Be Dazzled by the Enchanted River

Be Dazzled by the Enchanted River

Nature is indeed a master of Art, and the enchanted river in Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur, Philippines is probably one of his master piece. For some who has doubt, it may looked liked it was photo shopped, but it isn't. Its color and beauty is unmatched in any river in the world. Its crystal clear water is one of the clearest you can find in any parts of the world, its blending with colors is magical and enchanting. Its hard to believe wonders like this hasn't yet to be discovered.

This river from Barangay Cambatong was called the Enchanted river because legend has it that fairies float above the water while the elves watched them from the banks.

Be Dazzled by the Enchanted River

Its also magical, because fishermen swear they have seen fish in the river but couldn't catch even a single one. There are also lots of stories of fairies appearing, a women that suddenly disappears and a lot more.

The river is also a favorite among scuba divers because it is very deep and they say it is like an endless abyss. None hasn't yet to touch the river's bottom.

Be Dazzled by the Enchanted River

The enchanted river is like a live painting, its color is very stunning and bewitching at the same time. I

Indeed, nature is the true artist and what makes its color very artistic is still a mystery.

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10 Tips to Fully Enjoy your Summer Vacation

10 Tips to Fully Enjoy your Summer VacationMost of us worked really hard all year long and now summer is here, its time to have some fun and let go all the negative energies of work. Here at SLtrippers we will give you summer tip for your total enjoyment and relaxation.

Summer vacation is a wonderful idea to restore and rejuvenate our body and mind. Its those rare times where we can bond with our family and friends without worrying time, money and work. 

Relax and take note of these tips to fully enjoy your summer vacation.

1. Do not wear your watch

By looking at the time we worry on what we will do. For example, you look at your watch and its 12 noon, so its usually time to eat and when its 9pm we usually go to bed. Chill out! leave the watch in your room, don't do the usual when you are at a summer vacation. Eat when you want to eat, and sleep when you want to sleep. Its nice to be irresponsible and worry free sometimes.

2. Bring less electronic devices

If possible, don't bring all your electronic gadgets on a summer vacation. Don't bring your laptop and smartphone at the same time, just pick one. Using electronic devices while on a trip could ruin your relaxation because you might be texting or surfing the net instead of scuba diving or doing waters sports with your friends and family.

3. Pick a destination where ALL can have fun

Everyone has different interest even when we are on outdoors. For example, if one of your family or friends is not into extreme water sports, then pick a destination where you can have fun while doing your thing while he/she is having fun with theirs. Try to ask some activity where all can agree so that you can bond with them.

4. Carry less

Once of the most stressful thing about traveling is carrying too much baggage. To fully enjoy your vacation you need to carry only the things that are necessary. Plan ahead of the schedule, how many days you will be on vacation, where, what clothes do you need?. Bring only those you can carry, unless someone else will do the carrying for you.

5. Just think that it is your sick day

Too much work makes us sick, right. And what do we do when we are sick? we are lazy, tired to go to work and we let other people do the basic chores like cleaning or washing the dishes. When we are on vacation we should stop thinking about work, or deadlines. We should think like a sick person, lazy for work but well when having fun.

6. Host a camp fire

If we hang out on the beach at night we usually takes dead leaves or any wooden sticks to be used in a camp fire. A camp fire is a great way to connect with the people around you. Share stories, and experience, in that way you will know them more.

7. Have a Popsicle

I don't know why but it feels good when I have a Popsicle or ice cream on a vacation, especially on the beach. I guess its a comfort food during summer. 

8. Plan ahead

A summer vacation should have a plan. If you have 8 people in your van, you need to know where you're spending the night. Because driving around some creepy town at midnight with hungry, whiny kids in the back isn't the funnest way to spend your time. So make reservations, or at least know your options ahead of time.

9. Don't forget the Camera!

Your fun memories is the most important thing on a vacation and its not complete without taking pictures of those unforgettable moments. Bring a camera to preserve those precious memories together with your family and friends.

