Noel On The Road's 2017 Year End Message

As 2017 comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for being my partners in success. Noel On The Road celebrated it's first year as a travel blog this year and I'm getting so much love from you. Our Facebook page is now being followed by more than twelve thousand awesome people.

I hope that 2017 has been a good year for you as it has been for me. I look forward to 2018 with hope.

Happy New Year everyone!☺
Makati City, Philippines

LOOK: The Cheapest Fare From Manila To Cebu

For the first time, I've traveled to Cebu from Manila through a ferry. Yes, you read it right. Airfare is just too expensive right now especially this yuletide season. So, without flinching an eye, I've booked my first 2Go ticket, heading to the Queen City of the South.

Travel time from Manila to Cebu is around 23 hours. However, I was able to get such a good deal, paying more or less Php 1,500 for a tourist class. Obviously, this is the most affordable fare you can get if you're on a budget like me. Awesome deal, isn't it?

Kawasan Falls, Cebu, Philippines 

2Go Travel offers a safe and comfortable experience while traveling by the sea. I have never thought that inside the vessel, at the information office, it looked the same as the hotels. Amenities includes a restaurant, a massage spa, a salon, convenient store, charging areas, and a bar at night, serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. I was like on staycation to a certain hotel while traveling by the sea. Amazing, right?

If you're not in a hurry and is on a tight budget, consider this option. Traveling by the sea allows you to meet new friends and the experience alone is such a memorable one. I've been traveling solo for years now and meeting new friends is one of the things I'm always looking forward. I love talking to people and listening to their inspiring stories. 

Camotes Island, Cebu, Philippines

By the way, 2Go Travel has no peak season price. They have fixed prices all year round regardless of the season. Such a good news for us, budgetarians! My 2Go experience, heading to Cebu from Manila, is one of my best travels to date. I was able to save for my fare; had a good massage and met new friends. You should try it, too! 


You can book your 2Go tickets 
DISCLAIMER: This isn't a paid ad.

An Open Letter To DPWH

We recently visited an Aeta Community in Rapuli, Santa Ana, Cagayan for the second leg of #TogetherWeShare, an initiative to help the Aeta children especially in far flung areas. Together We Share was coined to enrich the young minds -- heightening their interest to reading and to trigger their artistic sides.

However, on December 2nd, we had a hard time passing through the Dumasag River. According to the locals, they had been experiencing non-stop rains for the past few days, making the river unpassable. When heavy rains continue to hit the area, the river overflows and the Aeta Community, having at least 27 families, will be stranded.
As we celebrate the International #VolunteersDay today, we would like to request your office to check options on how we can help this Aeta Community. Can we install a hanging bridge here or to at least include Rupali on your #BuildBuildBuild project? The #TogetherWeShare team will be more than willing to start a campaign, funding the installation of a hanging bridge if necessary.
We are looking forward for your immediate response to this matter. Thank you very much!
Partnering For Change,

Together We Share II
Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines
Together We Share II
Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines
Together We Share II
Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines
Together We Share II
Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines
Together We Share II
Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines

REVIEW: Laoag City's Joe 10's Coffee Shop

Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

Three weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go home to Laoag City, Ilocos Norte after several months, staying and working here in Makati City. Meeting old friends is one of the things I looked forward on this holiday. Luckily, I was able to meet few of them including Manny, one of my schoolmates way back in college.

I met him few hours before I head back to Manila. He picked me up in front of the Sinking Bell Tower then traveled for few minutes until we reached the famous Joe 10's Coffee Shop.

Joe 10's Coffee Shop, located at P. Hernando Street, Barangay 3 in Laoag City, is the first and coziest coffee shop in Ilocos Norte. The ambiance there is very refreshing as there are colorful, unique displays and frames around which will get your attention. There are several choices for coffee, frappe and baked goodies including J.Co. and Krispy Kreme donuts.

Joe 10's blueberry cheesecake is a must-try. It's one of their best sellers! This coffee shop has friendly staff and the place is clean and spacious. The management should consider having a good place for cars instead of having the cars being parked in front of the shop.

Overall, two thumbs up for Joe 10's Coffee Shop!

