Ironwulf En Route - The Philippines Travel and Photography Blog » Activities http://www.ironwulf.net Adventure Travel and Photography in the Philippines and Beyond Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:20:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Selangor: Burning Rubber at Sepang International Circuit http://www.ironwulf.net/2011/11/24/selangor-burning-rubber-at-sepang-international-circuit/ http://www.ironwulf.net/2011/11/24/selangor-burning-rubber-at-sepang-international-circuit/#comments Thu, 24 Nov 2011 00:30:47 +0000 http://www.ironwulf.net/?p=6121 I hit the gas hard this time and feel the rush of the engine at my back. I’m going the fastest as I can, making sure I stay in front of the pack in this track. It was the third and final round of our go kart race with the other media pips and we’re being timed like how professional GPs are done. Then suddenly from behind another car zoomed past me. What the?! We were heading on a sharp bend on the track and I watched how smoothly my competition went through it. I was determined to get my lead back but got too disoriented I lost my bearing on the track. Next I saw my surrounding spinning as my car turned 360 and the smell of burning tires filled the air. I got my composure back after a few seconds and rev up the engine. Can I can still make this?

The post Selangor: Burning Rubber at Sepang International Circuit appeared first on Ironwulf En Route - The Philippines Travel and Photography Blog.

]]>
 

Sepang Go Kart Race (Photo by Jojo Vitug)

Sepang Go Kart Race (Photo by Jojo Vitug)

I hit the gas hard this time and feel the rush of the engine at my back. I’m going the fastest as I can, making sure I stay in front of the pack in this track. It was the third and final round of our go kart race with the other media pips and we’re being timed like how professional GPs are done. Then suddenly from behind another car zoomed past me. What the?! We were heading on a sharp bend on the track and I watched how smoothly my competition went through it. I was determined to get my lead back but got too disoriented I lost my bearing on the track. Next I saw my surrounding spinning as my car turned 360 and the smell of burning tires filled the air. I got my composure back after a few seconds and rev up the engine. Can I can still make this?

National Automobile Museum

National Automobile Museum

The Malaysia MotoGP concluded a week before we arrived in Malaysia but there are other reasons to go and visit the Sepang International Circuit. Coming from our breakfast the next day at Park Royal Hotel, Bukit Bintang, we drove almost an hour to reach the racing circuit. About 60km from Kuala Lumpur centre, the F1 circuit is a lot closer to KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport)

The retro-styled Malaysian Car Bufori

The retro-styled Malaysian Car Bufori

Impressive Museum. The welcome centre where people buy tickets also holds a shop where memorabilia items are sold and also the National Automobile Museum. This two-floor modest-sized museum holds vintage cars like Austin-Healy, E-type, Jaguars and Malaysian brands like Bufori. It has enough glitter, shine and beautiful curved lines to make car enthusiast drool.

The Grandstand and the race tracks

The Grandstand and the race tracks

On the Tracks. The unusually shaped race track is 5.54 km long raced in a clockwise direction. The circuit was designed by the German, Herman Tilke who also designed similar facilities in Korea, Shanghai, Singapore and Turkey to name a few. The Grandstands can accommodate up to 130,000 spectators. When not used, companies or private individuals can book the circuit for their events.

More of the race track

More of the race track

Behind the Circuit. While the race track and grandstand are impressive, what goes behind the circuit is equally astonishing. There’s the luxurious VIP Suite where the country’s Prime Minister, his family and staffs watch during the game.

The VIP Suite where the Prime Minister, family and staff sits

The VIP Suite where the Prime Minister, family and staff sits

We were granted access to the commonly off-limits Monitoring Room where there are more than 35 monitors projecting from cameras on most areas of the track. Then there’s this Media Center with a huge area occupied by rows of desk, wired and connected to what’s happening at the press and each with their own monitors as well.

The off-limits Monitoring Room

The off-limits Monitoring Room

Not your ordinary Go Kart track. The Go Kart track in Sepang is also designed by Tilke and is considered as the best one in Malaysia. This 1.2km long, 10 meter wide has 11 challenging bends. And it surely made me feel the Go Kart race tracks I tried before was for kids.

