Lubang Island: A Story Told By Many

Lubang Island for me is a trove of beautiful memories. I could clearly recall those summer afternoons I spent biking around town, trying to imprint every landmark in my young mind: the church, my great grandfather’s house in the corner of E. Quirino and L. Abeleda, the backyard with a pugon stove, and the school where my mother used to go to.

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I would always associate the island with April showers which would seem to rain on me at times my cousin and I hung out at the Plaza. Its yellow petals that have fallen from the trees were like sand burying my toes. Lubang Island was part of my childhood. It was part of my mother’s childhood. Lubang Island was a part of my late grandmother’s childhood.

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behind my mom is the house of my great grandparents 🙂

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Mommy at Our Lady of Assumption Church

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Stella Maris School

It’s a wonder to me, though, why the world has not raved about the island yet. At this day and age of aggressive local tourism, why hasn’t Lubang Island been found? Should I blame the island’s mysticism?

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Mama (my grandmother) would fondly tell me stories about Lubang while the 90’s prevalent blackout plagued us in Kamuning. She once talked about how a number of Japanese fleets during World War II tried docking on its pristine shores. Since their intentions were vile, the shore seemed to turn to soap, giving them a laborious time disembarking until they were spooked to their wits and called it a day.

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The beaches of Lubang Island, were anything but soap but everything that is clear and uncorrupted. It serves as a testimony that you need not spend more to witness the beauty of Bali or the Bahamas. I only spent 1,500 Php to get to and from the island comfortably. My heart raced upon the sight of the vast oceans that had taken the extreme end of Teal in the color wheel. I am not even exaggerating! My mother recounted stories of how she collected shells in Tumibo when she was young and I have validated those stories myself when I caught a glimpse of that beach for the first time. Imagine a shore covered with seashells, ruined by the waves but still elegantly alluring…and the mangroves! It was so new to me at that time that I am conflicted between swimming or just looking at the beautiful scenery!

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Photo Credit: Delahyde Blog

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My grandfather (Papa, as we fondly called him), narrated to us once about a story of a giant who set foot on one of the beaches in Lubang. In the process, he left his footprint and this has then made one beach famous. Binacas was the name given by the townsfolk to this place and up until today, you can see the footprint in the ocean, I kid you not!

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However, Binacas is more than just a tall tale (excuse my pun). The local government developed it to a park/public resort, providing chairs and tables among the beautiful trees so that visitors can dine and lounge about. Binacas beach is entrancing because of its headlands trapping the ocean. It is as if you have been transported to Hawaii, only better.

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The residents of Cabra Island, Lubang has stories to tell too. As Filipinos, religion plays an integral part among the people that is why when Mary, the mother of Jesus, chose to manifest herself to the people of Cabra, a whiff of devout service was instilled among the people. According to local accounts, our Lady of Cabra wanted them to build a church, 30 meters wide to aid people away from sin. My mother was present during one of the apparitions but she was too young to understand then. My great grandmother, Lola Bertha Sanchez-Valbuena saw how the cross danced wildly as prayers of the people swelled.

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From the supernatural and divine, miracles through will also happened in the island. Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda will never be forgotten by history and will be remembered by the people of Lubang as the Japanese soldier who went in hiding in the mountain forest and caves of Mount Puting Bato. He was so resourceful that he utilized nature during those toilsome decades to survive while entertaining himself (he has a music room) and even preserve his food using the river. He refused to lose himself to the long years and has emerged a hero by his country for surviving the war. He was reunited with the island in his later years and put up a school and means of livelihood for the locals. What’s left of  his tale are the caves you can visit along the trail.

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There are countless other chronicles that I, and the people who lives (and have lived) in Lubang Island, can tell. Lubang has a rich history and a vivid culture. Had you witnessed how they celebrate Holy Week and Flores de Mayo, I will bet that you’ll return annually and be part of it until it grows as your personal tradition.

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Photo Credit: Lubang Island Tourism FB Page

Having written all these, I am again at a loss as to why Lubang, Island isn’t as famous as it deserves…but after hearing all these stories, I am comforted with a resolution: the island will bloom at its own time. Like a flower, it is reserving and nurturing itself until such moment that it is ready to bloom. It will astound tourists soon and I trust that the time is at hand. After all, Lubang Island isn’t just a sight for the eyes but a whole legend that will enchant the other senses.

