2014 Philippine Holidays

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MalacaƱang Palace, the seat of power in the Philippines has just released the list of official public holidays for 2014. It's time to file those vacation leaves and prepare your lakwatsa budget!

Singapore Day 1: Our arrival and checking in at the YMCA International House

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We made our son's 13th birthday special by booking a trip to Singapore. Thanks to Cebu Pacific's Piso Fare promo last October 2012, I was able to secure cheap airline tickets. For our three round trip tickets, I only paid Php 10, 400. We left for Changi International Airport Terminal 2 last May 19. Our 5:40 am flight left on time and we arrived on schedule.

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Caramoan Getaway Day 3: Riding the Ro-Ro (Roll On, Roll Off) Ship

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Going back to Naga City, we finally took the ro-ro (roll on, roll off) ship to Nato Port in Sagnay. Actually, we were supposed to take the ro-ro ship going to Caramoan but, since we arrived in Naga at 6am that day, there was no way that we're going to be able to reach Nato Port by 8am.

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Caramoan Getaway Day 2: The islands of Sabitang Laya, Lagos, and Matukad

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After our early lunch at Manlawi Island, we hopped on our boats and proceeded to Sabitang Laya. Sabitang Laya is also one of the popular islands of the Caramoan Peninsula. This could be why there are already plenty of people by the time we arrived. Some of them even have tents set up and looked like they stayed there for the night.

The sand here is still powdery white like in Manlawi but there are large rock formations even on the water. We had photos taken while sitting on these rocks like this photo of my sister-in-law and her family.

Caramoan Getaway Day 2: Manlawi Island Sandbar

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When in Caramoan, you gotta go island hopping! That's all we did on our second day. From Jallores Homestay, it was just a short tricycle ride to the port. Our group of 16 had to be divided into 2 groups as only a maximum of 8 passengers are allowed in each boat. We paid each boat Php 2,000 for the whole day island hopping trip.

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