Friday, February 6, 2015

2014: A Retrospect of Lakwatserong Tatay's Adventures

by lakwatserong tatay

Hello everyone again!!!! I know it might be late to share my 2014 escapades. But i just want to share it to all of you and hope you will like it. I know 2014 has ended.....and 2015 has started. However my blogsite is still not updated..........^_^. It's been a busy year to me....in my work, in my family.....and of course...my backpacking trips. I know i have so much to share...from my tipid trips...food trips...and bakcpacking trips, however i could not find time in writing those trip on this site. So hopefully by just showing some of the highlights happened to me in 2014. You would still follow me, read my not updated blogsite.....however you can follow me in FB(lakwatserong tatay),  twitter(lakwatserongdad) and instagram (lakwatserongtatay)....where i usually post every of my trips.... ^_^

So let's start my 2014....

First stop, my 2nd time around in Mindanao....together with my co-lakwatserong tatay's JP and Johari and the rest of the gang of x-plorereboyz. We started from Davao and then start of another 6 days of backpacking in Mindanao.
Me @ Davao Airport (Arrival Area)

Then having a quick photo opps with the gang, we departed ways. Some of the x-plorerboyz will be going to Digos, Davao del Sur to climb the grandfather of all mountains...Mt. Apo. Then, we three tatay's goes to city center bus terminal and ride bus going to General Santos City. After few hours, and taking some photo opps at city proper. We settled our things at Hotel Filipino, our first day accommodation in Mindanao.
Lakwatserong Tatay's @ General Santos City City Hall

After having a quick brunch, we're off to our journey for the day, next stop is Province of Sultan Kudarat. Visited the Provincial Capitol of Sultan Kudarat, which can be found at town of Isulan. After having free tour inside and photo opps. We're off to our next destination.
Lakwatserong Tatay's @ Isulan, Sultan Kudarat

Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, 1st on our list is to visit two of the 7 waterfalls and try the Highest Zipline in Southeast Asia. After that most awaited adventure, we're off to our next activity.
Me @ Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Lake Sebu Tour, we visited few of the most visited spots on Lake Sebu, as seen below....^_^
Tour around @ Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
Then, after a tiring day of bus travel, where back at General Santos. Our next day trip was supposed to be Glan, Sarangani, however due to our drinking session. We got up late the next day and decided not to push thru our 1st activity. Hence, we go to our next itinerary, travel from General Santos to Surigao del Sur and visited three of it's town, Britania Group of Islands at San Agustin, Enchanted River, Sibadan Fish Cage and Port Lamon Bay Island Hopping at Hinatuan and Tinuy-an Falls & Int'l Doll House of Bislig. We started our day at Joan's Beach Resort at San Agustin, Surigao del Sur to start our island hopping activity.
Lakwatserong Tatay's @ jumpoff for Britania Group of Island, Surigao del Sur

Our island hoping tour started at Hagonoy Island, next is Naked Island, followed by Buslon Island and last island we visited is Hiyor Hiyoran Island.
Island Hopping @ Britania Group of Islands

Mid of the day, we're catching bus trip going to Hinatuan for our 2nd accommodation in Mindanao at Sibadan Fish Cage. A quick stop over at Barobo, Surigao del Sur for our lunch that day.
Me @ Bus stopover @ Barobo, Surigao del Sur

After few hours of bus ride and one of a kind habal-habal ride, we've reached the Enchanted River, we just stayed there for few hours because we have to travel by both on our 2nd day's accommodation, which is located in Port Lamoy Bay of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
Photo opps inside Enchanted River, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

X-plorerboyz @ Enchanted River (underwater shot..^_^)

Right after being enchanted with the beautiful Enchanted River of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur. We then proceeded on our overnight stay at Sibadan Fish Cage located at Port Lamon Bay.
Me @ Sibadan Fish Cage, Port Lamon Bay, Surigao del Sur

inside Sibadan Fish Cage

So after our overnight stay and being reunited with our co-xplorerz. We bid goodbye to them first and meet up them again at Enchanted River because we will be going again on a island hopping adventure in Port Lamon Bay. 1st stop is Tinago River, followed by Sorsoza Ponta Cave, and last was Pangasinan Pacific Shore.
Tinago River

