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An Amazing Year! Reminiscing Our Fantastic Adventures of 2019

Goodbye 2019 Hello 2020

Life comes up, but that’s okay! Due to some really nice developments in our careers and the re-discovery of an old childhood hobby, we had fewer adventures in 2019 compared to the past years. But those didn’t stop us from indulging in our passions. Nevertheless, we had a lot of fun and adrenaline-pumping escapades! Let’s take a look at what we’ve been into this year:

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Nug-As Forest Reserve, Alcoy: The Last Treasure

Cebu Hawk Owl

It’s both an exhilarating privilege and a bittersweet moment to be able to experience what could be the last of something beautiful. After all, there’s no telling if it will last forever. There’s no telling if you would be able to re-experience that thing again, or if it will undergo some massive change. That’s why we felt quite fortunate and blessed that we were able to visit the lush Nug-as Forest Reserve in Alcoy, Cebu, the last original rainforest in the island. We passed by this forest during our Cebu Highlands Trail Segment 5 hike. Now, we’re actually going inside it!

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Dayhag Falls: An Unexpected Surprise Down South

Dayhag Falls

The Cebu Highlands Trail has potentially put Cebu in the map as one of the best Asia destinations. And one of the nicest things about hiking the CHT is that we encounter unexpected surprises. While trekking to CHT Segment 5‘s exit point in Upper Beceril, Boljoon, we encountered a gentlemen running opposite of us. We said hello to Mr. Ronald Villanueva, Boljoon’s Municipal Budget Officer, who was practicing for an upcoming ultra-marathon. Because we’re kindred spirits in the outdoors, he invited us to have lunch in one of the newest and most beautiful natural attractions—the multi-level Dayhag Waterfalls just a little bit beyond our exit point. Of course, we heartily agreed.

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Cruise and Expeditions in Asia

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When it comes to Asia, not many people know of the cruise destinations that they can explore. The lack of knowledge is often what makes them miss out on some of the best experiences. Asia is surrounded by almost every form of landscape, making this a versatile continent to visit and explore. To help you pick out some of the best destinations, we have a list of the best ones that you can explore.

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Cebu Highlands Trail Segment 5: Nug-as, Alcoy to Upper Beceril, Boljoon

Cebu Highlands Trail Segment 5

The story of fresh, local vegetables that we enjoy eating starts in the highlands of southern Cebu. Here in the misty mountains, we learn and appreciate more on the healthy food that we put on our tables. Hiking along Segment 5 of the Cebu Highlands Trail lets us discover the synergy between food, history, and culture.

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Cebu Highlands Trail Segment 5: Mantalongon, Dalaguete to Nug-as, Alcoy

Cebu Highlands Trail Segment 5

The mountains of southern Cebu are blessed with rich and fertile soil, cool climate, plenty of sunshine, and lots of moisture. Furthermore, locals have perfected the art of farming, the knowledge of the craft handed down from generation to generation. As such, southern Cebu is perfect for growing fresh vegetables of all kinds. The vegetables here are so high in quality that southern Cebu has now become the main source of the region’s vegetable supply. Segment 5 of the Cebu Highlands Trail took us across Cebu’s vegetable basket.

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Seco Island: A Sandbar in the Middle of Nowhere

Seco Island

The Philippines has over 7,000 islands. But not all these islands are accessible by normal means. In fact, some of them, such as Seco Island remain raw, unadulterated, and almost unexplored. Her visitors are only the denizens of the sea and the few local fishermen who ply the Sulu Sea. This virgin white spot in the middle of the deep blue never fails to dazzle the wandering mind. Thanks to the generosity of Katahum Tours, Team Sweetie—together with various Pinoy travel bloggers, vloggers, and influencers—were able to set foot on Seco Island.

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