And the most important tip of all!

10. Safety first

All of those tips are worthless if you are careless. Safety is always a priority in every traveler, make sure your car tire is on well condition, check the gas, make sure your vehicle runs well. Or if you are commuting, provide a compass, a map or GPS, in case you get lost. Take note all the the important numbers including near Police station telephone numbers, close relative land line numbers, or contact to the nearest Hospital. 

Don't go to places where locals don't want you to go. Also follow instructions of lifeguards to prevent drowning. Keep an eye for your children, and always follow them especially if they are toddlers. 

There you go!

Some tips to fully enjoy your summer vacation. Remember, have fun but keep in mind that safety is first.

Have a happy summer!

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Best Boracay Alternative Beaches

It has been a long time since I posted on this blog! and now I am back bringing nature back to you. So here we go with our latest post for this summer.

If the sun is hot, we all want to go to the beach. And if you have the right budget, most people go to boracay Island. But if you are like me, sometimes I prefer the less crowded places. In peak seasons like this boracay is very crowded, so some of us likes to look for Boracay alternative beaches which has is not too crowded, and you can have your own privacy.

So, Here we go, I got some Boracay Alternative Beaches.

1. Gumasa Beach, Glan, Saranggani Province

Best Boracay Alternative Beaches

Saranggani Province is not only known to be the province of world famous boxing Champ Manny Pacquiao, it it also a home of beautiful beaches. And Gumasa beach is one of them. It is located in Glan, Saranggani and can be reachable in just one hour travel from General Santos. Its beautiful white sand will let you think you are in Boracay.

2. Cuyo Island, Palawan

Best Boracay Alternative Beaches

If you don't like crowded beaches, then try Cuyo Island in Palawan. This tourist spot is great for relaxing and water sports. Go to Capusan beach in Cuyo, and you can experience wind surfing.

3. El Nido, Palawan 

Best Boracay Alternative Beaches

The first word I could describe El Nido in Palawan is "Paraiso"!. It is a place where you can relax, scuba dive or do anything to have a relaxing vacation. If you have been to Phuket, Thailand this beach is almost the same yet cheaper and has less people.

4. Malapascua, Cebu

Best Boracay Alternative Beaches


Located in the North of Cebu in the Philippines, Malapascua Island is surrounded with crystalline waters and spectacular coral reefs. The pristine white sand beaches are just sumptuous; a community of traditional fishermen lives in this small paradise.

Malapascua offers to the travelers an ideal journey of relaxation, idleness and rich submarine discoveries including the rare thresher shark.

5. Coron, Palawan

Best Boracay Alternative Beaches

There are many beautiful bleach white sand beaches in Coron, mostly tiny and surrounded by large limestone cliffs and wildlife. Barracuda and Kayangan lakes are both stunning locations, and good for snorkeling, and the island is the ancestral domain of an indigenous tribe who are managing the island in a sustainable way and keeping outsiders at a distance and offshore at night.

6. Honda Bay, Palawan

Best Boracay Alternative Beaches


Among the underrated islands in the country is Palawan. Honda Bay is in the capital Puerto Princesa. Just 30 minutes from the small town centre, the bay is a revelation. One day is not enough to go around the islets like Cowrie Island, Bat Island and Starfish Island.

Here, you will find yourself alone in the island while enjoying the company of fishes in nearby coral reefs. There is also the more upscale Dos Palmas Resort that has its own well-maintained coral reefs, beach and mangrove areas. You can opt for a day tour if the resort’s package rate is way beyond your budget.

7. Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Best Boracay Alternative Beaches

Pagudpud is a municipality in the province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines approximately 560 km and 10-12 hours by road from Manila

Saud white beach in Pagudpud is very popular not only in the country but also to the other parts of the world. It is a favorite place for movie producers, foreign and local correspondents, foreign travel writers to shoot their films because of its breathtaking views and unique atmosphere. It is even featured in the Internet that makes it very popular, a world–class destination. The beach is along stretch sand framing the heart shaped calm emerald water of the Saud Bay.