Me go kart racing in Sepang

Me go kart racing in Sepang (Photo by Jojo Vitug)

What’s better is we get to actually race and timed like a regular F1 race. Racing this track even with Karts definitely was fun. As for the race with the other media pips, I never got my lead back. I was contended to stand on the second place on the mini podium. I mean how the hell can I beat the guy from Baguio who’s so used to driving up Kenon road?

Standing 2nd on our little podium for our mini-race (Photo by Jojo Vitug)

Standing 2nd on our little podium for our mini-race (Photo by Jojo Vitug)

The post Selangor: Burning Rubber at Sepang International Circuit appeared first on Ironwulf En Route - The Philippines Travel and Photography Blog.

]]>
http://www.ironwulf.net/2011/11/24/selangor-burning-rubber-at-sepang-international-circuit/feed/ 4
Fly and Sail Day 4: An Afternoon Fun at Sentosa Capping the Tour http://www.ironwulf.net/2011/09/14/fly-and-sail-day-4-an-afternoon-fun-at-sentosa-capping-the-tour/ http://www.ironwulf.net/2011/09/14/fly-and-sail-day-4-an-afternoon-fun-at-sentosa-capping-the-tour/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2011 00:30:25 +0000 http://www.ironwulf.net/?p=5876 I had a feeling I would be visiting Sentosa one of these days. I've been to Singapore several times but it wasn't really on top of my lists but I do know it's one of the premier parks in Singapore that most Filipinos would visit when in the country. When I saw in our itinerary that we'll be spending an afternoon in Sentosa before we head to the airport for our evening flight, I welcomed the idea of finally getting a sight of this popular Singapore Playground.

The post Fly and Sail Day 4: An Afternoon Fun at Sentosa Capping the Tour appeared first on Ironwulf En Route - The Philippines Travel and Photography Blog.

]]>
A "Marry Me" sign on one of the islands in Sentosa

A "Marry Me" sign on one of the islands in Sentosa

I had a feeling I would be visiting Sentosa one of these days. I’ve been to Singapore several times but it wasn’t really on top of my lists but I do know it’s one of the premier parks in Singapore that most Filipinos would visit when in the country. When I saw in our itinerary that we’ll be spending an afternoon in Sentosa before we head to the airport for our evening flight, I welcomed the idea of finally getting a sight of this popular Singapore Playground.

Resorts World in Sentosa

Resorts World in Sentosa

Sentosa Island is a huge theme park. We even had to take a long bus ride offered free within the park just to get to Siloso Beach where we’ll meet some folks from Sentosa over lunch. We only have a few hours here so the folks lined up a few activites the group can do while there.

Hannah of Flaircandy.com on the Segway

Hannah of Flaircandy.com on the Segway

The Segway Trail was our first stop. A segway is an electronic “green” two-wheeled transportation machine. The movement and speed is determined by the weight balance directed by the operator on the segway. We first had an short trial run, guided by one of the staffs to acquiant us on the operation of the machine. Once we got it, we ode on the trail. It was indeed a a tricky balancing act but once I got used to it, I added some speed. It was fun to go through the rough trail but it was too short. Something to go back to definitely.

Enjoying the ride at the Skyline Luge

Enjoying the ride at the Skyline Luge

We took the Skyline Luge ride next to get to our next stop. But the ride itself was an attraction  since it offers amusing views of the luge riders going down hill and a sudden scream of excitement when a monitor lizard crossed their way. Finding our feet dangling loosely on a considerable height also adds to the excitement.

Interesting to see these stilt houses at the Song of Sea

Interesting to see these stilt houses at the Song of Sea

The Tiger Sky Tower was our next ride. It was fairly easy ride on a platform being elevated up the tower then rotated 360 degrees twice to see the sights around the island. It’s actually a nice sightseeing ride, we could see an island with a “Marry Me” which obviously some one placed there to propose. It was really interesting to see the stilt houses, the other giant Merlion and even Superstar Virgo.

