REVIEW: Batangas' Cintai by Corito's Garden

Escaping The City Life

I never thought that a Balinese-inspired sanctuary exist in Batangas until a Travbuddy Meetup happened sometime in April this year. 

Cintai by Corito's Garden, located in Lipa City, Batangas, offers a very relaxing ambiance, serenity and can be considered a perfect place to retreat. The place is very quiet which is perfect for yoga practices. This hotel is just few hours away from Manila. 

Cintai by Coritos Garden, Batangas, Philippines

The place is very spacious. You can play, swim, walk around the garden and feed the animals. Hand crafted materials are all over the place especially at the pool. The pool looks very relaxing. The gates are constructed in details. 

Cintai offers a day tour and an overnight packages. Hotel guests can unwind in the Jacuzzi or schedule a relaxing massage. Also, Cintai offers sizable rooms which are perfect for family fun or team building. Food served during our lunch isn't that bad. I just don't like it. Cintai has friendly staff. 

Overall, I enjoyed the place. I will never forget that 'touch of Bali' moment. I never been to Indonesia that's why I'm still in love with this place. The best part of this meetup: meeting new friends and learning about the places they have been to which is helpful for my upcoming travels.


Conquering Fear Through Cave Connection

Conquering Fear of Total Darkness!

Yes, I survived the Cave Connection in Sagada! What a fulfilling experience to survive extreme activities like rock climbing, crawling and spelunking while wondering both the Sumaguing and Lumiang Caves for roughly around 6 hours. You read it right. Six hours because I visited Sagada last Summer where most students has time off from school.

The Cave Connection starts at the Lumiang Cave and ends at the Sumaguing Cave. Most people call Lumiang Cave as the Burial Cave because of the hanging coffins at the entrance. 

Yes, I survived the Cave Connection in Sagada!

Sumaguing Cave has the largest chambers among all caves in Sagada. It is also tagged as the Big Cave because it houses rock formations including the King's curtain and the famous Porn Caves. Both caves has incredible stalactites and stalagmites. 

Be prepared on possible dropping of bat poops as you get through the course. That's part of the thrill, isn't it? Bring gloves as some rocks are very sharp. No need for a fancy trekking shoes as you'll need to remove it as you might slip your feet from the slippers, muddy areas. Wear very comfortably -- something that can be useful to warm you up because when you get deeper, it will get colder. This was the challenge for me. I never expected that the water inside is super cold and yes, you'll pass by bodies of water.

The cave connection was the highlight of my Sagada trip. I enjoyed it as it required me to survive an extremely dangerous adventure, conquering my fear of total darkness and just entrusting my life to our tour guide. Whoa!


Madongan Dam: A Must-Visit In Ilocos During Summer

Travel Guide to Madongan Dam

The Madongan Dam, located in San Marcelino, Dingras, is becoming a favorite weekend get away in Ilocos Norte. It is noted that the dam was developed by the LGU of Dingras as a local tourist resort making it as a perfect spot to take a dip and swim during summer. Mura na, Instagram-worthy pa! San ka pa?


From Manila, ride a bus heading to Laoag City. Travel time is around 8-10 hours and the fare starts at Php 750 to 800 per person. Optional: Book a flight to Laoag from Manila and enjoy the ride for 45 mins to an hour.

From Laoag, ride a tricycle heading to Dingras jeepney terminal. Tricycle fare is around Php 11 per person. Fare [Jeep to San Marcelino, Dingras] is around Php 80 per person. Trips are scheduled from 9AM to 3PM.

Good news! The entrance fee is just Php 10. Yes, ten pesos ONLY! Staying longer? You can rent a cottage, with prices starting at Php 500. Travel with your friends para may ka-share sa expenses, okies?


[3 days isn't enough to roam my province, swear!]
  • Bangui Windmill 
  • Kapurpurawan Rock Formation 
  • Paoay Church 
  • Paoay Sand Dunes 
  • MalacaƱang of the North 
  • Ilocos Norte Capitol 
  • The Sinking Bell Tower 
  • The Tobacco Monopoly Monument 
  • St William Cathedral 
  • Bacarra Church & Bell Tower 
  • Cape Bojeador Lighthouse 
  • Pagudpud Arc 
  • Bantay Abot 
  • Blue Lagoon 
  • Kabigan Falls 
  • Patapat Viaduct and a lot more! 
SIDE TRIP: Vigan City, Ilocos Sur