Quezon Province: The Perfect Place For Peace & Tranquility

The Tent, the Surf Board and the Pacific Ocean

Quezon is one of the most exciting provinces I have ever visited. It is one the largest provinces in the Philippines having 39 municipalities and two independent cities. Quezon is located southeast of Metro Manila and is named after Manuel L. Quezon, the Philippines' second president.

Aside from being a first class municipality, Real is one of the most visited places in Quezon. Conveniently, it is 2-3 hours away from Metro Manila. While on your way to Real, you'll pass by the picturesque Laguna Lake and the scenic Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges. Beautiful, right?

Real, Quezon is known for having safe campgrounds which are covered in soft, greenly grass and are shaded by trees. It is the perfect place to unwind and to finally have that peace of mind you've been wanting to achieve. I can attest to that now.

Few years back, I was at the stage of my life where I kept asking myself if I'm on the right path or I was taking the right job and the likes. Then, I met new friends who were very outdoorsy and always on the go. In a way, that changed my perspective about life. Yes, I was taking life very seriously. Poor boy.

One of my friends invited me to join them on their weekend getaway at the PaRK. Since, I have nothing planned for that weekend, I immediately agreed to him. After all, I wanted to de-stress. Then, before sun set, I met new friends. Lucky me!

The Pacific Recreation Kamp, also known as The PaRK, is the quickest remedy for a beach getaway when budget is really tight. It is suitable for day trippers and to those who wants to stay for a day or two. Think about camping and surfing in one place. Amazing, right?

Aside from camping, other activities include white water rafting and surfing. I tried surfing but I wasn't that successful so, I ended up cheering friends. By the way, Real lies on the eastern coast and faces the Pacific Ocean. At certain months of the year, swell rises to tremendous heights which are perfect for surfing.

The Calming Sound Of The Waves

Just like you, I'm also aiming to have that peace of mind and serenity. I've been craving for this for so long! Heading to an island is one of the best ways to achieve these. Go away and take that ultimate break from the hurly burly of the city life. After all, we're only young once. So, travel and have fun.

Quezon Province is known for beautiful, white beaches. These beaches are waiting to be discovered. Contrary to other beaches that offers all those loud and crazy night life, beaches in Quezon offers unforgettable experience. Think about those couple of birds singing, the relaxing voice of the nature and those calming sound of the waves! Enticing, right?

I joined a new set of friends this time. I met them while on the way to Infanta. They were very friendly so I get along with them very easily. This time, imagine a beautiful place with the right and happy people. Priceless!

Please do not leave Quezon without enjoying their famous Lucban Longganisa which is common to most places in Quezon. If you love salty and garlic flavored food, then you'll love this local food.

By the way, Quezon doesn't have pronounced dry season, so everyone is encouraged to visit the place. If you're thinking of joining the locals on their famous Pahiyas Festival, then head to Quezon on May.

Baluti: Beautiful, Untouched Island

Quezon Province is known for beautiful, untouched, unspoiled and unexploited beaches. Imagine this: no frills, no beach vendors, no big establishments, and no loud parties, just unforgettable memories.

Boasting a great beach forest and a beautiful coastline, Baluti Island is one of the most beautiful places in Quezon Province. I noticed that searching this island on Google doesn't show much information and photos about it. I guess, this is a good sign, right? This simply means that Baluti Island is unspoiled and non-commercialized yet.

General Nakar is named in homage to the late Guillermo P. Nakar. Aside from its extensive coastline, this town has rugged and mountainous terrain which is perfect for trekking, hiking, and other related activities. This town is also known having relatively rich in different flora and fauna. General Nakar is considered a first class municipality. It is also considered the biggest municipality in Quezon province.

By the way, electricity is limited to some areas. Phone signal there is really disappointing but there are areas though that has strong signal.

Have you been here?☺

It's 3 AM And Today's My Birthday

Hello. It's 3 AM, I'm lying here in my bed and today's my birthday. Yes, there will be no celebration or parties happening today here in my place. However, I'm inviting you all to celebrate my birthday online by supporting these two significant, awesome campaigns I have launched.