Superstar Virgo seen from the Tiger Sky Tower

Superstar Virgo seen from the Tiger Sky Tower

It was time for pirates, traps and real water sprayed over us when we watched The Pirates in Sentosa’s 4D Magix theater. It’s about 45minutes watching with our 3D visor, feeling the thugs and fulls from our chairs and feeling the air and watersprays as well. It’s an interesting and sometimes amusing slaptick comedy.

The lovely lighting in one of  the areas of Jewel Box

The lovely lighting in one of the areas of Jewel Box

Our last stop was the Jewel Box at Mt Faber. This is a fairly new attraction as this wasn’t here last time I climbed Mt Faber. We took a cable car ride connecting Sentosa and Mt Faber and got off on this beautiful hilltop dining area and shops they now call the Jewel Box. It’s a dining, shopping and also a setting for events. We only got to see a portion Jewel Box but it would be really interesting to see more of the place.

Leaving for the airport that evening marked the end of our Double the Adventure! Fly and Sail Adventour Package from AirPhil Express. It sure was an exciting jam-packed 4-days for us. Riding a cruise for the first time and visiting Sentosa was memorable. But as always, familiarization tours are there just to give us a taste and it’s up to us to go back for more.

The post Fly and Sail Day 4: An Afternoon Fun at Sentosa Capping the Tour appeared first on Ironwulf En Route - The Philippines Travel and Photography Blog.

]]>
http://www.ironwulf.net/2011/09/14/fly-and-sail-day-4-an-afternoon-fun-at-sentosa-capping-the-tour/feed/ 2
South Cotabato: Spectacular Lake Sebu Seven Falls Zipline http://www.ironwulf.net/2010/09/24/south-cotabato-spectacular-lake-sebu-seven-falls-zipline/ http://www.ironwulf.net/2010/09/24/south-cotabato-spectacular-lake-sebu-seven-falls-zipline/#comments Fri, 24 Sep 2010 04:10:55 +0000 http://www.ironwulf.net/?p=3990 Lake Sebu Zipline

I must admit, I was thinking, "What the hell did they do to they do to the Seven Falls?" first I heard about a zipline being set up there. Marring the amazing sight of the falls with wires was the image that came to mind. But then again, I've heard and read from people how they enjoyed the zipline but I wanted to see it first and make sure they didn't do anything drastic to the natural landscape. So the recent Backpack Photography gave me a chance to experience the getting famous Lake Sebu Seven Falls Zipline.

The post South Cotabato: Spectacular Lake Sebu Seven Falls Zipline appeared first on Ironwulf En Route - The Philippines Travel and Photography Blog.

]]>
Lake Sebu Zipline

Launch into Lake Sebu Seven Falls Zipline

I must admit, I was thinking, “What the hell did they do to they do to the Seven Falls?” first I heard about a zipline being set up there. Marring the amazing sight of the falls with wires was the image that came to mind. But then again, I’ve heard and read from people how they enjoyed the zipline but I wanted to see it first and make sure they didn’t do anything drastic to the natural landscape. So the recent Backpack Photography gave me a chance to experience the getting famous Lake Sebu Seven Falls Zipline.

I was a bit disoriented when I saw the jump-off to the first falls now known as Hikong Alu (in T’boli means “Passage” also formerly known as Dongon Falls). What used to be natural vegetation and rocky pathway now has concrete paved roads to the falls and a concrete arc as gateway. It was busy with parked cars and people passing by. We almost didn’t find the Dongon Family’s eatery just on the side of the road. The popularity of the zipline definitely has changed this area.

Approaching the zipline midpoint

Approaching the zipline midpoint

The Lake Sebu Seven falls Zipline boast the highest zipline in Asia measuring 200meters above ground. It is composed of two lines first one coming from the first falls Hikong Alu. I think it’s also worth to mention that Hikong Alu recently had a landslide making its side path to the falls impassable.