Photo opps @ Sorsoza Ponta Cave

Lakwatserong Tatay's @ Pangasinan Pacific Shore Resort

Mid of the day, now all together and travel to Bislig, Surigao del Sur to see the majestic Tinuy-an Falls and also visit the International Doll House and dine in at Ocean View Park.
Me @ Tinuy-an Waterfalls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur
Me @ International Doll House, Bislig, Surigao del Sur
Then travel again going back to Davao. But now where off to another province of Davao Oriental, and visit the famous Amihan Beach in Mati.
Me @ Amihan Beach, Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental

After experiencing the waves of Amihan Beach, we had a short tour around the city and had photo opps too.
Tour around city of Mati, Davao, Oriental

Prior on going back to Davao, we had a short stop over at towns of Pantukan and Nabunturan, province of Compostela Valley. First was a bus stopover at Pantukan coming from Mati, Davao Oriental and other was dinner at Nabunturan coming from Bislig, Surigao del Sur.
Photo opps @ bus stopover, Pantukan, Compostela Valley

Dinner @ Bibingka Place, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley

Our third and last accommodation at Mindanao, was at Samal Island of Davao del Norte. Where we stayed overnight at Agapella Resort. We had also tour around the island and visited most of the tourist spots...^_^
Me @ Agapella Resort, Samal Island, Davao del Norte

Tour around Samal Island, Davao del Norte

The six days of backpacking trip in Mindanao ends at Davao city proper. We travelled back and forth from city park, pasalubong shops and SM Davao and some remarkable spots. And off back to Manila on the sixth day of our backpack trip at Mindanao....^_^
Tour around Davao City

Every year my wife's family has a family summer getaway, the first plan was supposed to be on a beach trip, however due to some circumstances. We change the plan and have our family summer getaway at Bakasyunan Resort at Tanay, Rizal.
Family Getaway @ Bakasyunan Resort, Tanay, Rizal

Mid of the year, i've scored a voucher that me and my wife could do a day tour around Corregidor Island in Bataan.
Me & my wife @ Corregidor Island, Bataan

It's been a while since the x-plorerboyz goes to trekking and we really miss it..so even if the weather is not on our side on the day we did it. Together with JP, Carlo, Johari, Johari's bro and I. We've traveled South and one more i've visited Lake Pandin with a twist. Now we also trek Mt. Mabilog which both can be seen in San Pablo, Laguna.
X-plorerboyz @ Lake Pandin, San Pablo, Laguna

X-plorerboyz @ Mt. Mabilog Summit

Right after visiting Lake Pandin and a quickie hike to Mt. Mabilog, we ended our day with a very late lunch at Isdaan Floating Resto-Park at Calauan, Laguna.
Food Trippin @ Isdaan Floating Rest, Calauan, Laguna

Our next stop for the year, together with my co-lakwatserong tatay, Johari. Our trip was supposed to be a beacheenering trip at Fortune Island, however without the courage to facing the open rough sea. We decided as an alternative, we choose to do again trekking, however being adventurous, we decided to make it more challenging, a duo dayhike in Tuba, Benguet. To hike Mt. Cabuyao and Mt. Sto. Tomas.
@ Mt. Cabuyao Summit (Twin Satellite Towers)
Right after Mt. Cabuyao we then proceeded to next summit Mt. Sto. Tomas.
@ Mt. Sto. Tomas Summit (Grotto Marker)

We ended the day by strolling around Baguio, since this is the first time of my co-lakwatserong tatay Johari visited it.
To end the year of my travel escapades, my colleagues at work decided few months ago to have a team building. We've traveled South and visited the town of San Juan, Batangas and of course, to visit the  shorelines of Laiya beach.
Team Gracie @ Laiya Beach, San Juan, Batangas

So that's it....I've been lucky enough again to travel our country. Started from Mindanao provinces and somewhere at Luzon provinces. With a total

So once again.....Thanks 2014!!!! HELLO...2015....
Hope to have more DIY travels, tipid trips..food trips...like i always do. More mountains to conquer even if i'm not as like before....(huhuhuhu..palaki ng palaki ako...).

May I grab this opportunity to thanks all of my followers here on my blog and on all of my social media links, without you guys...LAKWATSERONG TATAY will not be on World Wide Web....and all of my travel companions. It was such an honor to travel with you guys...you know who you are....i just hope and wishing to travel to you again and again. More trips with my fellow lakwatserong tatay's and of course my so called group, known as X-PLORERBOYZ....Jhovan, Joel, Carlo, Melvin, Coy, Shanwar and Ekoy and of course the new added members....^_^

One of my wish this year, is to meet and join a sponsored trip/activities together with famous travel blogger (hoping that would be free and could happen this year....). and to have more sponsored post where i could earn some and get some freebies...^_^

So that's it!!! I would end this post of mine..... by saying we will not stop exploring our country and hoping this year, "2015" we will have another year of  "NONSTOP GALAAN"....travel escapades from North to South....Meet and Greet different persons. Have more fun and memorable videos and pictures and hoping that i could bumped in your travel escapades.