 

For more information about the island, you can visit their FACEBOOK PAGE.

 

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Barangay Taboc: R & R in San Juan La Union

With this scorching heat, it’s a sin not to crave for the beach…and when you say “beach”, it’s hard not to associate it immediately with the waves of La Union! Elyu, as the “now” crowd refers to it, is the core of everything that makes us a tropical island. The beach is stunning, the sand–although not immaculately white–compliments the clear blue sky of the province, the locals are friendly (and ripped! Have you seen their bodies?!), and the waves are the most versatile I’ve seen.

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God bless these waves!

San Juan, La Union is easily identified as the Surfing Capital of the North. Crowds flock Barangay Urbiztondo, equipped with their colorful surfing gears and radiating enthusiasm. But don’t you just wish for a quieter place sometimes, where you can enjoy the real essence of being out of town? Or probably a lesser crowd to judge you based on your wipe-outs?

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Quinsaats in the house yo!

Lucky for us, we have Urbiztondo’s chaste sister, Barangay Taboc. It is a refuge for those who still seek the provincial feel of La Union without totally abandoning it’s touristy charm. Personally, I find this version of San Juan better.

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The place has a sort of boardwalk (a road behind the main road) street where people would stroll in the morning and late afternoons amidst the salt-laced air, while the others would bike from one end to another with the beach as their backdrop. Such a perfect set-up for those who crave for the simple life.

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Me, reverse-bombing my lola, tito, and titas while strolling.

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Biking is a legit mode of transpo here

Accommodation in this part of San Juan, La Union is affordable, yet, of good quality. You can be a backpacker but sometimes, you long for privacy and at times like such, it’s a comfort knowing there are places like these two that you can rely on:

  1. Mang Juan Place

Contact Number: (0918) 2410694

Email: mangjuanplace@gmail.com

This is my homestay of choice. The best thing about this is that the rooms are clean, private, and cozy. For 2000 Php, you get a room that can fit 5 people (500 Php in excess of 3) comfortably. They also provide you an extra mattress that is thick enough to send you to slumberland in the most pleasant way.

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Here, you don’t have to worry about sharing a bathroom. You’ll have the privacy of your own which is rare for homestays this affordable. You also get a television in your own room and the air condition is working really well.

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The place also has a store at the back just in case you have forgotten your essentials or you suddenly have a munchie attack in the middle of the night.  Their common area is equipped with speakers and a television, as well. They also have a kitchen that you are free to use should you need to cook anything.

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The owner’s father was very pleasant. Upon our arrival he toured us around the place which was why I was able to see the rooms that are vacant. Probably the best part of the house for me is the balcony where I get to have a full view of the sunset! The next time that I will be visiting, I hope I get to have the room next to the balcony!

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The whole family calling for me to join them 😛

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Mornings are best viewed in the balcony of Mang Juan’s

If you are also concerned about safety, Mang Juan values this by locking the gates at night.

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In the morning, they also provide you free coffee which is a big deal for me!

2. NorMi2’s Beach Front Resort

Probably one of the pioneers in the area, NorMi2’s Beach Front Resort has all types of rooms that you can choose from. They have a dorm-type room, kubos, family rooms, and standard rooms. You can also choose whether or not to rent an air conditioned one or a fan room. The rooms are pretty much spacey but it was a sad lot, though, that the sink in my family’s shower is clogged.

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COZY~~~!

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Love this native piece!

If you are the type to get tired of the beach easily, Normi2’s has a pool where you can lounge on. This is a big hit with the kids! The resort also has an in-house surf school if you are just starting to learn.

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The resort also has a place for you to do your barbecues. We had fun grilling, drinking beer, and shucking fresh oysters here. Dinner was good because of the place.

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Too lazy to cook? They have a restaurant that can serve you too! They can even prepare a boodle feast for you. Just remember to inform them beforehand.

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Being in Barangay Taboc is a pleasant treat.  Just secure yourself a surfing instructor in case you haven’t tried surfing yet! Although the waves here are tamer (and the beach side has lesser rocks, thank you Lord), if you’re a beginner, you need guidance. Ate Maribel is a great instructor! She’s very patient and she’ll make sure you get to stand up on your board! Contact her at (0915) 8347689 and say hi for me!

 

 

Going around San Juan, La Union is easier on this side too! Ask the owners of the place you will be staying in and they will be more than glad to give you instructions.

