PULAU UBIN | Singapore’s Off the Beaten Path

Singapore Merlion

Singapore is known as one of the best places to travel with family, and just this year, Lonely Planet has ranked Singapore as the world’s number one country to travel to next year. Why not? Singapore is like traveling the world without leaving the island. When I move here, I was thinking of Singapore only as a major shopping destination for shopaholics. A stopover for travelers to explore its neighboring countries—Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the list goes on. It never crossed my mind that Singapore has a lot to offer for adventure seeker who is in constant search for that off the beaten path. All you need to do is explore.

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Sabang, Palawan | Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour

Mangrove Paddle boat tour in Sabang, PalawanSabang is known as the entry point for the Underground River Tour. When we went to Palawan, we weren’t able to book for the underground river tour. Since Sabang is part of our itinerary, we decided to push through with our plan. We love to explore new places, and I think Sabang is still worth our visit. I wasn’t wrong about this. People might not know this, but there are a lot of things you can do in this small town besides going on an Underground River Tour. One of these is the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour.

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EL NIDO | Inland Tour

Nacpan Beach | Twin Beach | Nagkalit-Kalit Waterfalls

Twin beach in Nacpan, El NidoWe initially agreed to take the Tour C for our second day in El Nido, but since my cousin doesn’t want to do any island hopping, we take the Inland tour instead. We traveled 25km up north from El Nido town riding a tricycle. It was a long and bumpy road to Nacpan beach. But everything was all worth it.  

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Summer is definitely more fun with NIVEA SUN! My top summer wonder is Malalison Island

5 Reasons 
Malalison Island should be part of the 7 Summer Wonders in the Philippines

Situated in Culasi Channel off the western coast of Culasi, Antique. It is easy to see why Malalison Island is also known as the ‘Gem of Culasi Channel’. While Boracay has been the main attraction in the part of western visayas, the Malalison island retained its mysterious appeal, and left unexplored by tourists. With an area of 50 hectares, Malalison have a lot to offer to tourists and adventure travel seekers alike.

1. Adventure | For someone who seeks adventure, you can hike up to the highest hill or peak of Malalison Island for less than an hour. You can even cross your way to Nablag Islet, which is just adjacent to Malalison Cove. Not an extreme adventure but nevertheless, it still an adventure. 🙂

2. Culture | Try a native dish. They said, that the way to know the culture of a place is through their food. One of Malalison’s native dish is grilled fresh pugita/octopus. I can guarantee you, all sea food in this area are fresh.

3. Nature | Malalison has the best diving spot for divers who admire the nature underwater. Exploring the world under you is also one of the best way to appreciate nature. With Malalison’s crystal clear water, I’m pretty sure you’ll clearly see the different species living down there.

4. Sand | Malalison Island has fine white sand that can be compared to that of Boracay’s. This island have a magnificent sandbar that can be enjoyed by everyone, and also the best location for  a romantic date.

5. Sun | Summer wouldn’t be perfect without the heat of the sun. And here in Malalison Island, sun is everywhere.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your Nivea Sun block, head down to Malalison Island and enjoy your summer with the world’s no.1 sun care brand. 🙂

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Culasi, Antique | Exploring Malalison/Mararison Island

