I don’t do road trips. I prefer flying than driving. Yes, I know what they say about exploring your own backyard first before venturing into the world yadda yadda. But hey, don’t judge. I have my reasons.

First, because my father has led me to believe that Mindanao is an unsafe place for travelers, despite the fact that we actually live here(!). Second, because I don’t see how any other place in Mindanao can match the beauty and diversity of what Davao City has to offer. I’ve seen everything that I need to see. Or so I thought.

Yes, I don’t do road trips — but I can’t say I never will. I’ve heard of some really beautiful places in other parts of Mindanao, but I somehow brushed them off as urban legends. I’m stubborn that way. Nevertheless, I’ve been waiting for something — anything — to entice me out of my comfort zone. But so far… nothing.

Until I saw THIS on my friend, Miko Fornillos’s blog. Beaauuutiful… ‘no?

Just look at that cute face. Imagine him/her calling out your name… “Play with me! Play with me!”

How can you not say YES?! Awww… I think my heart just got a little bigger. 🙂

These were all taken underwater at Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park ( a rescue center for dolphins) using 35mm films. Old-school-cool. Hell yeah.

My friend, Miko, has got to be one of the most sarcastic assholes you’ll ever meet (that’s why we’re friends!). But I believe he’s got a (relatively) good head on his shoulders… and he takes AWESOME pictures! Haha.

In the past, he has bugged me to go on one of his many travels around the Philippines. But somehow gave up along the way and just coined the adage ,“You don’t do road trips loserrrr!!!!!”

Hah! Well, this road trip is now officially on my bucket list!

For inquiries about MOAP or other places of interest in the country, please visit the official Philippine tourism website

Oh, and did I forget to mention that Miko is actually a travel agent? You can reach Ares Travel & Tours HERE.

How about you? What’s on your bucket list?

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