Saturday, December 24, 2016

My 2016 Travels

by Regin Reyno

And just like that, 2016 is ending. I want to end this year by looking back at my travels. This is one of the benefits of buying memories/experiences instead of things. You can always look back and remember those wonderful times, experiences, lessons learned, and people met along the way. 

As an experientialist, I treasure and invest in experiences over things.

2016, again, has been a blessed year full of travel experiences. Although no new country has been added to my list, I was able to visit new exciting destinations, traveled with family, saw old friends, and experienced 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

Join me as I revisit my travels in 2016!

1. February 2016: Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China
Mode of Transportation from/to Beijing: Air China
Avatar Hallelujah Mountain. Hunan, China 
One of the most beautiful natural scenery I have ever seen; so majestic that sometimes it’s overwhelming. Camera can’t capture the beauty of the place. The scale, the atmosphere, the grandeur, can only be fully captured by the naked eye. This is the inspiration of the Floating Hallelujah Mountains in the movie, Avatar; a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

2. March 2016: Bukidnon, Philippines
Mode of Transportation from/to Beijing: Cebu Pacific 
Dahilyan Gardens and Resort. Bukidnon, Philippines

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

El Nido, Palawan Tour C

by Regin Reyno

El Nido is a coastal town in Palawan, Philippines blessed with many islands in its vicinity. It is part of the Banana Pancake Trail: a well-trodden backpacker trail in Southeast Asia. Many travelers flock to this place-almost all year round-due to its islands and beaches. 

Beautiful limestone islands, white-sand beaches, wonderful corals, friendly locals are what attract the tourists. And in coming to El Nido, there is one activity that you shouldn’t miss; and this is what most visitors do in going to El Nido: Island hopping. 

With its many beautiful islands and lagoons, this is the number one attraction and activity in El Nido. It’s really crazy and unimaginable if you’re in El Nido and don’t do this. It’s like going to Cuzco in Peru and not visiting Machu Picchu or going to Xi’an, China and not going to the Terracotta Warriors. Especially, as El Nido Town proper has little to offer. (The beach there is crowded with boats, bars, and restaurants)

Monday, November 21, 2016

Terracotta Warriors

by Regin Reyno

Together with the Great Wall of China, The Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an is on top of my list of places to visit while in China. I’ve been dying to see this amazing site ever since. And just last week, that dream became a reality. I was able to see the famous warriors. It is the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century. It is also considered the 8th Wonder of the World. And, of course, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I love history. And, to be able to see with my bare eyes, these historical, marvellous works of mankind, I felt really fulfilled.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Dahilayan Gardens and Resort

by Regin Reyno

A hidden gem in the province of Bukidnon in the Philippines is Dahilayan Gardens and Resort. Wonderful vacation houses located in the mountains. It is a peaceful place, a tranquil environment perfect for relaxation and family vacation.

In March 2016, we had our yearly family vacation in this beautiful place. It was one of my favorite family vacations, ever. And I think, the most relaxing. It is because of the location of the place and the vacation house that we stayed in.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Recommended Accommodation: Sea Cocoon Hotel

by Regin Reyno

El Nido, Palawan in the Philippines is paradise. So, if you haven’t been there, I encourage you to go visit. Add it in your bucket list. It’s simply a wonderful place.

And upon visiting, I recommend you to stay at Sea Cocoon Hotel. We stayed there for 3 days and 3 nights. It was awesome. It’s one of the reasons why we enjoyed our vacation in El Nido.
photo credit: Siggey Tuazon

Friday, October 14, 2016

Nagkalit-kalit Falls: El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

guest post by Raj Medtia 

"The journey is just as important as the destination"
We stayed overnight at Jack’s Place, waking up with what we feared, 0 mosquito bites. We took advantage of the morning and walked up to the view point, revealing a 360 angle of the twin beaches. After, we were expecting our driver to collect us at 3pm so we sat by the beach with tropical drink to hand. To our surprise, and thankfully, he came early. This gave us time to check out Nagkalit-kalit waterfalls on our way back to El Nido. 
We met our lovely guide, by a stall located on the road back, you can’t miss it. With a warm welcome and a flick of his top knot, au natural (they know how to do it without looking stupid)… “We have at least 9 rivers to cross” he said whilst we looked down at our poor choice of footwear. He led us towards a field where a local farmer had set up camp, after paying a 10 peso fee to get through we began.
9 rivers to cross en route to the falls

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Reasons Why Nacpan Beach is One of the Best Beaches in the World

by Regin Reyno

Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines made it to the top 10 on CNN’s Travelers’ Choice Award for the World’s Best Beaches. That’s pretty impressive especially considering the number of beaches in this world.

It was also named by travel blogger, LeBlanc, the World’s Most Beautiful Beach. 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so they say. So what may be beautiful for Christian LeBlanc may not be so beautiful for some. That title is highly subjective. Nevertheless, it got my attention. So the next thing I know, we were arranging a trip going to Nacpan Beach in Palawan.

To be honest, when I watched that video, I wasn’t really impressed by the beach. It was shot during an overcast day, so its real beauty wasn’t captured. I also searched photos from the internet, and they all looked like a normal beach. So I don’t really understand why it was named World’s Most Beautiful. 

That’s one of the reasons why I decided to go there. To experience it for myself. To see, why it is the most beautiful in the world and one of the best.

Just last week, I had the opportunity to fully experienced it. Not just see, but to actually experience it with my five senses. Not just a day trip, but stayed there, as well.

And here’s my verdict: Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Palawan is one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve been and as of the moment, my best beach ever!

Here are the reasons why:

1. It is long and wide

The beach is 4 km. long. and it is very wide. You have lots of space to play games, sunbathe, build sand castle, or just roll. The length of a beach is one huge factor, at least for me, to be considered a beautiful beach. There are many beautiful beaches out there, but they are just a small strip of land. This one is the real deal. Jogging in the morning barefooted? Sure, you can do that here. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sunset at the World’s Most Beautiful Beach: Nacpan, El Nido, Philippines

by Regin Reyno 

After our El NIdo Tour C Island Hopping, at about 4:30pm, we hopped into a van. A huge Toyota Grandia, provided for us by our tour agency, Northern Hope Tours. It was just the 5 of us in that huge, comfortable van. We were going to the world’s most beautiful beach, according to famous travel vlogger, LeBlanc.
going to Jack's Place
photo credit: Rajeshwarikumari 

Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Palawan is considered by many travelers to be one of the most beautiful in the world. It is, in fact, no. 10 in CNN’s World’s Best Beaches.

We were excited to see for ourselves what this beach has to offer. Is it really beautiful, is it worth the 45-minute drive from town proper?   
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