8. San Vicente, Palawan

Best Boracay Alternative Beaches

San Vicente is a first class municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 30,919 people. San Vicente's 14 kilometers of beachfront is being converted into an emerging tourist destination that will be the beneficiary of government spending on infrastructure.

San Vicente is just like any other municipalities in the Philippines in its profile, but it is a standout with the resource it posses - its Beach. San Vicente has one of the longest beach in the Country., the beach shoreline in Barangay New Agutaya stretches up to 14 -kilometer. It is frequented by tourist of different nationalities, thus boosting also the local economy of San Vicente through tourism. Port Barton it its town proper is declared as a tourist zone.

The 8 beaches on the list is just 1% of the beautiful beaches here in the Philippines. I know you have your own Boracay beach alternative. But wherever we are, what beach we go to, having fun is still the most important thing.

Cheers! hows your summer?

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Beautiful Churches in the Philippines

The Philippines is the only Roman Catholic country in Asia. A Church symbolizes the Christianity of the Filipino people and I have here some of the most Beautiful Churches in the Philippines.

Paoay Church

History has it that the parish of Paoay church was founded by Augustinian Missionaries in 1593 — which is why this church is in Paoay, and where its cornerstone was laid only in 1704 — is called St. Augustine Catholic Church. The church was damaged by an earthquake in 1706 and 1927. Its construction primarily was intended to withstand earthquakes.

San Sebastian Church

The Church of San Sebastian is made of a steel frame and panels and is known for its distinct characteristic - that of being the only neo-gothic steel church in the Philippines and in Asia.

Not known to many, Gustave Eiffel (the man behind The Statue of Liberty and The Eiffel Tower) did its metal works. Earlier churches built on this site by recollect friars since 1611 had been destroyed by earthquakes three times (1859, 1863 and 1880) before they decided that stone was too flimsy for Manila's shaky foundation. So they commissioned the steel church, who's steel parts were manufactured in the Societe Anonyme's foundry in Binche, Belgium and were shipped to Manila. On June 12, 1888, the first shipment of steel parts were brought to the Philippines. For two years, the church was assembled with local artists and craftsmen joining the Belgian firm in applying the final finishing touches on this new church of steel. The stained glass windows were imported from the Henri Oidtmann Company, a German stained glass firm.

On June 24, 1890, the Church of San Sebastian was raised into the status of a minor basilica. The following year, on August 15, 1891, the all-steel church of San Sebastian was inaugurated and blessed. The interior of the church display groined vaults. Styled along neo-Gothic lines, the steel parts of columns, walls and ceiling were painted to resemble marble and jasper by Filipino artist Lorenzo Rocha and his students. True to the Gothic revival spirit of the church are its confessionals, pulpit and altars as designed by Filipino artist Lorenzo Guerrero. He with fellow artist Eulogio Garcia carved the statues of holy men and women. Trompe l'oeil paintings was used to decorate the interiors of the church.

The Church of San Sebastian is a reflection of the late 19th century innovations in architecture, art and construction.

Liliw Church, Laguna

One of the oldest but still beautiful churches in the Philippines is the Church of Liliw. This building which is made of bricks still standing proud and strong. This centuries-old building is located in the town of Liliw in the province of Laguna.

Tabaco Church, Albay

The very old Tabaco Church in the town of Tabaco in the province of Albay is an NCCA National Heritage Site. The church is estimated to have been built before 1750. Tabaco Church was declared a national landmark in 1973.

Photo by Serdenia Arlon
Santo Tomas de Villanueva

The Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva withstood the occasional attacks from Muslims coming from the south. The church and its watchtowers had been built with thick walls and secret passages to defend the town and its people. The defensive purpose of the Church led to the popular name The Miag-ao Fortress Church.

