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How I Give the Hotel Review and Ratings?

How I Give the Hotel Review and Ratings?

As you might have known, I’ve been doing hotel reviews years on this Exotic Philippines blog. The problem is that some people don’t get how I give my hotel review ratings, and who am I to give a hotel review. Well, let me share a bit about myself and how I do things here in the blog. Who am I? Actually, I’m a nobody. I’m just a regular girl. Ever since I was little I’ve been traveling with my parents because I can’t live without my Mama. I hate being away from my Mama, and I think she feels the same way too because instead of going to school she drag me with her on her out of town trips with her colleagues. With that, I get to travel and stay at hotels. No ordinary hotels too, since it’s an all-expenses paid trip by my parent’s company. Mostly, they’re staying at the 5 star hotels. So, I have the standards to base on since I’m little. Today, I’m traveling around the Philippines hoping to put my feet everywhere here and there are people who are willing to sponsor me for my trip a

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Black Island’s Caves and White Beach

Black Island’s Caves and White Beach

Coron Palawan ’s Black island, when black is beauty. But, the island itself does not look all black at all. But yeah, there’s a little bit of black in it, I find the rock formations there a bit darker than what I see in other islands in Coron. Plus, there’s a black rock inside one of their caves about 150 feet high. So I guess that’s why they named it the Black island. We were in a six (6) hours boat ride to the Calauit island before we visited the Black island, which is about 30 minutes boat trip from the shore of Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary. Arrived there around 2 or 3 in the afternoon and it was a great view.

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Osmeña Peak Traverse to Kawasan Falls – With No Sweat!

Osmeña Peak Traverse to Kawasan Falls – With No Sweat!

Okay! I lied. There’re some sweat, but that’s the sweat for the hike going to Osmeña peak since you actually have to climb that peak. But the part I didn’t lie about is the traverse from Osmeña peak to Kawasan falls . Why? How did I do it? Well, you all know that I’m a lazy girl. Well, obviously with my body size. I can’t do that hike thing for 5-6 hours as some of my friends who have done the Osmeña peak traverse to Kawasan falls. I can’t even last about 3 hours of walking at the mall, how much more at this traverse? If you’re like me who knows who can’t survive that mode, but want to conquer Osmeña peak , and at the same time do a traverse to Kawasan falls on that same day. Then hear me out! I’ve got a secret solution for you! First, grab your food please, and send it to me. (Just kidding!) I won’t get into detail on how I got to Osmeña peak, since I already have a blog post all about it. Which you can read it here (click here to read) . Now, with that same single motorc

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Coron Island Tour 2015

Coron Island Tour 2015

It was the first day of our tour in Coron Palawan , and it’s time to get to know Coron. The Coron town actually is at Busuanga Island, but the “real” (as what I want to call) Coron is the Coron Island. So, on the first day of tour, we decided to have the Coron Island Tour which is the most common or usual tour that tourists get in their 3D/2N stay at Coron. Well, it was actually our second day in Coron, with the delayed flights and travel from Cebu to Manila, Manila to Coron, it took as the whole day to get to Coron. Just saying. Each travel agency may offer different included destinations in their Coron island tour packages, and there are times and areas that you might unable to go due to the weather – for your safety, do not force it. Coron Island Tour Itinerary If you’ve been reading this blog, I’m a total sucker at time tracking and I hate it. So, please accept my apology if all I can give are time estimates. Plus, travel time might be slower depending on the weather.

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Kayangan Lake - Visiting One of the Top Places to Visit in Coron Palawan

Kayangan Lake - Visiting One of the Top Places to Visit in Coron Palawan

Before I stepped on the Kayangan lake , I have no such idea that it’s that spot where a lot of people do take their pictures that makes you immediately say that they’re in Coron. That spot wherein you do see on post cards. Not sure what I’m talking about? Then here’s a photo of me, taken by awesome travel buddy Channel . \ That’s not the Kayangan lake of Coron islands by the way. That’s the lagoon area, wherein your boat will stop and yes, you have to climbed up right there at my spot to get a shot and go down to go to the lake. It is said that there’s 150 steps up, and 150 going down to the lake. When you do visit this, congratulations, you just made 600 steps! It was our second day in Coron Palawan, but first day of tour when we visited Kayangan Lake. When I was posting pictures of the places we visited before this, my friends are asking where I am. But when I posted this photo on Instagram, they got it. That I’m in Coron. So, I’d say this is the top place to visit in Co