After a hardcore and strenuous climb in Mt. Madja-as, everyone deserves a relaxing side trip.  I personally wanted to relax in a place with a few people. And Boracay is out of the story. Since Malalison Island is the nearest island in Culasi, we decided to spend the rest of our trip there.
Malalison Island is also known as Mararison Island. It is one of the three island barangays of Culasi, Antique. A 55-hectare undeveloped island which can be reached  by a 15-minute ride off coast of Poblacion, by motorized pump-boat. This magnificent island is famous with its clean pebbled beach sand, coral reefs and crystal clear blue waters which are good for sailing, snorkeling, fishing and scuba diving.
After having our dinner in Culasi, a couple of my friends went to the shore to hire a motorized pump-boat.  Unfortunately, they were priced higher than expected. Mr. Sumanting of Culasi Tourism Office told us that a round trip from Culasi to Malalison Island will only cost P1,000. So we call Mr. Sumanting and asked for help.
(L to R) me, Jahbert, Mr. Sumanting, Jai-jai, Bojek, Bart, Bossing
He was generous enough to meet us again and introduce to Mr. Mario Fuentiblanca (Kap Mario), which is the Barangay Chairman of Malalison Island. Like Mr. Sumanting, Kap Mario is also a very hospitable man. He brought over to Culasi one of their pump boat for us. And like what Mr. Sumanting had promised us, the round trip of pump boat only cost us P1,000.
The long stretched sandbar welcome us when we arrived in Malalison Island. It was already 6PM when we reached the island. The magnificent sandbar was very apparent under the bright moon, which create a romantic ambiance to the people sitting in the sand. We planned to spend the night in the sandbar. Unfortunately, it suddenly rain forcing us to sleep inside the Barangay’s Multi-Purpose Building.
The next day, we all agreed to trek through the miniature mountains of Malalison Island. It was around 8AM when we started to hike towards the other side of the island, which the Nablag islet dwell. This islet can be crossed on foot during low tides, and we were just so lucky to have crossed it that day. We didn’t spend a lot of time in Nablag Islet because the water is getting higher. We even feel the current of the water when we crossed back to Malalison.
Kap Mario also mention a cave on the island. Since the cave was just adjacent to the cove, we didn’t have a hard time looking for it. There were a lot of groups in that part of the island. Most of the people who want to spend time with their families on Easter Sunday were there. It was also in that part of the island were fishermen dive for  octopus or kugita. This kid is holding one, ready to grill.
We saw Kap Mario near the cave, and ask him if we could hitch a ride back to the Multi-Purpose building. Since the pump boat that he brought can only carry 5-6 people, we were transported by batch. The girls were escorted first toward the pump boat. We can observe how crystal clear the water was from where we were sitting. We could see clearly the black sea urchin below us. So far, the water in this island is the clearest sea water I have ever seen in my entire life. I just hope this island will be taken care of and handled properly by the locals.
Malalison Island is such a paradise. If you happen to travel around Antique, spend a night in the island and explore its beauty. This island has a lot to offer. You can hike around the island for an hour or two. Walk your way to the island’s cove, and march towards Nablag islet. Just make sure to cross back to Malalison before the water rises. Check out their cave which is just adjacent to the cove. Snorkel through their crystal clear water and enjoy the heat of summer. Rock n’ Roll! \m/
How to Get There:
From Cebu, board on a boat bound to Iloilo City. From Iloilo Port, take a cab to V-hire terminal. From there, ride a V-hire to Culasi, Antique and ask the driver to drop you off at Culasi Municipal Hall. Walk a couple of blocks to the shore and hire a pump boat bound for Malalison Island.
Boat Fare (Cebu-Iloilo) – 810 Php (one way)
Taxi Fare – 100 Php/head (one way)
V-hire Fare – 200 Php/head (one way)
Pump boat to Malalison – 1,000 Php(8 person-round trip)
Barangay Fee (Malalison) – 10 Php/head
Contact Person: 
Mr. John John U. Sumanting
Municipal Information Officer
Tourism Officer
Tel. No. : (036) 277-8077
Cell. No. : 09163245068
Email : johnjohnsumanting_mio@yahoo.com
* Contact the tourism office before you go there. Mr. Sumanting can help you find a cheaper pump boat to Malalison Island.
*Bring tents if you want to camp in the shoreline.
* Print a map to guide you throughout your adventure.
Check out my other adventures in Antique:

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Adventure Bucket List

I love adventure ever since I was a child. I love to climb trees and spend most of my time outdoors. Now that I’m all grown up, I’m loving more extreme outdoor and adventures. I’ll give you a chance to have a peek at my adventure bucket list. This might encourage you to create one. ^_^

Note: ☻ = been there, done that! ^_^

Scuba diving
Bike Tour
White water rafting
Run a full marathon
Bungee Jumping

So there you go. My kind of adventure!

How to Prepare for a Trip

Summer is almost here. So I want to share to you an idea on how to prepare for your trip. I just hope this can help you, especially to those who loves to travel.

1. Decide
Decide where you want to go. How much your budget for the travel, and Who will go with you. If you some extra time, search on the net about the place you want to travel. What’s their culture. Also decide on what clothes to bring for the trip.

2. Prepare
You might want to call a hotel or resort for any reservation.If you happen to decide to use a tent.  Try to ask for any information regarding campsite. Prepare the things you will bring during the trip. Backpacking Checklist will come on handy with this.  Make sure everything that you will bring is working great. Be sure you make itinerary of your trip and give a copy to your family. So if anything happens and worst comes to worst. They know where to find you.