Photo by Karmacamilleeon
Church of La Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion, Santa Maria Ilocos Sur

The Church of La Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion is located on top of a hill, it served as a citadel during times of crisis, providing the best example of the blend of purposes in the architecture. Two huge columns flank the church façade and what makes the church attractive is the reddish exterior due to the exposed brickwork.
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Puerto Princesa Underground River one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature

The announcement that Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) has been officially confirmed as one of the New7Wonders of Nature was welcomed across the entire spectrum of the media in the Philippines.


The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. It features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. The underground river is reputed to be the world's longest. At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water's edge. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave.

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Capul Island

Historical Capul Island

This island that sits in the middle of the San Bernardino Strait was originally named Abak after the name of the chieftain of a group of people that migrated from the south. These migrants brought with them one of the eight rarest dialects in the country. The island is now called Capul from the word Acapulco. During the Spanish era, it became a frequent stop-over for galleons that came in and out of the Philippines during the Acapulco Trade.

About Capul

Capul is one of 24 municipalities of Northern Samar. It is an island municipality situated off the western tip of the province. It is a 5th class municipality that has a land area of 35 sq. km. or 3,350.4101 hectares. It is shaped like a grain of rice with length measuring approximately 14 kms. and 5 kms in its widest section. It is bounded by the island of San Antonio and the town of Allen on the east. The latter is located in the mainland of Northern Samar. To the west are Naranjo Island and Naranjo Pass and to the south is Samar Sea. To the north is the San Bernardino Strait, considered one of the most treacherous waters in the Philippine archipelago.

Capul Island Lighthouse is a lighthouse on Titoog Point in San Luis on the northern tip of Capul Island, Northern Samar in the Philippines. It marks the western entrance to the San Bernardino Strait coming in from Ticao Pass.

Construction on the lighthouse was started on October 1893 and it was first lit on December 1896 while the station was still partially complete. Work was suspended a month before on November 1896 on the onset of the Philippine Revolution.

The Capul Island Lighthouse together with the Batag Island Lighthouse were declared provincial historical landmarks by the province of Northern Samar in October 2008.

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Buga Buga, Villaba, Leyte

Buga Buga Hills trees

Buga Buga Hills, a mountain camped by General Suzuki and thousands of Japanese Soldiers who died protecting the area and hundreds of Americans lives were sacrificed in an attack to incarcerate this hill during the World War II. It is located in Villaba, Leyte. Today it is frequently visited by Japanese tourist as a memorial tour and also for bone hunting expedition

The mountains and forests of Villaba are higher with grassy hills. During World War II, many Japanese soldiers came to these mountains of Villaba to counter-attack and likewise to defend themselves.

Green leafy mountains 

The Japanese called these mountains as Leyte Fuji or Calbukos or Canquipot. These same mountains are recognized to the restricted people as “Buga-buga” which is also famous in Japanese written histories of Leyte War.

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One crazy day

It was last year, I was hanging around with my friends, play guitar do some silly things, and when I was on my way home I saw some dogs, and it looks horny to me so I grab my Cellphone and start filming it

It was late afternoon, a busy day for common folks, and I've noticed s man sleeping in the middle of the road and people starts laughing, so I took some shots at it, I thought he was dead, he was just drunk. A pedicab driver came by and starts playing his... man thing... and girls start laughing(I didn't shoot that part). Anyway the police came by and drags the poor drunk man in their vehicle.

If you dont want this happen to you Drink Moderately

Late evening just hanging around at the computer shop nothing to do, I saw this kid head spinning, I wonder if he could be Asia's next dance idol, hehehe

And finally this guy solve my daily trip, hehehe... he was at the plaza doing what he usually does, Singing! yes he loves to sing, sing and sing, no one can stop him, unless you punch him on the face, hehehe...

And believe me he sucks, hahaha!

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