Together We Share is an outreach program helping an Aeta Community in Santa Ana, Cagayan. On December, we're heading back here to distribute books, groceries, school supplies, flashlights, medicines and slippers. We are also aiming to provide basic hygiene needs, garbage bags and other cleaning paraphernalia. Your contribution will spell a big difference in the lives of the Aeta children and their families, helping them achieve a healthy and safe environment.

Malay natin, baka isa sa kanila maging nurse, doctor, guro, sundalo or maging presidente ng Pilipinas in the future.

We, the netizens have been lobbying Apo Whang Od to be one of the National Living Treasures since 2015. Until now, Apo Whang Od haven't received any recognition. I believe that now is the right time to have her recognized. The petition will be delivered to President Rodrigo Duterte. Please sign the petition, tag your friends and don't forget to share.

I am thrilled to continue what I've started and to see what lies ahead. Of course, I don't want to miss out on amazing new things. Make your time more precious by inspiring other people. If you're at home and couldn't travel for now, use your internet, think of something inspiring and awesome today. Let life show you what opportunities were waiting for you somewhere on the road.
Manage your own expectations and balance your life. You can't be perfect in everything. Please don't let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things. Believe in yourself. Do what you love! Besides, we're only young once -- so travel, inspire people and just have fun!

Travel Guide To Caramoan Island

Undeniably, Caramoan is one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines. It is considered as a first-class municipality with a 4,000- hectare limestone forest and it's land extends into the waters of the Maqueda Channel on the north and east and the Lagonoy Gulf on the south.

According to the 2015 census, Caramoan has a total population of at least 48,000 people. The town is politically subdivided into 49 barangays. Caramoan is bounded on the north by Garchitorena, Camarines Sur and the Philippine Sea; on the north-east by the island province of Catanduanes; and on the west by the municipality of Presentacion, Camarines Sur.

To date, Caramoan remains unexploited from commercial tourism. The island boasts of having perfect white sand beaches, tranquil lakes, deep caves, coves and rich marine life. Survivors, ready?


Direct Land Travel
From Manila, ride a bus heading to Caramoan Island. Most bloggers recommend Raymond Transport Bus. I've never tried their service so I have nothing much to say about them yet. Bus terminals operating to Caramoan Island are mostly located in Cubao, Quezon City; Pasay; and Sampaloc, Manila. Fare is around Php 1,000 per person and the travel time is approximately around 11 to 12 hours.

For faster and more convenient experience, choose an air-conditioned bus. Boat transfer is no longer needed just in case you choose this option. Mas tipid to, bes!

Naga City to Caramoan Island
From Naga City, head to Naga Central Bus Terminal then ride a bus heading to Caramoan Island. Bus operators include Florencia Bus, MRR and Raymond Transit. Fare is around Php 250 per person. Travel time is around 3 to 4 hours. Please be mindful of the bus schedules: 3:00 AM; 6:00 AM; 9:00 AM; 12 NN; 2:30 PM; and 3:00 PM daily.

Via Plane to Naga City
Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air has direct flights to Naga City. Travel time is around 45 minutes. 

Manila to Catanduanes to Caramoan Island
The easiest way to get to Caramoan Island is through a plane bound to Virac, Catanduanes. Only Cebu Pacific Air operates to Virac. Travel time is around 45  to 55 minutes. Then, ride a tricycle heading to Codon Port. Travel time is around 30 minutes. Once you reached Codon, hire a bangka heading to Guijalo Port of Caramoan Island. Travel time is around 30 minutes.


