BACKPACK DIARIES: LEYTE BE THE ONE

Anong isasagot mo pag tumawag ang Nanay mo at sinabing nagbook sya ng flight papuntang Tacloban? Oo ka nalang, well she’s impulsive like that. After booking our flight, she then told me “Gawa ka ng itinerary natin”.  Yup, another DIY trip.

Tacloban trip was last March, we’re with one of her officemates and her daughter that makes us five. Two elders, two teens, and me; make that three teenagers. LOL

Day 1 (March 12)

Upon arrival We went straight to their office’s staff house and took some rest, ate breakfast then went to Paru Parong Bukid Nature Conservation Center at Batbangon, Leyte. I’ve heard a lot of good reviews while doing our itinerary, kaya sabi ko puntahan namin. We just roam around, maganda sana yung lugar kaso hindi na maintain mula nung dumaang bagyo.

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Enjoy sya sa bahay kubo? Can you spot me?hihi

Next stop, lunch at Rafael’s Farm and Garden Restaurant. It was so beautiful kaya nagpictorial kami ng bongga kahit tirik na tirik ang araw Nasira din yung ibang part nung bumagyo, maganda padin yung place and relaxing. Ang sarap sana magmuni muni kaso lang ang init.

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Lunch is served.

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No filter needed.

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Just WOW

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San punta mo teh? THE VIEW.

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My official photographer (I have no choice,haha)

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Pagbigyan ang mga nakakatanda

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After lunch we just wandered around the city, stopped at the San Juanico Bridge because the elders insisted. Kahit tirik ang araw hala sige picture. Stopped at this spot kung saan sumayad yung isa sa mga barko. Iniwan lang nila yung tip ng barko and ginawang tourist spot (Iba talaga ang Pinoy!). After mapagod we got back to freshen up, eat dinner and finally had some rest.

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Ma, nasan yung bridge?

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San Juanico Bridge

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Aye! Aye! Captain.

Day 2 (March 13)

Woke up early to go to Sohoton Cave at Basey, Samar. Upon arrival we registered, paid for the fees, and crossed the river with the motorized banca. Off to explore the Sohoton Cave, it was different from the other caves I’ve been (kala mo ang pro na sa mga caves eh). Chill lang kami dito, lakad lakad lang talaga. I think they only allow number of tourists that can enter the cave at the same time. Para daw di magkaubusan ng oxygen (I think). There’s a lot of rock formations, stalactites, stalagmites, you just have to be creative with your imagination, our guide explained that we cannot touch the white rocks (mukhang snow sa puti) because our hands contain daw acid that can harm the formation. Kaya sobrang strict na nila kasi andami ng formations ang nasira kasi hinahawakan. No good quality pictures because my phone camera  won’t cooperate when its too dark.

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Jump off to Sohoton Cave

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Green all over the place

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Entrace. So scary!

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After caving we did kayaking, we have two guides that patiently waited for us kasi kung saan saan kami napadpad. We reached this part of the river where we can swim, pero naman sa lakas ng agos magdadalawang isip ka. We went back to the site near the cave did some swimming ate lunch (packed lunch, wala kang mabibilan ng pagkain sa area and also para tipid). We went back, washed up, ate dinner and slept. Ang sakit sa braso mag-kayak ah!

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Kayaking sa tanghaling tapat

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Bigthness x 100

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Magical Place

Day 3 (March 14)

For our last day we visited some historical sites and tried some of their delicacies. Woke up early and went for a walk to Gen. Mac Arthur, visited the Sto.Niño Shrine Romualdez Museum, some churches which I cannot remember anymore. Bumili ng mga pasalubong then umuwi na to pack our things. Delayed flight as usual pero sulit naman ang bonding.

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MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park

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Santo Niño Shrine

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Ginawang backdrop ang wall

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Palo Cathedral

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Printed

Good thing when travelling with my mom is that she has everything we need. Sa kanya ako nagmana ng pagka-tita!haha, and syempre nalibre ako sa ibang bagay.

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Till our next adventure!

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