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Summer Siren Festival 2015

Summer Siren Festival 2015

Summer Siren Festival 2015

Summer Siren Festival Kit and Pass

Summer Siren Festival Kit and Pass

“#AllRoadsLeadToSSF2015” (SSF-Summer Siren Festival) – this line appeared on my Facebook news page one day and on top was a colorful poster announcing an upcoming festival featuring many local artists for three days – all in one beach. To add to that, it also boasted its newest feature which was the Glamping (fusion of glamour and camping) in partnership with Lifestyle Network.

What is Summer Siren Festival? Summer Siren Festival is one of the major music festivals by Travel Factor (a leading travel company) which features a local beach destination with local artists performing. To tell you the truth, I have been hearing about this festival after its first run from our friends from Travel Factor (Edge and Tikoy). There were also many good reviews from people who participated last year so I was pretty excited when the year 2 was announced.

Travel Factor Team - Kudos guys!

Travel Factor Team – Kudos guys!

Let me breakdown to you what happened on the eventful and awesome three days of Summer Siren Festival 2015.

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Thresher Cove Resort and Dive Center

Welcome to Thresher Cove

Welcome to Thresher Cove

Situated along the eastern seaboard of Malapascua, Thresher Cove is just a small resort equipped with amenities you need for an absolute relaxation. Imagine yourself under the sun looking out to the crystal clear water cutting through the creamy white sand and the clear blue sky all by yourself. Yes, all by yourself. Thresher Cove is so isolated you can have an entire hundred meter of shore to run around and do whatever you want. In terms of my criteria when it comes to booking a resort/hotel, I always visit TripAdvisor to see unbiased reviews of travelers from all over the world. Thresher Cove at the time of my visit was ranked number 1 on the list which was a plus. I also considered the location and the number of things I can do without going out of the resort. And Thresher Cove gave me everything I can possibly hope for in a resort–you can have the entire beach for yourself, canoe all you want, snorkel all you want, swim all you want, play billiards, learn to scuba dive, watch movies, eat good food, and of course relax.

Our everyday view

Our everyday view (c) http://www.threshercove.com/

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Discover Scuba Diving with Julia Bradford

Under the... pool muna! ;)

Under the… pool muna! 😉

Out of the blue, Fjell and I decided to take on the Discover Scuba Diving on Thresher Cove. Why? It’s a no brainer, we were in one of the most amazing dive sites in the world, and if we didn’t try it, it will probably be included in our ever growing i-should-have-done-this-while-i’m-young list.

To be honest, never in my life I thought of diving as something I would enjoy. Until the day came when we decided to take on this challenge. Yes it is a challenge, for a fact that I am not a good swimmer, so is Fjell I presume. Hahahaha. We’ll get to that later. But you know what? It was really fun, it was something you can tell others over and over until they get tired of hearing it. Haha. But believe me, you should try it at least once, or a couple, or come on get certified.

Ready to dive

Ready to dive

I woke up to the sound of the waves and surprising amount of sand on my bed that day–April 2nd. My cold has gotten completely mental, my nose was just so clogged. I was on the verge of not pushing through with the DSD. I asked myself if I can still do it, my alter ego answered “yes, come on it will be just once in a lifetime you have to do it“. So after my interpersonal conversation, I decided to push through with the dive.

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My Not Really Solo Trip to Malapascua Island

Alone in Malapascua

Solitude

Since the first day of the year, I was itching to book a flight to another country for the Holy Week break. Time passed in a surprisingly fast pace, amidst the endless taping days that gave me my humungous eye bags and countless pimples. A couple of weeks before Holy Week, I found myself planning a trip to either Batanes or Cebu alone. I cannot believe that I was actually ready to do a solo trip. But as the days pass, my nerves are eating my insides in a dying fashion. I was constantly in communication with Vhik and Shiela if they want to do a trip to Malapascua but no one responded affirmative.

I was ready to take on this journey. After this, it could be added to my ever growing arsenal. Until… “Ha? Sa Cebu ka rin?“–in the middle of a dinner break in one of my tapings, a colleague said he wanted to go to his hometown. So after a few talk, we agreed to go to Cebu, BUT, no definite plans after that.

7 days before the trip, I found myself swiping my new credit card to book return tickets to Cebu. I was pretty bummed that in a matter of minutes, I actually paid my hotel, flight, and other things I saw on the internet (which I’m not really that proud of! Hehe).

View from the top

View from the top

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Burot Beach, Calatagan, Batangas

Burot Beach

Burot Beach

Few weeks ago, I was having a dilemma on where I would go this Holy Week. Last year was really an eventful one because I backpacked Indochina then. I couldn’t let this year go to waste without going somewhere special. I had Ho Chi Minh in mind but the plan did not work out due to budget constraints. I knew I had to travel and I had high hopes that there is a gem hidden just few hours from home. Good thing there were a lot of articles that featured amazing getaways near Manila. I opted for the nearest one from my place which was the Burot Beach in Calatagan, Batangas.

Summer it is!

Summer it is!

A Gem

A Gem

Burot Beach is a semi fine white sand beach just 3 hours from Manila (2 hours in my case since I live in Laguna). It was a ‘secret beach’ back then but due to word of mouth, a lot of people, friends and families alike, have been visiting this place.

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