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Monday, May 13, 2013

a homecoming for Miss Iggy

Welcome back up north, Miss Iggy!

 Miss Iggy waited for the sunrise here! It was so cold! 

 interesting welcome sign featuring the country's most famous beer!

Bontoc Rice Terraces by a river.

a little village nestled in the valley

Banaue Rice Terraces!

That's the mighty Mt. Pulag in the background. Miss Iggy hopes to climb it soon!

 In Sagada, Miss Iggy walked in a cloud.

These girls enjoyed their trip up north, Miss Iggy most especially!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Miss Iggy hits the Dahican Beach

Hello and happy summer! 

It's the summer season in the Philippines. School's out, and kids are taking summer workshops while the grownups are bringing extra hankies to work (to wipe sweat with). When temperature in Manila reaches a scorching 36 degrees, you know you have to do something about it: either stay in an airconditioned room all day or hit the beach for a dip in the cool blue sea!

One of the best beaches Miss ex-Schoolgirl Iggy (she's still soul-searching for a new name) enjoyed was the Dahican Beach in Mati, Davao Oriental. She went there last August but misses it so much she wanted to share these photos with you.

The Dahican Beach is the home of the Amihan Surfers, a youth group passionate about skimboarding and surfing. The beach is pristine and there are few tourists around. The sand was nice and fine, and the water was clear and wasn't as "salty". It's a nice sea to swim in!

That's Miss Iggy's friend Erick photombing.

This is a skimboard.

You can sit on a surfboard and have it pulled by a motorized boat.

The Amihan boys and girls were so good! 

Awesome move.

Beach acrobatics!

Since Davao Oriental is on the eastern side of the Philippines, it looks out onto the Pacific Ocean, which means you can catch a glorious sunrise!

Miss Iggy's looking forward to another beach adventure this summer. How about you? What do you guys like to do during summer vacation? :)

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Miss Iggy goes to Puerto Princesa


Schoolgirl Iggy--who's not in school anymore (she hasn't quite chosen a new name for herself yet)--traveled to the island of Palawan in Southern Luzon to enjoy its beaches, explore the famed Puerto Princesa Subterranean River (one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature!), and commune with the crocs.

She had fun strolling along the beach and feeding fish!

 That's the entrance to the subterranean river. Around 10 people can fit into a small boat. The boatman also serves as your guide in the cave, and he tells you where to look. He also occasionally reminds you not to say "aah" when you're in awe--"just say 'mmm!'"--because well, it would be better to find out yourself. :)

 The underground river tour took about 40 minutes. It was really nice, and Miss Iggy hopes the tourist attraction won't destroy the beauty of nature in the years to come.

These crocs are about a year old.

When one of the old crocs died, they made its hide into a wall decor. No bags, please.

This is the croc's skeleton.

Miss Iggy saw her future...

and she also made friends with Ella, the bearcat!

Miss Iggy had an awesome time in Palawan.

However, another thing happened.
Her baby ran away with the crocodiles!
One of the older crocodiles felt this was a sign that it was time for Miss Iggy to have a new companion, so she was given a baby crocodile to travel with.

Miss Iggy's excited to show you her crocodile Pawan (derived from Palawan, of course!) in her next travel post. Until then!
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