Recieving end of the zipline

Recieving end of the zipline

The group got in line to suit up and ride the zipline in pairs. There was a light rain which is still okay to continue but they do stop the operation when the rain gets real heavy. I secured my camera and heard the signal on the radio for launch and then we’re off. Ziplines are ziplines and it was a straightforward flying action but what I love about this zipline is the scenery. It’s the most scenic zipline I’ve tried to date.

Falls 3 and 4

Falls 3 and 4 seen from the viewdeck

The group at the view deck

The group at the view deck

I won’t giveaway much of the details except that there are two lines of zipline the first 740meters going over the majestic second falls now known as Hikong Bente (in T’bolik is “immeasurable”) going to the viewdeck where you could see the other falls 3 Hikong B’lebel (meaning “Coil or Zigzag”), Falls 4 Hikong Lowig (meaning “Booth”) and Falls 5 Hikong Ukol (meaning “Wild flower”). The other two falls Hikong K’fo-I (“Short”) and Hikong Tonok (“Soil”) is out of sight and is said to be a long trek from the other falls.

The second zipline goes from the view deck and down to the jumpoff area of Falls 2 Hikong Bente with the falls as a dramatic backdrop. It was really fun and the views are just spectacular worth the P250 pesos I paid for (P200 on weekdays). It’s not really as bad as I thought and the lines aren’t all that visible in the scene. I’m still amazed how they were able to set this up considering their stopping mechanism is manually done with the help of rubber tires as stoppers.

The post South Cotabato: Spectacular Lake Sebu Seven Falls Zipline appeared first on Ironwulf En Route - The Philippines Travel and Photography Blog.

]]>
http://www.ironwulf.net/2010/09/24/south-cotabato-spectacular-lake-sebu-seven-falls-zipline/feed/ 22
Three Days Adventure Bohol 2010 http://www.ironwulf.net/2010/09/09/three-days-adventure-bohol-2010/ http://www.ironwulf.net/2010/09/09/three-days-adventure-bohol-2010/#comments Thu, 09 Sep 2010 00:30:41 +0000 http://www.ironwulf.net/?p=3948 EAT Danao Suislide

I kept telling people that there is more to Bohol than the usual Chocolate Hills, Tarsiers and Panglao. I had a chance to go back to Bohol several times this year and coincidentally, most of the activities I had there is to sample exciting adventure activities on different spots. Bohol is turning out to be one exciting adventure hub along with the popular attractions the island is known for. Here's a nice itinerary for a Three Day Adventure in Bohol.

The post Three Days Adventure Bohol 2010 appeared first on Ironwulf En Route - The Philippines Travel and Photography Blog.

]]>
Eat Danao Suislide

Eat Danao Suislide (Shot with Seair Inflight)

I kept telling people that there is more to Bohol than the usual Chocolate Hills, Tarsiers and Panglao. I had a chance to go back to Bohol several times this year and coincidentally, most of the activities I had there is to sample exciting adventure activities on different spots. Bohol is turning out to be one exciting adventure hub along with the popular attractions the island is known for. Here’s a nice itinerary for a Three Day Adventure in Bohol.

Hanging before The Plunge

Hanging before The Plunge at EAT Danao (Shot with Seair Inflight)

The Itinerary is not what I did but just a suggestion

Day 1: Of Chocolate Hills, Tarsiers and Loboc River Cruise
if you’re a first timer in Bohol, it’s nice to get acquainted to what made Bohol popular in the first place. The Chocolate Hills is nice but not something I would go back to again and again. For seeing the Tarsiers, I would recommend going to Corella instead of Loboc since they take proper care of the Tarsiers there than the later. There are two competing Loboc River Cruises now, I would go to the one near the bridge not in Loboc Proper, since they have better tasting food.

Swinging high on the gorge

Swinging high on the gorge (Shot with Seair Inflight)

Day 2: Extreme Adventure at EAT Danao
Eat Danao saw just recently saw its popularity recently after a few years of appreciation. And it’s hard not to talk about it since EAT Danao is one of a king. A hive of exciting activities here for those seeking for an adrenaline rush. The Plunge, the Philippine’s one and only canyon-swing can be found here and it’s one hell of an experience.