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Snorkeling at the Siete Pecados of Coron Palawan

Snorkeling at the Siete Pecados of Coron Palawan

Our last stop for that day was one of the nearest known snorkeling spot in Coron, the Siete Pecados . What’s with the name, you ask? Well, Siete Pecados means the seven sins. No worries, you won’t make an immortal sin when snorkeling here but stories says that long time ago there are these seven (7) little girls and their mother told them not to go swimming in that area but they did, and they drowned. No bodies were found, and then as time passes by seven lands formed and it is said to be the seven sisters. Reserve all your energy for this spot, it’s not a lake like the Twin Lagoons or the Barracuda lake, not even a beach like the Banol beach where can just go to the seashore and rest for a while. You’ll be jumping off on the boat and go near the island – through snorkeling, swimming, or just pulling yourself towards it with the ropes in the area.

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Where do the Fees Go Boracay?

Where do the Fees Go Boracay?

Boracay Island Philippines , to those who have been there it feels like heaven for them when they hear that name. To someone who haven’t been there, it’s that dream destination to go to for their entire life. Who doesn’t want to go back or dream to go there? With its beautiful beaches, activities, entertainment, and all, it seems to be a great place to just chill out, live life to the fullest, and just do whatever you want in such a small island. Well, I was one of those people who dreamed to be in that famous island. I said “was” because finally after 28 years of my life I was able to “finally” visit and put my feet on the island of Boracay. But then, I was a bit disappointed with it, why? Well, let me share it with you. Road Problems When the sun rises up there on my first day (because I arrived there at night, and just sleep on my bed like a baby), saw what’s behind the beach, and I was like “oh! Okay.” It was not the sight that I expected. It was November of 2014 when

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The Big Blue Barracuda Lake of Coron Palawan

The Big Blue Barracuda Lake of Coron Palawan

There are many attractions on and around the island of Coron in Palawan , the Philippines. We stayed 5 days and 4 nights in Coron and it seems it was not enough, there are some areas that we're not able to visit because of the weather and/or lack of time to stop there, not to mention the pricey entrance fees of the islands for a few minutes stop. It’s interesting to note that the town of Coron Palawan is not on the island of the same name, but on Busuanga. From there, however, you can take boat tours and have a guide lead you to some of the many attractions in the area, including the beautiful and eerie Barracuda Lake. One of the places that we visited on this same day was CYC beach , Banol Beach , the Twin Lagoons , Kayangan Lake, and the Siete Pecados. The Barracuda Lake is interesting because it is where hot fresh water meets cold, salty water. If you go diving in the lake you will be able to feel the effects of that under the surface of the water. The area around the l

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Exploring the Banol Beach in Coron Palawan

Exploring the Banol Beach in Coron Palawan

Banol Beach is a popular stop on most tours of Coron , Philipines. It is a small sandy beach, and it offers some nice shelter from the sun. This white sanded beach is often used as a lunch stop by tour guides which our tour guide Ryan did for us. Our first stop was the small island of CYC beach, and after that we took our lunch here at Banol beach. This island is just few minutes away from CYC beach , it does not take long until you notice that your boatman is trying to look for the best spot to park the boat. There is an entry fee for the beach, but it is a relatively small one, and it is easy for the average tourist to afford, plus well worth the fee, considering that it is such a quiet and unspoiled location. Plus, the government does not own the island, it's owned by the locals who lived in the island who are actually standing by there to watch over the tourists visiting. They won't ask a payment on the spot by the way, our guide Ryan told us that the locals there j

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Taking a Dip at the Beautiful Twin Lagoon in Coron Palawan

Taking a Dip at the Beautiful Twin Lagoon in Coron Palawan

If you are planning a trip to the region of Coron Palawan , there are certain areas that you should put on your must-see list. Of all of the portions of area that are popular with tourists, one that will certainly leave a lasting impression on you is the Twin Lagoons. Whether you are simply in the area for a vacation or you are on an island hopping adventure or dive tour, this is stunning natural beauty that will never disappoint. Lucky me, and with blogger friends we're able to drop, jump, swim, and slide in to this lagoons. To be honest, I was afraid of the idea at first because of the tight and tiny area to go through but thank God my body is loaded with "soft" fats that I could just slide in. I'm flexible you see! But before I continue on talking about Coron's Twin Lagoons , let me just inform you that my GoPro shots here are not that good. Not sure why, but probably because of the sunlight, or most likely because I was using it for the first time that d

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