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DIY ILOILO + GUIMARAS (MY FIRST SOLO BACKPACKING)

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Violet’s desire to see the world hasn’t changed, even if means to travel alone.

Solo backpacking. What a big change that sounds. It had never ever happened before. Violet – a traveller always accompanied by friends, now gone solo. What lies ahead for her with no one but herself to depend on? This is definitely no ordinary trip for a girl running solo for the very first time.

Day 1: Planning Iloilo-Antique-Guimaras

That was the original plan but the delayed flight from Manila 4:45 PM went beyond what is expected. Violet arrived more or less 8:00 in the evening in the beautiful Iloilo International airport but was delighted with the tourism office full of beautiful maps of Western Visayas. She knew what to look for next, a van taking her to SM Iloilo (Php 50.00) and then arrived 9:00 PM.

Seeing SM Iloilo closes, she is screaming her panicking heart out. Good thing, a very kind looking Ilocano is also waiting for a ride and she asked for directions going to Robinsons Place Iloilo for the Ong Bun Pension House, and she wasn’t disappointed.

???? She said to herself, “that wasn’t that bad or scary. Iloilo is good. It was just like Metro Manila. Nothing to fear.”

So, she rode the Mandurriao jeepney, paid Php 7.00, scanned every turns on the road and checked google map. Happy not to encounter any traffic.

Where to Stay in Iloilo?

Going to Ong Bun Pension House is an easy find. It’s very near Robinsons Place Iloilo but the street where it is located is quite dark and lots of girls where roaming the dark alleys. Not my biz anyways. I just noticed them when I bought my chicken joy meal at Plazoleta Gay.

Remarkable about my first Day in Iloilo: Good roads. No traffic. The yema is too good to ruin my diet (bought it infront of Jollibee). A night time to plan my solo exploration since I had no itinerary prepared. Sleep.

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Day 2: ILOILO – GUIMARAS Island Tour

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How to Get There: From Ong Bun Pension House going to Ortiz Port, ride a jeepney going to La Paz (7.00). Get off at the University of Iloilo and walk straight to the port, unfortunately the pumpboats going to Jordan Port  transferred to Parola Wharf as per advised the coast guard (Typhoon in Luzon). Hence, another ride with a tricycle worth 20.00 just to get there (approx. 15 minute ride).

Once there, bought my ticket for 14.00 and register. It was just a short boat ride and then there’s Guimaras. Welcome! Welcome to Guimaras Province!

I was greeted to sign in the tourism office and I was greeted by Kuya Cherald – my tour guide. Yes. If you’ve read about him. It’s him. 🙂

ISLAND LAND TOUR
Do not underestimate this small island, it did look small in the map but in a ride, you have to prep the butt for the long bumpy ride.

Here is the list of the places Violet explored (in order, with gallery and notes):

| BALAAN BUKID | SMALLEST PARK | NAVALAS CHURCH & BELFRY | ROCA ENCANTADA | SAN LORENZO WINDMILLS | CAPITOL | TRAPPIST MONASTERY | MANGO PLANTATION | GUISI LIGHTHOUSE |balaan bukid selfeet

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YEXEL’S TOY MUSEUM LAS PINAS

Toy Museum Photos with Walt Disney Quotes YEXEL'S TOY MUSEUM LAS PINAS

“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” – Hercules

“The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” -The Lion King

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Disney movie

“Some people care too much … I think it’s called love.” – Winnie the Pooh

“Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it. ” -A Nightmare Before Christmas

“Don’t just fly, soar.” – Dumbo

“Always let your conscience be your guide.” – Pinocchio

“Life’s not a spectator sport. If watchin’ is all you’re gonna do, then you’re gonna watch your life go by without ya.” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

“A single grain of rice can tip the scale. One man may be the difference between victory and defeat.” – Mulan

“In every job that must be done there is an element of fun.” – Mary Poppins

“Nothing’s impossible.” – Doorknob from Alice in Wonderland

“Even miracles take a little time.” – The Fairy Godmother

“Remember: Faint heart never won fair lady.”
– Robin Hood

“You’ve heard of the golden rule, haven’t you? Whoever has the gold makes the rules!” – Jafar of Alladin

We lose more women to marriage than war, famine, and disease. –Cruella De Vil

There is a world where hope and dreams can last for all time. –Ariel

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VILLA ESCUDERO TIAONG QUEZON

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, 1993.

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

 

VILLA ESCUDERO TIAONG QUEZON

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

“At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.”

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.

“When someone sees the same people every day, they wind up becoming part of that person’s life. And then they want the person to change. If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”

“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.”

“There is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe…. The soul of the world is nourished by people’s happiness.”

“If good things are coming, they will be a pleasant surprise,” said the seer. “If bad things are, and you know in advance, you will suffer greatly before they even occur.”

“It’s not often that money saves a person’s life.”

“May love be your guide in every moment of your life.”

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Philippine Travelog List

7,107 island is a though number to count and I guess to fulfill my dreams and the challenge of exploring all of it,  let me try to at least touchdown on each of the listed provinces of the Philippines.