Day 3: Baclayon’s Dolphin Watching at Pamilacan, Buggy Ride Trail and Biking at Mongo-ol
Wake up early in the morning for Pamilacan Dolphin watching, there’s a high percentage of sightings if jumping off from Baclayon. Then after lunch go for a trilling 1 and a half hour Dune Buggy Ride. If you’re into biking, challenge the trails at Mongo-ol. Then after all the adventure, chill-out at Baclayon Baluarte.

A 60meter drop rapel

A 60meter drop rapel along the EAT Danao cliff gorge (Shot with Seair Inflight)

That should give you an idea when planning an adventure escape in Bohol. Looking for a place to stay? Don’t forget to check out the lovely Peacock Garden Boutique Resort in Baclayon. Also do check the Bohol Archive.

The post Three Days Adventure Bohol 2010 appeared first on Ironwulf En Route - The Philippines Travel and Photography Blog.

]]>
http://www.ironwulf.net/2010/09/09/three-days-adventure-bohol-2010/feed/ 10
Bohol: Rev Up at Baclayon’s Dune Buggy Trail and Eco-Tour http://www.ironwulf.net/2010/08/30/bohol-rev-up-at-baclayons-dune-buggy-trail-and-eco-tour/ http://www.ironwulf.net/2010/08/30/bohol-rev-up-at-baclayons-dune-buggy-trail-and-eco-tour/#comments Mon, 30 Aug 2010 00:30:19 +0000 http://www.ironwulf.net/?p=3915 Baclayon Buggy Ride

I felt like a kid again with a new toy as I stepped on the gas and feel the engines surge as it rev up and cuts the wind heavily as my dune buggy speeds up on the rough trail. I held on the wheel as I turn on a corner, veering towards my left. Woah! There's a cliff with a high drop on my right. Scary but I took the challenge and drove on the rocky and dusty trail despite the fear. Now this is what I call fun, I never thought there would be a Dune Buggy Trail Ride offering in Baclayon. It is certainly something different and new for this part of Bohol.

The post Bohol: Rev Up at Baclayon’s Dune Buggy Trail and Eco-Tour appeared first on Ironwulf En Route - The Philippines Travel and Photography Blog.

]]>
Dune Buggy Trail Ride

Dune Buggy Trail Ride at Baclayon Bohol (shot with Seair Inflight)

I felt like a kid again with a new toy as I stepped on the gas and feel the engines surge as it rev up and cuts the wind heavily as my dune buggy speeds up on the rough trail. I held on the wheel as I turn on a corner, veering towards my left. Woah! There’s a cliff with a high drop on my right. Scary but I took the challenge and drove on the rocky and dusty trail despite the fear. Now this is what I call fun, I never thought there would be a Dune Buggy Trail Ride offering in Baclayon. It is certainly something different and new for this part of Bohol.

Orientation at BRAABO

Orientation at BRAABO

At Baclayon Baluarte (Pier), is the home of Bezo Recreational and Aquatic Activities in Bohol (BRAABO). Formed 2 years ago (September 17, 2008), the program aims to offer several eco-tourism programs that would help tourism and livelihood of the Baclayon Community. I remember three years ago, the pier was just a desolate open land and now it’s brimming with activity. From the jump-off to Dolphin and Whale Watching in Pamilacan, Kayaking, Biking and now I’m off to try some Dune Buggy Trail Riding.

The Dune Buggy group on the trail

The Dune Buggy group on the trail

We first had an orientation at the small but neat and orderly BRAABO center at the pier about the Dune Buggy ride. Our guide and instructor Edgar, enlightened us on our trail and gave guidelines and rules when driving the buggy. We’re going through a 14km trail that takes about 1 and a half hour with some designated stops along the way. I had my dry run drive around the Balaurte area while Edgar gave me safety instructions before we proceeded.

Behind the wheel and speeding up

Behind the wheel and speeding up (shot with Seair Inflight)

I donned my protective eye wear and dust mask which they provided. Edgar was at the helm of our 5 buggy/ATV group with me in the middle and the mechanic at the tail end. We first crossed the main provincial road to enter the inner streets passing by a community along the way. The terrain gets rough after the town into the inner hills and valleys of Baclayon. I enjoyed handling the Dune Buggy and felt a lot safer with it than an ATV, even traversing a narrow, cliff side trail. Especially when I’m speeding on the trail.