Rest and relaxation is ideal here in Barangay Taboc. If you wish to still party in Urbiztondo, don’t fret! It’s just a stone’s throw away! It cannot get any better than this. If you need that much deserved R&R, you can hear the place calling onto you. All you need to do is answer. See you there!

How to go to Taboc, La Union:

**Access is at Atijera St. from main road 🙂

Wolf & Bear: My Furry Tradition

The country is now more appreciative of pets. Compared before, almost 8 out of 10 households has a furry friend in them! The other 2 homes probably have people living with a love for animals but have valid reasons why they can’t house one. Good thing, pet cafes such as Wolf and Bear and Bengal Brew (twin pet cafes!!!) in Cubao were established!

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Living in Cubao, visiting Wolf & Bear is something I would not miss for the world! I may be a part of that 8 out of 10 household but that simply was never enough! Every dog is a friend you have to meet!

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My first visit was during their first year of operation. I met their Alaskan Malamute family lead by their alpha, Sumo! I saw how Betty the St. Bernard outgrew her leg issue through therapy which the owner and staff had lovingly supported. I saw the then puppies Greywind, Ghost, and Nymeria plus the gentle giants magkumare, Summer and Winter which I lovingly hugged and clung onto the majority of my stay there.

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Over the years, I visited 2 more times and saw many addition and changes to the family. Bella who was a constant buddy of Inigo had her hair trimmed but still showed a familiar love for my partner. We met Kaos, the shib who I had fun hugging and protecting because hey, it’s not easy being the new kid! Danielle the great dane, although new, was the exact opposite! She ensured she greeted everyone and shared a little bit of her busy schedule with them. Coby is also a sight to see and knowing he can devour tennis balls is amazing! Did you know that he can fit up to 4 balls in his mouth?!

 

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It was also delightful meeting Sari’s new litter which is like a set of cotton balls! Sumo was on a break during my latest visit, though, I guess it’s tough being a father!

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Everytime I visit, I have sunk deeper into fondness of them. I love their stories and seeing them grow! The food is great too! Their Cafe Bengal is something that you will take time consuming and enjoying despite the inevitably cute distraction. The snacks are good too!

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The handlers are friendly! Unlike reviews over the social media platforms where they were called masungit, they weren’t any hint of that. They may come of as strong but that’s perfectly understandable. You have got to impose authority when you’re handling bears or big dogs for that matter! More than being handlers, their trainers as well. So for those of you who complained, please get over yourself and try to understand!

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I will continue coming back to Wolf and Bear! It’s Bengal Brew Cat Cafe’s twin sister so I always get my money’s worth. They have a membership card that is packed with rebates and discounts and this is further pushing their good customer service to a higher tier! I’ll let you guys know if I’ve used every perk! See you there and I hope going here becomes your tradition too!

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Tori Chizu: Say Chizu!!!

Cheese is making it big in the food scene today! With the increase of social media pages showcasing how to infuse it to various traditional meals, the cult following of cheese has dramatically increased. However, finding an affordable fastfood that serves such meals has been a surprising struggle. For this, we are thankful for the launch of Tori Chizu.

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Tori Chizu opened its doors to Filipinos with its flagship store in Megamall last December 11, 2017. Serving their famous dishes such as Tori Chizu Original Chicken Baked Rice, Spicy Tomato Shrimp Baked Rice, Mazemen (no broth ramen) and their promising dessert Milk Chiz Soft Serve, their everyday is filled with mozzarella-loving crowd demanding to be served.

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mozzarella-loving crowd!

We had the chance to dine here last March 3, 2018. We were welcomed warmly by their manager and added that personal touch of finding us a seat and giving us a flier to save us from our indecisiveness.

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CHIZUU~~~!!

My siblings and I ordered Kani Takoyaki, Umami Style Fried Chicken, and Spicy Tomato Shrimp. Imagine our delight when this was served to us. The rich cheese was bubbling as the delightful aroma teased our olfactory nerves. The presentation is simple but beautiful–usually when a dish is served in a sizzling plate, it is on the sloppy end but here at Tori Chizu, it was neat!

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Clockwise: Umami Style Fried Chicken, Spicy Tomato Shrimp, and Kani Takoyaki

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My sister’s Kani Takoyaki is to die for!!!

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Your fried chicken with a twist!

