TravBuddies' first island tour for the morning :-)

Corregidor Island Travel Blog

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Starbucks while waiting for other travbuddies

We arrived the island around 9:30 in the morning and from the ferry we transfered to an open air bus for the guided tour.

From http://www.corregidorisland.com/

Corregidor is a small rocky island in the Philippines about 48 kilometers west of Manila which is stragetically located at the entrance of Manila Bay. This island fortress stands as a memorial for the courage, valor, and heroism of its Filipino and American defenders who bravely held their ground against the overwhelming number of invading Japanese forces during World War II.

Also known as "the Rock," it was a key bastion of the Allies during the war. When the Japanese invaded the Philippines in December 1941, the military force under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur carried out a delaying action at Bataan. Corregidor became the headquarters of the Allied forces and also the seat of the Philippine Commonwealth government. It was from Corregidor that Philippine President Manuel Quezon and General MacArthur left for Australia in February 1942, leaving behind Lt. Gen. Jonathan M. Wainwright in command.

 

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excited for the first guided tour

 

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with Carlos - our funny and witty tour guide :-)

 

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I Shall Return (with General Douglas MacArthur)

 

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TravBuddies' Jump for Joy :)

yheleen says:
Me too Sarj - really happy to meet you there in person :) i was soo glad that i decided to join too.
Posted on: Jul 22, 2008
kickasstunner says:
Ate Yheleen, it was great to meet you and everyone! :) I was really glad I joined! Or I would've missed gallons of happiness I could ever have in my life this year! Woot! :D *hugs* :) You guys rock! :D
Posted on: Jul 21, 2008
yheleen says:
oo nga girl.. join ka sa next meet-up or sa cebu meet-ups :)
Posted on: Jul 21, 2008
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Finally, we reached Corregidor Island!!!

 

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we're here and the buses are ready, yehey :)

 

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elle_kape - hindi masyadong excited, hahaha...

 

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calgaryjay, blurbmoi and andiboi getting ready to get off the ferry

 

Mickey (tj1777) the tallest guy in the group

Finally, we're off to the island aboard  Sun Cruises and the boat ride took us an hour or so. It was wonderful treat for all of us - with a great company and looking forward to knowing the island more - like a trip back to World War II.

There were 17 of us all in all with 15 staying overnight and 2 joining for the day tour.

TravBuddies who joined the island getaway:

1. the_bloodsucker
2. ellekape
3. darlingwish
4. jear
5. kickasstunner
6. bestblog
7. minx2812
8. blurbmoi
9. calgaryjay
10. nomaden
11. andiboi
12. coffeefairy
13. laineey

14. clairevivar

15. jilltrekker

16. planisphere

17. tj1777

 

 

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TravBuddies going to the ferry terminal (jay, nickie, mickey and rochelle)

 

 

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SunCruises

 

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the entire group :-)

 

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we conquered the ferry, hahaha ",)

 

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and we have our own TravBuddy pins, wow :-) thanks Josh

 

yheleen says:
you're welcome :) happy weekend...
Posted on: Aug 02, 2008
blurbmoi says:
Girl! I just finally got to see all these pics now. Yaw kasi mag open sa work. haha. thanks for all the lovely pics. see you soon!
Posted on: Aug 02, 2008
yheleen says:
haha.. we love the buttons too :) i have it with me everyday now :) yea, you should plan a trip to PI :)
Posted on: Jul 31, 2008
elaine and nina enjoying starbucks

Our call time was 7 AM since Sun Cruises ferry is scheduled to leave by 7:30 AM. Waking up early is reallly my weakness and Dennie and Nickie are not good at waking up that early too, hahaha. So, to make sure we would make it, we arranged for a Wake-Up call at Kabayan Hotel and agreed to meet for breakfast at 6:20, which with the wake-up call and all we still weren't able to do so LOL.

