Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia (March 2016)

Australia, New South Wales, Travel By June 25, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Sydney is a beautiful city. Australia is amazing. But so are the prices! Prices of accommodations and food are nearly off the charts, and that’s coming from someone who has been to Denmark and Switzerland. Well, they’re all expensive but still, compared to these countries, and cities like Zurich or Singapore, Italy seems even affordable.

We took the ferry at the Manly Wharf to get to Sydney Harbour, getting off at Wharf #3 at the Circular Quay. The Fast Ferry takes one on this route from Manly to Circular Quay affording one beautiful views of the Sydney Opera House from nearly all angles.

We walked along the Circulay Quay to get to the Sydney Opera House, past numerous sitting areas, shops, cafes, and restaurants.

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Diving in San Teodoro, Sardinia, Italy

Diving, Italy, Sardegna By June 23, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Sardinia is an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, south of the French island of Corsica and to the west of mainland Italy. The water is surprisingly pristine and clear with amazing visibility. Sardinia is best for diving in the summer months!! The dive site Secca del Papa (or The Pope’s Drop-off) in the Tavolara Marine Protected Area is probably one of the best dive sites you’ll ever dive in the Mediterranean!

Blu Infinito Diving Center, located in Capo Coda Cavallo in the town of San Teodoro south of Olbia, is a five-star PADI dive resort that is now on its 11th season. It can be found in the Village of Porto Coda Cavallo fronting Salina Bamba Beach and is one of the few dive centers accredited for diving in the Marine Protected Area of Tavolara.

The dive center has consistently received a Five-Star rating on Trip Advisor since 2015.

“Blu Infinito Diving Center since opening in 2006, has one goal: the pursuit of EXCELLENCE, in the relationship with the customer, in the quality and safety of equipment and procedures, the personalization of services.” It offers PADI diving courses at all levels, snorkeling trips, accommodation+diving packages, transfers from/to airport or between hotel and dive center, as well as Scubapro equipment rental.

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Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia (March 2016)

Australia, New South Wales, Travel By June 21, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

From St Kilda Beach, we took the light rail back to the city center, back to the Melbourne Central station where we had stashed our bags in a locker, and took the bus to the airport. We flew from Melbourne to Sydney that day and arrived shortly before dinner. We were picked up at the airport by my sister’s entire family and we had dinner afterwards. It was the first time Fabio met my sister and her family and it was my first time to see them again after five years.

The next day, we decided to take an Uber car from our flat to bring us to Manly Beach. Manly Beach is a great Sydney beach for the whole family. The Manly Scenic Walkway meanders around the harbour foreshore from The Spit Bridge via Dobroyd Head to Manly through some of Sydney Harbour’s most stunning scenery and bushland. It takes about three to four hours to complete.

We could hear loud live music playing from the beach and I convinced Fabio to come check it out. We were lucky enough to watch one of my favorite Australian indie bands perform! I was so happy! Hahaha!

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Vacation Rental Apartment, Sardinia, Italy

Italy, Sardegna By June 20, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Let’s take a moment from reminiscing my Australian trip from March last year to announce that we currently have a beachfront apartment for rent in San Teodoro, Sardinia, Italy. The flat has a balcony overlooking Salina Bamba beach where you can enjoy the sun, breeze, and view while having lunch or dinner or simply reading a book. It has a common area with two sofas that can be converted into sofa beds that can accommodate up to three people. And a bedroom that can accommodate up to three people in three single beds. Or you can put the two single beds together to make one queen-sized bed good for a couple and a single bed for a child to accommodate a family.

The basics:
1 bedroom apartment with balcony and toilet and bath
Amenities: fully equipped kitchen with ref and oven, washing machine, hairdryer and necessities
Good for up to 6 people.
Good for couples, families, and group of friends.
Located in Villaggio Porto Coda Cavallo in San Teodoro, Sardinia, 20 minutes south of Olbia-Costa Smeralda airport
Supermarket, pharmacy, bar, salon and spa, boutique, diving center close by in the same village.
Parking space available in the village. Accessible by San Teodoro beach bus if without a car.
In front of and 5 minutes walking from Spiaggia Salina Bamba
600 meters, 21 minutes walking to Cala Brandinchi
10 kilometers away from La Cinta Beach, 20 minutes by car.
2.6 kilometers away from Punta Est, 7 minutes by car, 35 minutes walking.

If you want some privacy, and all the comforts of a relaxed home while having a summer getaway, this is the closest thing you can have. If you are interested, leave a comment below and we will get back to you via email with the details and availability.