A birdwatching spot at the trail

A birdwatching spot at the trail (shot with Seair Inflight)

But this Dune Buggy Ride was not all thrill but educational as well. We would stop on certain sites like on a cliff side road where Edgars pointed us to a primary forest ideal for bird watching, told us about limestones and how most of the island is made up of it and also the plants used to make paper money. Really interesting.

A short forest hike to the Lake

A short forest hike to the Lake

We also stopped by a lake where we had to do a very short hike to reach it. They usually bring kayaks here for the guest but with El Nino, the water level was low. Again Edgar gave some trivia and facts about the lake and how this one lake was able to keep its water despite the other lakes in the area already dried up(it’s because of the water lilies). There’s also a cave nearby but we weren’t able to secure a permit in time.

Lake Stop in Baclayon

One of the Lake Stop in Baclayon (shot with Seair Inflight)

It was getting late on our way back and I also dread the thought that the ride is almost over. There is another longer trail passing by Peacock Garden and had more challenging trails. Maybe next time I should try that one. But in the meantime I enjoyed going through that Dune Buggy ride. It was both a thrill and educational experience.

Speeding back towards the end of the trail

Speeding back towards the end of the trail

BEZO Recreational and Aquatic Activities in Bohol (BRAABO)
www.bezo.org.ph
(038) 540.9474, 540.9373

The post Bohol: Rev Up at Baclayon’s Dune Buggy Trail and Eco-Tour appeared first on Ironwulf En Route - The Philippines Travel and Photography Blog.

]]>
http://www.ironwulf.net/2010/08/30/bohol-rev-up-at-baclayons-dune-buggy-trail-and-eco-tour/feed/ 8
Bohol: Amazing Snorkeling and White Beach in Pamilacan Island http://www.ironwulf.net/2010/08/23/bohol-amazing-snorkeling-and-white-beach-in-pamilacan-island/ http://www.ironwulf.net/2010/08/23/bohol-amazing-snorkeling-and-white-beach-in-pamilacan-island/#comments Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:30:55 +0000 http://www.ironwulf.net/?p=3894 Pamilacan Snorkeling

Still high from that amazing superpod dolphin sighting, our outrigger boat blasted its pump to the shores of Pamilacan Island. This small island is less frequented by tourist who would rather stay at the posh and becoming overdeveloped island of Panglao. Which means it still has that rustic, tropical island feel which I liked. Open cottages, fisher folks with carefree family and a nice stretch of white sand beach that makes 80% of the island's shoreline. Now I'm yearning for some snorkeling.

The post Bohol: Amazing Snorkeling and White Beach in Pamilacan Island appeared first on Ironwulf En Route - The Philippines Travel and Photography Blog.

]]>
Underwater at Pamilacan Island Bohol

Underwater at Pamilacan Island Bohol

Still high from that amazing superpod dolphin sighting, our outrigger boat blasted its pump to the shores of Pamilacan Island. This small island is less frequented by tourist who would rather stay at the posh and becoming overdeveloped island of Panglao. Which means it still has that rustic, tropical island feel which I liked. Open cottages, fisher folks with carefree family and a nice stretch of white sand beach that makes 80% of the island’s shoreline. Now I’m yearning for some snorkeling.

White Beach Sandbar at Pamilacan Island

White Beach Sandbar at Pamilacan Island

Pamilacan means “resting place of the mantas” which is also abundant in the island’s waters. Aside from that are the regular whales and whale shark sightings in the area. Locals used to hunt them but now the marine mammals here are under protection. So from “hunting” the local livelihood became “watching”. With so much marine mammals here I could imagine the reefs around the islands teeming with lots of underwater species.

