Monday, March 31, 2014

The Perks of A Filipino Traveling Around Southeast Asia

You must be wondering why an Asian would like to explore Asia, Southeast Asia in particular, why not go to Europe or America? The easy answer is because it's way cheaper to travel in Southeast Asia, rather than lock myself up in my room reading cliched traveling quotes on Facebook, might as well go on an adventure.




Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Discovering Maribina Falls & Bato Church in Catanduanes

After enjoying the beaches of Catanduanes, we ventured to Bato to visit the old Spanish church and the waterfalls.





Monday, March 24, 2014

Maldives Escapade: Exploring the City & Hulhumale

After soaking up the sun in one of the Maldive's resorts, exploring the city and the nearby islands was on top of the list of things to do.




Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Untouched Natural Wonders of Catanduanes

Catanduanes seemed like an exotic destination, even from someone from the Philippines. The province is separated by a body of water and few airlines have direct flights to it. That did not stop me from booking a flight to this island off the coast of Camarines Sur.


Catanduanes is also known as the 'Land of the Howling Winds' because it is in the path of tropical cyclones brewing in the Pacific Ocean. Catanduanes' direct path to cyclones is both a gift and a curse. It is a gift because the cyclones that hit the province create the perfect waves for surfing enthusiasts not just in the Philippines but also in different parts of the world.

Catanduanes used to be a sub-province of Camarines and later, Albay. Catanduanes became an independent province in 1945. The local dialect is Bicol but it is different from the dialect spoken in Bicol mainland. There are many legends as to how the province got its name. One of the legends describes that the province got its name from the word 'tandu', a native bettle found abundantly on the island. Another legend describes that the island got its name from the word 'samdong' a tree that was once abundant on the island. In both instances, the Spaniards Hispanized the name and ended up calling the island 'Catanduanes'.



Monday, March 17, 2014

A Taste of Survivor in Caramoan

As we were already in Catanduanes, my friend and I included Caramoan in our itinerary. Getting to Caramoan from Catanduanes is easier compared to traveling from Naga.




Monday, March 10, 2014

Maldives Escapade: Fihalhohi Resort

The Maldives was not originally in any of my travel plans because of how expensive the country is, but because of cheap tickets, I decided to travel to this tropical paradise located in the Indian Ocean.


This small group of islands, called atolls, contain some of the world's best beaches because of its fine, white sand, and clear, blue waters. I've been to some of the best beaches in the Philippines and I was impressed with what the Maldives offered. I couldn't compare both because they are both beautiful in their own way.



My friend and I were greeted by blue waters just when we left the airport. My appetite for what nature had to offer was whetted just by the sight of the water outside the airport! I couldn't wait to see the beaches and marine life of the Maldives.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Famous Fountains

King Fahd's Fountain in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Archibald Fountain in Sydney, Australia. Big Wild Goose Pagoda Fountain in Xian City, China. Maybe not all as recognizable by name as, say, The Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, but all are of extremely breathtaking beauty and elegance. While most people may not prioritize fountains as a must-see for most of their travel destinations, when taking into consideration the sheer amount and variety of fountains out there, one can realize just how ingrained water fountains are ingrained in our history.

The infographic below, with fun facts provided by LuxeWaterWalls, details 16 amazingly different water fountains from all over the world. How many have you traveled to? After scrolling through the graphic here at the The Wandering Juan, you'll want to Juan-der to them all!



Monday, March 3, 2014

Penang Itinerary & Expenses

I was in Penang for a week during the last leg of my six week tour around Southeast Asia.


Penang has a lot in common with Malacca, but unique in its own way. I wouldn't mind goiing back to Penang in the future.