  • MATUKAD ISLAND -- Of all the small islands in Caramoan, Matukad Island is the most photographed. Visit this island early in the morning to get yourself an Instagram-worthy photo. You will surely enjoy the beauty and serenity of the island. Matukad has the most popular limestone cliffs where most tourists climb, overlooking a beautiful lagoon. At the top of the cliff, you'll be mesmerized because of the breathtaking views of the sea including its nearby islands. Amazing, right?
  • LAJOS ISLAND -- Lajos Island is one of the nearest islands from the jump off. It is one of the most visited islands in Caramoan. The beach here is incredibly beautiful. It has fine, white sand. Couples, this island has the perfect spot for a pre-nuptial photo shoot. Swear!
  • TINAGO ISLAND -- As the name implies, Tinago Island is hidden to most people visiting Caramoan. New and young boatmen doesn't aware that this island exist. This cove is concealed from the view when you traverse the lenght of Caramoan peninsula. It is also accessible from the sea through a narrow passageway between two limestone mountains. The water leading to the narrow passageway is quite rough. Serenity is waiting for you here.
  • HUNONGAN COVE -- Hunongan Cove, facing the Pacific Ocean, is being surrounded by heavily forested cliffs. This is the perfect spot if you want privacy, peace of mind, and serenity. 
  • Other places to visit in Caramoan includes Tayak Lagoon; Minalahos Island and Cave; Our Lady of Peace at Mount Caglago-Tabgon; Sabitang Laya Island; Bag-ing; Pitogo Island; Cotivas Island; Lahuy Island; Bugtong Beach; and Manlawi Beach. If you're staying longer in Caramoan, for sure, your tour guides will tell you more about the beautiful places that aren't listed here yet. 


Brgy Colongcogon, Colongcogong, Caramoan

Brgy ILI-Centro, Malabog, Caramoan

Teoxon St., Tawog, Malabog, Caramoan

109 Paz Street, Malabog, Caramoan

San Andres, Salnopan, Malabog, Caramoan

  • VILLA JULIANA INN; 0921 226 1395; 0929 488 4928; 0907 655 7984
  • REX TOURIST INN; 0919 882 1879; 0919 308 9675
  • CMC VILLA CARAMOAN; 0906 420 5644; 0920 903 0226
  • CARAMOAN KAYAKS INN; 0921 987 3157; 0920 474 2637
  • BC HOMETEL TOURIST INN; 0927 402 7220; 0921 835 7454
  • GOTA VILLAGE RESORT; +632 8170831; +632 7109086; 0928 308 3969
  • RIVER VIEW VACATION INN; 0908 865 5322; 0919 395 5743
  • CARAMOAN BED & DINE; 0920 476 8619; 0915 826 8563; 0920 476 8577
  • GOLDEN HUB TOURIST INN; 0908 262 6173; 0908 894 8252
  • WOW NA WOW TOURIST INN; 0919 599 9673
  • VISTA DEL MAR CARAMOAN; 0919 813 6766; 0920 281 6362
  • LA PLAYA CAMP & PICNIC GROUNDS; 0920 281 6362; 0918 342 0823; 0919 813 6766
  • SEA BREEZE & WAVES COTTAGES; 0919 831 9497
  • HUNONGAN COVE; 0928 308 3969
  • Bus Fare from Manila to Naga City; Php 700
  • Van Transfer from Naga City to Sabang Port; Php 100
  • Boat Transfer from Sabang Port to Guijalo Port; Php 120
  • Environmental Fee; Php 30
  • Snorkel Rental Fee; Php 150
  • Island Hopping Tour for Two Days; Php 3,500
  • Regular airfare starts at Php 3,500 to Php 4,500; one way
  • Please note that rates and fares varies from time to time

  • Caramoan Island is a long drive so make sure you have enough food and drinks stored at your backpacks
  • Bring your power banks and extra batteries for your smartphones and other gadgets
  • Make sure your dry bags and waterproof pouches and gears are ready
  • Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air has direct flights to Naga City
  • Only Cebu Pacific Air operates to Virac, Catanduanes
  • Some islands may not be visited due to Survivor filming
  • Charter a boat for Php 1,500 to Php 4,000; good for six at Bikal Port in Brgy Paniman if you're on a budget
  • Travel with your friends to split the expenses
  • Tricycle fare is around Php 10 per person
  • Most restaurants, lodges and souvenir shops are located at the downtown
  • Most business establishments closes on or before 8 PM everyday
  • The best time to travel to Caramoan is on March until May

16 Shameless Money-Saving Tricks

A Guide for Solo Backpackers

One is never too young or too old to start travelling the Philippines and the rest of the world. Aside from the thrill of learning about different cultures, meeting new friends and seeing the famous landmarks, shopping and eating is definitely on top of my lists. However, I’m always on a budget and I don’t want to break the bank — so, I’m on bare-backing-back-packing!