A Triangular Spanish Watch Tower

A Triangular Spanish Watch Tower at the shores of Pamilacan

From the beach I took a really small paddle boat that’s only good up to 3 persons including the boatman. You actually have the option to paddle along with the boatman if you’re up to it but I just decided to take pictures along the way. We were headed to the sanctuary which I could see is cordoned and surrounded by a number of white buoys. By the beach on my left I could see a lone triangular Spanish watchtower. I was later told it could be as old as the church of Baclayon.

Pamilacan Corals

Interesting Set of Corals

My boatman instructed me to wear my life-vest. What!? How can I dive down? He said that they are strict here and don’t allow people to dive near the corals. I donned my life-vest and went into the water. And boy I could see why! The coral formations here is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen. My boatman snapped a piece of bread with his fingers and soon fishes were swarming around him. I looked at the corals below but I wasn’t really contented.

Feeding the fishes

The boatman feeding the fishes

Lipat tayo! Dun sa pwedeng sumisid at madaming isda. (Let’s switch! Where I could dive down and see lots of fishes)” I told my boatman. I wondered how I could go up the boat without tumbling it down small as it is, he just instructed me to go up at the front then pull myself up. Easy with that. We moved out of the cordoned area and paddled for a few minutes on our way back and stopped on a spot where he said is also great to snorkel.

Lots of colorful fish here

Lots of colorful fish here

I went back into the water and it was indeed good. The visibility at that time was really good. The corals were not as good as the enclosed sanctuary but there lots of fishes and a good mix of corals. I took my time here before I went back up at the shore.

Snorkeling off the sanctuary

Back on the beach, one of my companion was sleeping heavenly on the cottage while one was having a massage. Now that is relaxing. On our way back to Baclayon proper, I felt myself dozing again. Then I heard a splash. “Look! A manta just jumped out of the water! Crazy!” I didn’t see it, only the splash. But I didn’t know Mantas cold jump out of water.

Leaving the Island

Leaving Pamilacan Island

The post Bohol: Amazing Snorkeling and White Beach in Pamilacan Island appeared first on Ironwulf En Route - The Philippines Travel and Photography Blog.

]]>
http://www.ironwulf.net/2010/08/23/bohol-amazing-snorkeling-and-white-beach-in-pamilacan-island/feed/ 6
Lakbay Norte: Ambuclao Adventures and Impressive Pangasinan http://www.ironwulf.net/2010/03/01/lakbay-norte-ambuclao-adventures-and-impressive-pangasinan/ http://www.ironwulf.net/2010/03/01/lakbay-norte-ambuclao-adventures-and-impressive-pangasinan/#comments Mon, 01 Mar 2010 03:03:49 +0000 http://www.ironwulf.net/?p=3147 Go Kart in Ambuclao

Day 4 of Lakbay Norte finds us waking up to the cool crisp mountain air of Baguio. It's always a pleasant experience to just breathe in the pine fresh atmosphere in this highland city. Our group stayed at the uber-comfortable chiropractic beds of Microtel. From there, we moved to Baguio Country Club for our briefing and much sought after breakfast.

The post Lakbay Norte: Ambuclao Adventures and Impressive Pangasinan appeared first on Ironwulf En Route - The Philippines Travel and Photography Blog.

]]>
Ambuclao Go-Kart

Go-Kart in Ambuclao, Benguet

Day 4 of Lakbay Norte finds us waking up to the cool crisp mountain air of Baguio. It’s always a pleasant experience to just breathe in the pine fresh atmosphere in this highland city. Our group stayed at the uber-comfortable chiropractic beds of Microtel. From there, we moved to Baguio Country Club for our briefing and much sought after breakfast.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao Dam

I’m no stranger to what Amboy, the head of Baguio Conventions and Visitors Bureau (BCVB) was telling us that morning in regards to making Baguio as a new adventure destination in the north. But Clint, the head guy of Ambuclao Baguio Adventure who I met before on a photography assignment in Baguio assured me that there’s something different on this arrangement. I already wrote about the new roads and some of the Kayaking and Adventure activities in Ambuclao so let’s see what’s more in here.