I started to dig in my Spicy Tomato Shrimp. The spice is moderate but satisfying. Nothing too strong but it pleasantly compliments the cheese. The rice may look quaint at first glance but believe me when I tell you that I had a hard time finishing it because it was heavy to the stomach!

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Customer service is great too! Aside from the very welcoming manager, one of the waiters (refused kindly to give his name because he was shy) shined. The klutz that I am, I accidentally spilled my glass of iced tea. He assisted me by cleaning our table and providing us a pack of tissue paper. He even gave me a new glass of iced tea even though I was at fault! That touched me deeply! Thank you so much kuya!

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It all made sense! The theme of the restaurant is “Inside the Oven”!

The experience at Tori Chizu was short as all fast food experience is. However, it was everything BUT fleeting. The food is as cheesy as it can get! Forget the overpriced raclette and head down to this place! I assure you that your gastronomic cravings will be satisfied!

***Tori Chizu is located at Upper Ground Floor, Bldg. A SM Megamall and is open everyday from 10AM to 10PM. Check their Facebook Page for more info!

Big Bad Wolf Book Sale: HEAD THERE NOW!

At this day and age, being a bibliophile is glorious! Who ever said that technology killed our one and only love? A true lover of books would see technology as a blessing: aside from the physical publication, you have the PDF files at your easy disposal!

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This is my personal sentiment! I love reading ebooks but I still am in love with the smell of pages! This is why when I found out about the Big Bad Wolf Book Fair, I knew I couldn’t miss it for the world!

This is Big Bad Wolf’s first ever book sale in the country. Originally from Malaysia, the purpose of the company has always been to bring the joy of reading to those who can’t afford it…and my god, did they served their mission! All the books available are at 60% to 80% discount!

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It was heavenly, right at the very first step inside the World Trade Center main hall. Since the event is open 24 hours from the day they launched last February 16, you can come in any time you desire. We arrived there at 1 in the morning hoping there would be less people but sleep is for the weak for people like us! It was swarming with happy nerds from all walks of life, all age and sizes! I couldn’t help but squeal!

The collection is indubitably VAST! Big Bad Wolf also catered to all genres: from Y.A.s (young adult) to cookbooks, they have it! I had a hard time choosing and meeting my budget espcially when my poindexter (I’m female but hey) heart realized that they also sell graphic novels!!!

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Now this was when everything got serious for me! I saw special edition DC Comics for half the price! I usually gawk at the shelves of Fully Booked hoping that one day all the kind deeds I’ve done in my life would be rewarded by the DC fairy god mother with free, limited edition comics!

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After I secured the titles I needed to purchase, we went around every corner of the place. We saw interesting book designs, premium editions, boxed sets, and even adult coloring books! If you are into religious and inspirational books, business, and even pets, you will not be disappointed!

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Paying for it was a breeze too! There were more than 20 check out counters operating to cater excited shoppers! Everything was in order that it was beautiful!

Here are some tips for you to maximize the discounts being offered by Big Bad Wolf: (1) Go for the hardbounds! Paperback novels sell for the minimum prize of 180 php to 190 php which is not that big of a dicount. However, should you go for the big guns, you get to enjoy a hefty price cut! From the original price of 1,500 php to 2500 php, I bought the graphic novels for no more than 900 each! I am not even kidding!

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(2) Another tip, you really have to check every stall. Stop being a royalty, asking for assistance–NO! I’ve seen celebrities getting down and dirty just to find that title they adore!

(3) Last but not the least, bring your eco bags and save the planet!

Tomorrow, February 25, 2018 at 11:59 P.M., Big Bad Wolf Book Sale will close their doors to the public and end the, hopefully, annual celebration. You still have more than 24-hours left so if I were you, HEAD THERE NOW!

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*Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is being held at World Trade Center, Gil Puyat Avenue Extension corner Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., Pasay City, Metro Manila. The direction is below:

 

Kaffeeklatsch: Let’s Talk Over Koffee

All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are not really ideal days to go and search for an adventure. As Filipinos, we find ourselves paying our respects to our faithful departed. We, however, were in Baguio in a quest for good coffee!

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My aunt and I discovered a humble treasure cove in the form of Kaffeeklatsch. It’s really by pleasant accident that we stumbled upon the place. Our initial plan was to go to Session Road and look for the more popular and easy to find places. Thank goodness the altitude got the best of us, having to ascend 800 meters on the streets of Middle Quarry. Had we taken the cab, chances were we might’ve overlooked this hole in the wall!

