And this, I always include so everyone can see that it is pretty much manageable! Coron isn’t as expensive as most people think.

Below is the breakdown:
* P4,900 for my plane ticket from PAL (which I bought on the Wednesday before my trip that Saturday)
* P1,300 per night from Sea Dive Resort
* Food per meal is about P100-P300
* Island hopping per day is about P650. You can also rent a boat for about P2000
* P150 for the van to and from the airport

As I traveled through Coron for the second time, what made it a lil more special this time around was having my Travel Finds Jcaf Art bag with me. I had a little bit of my art world with me while exploring which was amazing.

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Oh beautiful Coron, this blog will never ever be enough to let everyone know how beautiful you are…

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For those reading this, if you have not
gone there… It’s high time you book a flight and head out there. Trust me! 😉

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All she wanted,
was to find a place to stretch her bones
A place to lengthen her smiles
and spread her hair
A place where her legs could walk
without cutting and bruising
A place unchained
She was born out of ocean breath.
I reminded her:
‘Stop pouring so much of yourself
into hearts that have no room for themselves
Do not thin yourself
Be vast
You do not bring the ocean to a river.

– Tapiwa Mugabe

Jcaf Art Bag OOTD: Arra in Florence!

8 Jul

Arra and her La Fille Jcaf Art bag at #PiazzadelDuomo in #Florence.

Such a beautiful picture, Arra!

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Nuvali: A Break From The Metro

24 Mar

Wakeboarding. Fresh air. Rainbows. A beautiful sunset. Great food. Trike rides. I love how relaxing Sta. Rosa is!

Yesterday was truly a wonderful day spent with one of my best friends.:)

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Wanderlust: Beautiful Boracay

21 Oct

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