Ambuclao Go-Kart

More Go-Kart action

We were on a mini bus on our way to Ambuclao when we had a minor mishap on the road. Our minibus brakes gave in but our driver was smart enough to move on the side of the road preventing us from falling off. No one was injured but our group was soon split in two for the lack of a bigger vehicle.

And the show went on. The first group were already enjoying the kayak at Ambuclao while some of us were on top of the jeep on the way there. I wasn’t really interested on the kayak since I’ve covered that before so I jumped in Amboy’s car and headed to where the go karts were.

Boodle Fight

Preparing the boodle fight table by the river

There were three go-karts there and I immediately jumped into one and excitedly drove off the rough road trail in Ambuclao. It was certainly a fun ride but had to be careful slipping off the road from the loose rocks. I would have liked it to have some routes tracks instead of the straight ones but this activity is fairly new. I’ll give them some time to make some interesting race tracks here.

We had to support each other on going across a strong river current to where our lunch was waiting. We found an outdoor mini-bar and was served a refreshing concoction of drinks and shown a set-up of a butler and chef on site with a dining table and tent. The idea is that when people are finished with their activities, the food is ready waiting there. I’m a bit impartial about the set up though as it is too fancy for me.

Pangasinan Capitol

The Sison Auditorian in Pangasinan being renovated

While waiting for the other half of the group and munching on some of the bread to temporarily pave the hunger, we prepared the long table for the boodle fight lunch. Spreading out the rice, adobo, salted egg salad. It was fun preparing it and much more fun when the other half of the group came and joined in the fight. It was so filling that the only words we could utter was “Mmmmm”

As soon as we’re done eating we got ourselves ready for the ride back to Baguio. We were already overstaying and hours behind schedule because of the minor mishap. As soon as we got back to Baguio Country Club it was a quick wash-up and onwards we go to Pangasinan.

Pangasinan Capitol

The impressive interiors of Sison Auditorium

The drive took a few hours. I think everyone was trying to recover from the day’s activity as the bus was quiet throughout the ride. I was fresh from a snooze when we found ourselves welcomed at Lingayen, Pangasinan. We were at the beautiful capitol glowing brightly in all its splendour that night.

Pangasinan Capitol

The Pangasinan Capitol Building

They gave us a brief tour around the capitol grounds. We would have appreciated it more in daylight but seeing how it was all planned out from the ground with the main capitol building as the epicentre. I never expected to see such beautiful structures in this side of the north. The whole area is actually a historical setting with American Colonial style structures as old as 1917 being renovated to its former glory.

Pangasinan Capitol

The ground floor with the official seal of Pangasinan

We got inside the Sison Auditorium where they are in the process of restoration and reconstruction of the building. And I’m just astounded at the level of details they put here. I’m sure it would be real elegant once it’s done.

Pangasinan Capitol

Elegant staircase leading to the upper floors

Of course we got a tour of the main building Capitol. It was the most beautiful American Colonial Building when it was built April 21, 1917. Now it has warm lighting from stylish wall lamps and hanging chandeliers, wooden offices and French windows. If I’m a government office worker, I’ll be really proud working here. We had some snacks at the roof top that offers views of the capitol grounds.

Pangasinan Capitol

The Pangasinan Provincial Capitol

We drove off again now arriving at Alaminos Tourism Office but my eyelids were already shutting close during the short presentation as we arrived almost at 10pm there. It was a short presentation and snacks then we made our way to Islandia Hotel for the Night.

Baguio Conventions and Visitors Bureau
baguio.cvb@gmail.com

Microtel Inn and Suites Baguio
Upper Session Road, Baguio City
Philippines 2600
www.microtel-baguio.com

Ambuclao Baguio Adventure
Clint Taynan
0920-407-0000
baguioadventure@yahoo.com
www.baguioadventure.weebly.com

The post Lakbay Norte: Ambuclao Adventures and Impressive Pangasinan appeared first on Ironwulf En Route - The Philippines Travel and Photography Blog.

]]>
http://www.ironwulf.net/2010/03/01/lakbay-norte-ambuclao-adventures-and-impressive-pangasinan/feed/ 15