When 2010 came in, I didn’t expect but I did wish that it would be a travel year. In my 2009 year-ender blog, I wrote, “I wish and hope for more travels this 2010.”
Despite my puzzled life, God still showered me with blessings. Thank you Lord! I survived another year! Trip@dora explored 15 domestic destinations and 1 international destination.
My 2010 highlights:
The North Philippines Visitors Bureau invited me to join the Lakbay Norte—a tour of the north. For seven days (January 24-31, 2010), I rediscovered eight (8) provinces in the North along with cool bloggers and fellow journalists, who later on became my friends. In one chilling bus, we traveled a total of 1,798 kilometers covering Cagayan Valley, Ilocos Norte, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Zambales, and Tarlac.
Here were the highlights of the trip:
- Cagayan Valley-day 1
- Kayaking at Pinacanauan River
- Church hopping in Cagayan Valley
- Discovering Ilocos Norte
- Stuffed with Ilocos Empanada
- Thrilling ride and slide in Ilocos Norte
- Surfing in La Union
- A night at the Manor
- Benguet Adventure
- Of birds and butterflies at Paradise Ranch
I was supposed to go to Baguio for the Panagbenga Festival but circumstances didn’t allow me to. Fortunately, I was able to witness for the second time, the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival! Colorful big balloons filled the blue sky. It was such a wonderful sight. There’s even a beer balloon! lol.
-I was busy with my new work so no travel for me for this month. But then, I still felt privileged and lucky to meet and interview the Filipino boxing legend-turned-congressman, Manny Pacquiao. I even had my boxing gloves signed.
-It’s also the birth month of Trip@dora. Inspired by my travel blogger friends, I decided to bring Trip@dora to life. This is my way of helping Philippine tourism by promoting our 7,107 beautiful islands. As I’ve responded to Melo Villareal’s question, Travel blogging 101: Why do you want to blog:
“Tripadora was born because of hope, belief, and love. Life should be lived to the fullest. I have started writing about my misadventures and adventures with the hope that these would help and encourage travelers to explore the Philippines. Filipinos should not be strangers in their own country or to put it with emphasis, ‘Wag tayong maging dayuhan sa sarili nating bansa. Tourism in the Philippines has great potentials, which should be made known to the world. I believe that our country will progress when the tourism sector is empowered. I love the Philippines and this is my contribution to help the Pearl of the Orient regain its luster.”
-After waiting for a month, my itchy feet were ready to roam the largest city in the world–Davao City. It was another adventure month as I’ve tried three ziplines! I’d definitely return since I missed Camp Sabros’ zipline in Kapatagan.
-The fun continued in Samal Island! Thank God I have Wish, my Canon D10! Snorkeling was fun with underwater shots
I still have a lot of backlogs for this trip but here were the articles that I wrote:
- First-timer in Davao City
- Ziplines in Davao City
- Video: Adrenaline Rush at the Xcelerator
- The Japanese Tunnel: Unearthed
- Meeting the tamed dragon and the 200 year-old crocodile
- Wanderlust in Samal Island (Part 1)
- Wanderlust in Samal Island (Part 2)
- Habal-habal to Hagimit Falls
-This was a busy month for work because of the Philippine elections. Nonetheless, I found time to enjoy summer and joined Mama’s incentive trip in Shangri-La Boracay. Since I booked within the week of travel, the fare was quite expensive. But the joy shared with the family was priceless.
Money is just money. Experience lasts a lifetime!
-Off-topic (work-related): I also went to General Santos City during this month for a one-on-one interview with no less than the boxing champ, Manny Pacquiao.
But here’s a travel-related post on General Santos City and South Cotabato:
We covered the Epic Relay 250-km in Subic. One of the pit stops was the Pawikan Sanctuary in Morong, Bataan. I was saddened when I saw the state of the pawikans in their rehabilitation pond.
But during our visit, the caretaker assured us that they would be in a better place when the ‘Pawikan Center’ is finished.
Travel hiatus. I was busy with work covering the UAAP and the NCAA. But it was fun working especially if you have these kind of people around you. lol
-At last, it’s flying time again for Trip@dora! I missed covering Philippine Festivals from my previous work. So, when October came, I didn’t let the chance pass to experience the colorful MassKara Festival in Bacolod City.
It was another first time travel. It’s also my first time to travel solo since my supposed companions backed out from the trip. (I’ve yet to blog about this. haha. backlogs
- How to go to Bacolod City from Silay Airport
- Where to stay in Bacolod
- Love beyond The Ruins
- On Yahoo! Travel: MassKara Festival: Behind the colorful smiling masks
- On Yahoo! Travel: Silay City: The greens beyond the heritage houses
-November has always been special to me since it’s my birth month. To celebrate another year of life, I treated my parents to paradise: Coron getaway
- Coron day 1-Sail to Paradise
- Coron day 2- My island birthday adventure (part 1)
- Coron day 2-My island birthday adventure (part 2)
- Coron day 3-Wild and free in Philippine Safari
- Coron day 3-Dipping in hot and cold water
- Where to eat in Coron
-My supposed Hong Kong trip last September was postponed to December due to the hostage crisis in August. Though I paid penalty fees for rebooking, I was glad that I did choose December.
It’s winter season in Hong Kong. No, they didn’t have snow but still I was able to wear winter clothes. hahaha. I love the cool weather! Reminiscing childhood memories in Disneyland was fun! I have yet to write my entries for this trip. haha. backlogs again.
But here were the videos that I took:
- Commuting 101: How to go to Hong Kong Disneyland
- Disneyland’s Christmas Parade
- Spectacular Fireworks at HK Disneyland
Traveling is not just a matter of seeing the views and going to places. It’s enriching not only your life but also the lives of the people whom you meet along the way. It’s learning in a vast classroom of life.
Cheers to another year of exploring the unexplored and living life to the fullest! This is Trip@dora bidding 2010 goodbye! 2011, get ready! Backpack and GPS are ready! hahaha.
Shoebox of 2010 Memories