3. Run-through 
Have a run-through on everything. Have you booked your flight? Have you call a hotel or resort for any reservation? Do you need a passport for the trip? Do you have everything that you need to bring for the trip? Have you research anything about the place you want to visit? Such things need to be done before your trip.

4. Enjoy!
Now you can enjoy your trip. You have prepare everything for it. All you need to do is relax and enjoy your vacation.

Backpacking Checklist

I was scanning through my files in the drawer and I come across this climbing checklist. It was given to me by a friend a long time ago, to help me with my packing. Honestly, I really have some packing issues. I usually forgot to bring the most important things during our climbs. This checklist have really work wonders to me. I hope it will also help you. This also a good reference for travelers.

___ Long sleeved shirt
___ Short sleeved shirt
___ Sweater
___ parka
___ Vest
___ Pants (non-denim)
___ insulated long pants
___ cycling shorts
___ long underwear
___ swimsuit

___ Cap, hat, visor
___ bandana, tubao
___ facemask, ski mask

___ Mountain shoes
___ Socks
___ Gaiters
___ Sandals, Slippers

___ Mitts
___ Gloves
    Wind/Rain wear
___ Raincoat, poncho, rain pants
___ Wind breaker, Wind pants
___ Tent, Vestibule, Stakes, Guylines
___ Ground Sheet, Tarp
___ Backpack, Pack Cover
___ Day pack, Assault Bag
___ Ditty Bag
___ Pack plastic liner/bag
___ Sleeping bag
___ Sleeping pad
___ walking pole
___ stove, fuel
___ Matches, Lighter
___ Lantern, Candles
___ Cookpot, cups, plates
___ spoon, fork
___ Can opener, Corkscrew
___ Polybags, aluminum foil
___ water container
___ knife/swiss knife
___ Toothbrush, floss
___ Toothpaste
___ Washcloth, Towelettes
___ Toilet paper, tissue
___ Sanitary napkins
___ First Aid kit
___ Water purifier/filter
___ Lip protection
___ Insect repellant
___ Glasses
___ Sunscreen
___ Maps, Map case
___ Compass
___ Altimeter
___ Signal Mirror, Flares
___ Whistle
___ Pencil, Pen
___ Radio
___ Thermometer
___ Watch, Clock
___ Monocular, Binoculars
___ Bolo
___ Flashlight
___ Extra Batteries
___Rice, Cereals
___ Canned goods
___ Instan Noodles
___ Wheat/Rye bread
___ Salt, Pepper, Sugar
___ Cooking oil, Butter
___ Spices
___ Vitamins
    Trail foods
___ Cheese
___ Bread, Cookies, crakers
___ Chocolates
___ Raisins
___ Nuts
___ Fruits
___ Jellies
___ Nata de coco
___ Jam
___ Game cards
___ Personal music player
___ Books, Magazine
___ Guidebooks
___ Camera, Tripod
___ Spirits, Alcohol beverages
___ Cold Drink mixes, juices
___ Energy Drinks
___ Breakfast drinks (coffee, tea)
___ Repair kit, tool kit
___ Nylon line, wire, rope
___ Duct tape, epoxy
___ Employment ID, student ID
___ Medical Insurance ID
___ Climb ID
___ Betadine, Paficare, etc.
___ Iodine
___ Bandage, Band-Aids
___ Sterile Gauze
___ Tape
___ Anti-Infection ointment
___ Cotton, cotton buds
___ Fisherman’s friend
___ Eye  drops
___ Paracetamol
___ Lomotil, diatabs
___ Pain Reliever
___ Ethyl alcohol
___ Anti itch solution
___ Anti-histamine
___ Toothacke meds
___ Antibiotic
___ oil
___ Powder
___ Deodorant
___ Razor
___ Mirror
___ Lotion
___ Facial cleanser
___ Comb, brush
___ soap
___ shampoo
Now, you might worry how to pack that all into your bags. Well, you don’t have to bring it all. Just pick out the things you want and make your own checklist.
To make it easier for you to locate your things in your backpack, create a system that will enable you to immediately point where you placed a particular item in your pack. Say a check mark before an item means it is located in the hood of your pack, a backslash means it is located in the green ditty bag in the pack. Overtime, you will be able to formulate your own checklist.
I have already made my own personal checklist now and got my own system of packing. I hope this will also help you out on your packing. I have a downloadable link here in case you want to download the file. CLICK HERE to download.