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Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia (March 2016)

Australia, New South Wales, Travel By July 3, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

I wouldn’t say that Byron Bay in the northeast of New South Wales is a popular tourist destination. I have never heard of it before I found myself there. Still, Fabio said that’s where we were going because a friend of his told him it was where we should spend the longest time of our trip together and it is a wonderful place for surfing. He had only taken up surfing in Duli Beach in El Nido with my friends from Surf El Nido, and in La Union with my friends from Four A’ces Surf School, but he was already hooked.

Byron Bay is 772 kilometers north of Sydney and 165 kilometers south of Brisbane. To get there, there are three airports within 2 hours drive.

And why were we in Australia again? Because Fabio, ever since he was young had told himself he would never every get married, not even if he fathered a child. He did not believe in marriage. And yet, he wanted to complete his bucket list. Apparently he had a bucket list he wanted to complete before settling down, for this man whom I met in the middle of his travels and have been traveling for nearly half his life, was on his way home.

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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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My Blanks and I on Our Very First Date

Life In Italy, Lifestyle, Sardegna, Surfing, Surfing By April 21, 2017 Tags: , , , , No Comments

It may not look it but this picture shows many firsts and it had to be documented.

A first time for my wetsuit, a Christmas present from my husband.
A first time for my brand new surfboard, an advanced birthday present from my husband. Along with a new leash and booties.
A first time for me and my husband to be surfing together at the same time in the water. We had to take turns before in terms of boards and instructors.
A first time for me to go surfing this year.
And lastly, a first time for me to be surfing in the waters of Sardegna.
And what better place to do it but in a secret spot close to our home. A mere 20-30 minutes away drive, in the very same town we live in.

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Catanduanes Reef Break 2016 May 19-21

Catanduanes, Music, Surfing By April 30, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

The Catanduanes Reef Break is an event geared towards helping the locals of Catanduanes, specifically in Puraran, through providing proper boards and uplift their well-being – one local at a time. It is an event organized by Surf Catanduanes and Surf4Ezra, a non-profit organization (founded by High School batch mates and friends) dedicated to continue the advocacies of Ezra ‘Tisoi’ Efondo. The specific objectives of the Catanduanes Reef Break 2015 still remain: first, to generate funds that would enable our local surfers to buy quality surfboards, as well as to fund their travel expenses during competitions; and second, to foster, develop, and promote sustainable tourism industry in Catanduanes Island.

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Majestic Puraran Surfing Cup 2013 – Catanduanes, Philippines

Catanduanes, Surfing By September 20, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Hey, hey! Surf’s up! Catanduanes is not quite as well-known as a surfing destination in the Philippines for the following reasons:

1. Catanduanes, the Land of the Howling Winds because of the frequency of tropical storms, is not easy to get to. Flights from Manila to Virac are few and expensive.

  • Cebu Pacific has flights to Virac on Mondays, Wednesdays and the entire weekend
  • Sky Jet Airlines recently launched flights to Virac and has flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

As a side note, Skyjet has hot deals for flights from October 15 onwards at Php2,500 one way. Check it out!

If not flying, the only other way to get there is to take the roll on-roll off ferry from the port of Tabaco in the province of Albay, which is 10-12 hours away by bus from Manila, covering 580 km (360 mi). You can cut this land travel short by flying to either  Naga City in Camarines Sur or Legazpi City in Albay, to which flights are more than once a day and are also cheaper, and travel by land (less than 2 hours from Naga and less than an hour from Legazpi) to the port of Tabaco.

Several ferry services are in the Port of Tobacco:

  • Regina Shipping Lines, has a ferry service from Tobaco Port to the seaport of the town of San Andres in Catanduanes. The voyage takes around two and half hours. From San Andres to Virac you can either jump on a jeepney or take a trike.
  • MV Eugenia will take you straight into the seaport of the capital town of Virac and take about three and a half hours.
roro in san andres port, catanduanes

Ferry in San Andres Port, Catanduanes. Photo taken in 2008.

a volcano, a boat at a port

M/V Star Ferry-1 Regina Shipping Lines Inc. At the Tabaco port in Albay. Photo taken in 2008.

