Nikon Shot | Sapang Dalaga Waterfalls

The Sapang Dalaga Waterfalls

This week’s Nikon Shot is from a recent trip to Misamis Occidental. I really have no idea what to find here and kept an open mind. After our talk in La Salle University for the 9th Culinary Congress, the provincial tourism accompanied us for a tour around the towns. One surprising find was the municipality of Sapang Dalaga. It’s a 2-hour drive from Ozamiz City but what awaited us was more natural wonders from scenic hills, inviting islands and this lovely waterfall they call Sapang Dalaga Waterfalls. The place is slightly developed but done in a good way without disrupting the natural attraction.

Ha Long Bay Stay | Halong Plaza Hotel: Magnificent Karst View on the Horizon

Superior Twin room

How about a panoramic view of one of Vietnam’s top attraction, the Ha Long Bay, either from the room window or a few steps away from its lobby doors? Halong Plaza Hotel, our home in Halong, Vietnam during our Cebu Pacific Air familiarization tour, has just that. This 4-star hotel is located at Bai Chay, Ha Long City near the Bai Chay bridge and fronting it is a small promenade where guest can have an unobstructed view of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Nikon Shot | Lighthouse Family

Cotta Fort Lighthouse

For this week’s Nikon Shot, here’s a very recent photo (taken yesterday) at the Cotta Fort Lighthouse in Ozamiz City. It’s my first time in this city and province. It was great experience as I had the opportunity to share my blogging expertise to the students here through La Salle University’s “9th Culinary Congress: Promoting Food Tourism through Social Media”. I was there to represent my other blog Happyfoodies.com. After the talk, we walked down the street of Ozamiz towards the Cotta Fort. We had a lovely light that afternoon that I had to take a photo of my companions along with that lighthouse atop the fort. I called this photo “Lighthouse Family”

Tawi-tawi Stay | Almari Beach Resort: Dr Ibbo’s Famous Beach

The beach stretch of the famous Dr Ibbo's beach in Tawi-tawi

If you have ever seen Christian Bautista’s music video “Masusulan Tawi-tawi” and wondered where that picturesque beach was where most of the budding romance scenes from the video were shot? Look no further than in Pahut, Bongao in Tawi-tawi. This is the famous Dr Ibbo’s Beach now known as Almari Beach Resort. The landmark mangrove tree, the white beach, clear sea waters, peaceful garden and native cottages makes this a local favorite in Tawi-tawi.

Hanoi | In and Around the Old Quarter : The Familiar Old Town

A cyclo speeds through the Old Quarter of Hanoi

I can’t help but feel nostalgic. Six years is quite a long time to return to a place. Hanoi was such a favorite destination of mine back then. Yes I’ve treaded the streets of the Old Quarter before, went to an overnight cruise at Ha Long Bay and even enjoyed the misty coolness of Sapa Valley during my first visit in Northern Vietnam. But I don’t mind going back to see what has changed that’s why I didn’t think twice when an invite for a familiarization tour of Hanoi, organized by Cebu Pacific Air and Stratworks came in the email. There’s the certain comfort of stepping back into the familiar and also a certain anxiety to see how things have transitioned from now to then.