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First thing I noticed was their live band! During the time we visited, they were celebrating Halloween! The staff were all in costume and the place was fully decorated with cobwebs, skeletons…you name it! The cafe emanates this relaxed, modern vibe as their dim yellow lights complement the acoustic set and the chill of November. There is also something with half-muted lights that makes you want to share your thoughts. Kaffeeklatsch invited guests to do so.

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Their coffee selection was extensive too! I had a very hard time deciding between their Flavored Koffees and Drip Brew. Not to mention their Chilled Klassiks (ice blended) choices were impressive as well! I ended up ordering their Iced Kaffee Latte and I did not regret it!

I also love the fact that they have an al fresco area. Should you wish to indulge in that Baguio weather, you can choose to sit outside and enjoy your coffee amidst the crisp mountain air. YEP, THIS IS HEAVEN FOR THE SMOKERS! There. I said it. LOL.

Now if you are wondering what this peculiar word means: talking or gossip at an informal gathering where coffee is served. The place really lived up to its name! You can see from the crowd the place attracts a variation of personalities wanting to gab. In every corner of the place, people talk and probably share a fraction of their time with each other. That we did as well.

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It’s such a shame though that we didn’t know the place was holding a Halloween Party or else, we would have participated! Baguio is a place that you really cannot get enough of. My relatives are from Baguio and no matter how often I visit, there is always something new to discover — for instance, Kaffeeklatsch!

**Here’s how you get to Kaffeeklatsch! You can also check their FB PAGE HERE!

 

5 Reasons Why I Hate Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is known for its glorious beaches and majestic mountains. After all, Kota Kinabalu is home to Mount Kinabalu, the 20th most prominent mountain in the world. I have heard of friends going to Kota Kinabalu to trek, dive, and do all sorts of adventure and this is probably what drew me to the place. However, as I spent my 3 days here, I realized there is so much more to hate. Yes, hate!

Hate Reason #1: Kota Kinabalu serves the freshest seafood that you can’t help but binge eat!

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**heavy breathing**

This is something to loath if you are on a diet. I have never seen humongous lobsters in my life! The best place to try these seafood out would be at Sedco Complex’s Seri Selera Kampung Ayer. They have the freshest, biggest, and the widest variation of shellfish, shrimp, and fish! My favorite (aside from the lobster which is a given) would be the Tiger Prawn. I hated every moment as I was munching it because I was worrying about my weight and my shrimp allergies! Yet, this opportunity is too good to miss! I wolfed on the food and shushed my conscience shut! Carpe Diem!

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Seri Selera Kampung Ayer is a little bit on the pricey end, though. If you would like to try cheaper (but same quality!) options, you can head to the Night Market next to the Filipino Market and Le Meridien! Rumor has it that they used to sell exotic food there such as Pangolins and Sea Turtles. Thank goodness they no longer do this!

Hate Reason #2: Kota Kinabalu has the whitest, white-sand beaches and the deepest cerulean waters that you cannot just visit one beach! Talk about moving from one place to another!

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It just gets to you! You never would want to leave! If you are like me who absolutely adores lounging by the beach, I swear, you’ll find your paradise here! This is not even exaggerating! Do not miss going on an island hopping trip in Kota Kinabalu. NEVER! The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park has islands that only exists in tourism books and probably your best, pleasantly feverish, dreams!

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Our first stop was Sapi Island. We were given a life vest and snorkel gear and were left to enjoy the sea…that we did! After a few crazy shots, we explored the vast underwater garden. We saw a number of Sea Urchins and a collection of fishes of different sizes and colors. It was a whole new world under the sea!

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We soon went to Manukan Island which looks like a mini Maldives. There were luxurious hotels and an appealing array of food stalls. You can relax on the shore and enjoy the sun with your pina colada!

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Last stop is Mamutik Island which is fairly different from the first 2 islands. The calm and peaceful atmosphere is best in the late afternoons. There are also lots of water activities you can enjoy here such as Scuba Doo or underwater scooter, Parasailing, and Banana Boat rides! We regret not being able to do all these stuff there since we were running out of time and were scheduled to go to another tourist spot. BOO-HOO!