Here are the 16 shameless money-saving tricks you should know!

GO ON FOOT so you get to interact with the locals. Sometimes, getting lost in a certain place can be an adventure itself. You never know what surprises you might encounter while wandering.

BE A TRAVELER and not as a tourist. Take in the local scene and opt for a home stay experience. Surely, you’ll get the cheapest food and board while living with a friendly host family who can serve as your local guide.

WORK TO PLAY. On your next business trip, arrange for a later return flight and squeeze in an extra vacation leave for a day or two. Just enjoy the preferential rate at the hotel you’re staying in and use the time to build a good relationship with your business contacts. Locals love to show off their town to visitors. Remember that.

PICK YOUR PARADISE. Before booking a room, find out whether you will be spending a lot of time canoodling in your hotel or sight-seeing outside. If you will be mostly outdoors, skip the five-star service and go for a budget digs like hostels or pension houses which are safe and more affordable. If you’re on a group, consider renting a house instead of a room — it’s cheaper and more private.

THE SENIOR ADVANTAGE. Travel with an elderly. Imagine the gazillion other things you can do because you saved 20% from food, lodging and even entrance fees! PUVs are also discounted, so traveling long distances should cost less than bringing a car.

GETTING TRAVEL INSURANCE especially when traveling abroad. Check your credit card company or airline if they offer this. Make sure you choose the one that allows you to avail of a medical assistance without cashing out in case it’s not part of your budget. Bring lots of medicines!

WEAR YOUR HEAVIEST GEAR like jeans and cardigans on travel days, so you don’t have to worry about fitting them in your suitcase. Of course, you don’t want to pay the extra kilo for your baggage, right?

GET A REWARDS CARD. Use a travel rewards credit card to earn points and miles that can be redeemed for free travel.

COUCHSURF. Sign up to Couchsurfing or Travbuddy to get a free place to stay and get to know locals with hospitality networks. I haven’t tried this. However, most of my friends have Couchsurfing accounts and they said it is very helpful. I will sign up very soon!

JOIN FACEBOOK TRAVEL GROUPS to score the cheapest travel deals and promotions being offered by travel and tour operators. Join a group, meet new friends while enjoying the nature. Usually, these groups offer a day hike or out of town activities at a reasonable price.

TRAVEL AT NIGHT to save an accommodation. You can sleep on the bus while heading to your destination.

USE THE FREE DAYS. Visit museums or tourist sites during free days or when they are discounted. Check out their websites if they offer free days or discounts.

SIGN UP FOR EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS to receive updates especially when Cebu Pacific, Air Asia or Philippine Airlines has on-going promo. Special promotion codes can save you money and you can also be notified of last minute deals.

WALK AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. Walking is free. Papayat ka pa! 

BRING YOUR OWN FOOD or eat the street food! I guess, this is self-explanatory, right?

CREATE A BUDGET. Track every single purchase or payment to your Excel or on your Notepad. As much as possible, save the 30% of your monthly paycheck for travel. If you can’t do it that much, then start saving just the 5% of your monthly paycheck.

You Are Beautiful

To set yourself free means that you are opening yourself to a world of criticism and you have to be prepared for that.

Putting on makeup to make yourself look like someone else may be your thing but it will not completely mask the deeper issue. Feelings of deficiency, unworthiness will never be smeared away by a blush brush. True freedom is rooted in confidence: real, solid, unshakable confidence can never be reduced nor taken away.

Recognizing the fact that you are not required to wear makeup gives you two kinds of liberty: freedom to wake up and go out, zits and all; freedom to put on as much eye shadows as you please.

Believe that even without makeup, you are good enough.

Believe that you are beautiful in your own right. Whatever your skin color you have, however thick or thin or long or short your hair may be, however flat or sharp your nose is, whatever shape your eyes or lips are, you are beautiful.

I Failed As A Digital Nomad

On our first blogiversary, I've detailed all the accomplishments of Noel On The Road this past year, thanking everyone because this blog is still up and running. I even ended the post informing you, my readers, that Noel On The Road isn't just a travel blog anymore. It is a name, a brand, an identity, becoming a part of who I am and what I stand for.