2. Puraran and the Majestics is not a place for beginner surfers. The waves are, well, majestic, in that they swell at the height of up to 10 feet on a 6 meter long barrel, and are only advisable for intermediate and expert surfers.

“The best known wave on the island is called Majestics, located off a gorgeous beach in the village of Puraran, which is in the middle of nowhere, two and a half hours from the capital of Virac. Majestics is a powerful and fast right hand breaking wave that gets raves from surfers. It can be extremely dangerous… because the reef is actually a shallow ledge. This means that the wave jumps out of the ocean very quickly and instead of rolling like Monaliza, it forms a fast moving bowl, which slams down into the shallow reef below. If you make a mistake on this wave you’ll have one majestically big headache. If not I’m certain you will be very happy.”Source

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A Short Surfing Trip in Bacnotan, La Union

La Union By March 19, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

After the one-day Digital Influencers Marketing Summit in Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, we headed to San Juan for a little bit of surfing. Surfing was no good in Urbiztondo that Sunday so we found ourselves boarding a jeep with our surf boards and instructors to Bacnotan. The sun was relentlessly hot but that did not stop us from surfing all day. 

Surfing in Bacnotan, La Union

Surfing in Bacnotan, La Union

I had just come from El Nido, and went straight to La Union. This sunburn was going to be, only, the start of a series of very bad sunburns. *Shakes head*

I strap my leash on my left leg, being goofy, so there goes the white patch where my leash was.

Surfing in Bacnotan, La Union

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Surf All Day during the Surf and Music Festival 2012

La Union, Photography, Surfing, Travel Factor By November 7, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , 11 Comments

Day 3 of the Surf and Music Festival 2012 was spent surfing! My muscles were sore all over and bruises were starting to form on my left knee and here and there on my legs but aside from being there for the music and my friends, I was also there for the surf, so surf I did!

Preparing to Surf

I passed on the drinking til the wee hours of that Saturday morning so I could have enough rest and wake up early with enough energy to actually paddle but I still woke up at 10 AM! Nevertheless, after a cup of coffee and tapsilog I was out in the sun and sea. 

Welcome back to Surfing!

No matter how small the waves are, I never go out to surf without an instructor. I’ve learned it the hard way. I was once at Monaliza Point some years back, had a really long ride that brought me near the shore and the corals and rocks, and made the mistake of paddling out in the wrong direction when I was wiped out to the point of drowning. Good thing I had Anthony Valdez as my instructor then so he came out to help me. I haven’t been to the point since then. I’m building up some stamina and some courage for that. Also, there were so many people out during the festival that accidents were almost inevitable and H had broken a board in two the day before. My best friend on this trip was Tinay.

Welcome back to Surfing!

Welcome back to Surfing!

Welcome back to Surfing!

Welcome back to Surfing!

Welcome back to Surfing!

Welcome back to Surfing!

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The Surf and Music Festival 2012 has now moved to San Juan, La Union

Surfing, Travel Factor By October 5, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

For more updates, Like the Aloha Boardsports page on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Alohabsports

And the Surf and Music Festival 2012 official website for more information:
http://alohaboardsports.wix.com/surfmusicfestival

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And if you are looking for packages, Travel Factor has it all:

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Surf and Music Festival 2012 Updates

Ilocos By September 5, 2012 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

The Aloha Boardsports Surf and Music Festival 2012 is fast approaching! Here are some updates.

Like the Aloha Boardsports Official Facebook page for more details on the event.
Like the Travel Factor Facebook page for more updates on packages.

Check this page out for more details on the TF packages ->http://beta.travelfactor.org/smf2012/

Travel Factor has the best rooms at the festival. Stay right at the center of all the surf and music. Last 100 slots for Mairaira Beach (Brgy. Balaoi, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte)!

As of 12:45 PM, Sep 4, 2012, Travel Factor have the following available slots for Mairaira Beach:

PREMIUM AC – many slots available
PREMIUM Fan – fully booked
REGULAR AC – 35 slots available

REGULAR Fan – 11 slots available
ADVENTURE AC – 3 slots available
ADVENTURE Fan – 12 slots available

Register now while slots are available!

 

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