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Hate Reason #3: Kota Kinabalu residents are friendly, caring, and hospitable, that it doesn’t make you miss home!

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Kuya Andy from Island Hop Express! Salamat po!

Most of the time, if you are in a tourist spot, people tend to be greedy and all about the ka-ching. Here in Kota Kinabalu, we met people who sincerely would wish you well and have a good time! We met Kuya Andy. He is a Filipino who lived in Kota Kinabalu most of his life. He owns Island Hop Express (head to COUNTER 10!!!) in Jesselton Point and while most of the travel agencies offer their tour packages at 180 RM to 250 RM, he offers his tours for as low as 50 RM! He even went his way and fixed our schedule so we can have another tour and see the Proboscis Monkeys and Fireflies! He took care of everything. He even sent us off to ride the van going to the Klias River.

Our van driver, Machai (to book van tours, you can reach out through his FB page), is very considerate and friendly. He talked to us throughout the whole trip and made sure we enjoyed every second of it. He shared his experiences visiting the places we were going to and made recommendations on which places to visit the next time we happen to end up at Kota Kinabalu again. You would feel that it’s not your usual lip service since he runs a business. The sincerity in connecting is there, believe it or not!

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Sir Machai made our trip fun!

We also met Baloo-the Uber Driver who brought us to Tanjung Aru. He told us beautiful stories about the Kota Kinabalu Sunset and how he left his corporate job just to enjoy time with his wife.

And we can never ever forget Mr. Lee Thien Fook! He is the owner and the mind behind Signal Hill Eco Farm! During our visit, he was very hospitable and even served us the MOST delicious BANGUS that I have ever tasted! This is not an exaggeration! He grew it in his own farm and was bred organically.  We also met his wife who has the warmest smile among all we have met in Kota Kinabalu!

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The amazing Mr. Lee Thien Fook

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The missus wearing the friendliest smile in all of KK ❤

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I have never loved Bangus so much!

Hate Reason #4: If you are an insomniac, their top of the line–not to mention, exquisite– coffee variations, will do you no good.

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Have you heard of Malaysian White Coffee? If you are raving about it, then that’s just the tip of the iceberg! We found a souvenir store in Suria Sabah Mall called BR and Toys which sells a wide range of coffee choices! From your regular array of Ipoh White Coffee to the more exotic Kopi Luwak (from civet poop!), you will definitely suffer a period of pleasant insomniac nights! Why pleasant? If you are in paradise, why is there a need to sleep anyway?

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Steven was an amazing Sales person! He gave us what we needed, not what’s expensive!

What really got me was their Durian Coffee. Other people would abhor the smell of the fruit but I tell you: Kota Kinabalu’s Durian Coffee is a must-experience! While I do not expect much from airport coffee shops, when I ordered Durian Coffee at Cafe de Jesselton Kopitiam, my faith was turned about. The aroma filled the place and I was even sort-of proud to have ordered it (LOL). It was a good experience to my senses!

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Durian Coffee love

Even Kota Kinabalu’s basic coffee is not-so! Every night we would go out of our homestay just to have coffee at Wong Kok Restaurant. The place is like an old eatery but their Kopi-O and Kopi-C is anything but ordinary!

Hate Reason #5: Kota Kinabalu is home to many animals and plants species that you have probably never heard of. Sucks to be you.

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Proboscis Monkey photos because they are so hard to spot!

I knew that the Rafflesia (only the world’s largest bloom!) can be found in the mountains of Kota Kinabalu. What I did not know is that you can also find the Villose Pitcher Plant, the Sun Bear, Pangolin, the Slow Loris, and the Proboscis Monkey here!  During our last day in Kota Kinabalu, I didn’t let the chance pass to see the Proboscis Monkey in Kota Belud and also take the Firefly River cruise. I was comforted by the idea that industrialization has not taken wildlife completely. There are places like Kota Kinabalu that preserves and co-exists with their flora and fauna harmoniously!

 

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Us–scanning the forest for the rare sight of Proboscis Monkeys!

So with all that being said, do I REALLY, REALLY hate Kota Kinabalu? The answer is still YES. I am so frustrated that I cannot stay longer. 3 days was not enough to digest and absorb this paradise and all it’s beauty. I hate Kota Kinabalu because it made me miss the days I had there now that I am back home in the Philippines…and in so much passionate ire, I vow to come back and stay longer!