However, I failed as a digital nomad. I'm going home. Very soon.

After a year, here I am, sharing my stories. True stories. Yes, I'm heading home the soonest possible time to re-strategize everything, uncovering what went wrong and to get back out there. If you're currently or aspiring to become a digital nomad, please continue reading this post. What were the mistakes I made as a digital nomad and how can you learn from them?

On my post, "On Travels, Quarter-Life Crisis & Adulting", I have admitted that I was sitting on a mountain of debt. I have warned you to slow down with your travels and start managing your finances very wisely especially when adulting hits you.

  • You need a job to sustain your travels. 
  • Don't plan too much as it narrows down your views and disposition about life.
  • If necessary, decline bar hop and shopping invites.
  • Grab new opportunities even if they're a left-turn. Don't just go straight ahead.
  • Start an online business i.e. buy and sell, t-shirt printing, etc. 
  • Manage your own expectations, keep on eye to your bills and balance your life. 
  • When you fall, get up and start again. Its never too late to start all over again. 
  • Keep moving on. You'll be a better person. 
  • There's no perfect job. You can be whoever you want to be. 
  • Travel blogging is not always fun. It is a responsibility. 
  • Choose your friends wisely. 
  • Invest to stock market and life insurance. 
  • Adulting is real. You can't get rid of it. 
  • Plan your retirement as early as now. 
  • Healthcare is a necessity. 
  • Travel with friends to share the expenses.
  • 'I quit my job to travel the world' isn't real. 
  • Sometimes, sleeping is more fun than waiting for an airfare promo during wee hours and when you're about to continue booking, airline websites encounter server issues. 
  • Everyone you meet has something to teach you. 
  • Start loving yourself for everything you already are. 
  • Attend digital nomad events, meet the experts and learn from them. 

I keep telling you to just go, travel and have fun because we're only young once. I was traveling too fast and stability is hard to come by. Slow down if necessary.

On my previous posts, I've mentioned that I have big dreams for my life. I want to create a life that I love. Anything is possible, right millennials?

Unfortunately, I'm giving up all my paid GoDaddy subscriptions, from domain, hosting to WordPress. I have decided to continue blogging on free and simple platforms like Facebook and Blogger. All my travel guides and life hacks published on will be saved and transferred to here very soon. Stay tuned.

Yes, I'm earning through my Google AdSense. However, the traffic on my previous website is continuously decreasing every month because of the following reasons:

I'm not paying anyone for my search engine optimization. Yes, you need to pay an expert, making your articles land on top searches on the Internet. You can manage your search engine optimization yourself by using a free widget but it's not always a guarantee to land on top searches due to the competition among bloggers. 

I'm still discovering my blogging and fashion stylesMy travel guides can be found on Facebook. I prefer having you, my readers, to just read my blogs there rather than clicking on a certain link, directing you to open a browser on your mobile phones or computers. I'm helping you save too! If you're on free Facebook browsing, you can always read my blogs there. You're welcome! 

The engagement of my Facebook page is really overwhelming. Last month, this travel page have reached almost half million people and has a total engagement of 2.6 million. Thank you for all the love and support. Thank you for liking, commenting and sharing my posts on your feeds. And, thank you for inviting your friends to like and follow my travel page.

I forget about my personal life. I haven't been on a date this year. I've been single for almost four years now. Managing this travel page and other social media accounts alone is not easy. I need to cool it on the travel for a bit. Of course, I am thrilled to continue what I've started and to see what lies ahead. I don't want to miss out on amazing new things.

As what I've mentioned earlier, attending digital nomad events will help you grow as a person since you will be learning from the experts. I have a good news for you! There's an upcoming digital nomad event which is happening in Bali, Indonesia in June - it's called the Running Remote Conference 2018. This event was carefully curated to teach you next-level, actionable strategies, and tactics you can utilize to manage and grow your remote team.

Experts will be discussing several topics and that it includes their best practices in hiring remote employees. This event will surely help you a lot. I can't wait for you to meet these experts while exploring the beautiful Bali, Indonesia! Buy your ticket now!

Learning is a continuous process and is dynamic. Go on with your life and keep on learning. 

Noel On The Road is always changing as am I.