And the most important wish that i have this year is... to my hon...nay...hope you would still allow me to continue and do all of this activities and travel journey's.....^_^.

Thanks hon...!!! This travel escapades and stories is all for you and for our kids (gian, gayle, gab & gio)....^_^

Cheers and more travels to you all this 2015!!!!!!!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

5 Years and still X-ploring

by lakwatserong tatay



Last January 13, 2015, was the exact date were lakwatserong tatay's blog site was born. At first for me, this blog site is only just a site where i could place some of my climb logs. In fact, for its first month, way back 2010, I've posted 4 climb that I've gone through in 2009, and then few of my colleagues ask, why just my climb trips, include also my backpack trips and the rest was history. At first i was just a fan of few known bloggers like dom(escapeislands.com), chyng(chyngreyes.com) and mervin(pinoyadventurista.com). Then all of a sudden, i started sharing and now, been blogging for five years....however, previous years i was not able to document all of my trips on this site but you may check on my social media sites where i was always updated...^_^

Af first, x-plorer boyz where only four....from left to right...regie, me, jayson and johari...and we made a promise after our trip, that year that by year our group will have a major trip that would be cost efficient, super backpack adventures and that would cover up different provinces in one major trip that we will be scheduling. So let's with our first trip that covers up Albay, and Sorsogon province.

X-plorerboyz @ Paguriran Island, Sorsogon
Following next year, we're five already, from left to right...regie, me, johari, jayson & melvin (new on our group). Two major trips happened that year, first, covers Northern Mindanao provinces (Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Camiguin and Lanao del Norte).

X-plorerboyz @ Mt. Vulcan, Camiguin Island
Another x-ploration happened, however, not all of the x-plorerboyz we're present on this trip, that covers up Palawan province. However, new born x-plorers were added...Eric, Rowel, Carlo, and Chrislon...^_^.

X-plorerboyz @ Snake Island, El Nido, Palawan

And then, another year added, our group's getting bigger...from left to right...coy, ekoy, joel, carlo (are the new ones), melvin, me and shanwar (also new to group). Missing in action are eric, rowel, chrislon, regie, jayson and johari..^_^. This trip happened up north in the province of Cagayan Valley.

X-plorerboyz @ Callao Cave, Peñablanca, Cagayan
And then another year added, only three of the xplorer's (eric, me and carlo) were only present for our major trip. That covers the provinces of Western Visayas Region from Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental and add up Dumaguete province. Although within the year our group managed to travel different provinces and hike different mountains.

X-plorerboyz @ Boracay Island, Station 1, Aklan

And, just last year, another trip added and the group's getting bigger....and also the members we're getting bigger..^_^. This trip was supposed to be a climb at Mt. Apo, however due to some untoward incidents, it turn's out another backpack trip adventures that covers up provinces of General Santos, Davao Region, Sultan Kudarat and Surigao del Sur...^_^. From left to right...melvin, shanwar, carlo, mhel (new xplorer), joel, me, coy, johari and ekoy.
X-plorerboyz @ Enchanted River, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur
However, x-plorerboyz now are not just boys, we have x-plorergirlz...that joins us on this major trip. From left to right....ms. lea, ms. manilyn, ms. pearl and ms. nora....^_^.

X-plorergirlz @ Enchanted River, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

So this is the life behind x-plorerboyz and now with x-plorergirlz and can be called now as "X-plorerz Group".
Cheers for the five years of traveling and non-stop exploring that our country offers. I'm happy and really proud to say that i have a travel buddies/friends like you guys. We may not see often, but we do have one goal, as my sites says....

"Our group was binded with same passion to explore, to reach new heights, to conquer one's fear, and to show the world how beautiful is our country".

It's been a privilege to have you guys as my friends/travel buddies. And it's also a privilege and a great opportunity that i as "lakwatserong tatay" ignites your passion to travel and help me to share to everyone our travel escapades for the past five years. And we all know this will not be the end!!!!

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