A holiday getaway with husband during our 1st year Anniversary last December.
My last minute deal with AsiaTravel was a good steal in search of a 5 star hotel for our night’s stay.
Manila, Philippines is where the Best & Longest Christmas Celebration is happening. It is a wonderful season to share, shop and party! As early as September, radio stations play Christmas Carols on air. Shopping Centers get crowded. The glittering Christmas lights and spectacular decorations light up the street until January. Kids and Young at heart eagerly waits for Santa to fulfill their wishes. Christmas bonus brings happiness to everyone. Parties here and there.
For me, a place unvisited is like an unrequited love.
A dull ache that – try as you might to think it away,
to convince yourself that she wasn’t the right country for you –
it just won’t leave you in peace.
–Eric Weiner, The Geography of Bliss
Our journey to Negros Island left us more energized. Our trip was not about to end though, as we cross another island in Visayas, the Queen of the South, Cebu.
If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths,
rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.
- John D Rockefeller
While our trip to Negros Occidental is mostly of historical and cultural experience, a journey further down South of the island to Negros Oriental is an exquisite date with nature.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Exploring new places and being with someone who dare to go through unexpected adventures are priceless inspiration I will treasure for the rest of my life. This land, air and sea trip have set a great challenge to our pockets and we were in constant time battle, but it made us appreciate the best of what life can offer.
Just got back from our Negros & Cebu Island Adventure. Discovering more of our heritage, meeting a lot of friendly faces, exploring off-the beaten path and unspoiled Philippine nature left us inspired and proud to live in this land.
Let me share our 6 days itinerary in the Islands of Negros & Cebu. This isn’t for the faint of heart though, as it requires mostly an adventure by foot, public transport, and a confined time to cover everything. But rest assured, a pleasurable experience to backpackers like us.
There’s no thrill in easy sailing
when the skies are clear and blue,
there’s no joy in merely doing things which any one can do.
But there is some satisfaction that is mighty sweet to take,
when you reach a destination that you never thought you’d make.
Best things in life are free and as you stumble on some, grab and savor the moment like you’ll never have it again. An experience I’ll never forget happened on the eve of Christmas in 2007.
I had my best Christmas present when our friend invited me for a tour at the fancy cruise ship.