Thursday, May 26, 2011

What is the beach featured in the Island Explorer's home page title?

Do you people recognize it?
The last time I was here was in March 2008, three years ago, almost undiscovered.
I kind of regret posting it here and naming it the best beach in the world.
Yes, the world.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Finally, Redang Island!

The best beaches of Malaysia for me lie in the Eastern coast of Peninsula Malaysia. While the Borneo side, especially Sandakan are also gorgeous, I see them more as spots for diving. When I first set foot on the Eastern coast, particularly in the lovely Perhentians, I vowed to myself that I would be back. So here I was, back in the eastern coast, but now in a more popular island called Redang.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

This is Corregidor

The last time I was in Corregidor was way back in the early 1990s. I was entering high school then, and we took some of our relatives from the US for a day tour. I could barely remember what transpired that day. Ever since, I've been curious about what Corregidor holds, especially after 20 years.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Forbidden City: Beijing Series

It is not difficult to tell if you are near the Forbidden City. Buses are lined up the streets, and a wall seemed to stretch the entire length of an avenue. And it doesn't end. You won't see much from outside, but once you step in, you enter an ancient world.

Beijing Olympics Park

It was winter, and it was getting colder as the day progresses. After a satisfying lunch, we made a stopover at one of Beiing's top spots, its 2008 Summer Olympics village.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Summer Palace: Beijing Series

The next day was our tour of the city, and our first stop was the Summer Palace. As the rest house of the emperor of China, I knew we were in for another sort of magnificence.

The Great Wall of China: Beijing Series

I cannot express how much I love China. Coming from a previous unforgettable trip across the Chinese Southwest, I was left yearning for more adventure. So, 2 years after, I made my way back to China, but now to its heartland, the capital Beijing.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Not Too Late for Summer 2011

I hope it's not to late for me to present my wish list for this Summer of 2011. I have been seeking the best island escapes in the Philippines and South East Asia for 6 years already, and I have not been to these ones yet. I hope to make it before the rainy season begins.

1. Bukas Grande (Surigao del Norte)

My number 1 choice is a place that I wasn't able to visit when i went to Siargao. I believe that the islands of Surigao (Norte and Sur) are the next hotspots - may I say the next Palawan. When Dedon Island Resort hopefully opens this June in Siargao, I will definitely make the trip.

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2. Calicoan Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar

I've always wanted to go, but its isolation meant I needed more time to get there and explore the place. But this picture of ABCD beach just makes me drop everything and leave. I'm not a surfer, but hopefully, I will be able to learn at the much talked about Surf Camp.

3. Bitaog Beach, Dinagat Islands

Dinagat Island is just northeast of Surigao del Norte, hence, you get the same quality of islands. And this picture of Bitaog Beach screams castaway. I really can't help but place my bets on these group of islands in the eastern seaboard of our beautiful country.

photo by Mike Durero

4. Cagbalete Island, Lamon Bay, Quezon

I've been hearing about this for years now. The never ending white sand seem to impress me, but I'm more curious about the other islands surrounding it like Balesin which has a private resort. Calaguas is in the same basin of water, so there must be promise in these islands.

5. Camotes Islands, Cebu

Please, once and for all, take me to Camotes. The last time we were in Cebu, we opted for Sumilon over Camotes. If I don't go now, I will never go in frustration. Same thing that happened to me with Batanes. And I don't care if I get disappointed or not. I just wanna see this place.

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So there, most of them again from the Visayas. I still have to find new beaches that's just 3 hours away from Manila. If you do have suggestions, please let me know. I don't know where to go anymore when I crave for sand and sun every Saturday morning. Till then, happy Summer!


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