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Traveling to Semirara, Caluya and/or Libertad in Antique

Traveling to Semirara, Caluya and/or Libertad in Antique

From San Jose on Mindoro Island not only the ferry to Coron departs, but also to the Islands of Semirara (the mining Island) Caluya and even Libertad on Panay Island. All Island are located in the Province of Antique. San Jose port is a long stretched port and the banca departing to those islands is found at Pier 1, at the beginning of the pier you can find the ticket booth. Now, I did not travel this ferry myself. So…

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Gensol Plaza Hotel, Mamburao, Mindoro Occidental

Gensol Plaza Hotel, Mamburao, Mindoro Occidental

Talk about an affordable place in a sweet little town….that is what this hotel is all about. it is a quiet getaway for a few pesos. Rooms start at 800 pesos and are very basic. No hot shower, little balcony, comfortable bed. Soap, toothpaste and shampoo is provided. Cleanness can be obtain a little more in this hotel. Although at first sight it seems spotless, my companion had cockroaches in the bathroom. The big ones coming from behing the tiles….

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Visiting a Zoo in the Philippines

Visiting a Zoo in the Philippines

The first time I visited a zoo in the Philippines I was shocked. I visited Siliman’s Zoo in Dumaguete: Centrop. Gosh what a disaster of a zoo that was/is. It is still burned in my brains, the horrid cages and the poverty and hungry animals. After that I have visited more zoo’s like the one in Cebu city and the little zoo at the Balete Tree in Siquijor. And recently the one in Calapan. I must say, coming from a…

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Ferry schedule Abra d’Ilog to Batangas City and vice versa

Ferry schedule Abra d’Ilog to Batangas City and vice versa

In Abra de Ilog roro depart daily to Batangas city. The port is a little outside the village itself and offers not much. There is a hotel and a diner, but that is about it. For the rest the buildings are port authority, terminal and offices. Montenegro has a schedule (more or less) and Besta Shipping Lines departs when reasonably full. Here are the departure times for Besta Shipping Lines: Boarding the Roro with the motorcycle: Departure times for Montenegro…

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Christina Resort, White Beach, Puerto Galera

Christina Resort, White Beach, Puerto Galera

Upon arrival in White beach we went immediately to Christina Resort in San Isidro (White Beach) A newly build apartment building right in front of the elementary school. When arriving in White Beach from Puerto Galera you take the first street on the left, just behind the tricycle terminal, drive up that little road until you reach the first building with a pool and a mural of Swiss mountains and snow. Although newly build, the apartment complex is already deteriorating….

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Garden of Tabinay, Puerto Galera

Garden of Tabinay, Puerto Galera

Garden of Tabinay is the place we come across while fleeing from the endless noise of White Beach. Upon arrival it all seemed calm and peaceful and very quiet. So we decided to move. Were we mistaken. The Garden of Tabinay is an example of how a good development in the Philippines can be ruined by a bad neighbourhood. Once The Garden of Tabinay must have been a haven, an oasis. The garden cottages are a gem. Homely comfortable, everything…

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Ferry schedule to Boracay from Bulalacao

Ferry schedule to Boracay from Bulalacao

In the small town of Bulalacao FastCat operates a daily schedule to Caticlan, the gateway to Boracay and vice versa. On board FastCat which is supposed to be the most safe and reliable ferry company in the Philippines, you can buy food and drinks. Travel time for this trip is 3 hours, prices start at 375 php for economy (outside top deck), 440 for premium economy (inside and air con), 500 pesos for business class. For hotel reviews for Bulalacao…

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