LUZON
Abra
Albay: Legazpi, Daraga
Albay: Rapu-Rapu Islands
Albay: remainder
Apayao
Aurora
Baguio
Bataan
Batanes
Batangas: Batangas City, Lipa, Mabini
Batangas: Nasugbu, Calatagan
Batangas: San Juan (Laiya)
Batangas: Taal Volcano
Batangas: remainder
Benguet
Bulacan: Malolos
Bulacan: remainder
Cagayan: Tuguegarao
Cagayan: Babuyan Islands
Cagayan: remainder
Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur: Metro Naga
Camarines Sur: Caramoan Peninsula
Camarines Sur: remainder
Catanduanes
Cavite: Tagaytay
Cavite: Corregidor
Cavite: Ternate, Maragondon
Cavite: remainder
Ifugao: Banaue
Ifugao: remainder
Ilocos Norte: Laoag, Paoay
Ilocos Norte: Pagudpud, Bangui, Burgos
Ilocos Norte: remainder
Ilocos Sur: Vigan
Ilocos Sur: remainder
Isabela
Kalinga
La Union
Laguna: western
Laguna: eastern
Marinduque
Masbate: Masbate Island
Masbate: Ticao Island
Masbate: Burias Island
Metro Manila
Mt. Province: Sagada
Mt. Province: remainder
Nueva Ecija
Nueva Vizcaya
Occidental Mindoro: Lubang Island
Occidental Mindoro: remainder
Olongapo, Subic Bay
Oriental Mindoro: Puerto Galera
Oriental Mindoro: remainder
Pampanga: San Fernando
Pampanga: Angeles, Clark SEZ
Pampanga: remainder
Pangasinan: Dagupan, Lingayen area
Pangasinan: Alaminos, Hundred Islands
Pangasinan: western
Pangasinan: remainder
Quezon: Lucena, Lucban, Mt. Banahaw area
Quezon: northern (Infanta, Real area)
Quezon: Bondoc Peninsula
Quezon: Polillo Islands
Quezon: Alabat Island
Quezon: remainder
Quirino
Rizal: Antipolo, Cainta, Taytay, Angono
Rizal: remainder
Romblon: Sibuyan Island, Romblon Island
Romblon: Tablas Island
Sorsogon
Tarlac
Zambales
PALAWAN
Palawan: Puerto Princesa
Palawan: El Nido, Linapacan
Palawan: Busuanga, Coron, Culion
Palawan: Cuyo Islands, Cagayancillo
Palawan: Tubbataha Reef
Palawan: Balabac Islands
Palawan: Dumaran Island
Palawan: northern remainder
Palawan: southern remainder
VISAYAS
Aklan: Kalibo
Aklan: Boracay, Caticlan

  

Aklan: remainder

     

Antique: mainland
Antique: Semirara Islands
Biliran
Bohol: Tagbilaran, Panglao Island
Bohol: Chocolate Hills

  

Bohol: remainder
Capiz
Cebu: Cebu, Mandaue, Mactan Island
Cebu: Bantayan Islands, Malapascua
Cebu: Camotes Islands
Cebu: remainder
Eastern Samar: mainland
Eastern Samar: Homonhon Island
Guimaras
Iloilo: Iloilo City
Iloilo: remainder
Leyte: Tacloban
Leyte: Ormoc
Leyte: remainder
Negros Occidental: Bacolod
Negros Occidental: remainder
Negros Oriental: Dumaguete
Negros Oriental: remainder
Northern Samar
Siquijor
Southern Leyte: mainland
Southern Leyte: Panaon Island
Western Samar
MINDANAO
Agusan del Norte: Butuan
Agusan del Norte: remainder
Agusan del Sur
Basilan
Bukidnon
Camiguin
Compostela Valley
Cotabato City
Davao City: downtown
Davao City: Mt. Apo
Davao City: remainder
Davao del Norte: mainland
Davao del Norte: Samal City
Davao del Sur: mainland
Davao del Sur: Sarangani Islands
Davao Oriental
Dinagat Islands
Lanao del Norte: Iligan
Lanao del Norte: remainder
Lanao del Sur
Maguindanao
Misamis Occidental
Misamis Oriental: Cagayan de Oro
Misamis Oriental: remainder
North Cotabato
Sarangani: eastern
Sarangani: western
Shariff Kabunsuan
South Cotabato: General Santos
South Cotabato: remainder
Sultan Kudarat
Sulu
Surigao del Norte: mainland
Surigao del Norte: Siargao, Bucas Grande Island
Surigao del Sur
Tawi-Tawi: main islands
Tawi-Tawi: Mapun, Turtle Islands
Zamboanga City: downtown
Zamboanga City: remainder
Zamboanga del Norte: Dipolog, Dapitan
Zamboanga del Norte: eastern remainder
Zamboanga del Norte: western remainder
Zamboanga del Sur
Zamboanga Sibugay