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Melbourne, Australia (March 2016)

Australia, Victoria By June 19, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Three and a half hours after departing Perth, I arrived at the Qantas terminal in Melbourne where Fabio was waiting for me. He had come with his friends all the way from Pearcedale, more than an hour’s worth of drive. Due to the differences in time zone, I arrived before nine in the evening even if I left Perth at three in the afternoon.

We took a walk around the Docklands, and got ourselves in one of the free City Circle Trams at the stop in Docklands Drive for a free ride to see the overall sights of the city. I took some pictures of some interesting buildings along the way. The City Circle Tram service provides a free and convenient way to get around central Melbourne. It travels around the city and links with other tram, train and light rail services in and around Melbourne.

There was not enough time to see everything but this is not the last time I would find myself in Melbourne. In fact, I went back and forth Melbourne two more times, staying at least a week each time to explore different parts of this beautiful city. Any crazy hipster and artist would tell you that Melbourne is probably the best city in Australia

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Perth, Western Australia (February 2016)

Australia, Western Australia By June 17, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Flying via Quantas from Singapore on my way to Melbourne, I arrived shortly before dinner in Perth for a few hours of lay-over. My friend Jo-Harri and a friend of his picked me up in a car at the airport.

I didn’t have so much time as my flight leaves at four in the afternoon. They asked me what I wanted to see or do, and as always, I said I wanted to see the museum and art gallery. I make it a point not to miss a visit to a museum or art gallery of any city I happen to find myself in. They said they knew exactly where to go.

Perth may not be as famous as other Australian cities but it sure does have its own sights and culture. It is also worth visiting, even if it takes hours and several timezones to cross the Australian continent.

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Surfing in La Union, February 2016

Family, La Union, Surfing By June 16, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

While we were in El Nido, something happened. Fabio and I had a huge fight that almost ended our relationship. He moved out to stay at a different resort. Lia and I left for Manila ahead of him while he hung out with his friends for a few more days. He was also waiting for his own Australian visa. I decided to invite him to go surfing somewhere close to Manila. He flew back to Manila and all together we found ourselves in La Union, staying at the apartment of my friend Raffy who works with the owners of Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel and El Union coffee.

I introduced him to my friends at Four Aces Surf School and we went surfing with the Valdezes, Daisy, Anthony, and Lea. We found ourselves having our breakfasts at San Juan Beach Resort and El Union Coffee, dinners at Kahuna, Flotsam and Jetsam, and Naknak’s – a popular carenderia across El Union Coffee for the duration of our one-week stay there.

And even though I was happy to see all my friends in La Union again and go surfing again, you could see the toll of all these frenzy taking its toll on me.

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Sibaltan, El Nido, Palawan

Family, Life in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines By June 5, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

It takes an average of two hours on a motorbike to get to Sibaltan. The drive is hot and dusty, and scooters are a definite no-no. We rented a proper motorbike to get ourselves there and took at least two stops on the way for respite from the heat and the accompanying stress of having to dodge rocks and holes on the road. There are two roads one can take to get there. The other has more paved roads but is longer. It takes the same time to get to Sibaltan then whichever road one chooses. The trip is largely uneventful, passing through dry forests, little villages, and few sights.

Soon, the roads from El Nido town to Sibaltan would become more accessible and as the town center becomes more and more crowded, more and more tourists looking for peace, quiet, and good old nature would find themselves going north.

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Travel Information for Siquijor

Philippines, Siquijor By June 4, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Diving and Snorkeling
The island has excellent diving. Apo Island is also accessible from Siquijor but one has to ask for the schedule with the dive shops because they do not go everyday. Most of the sites are on the west side of the island so staying in the town of San Juan is best. There is excellent snorkeling in front of Coco Grove Beach Resort. If you are not a guest, you cannot get inside the resort and you are supposedly not allowed to hang out on their beach. But there is a parcel of land in between one part of Coco Grove Beach Resort, the original one, if my memory serves me right, and the extension. The extension has the swimming pools and more buildings and rooms. Find the pathway in the piece of land without a fence in between the resort and you will find yourself in public property. Find the locals guarding the area and pay the corresponding Php50 fee with them and you can snorkel in front of the beach of Coco Grove Beach Resort. From there, you can also enjoy sunset and drinks at the restaurant of the resort. Once you get past the entrance, they actually do not care if you are a guest in the resort or not, as long as you dine or drink at their restaurant.

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