Who is the Tarlaqueno Traveler?

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I'm just one ordinary Tarlaqueno who loves to travel and travel and travel and revel in God's wonderful creation. Through this blog, I get to share my travel experiences with everyone.

Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Wat Pho 1
Image of the Reclining Buddha

Regarded as one of the oldest wats in Bangkok, Wat Pho (official name is Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn) houses the famous image of the reclining Buddha and is said to be the birthplace of Thai massage. This place is a must-see for tourists.

Dapitan City's Dakak Park and Beach Resort

Dakak Beach Resort
View of Dakak cove from the Repeater

This question goes to the people of my age: did you ever dream of going to Dakak when you were younger? As far as I can remember, there was an ad before about Dakak Resort running over and over during commercial breaks of a popular noontime show. Mom would tell me it’s Mindanao’s version of Boracay. I told myself that I would visit the place when I get older.

Cagayan de Oro Accommodation: Travelers Pod

Travelers Pod

Besides its amazing attractions, Cagayan de Oro City is frequently flocked by tourists as it is the gateway to a lot of other must-see places in the nearby provinces of Bukidnon, Camiguin, and Lanao del Norte. As such, many stay overnight in the City of Golden Friendship, as CDO is fondly called, either to prepare for their itineraries the next day or to catch their flights home the next morning. These people often look for cheap accommodations especially that they intend to stay for only several hours in CDO. In most cases, they end up staying in cheap motels around the city that are actually just fine but are not that reputable. Good thing there's Travelers Pod, a relatively new accommodation that caters primarily to backpackers and overnight travelers. This so-called traveler's lounge offers a luxurious experience without breaking the bank.  

Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin: Living Up to its Name

Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin
The pool and Bohol sea

Whenever I travel, I see to it that I don’t spend too much on accommodations to divert my funds on my actual itineraries. 300-500 pesos is my usual expense for an overnight stay in an inn, but I also stay in boutique hotels that cost me 600-800 a night (the other half of the rate is shouldered by my companion). Rarely do I stay in expensive hotels and resorts, unless the overnight stay comes with buffet meals and other complimentary activities. But whenever I travel with my Ate, I’m sure to spend beyond my limit. Haha. She is choosy and very particular when it comes to accommodations, and being a gentleman (ehem), I am the one who adjusts to her preferences.

So when our Camiguin escapade came, I had no choice but to give way to her choice of accommodation – Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin (BBC). And since it was her who actually took time to arrange the trip (which rarely happens. Haha. Thank you ate. lol), I just had to agree with the plans. The question now is, did I regret spending so much for our accommodation? Surprisingly, not at all. I was more than satisfied with my stay in BBC. Continue reading to know why.

Camiguin Tour: Spots to See in the Island

Sunken Cemetery
Sunset at the Sunken Cemetery

Although the second smallest province in the Philippines in terms of land area, the island province of Camiguin is not to be belittled in terms of the natural wonders it possesses.  With its line up of relaxing springs, towering waterfalls, fine beaches, crystal clear waters, and many other breathtaking sights, Camiguin is considered by Filipinos as one of their top local dream destinations.

Overnight Camiguin Island Tour

White Island Camiguin
View of Camiguin and Mt. Hibok-hibok from White Island

Do you ever feel like there’s no chance for you to spend your usual 2 days off in a distant, relaxing place? A lot of employees depend on their leave credits in order to make time for a short vacation somewhere that’s a bit away from where they live. If you are planning to visit Camiguin, forget about filing a leave! An overnight Camiguin island tour is possible. All you need to do is free your 2 nonworking days of any activities to make way for a short yet grand vacation in the so-called Island Born of Fire.

Grand Day Tour at the Grand Palace

Tarlaqueno Traveler Bangkok Grand Palace
 Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat

If you are traveling in Thailand for the first time, your Bangkok trip wouldn't be complete without a grand day tour at the Grand Palace. Considered the most visited landmark in Bangkok, the Grand Palace sits at the heart of the city near the Chao Phraya river and is home to many important structures and royal occasions.

Tarlaqueño Traveler's Suroy-Suroy Series /01 Photobook

Photobook cover featuring San Juanico Bridge (Leyte/Samar/Region VIII)

Ako na ang feelingero! Haha. Tarlaqueño Traveler has come up with a Photobook featuring some of the places he has visited from 2010 to 2012. Although it was really my dream to be able to publish a coffee table book about travel or photography, the initial idea of the photobook came up when I stumbled upon a group buying site offering a discounted photobook. I thought this was the perfect time to gather my travel memoirs and have them printed in one organized book that I can share with everyone. The photobook is entitled "Suroy-Suroy Series /01," featuring attractions from 26 provinces in the Philippines.

On Top of Thailand’s Tallest Tower

If you would like to get a good view of Bangkok’s skyline, the best place to go to is Baiyoke Sky Hotel. Also known as Baiyoke Tower II, this 85-storey structure stands 304 meters tall and currently holds the record as the tallest in Thailand. It is also the 48th tallest structure in the world.

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