 

Good thing was that the assembly place was Starbucks and so we still had time to grab something before leaving. It was sooo great to see 'now familiar TravBuddy faces' who shared the same excitement for the getaway. And it was also wonderful for Stephanie (darlingwish) to be able to join us for the getaway. It was so sweet of her to do so  knowing she must have been so tired from her London flight and arriving at midnight at that.

 

 

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Harbor's Square - can't wait to board our ferry

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Elaine (laineeey) and Nina (blurbmoi) at Starbucks while waiting for the ferry and other travbuddies

 

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Mickey (tj1777) enjoying his coffee at Starbucks

Harbor's Square

A dinner meet-up is simply not enough for travel addicts like travbuddies. Certainly, there has to be a medium to put all those travel energies to good use - the perfect answer is a TravBuddy getaway and since the Philippines has 7, 107 islands, what could be better than to have the getaway in one of these wonderful islands with all its natural beauty and an invaluable history to boast for - the CORREGIDOR ISLANDS.

 

According to Wiki :

Corregidor is a tadpole-shaped island four miles (6 km) long and about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) at its widest point, with a total area roughly about three square miles. The island is about 48 kilometers west of Manila. Due to its position in the bay, it has served as a focal point for the naval defenses of the capital city of Manila. During World War II, Corregidor was the site of several battles and its fall to the Japanese forces was instrumental in the subsequent capture of the Philippines and the retreat of the United States in the early stages of the war. Currently, it is an important historic and tourist site and is managed under the jurisdiction of Cavite City.

 

 

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arriving in the island :)

 

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Corregidor Inn :)

 

yheleen says:
yea :) meet-ups are really fun :)
Posted on: Jul 31, 2008
pensacolapyro says:
This is really cool, hopefully I can meet up someday.
Posted on: Jul 22, 2008
yheleen says:
you're welcome claire and thanks too for the friendship and for being such wonderful company :)
Posted on: Jul 22, 2008

After watching the sunset, we were sooo looking forward to some 'ghost-hunting' :-) We visited lateral tunnels, wore our own hats and had great time inside the tunnels for 45 minutes or so.. One of the highlights of which was when we were asked to experience total darkness and silence for some minutes (no flashlights, no mobile phones - nothing). It was creepy but fun at the same time.

 

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GhostBusters.. err, Travbuddies :)

 

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awooooo ",)

 

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Josh: ghosts? where? are you sure? LOL

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WW II soldier?

After watching the sunset, we were sooo looking forward to some 'ghost-hunting' :-) We visited lateral tunnels, wore our own hats and had great time inside the tunnels for 45 minutes or so.. One of the highlights of which was when we were asked to experience total darkness and silence for some minutes (no flashlights, no mobile phones - nothing). It was creepy but fun at the same time.

 

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GhostBusters.. err, Travbuddies :)

 

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awooooo ",)

 

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Josh: ghosts? where? are you sure? LOL

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WW II soldier?

yheleen says:
thanls ;) yep. it was really a wonderful meet-up ;)
Posted on: Aug 11, 2008
yheleen says:
unfortunately no... or fortunately? LOL they were kind of shy the guide says :) yep, WWII ghosts.
Posted on: Jul 22, 2008
pinchora says:
did you get to see any ghosts? are they supposed to be WWII ghosts?
Posted on: Jul 21, 2008

Yep, the fun hasn't ended yet.. oh now, we're not even half-way thru it :) After resting, we assembled again around 5:30 in the afternoon, rode the bus, visited the ruins of the hospital (no ghosts yet) and waited for the sunset  - it was AWESOME!!!

 

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inside the hopital ruins

 

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TravBuddies waiting for the sunset

 

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the SunSet - wOw :-)

 

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Elaine's (Laineeey) masterpiece - she took this shot and this is really AWESOME :) thanks Elaine for allowing me to have this one :)

 

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we all felt 'mushy' after the sunset - so TravBuddy group hug :)

 

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hmmm... ",)

 

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what a day :-) i love TravBuddy!!!

Well, we are still humans and even with the TravBuddy energy that we have, we need to rest from all the tours... So, we we're given  3 hours to rest (for some of us) and to swim in the pool or at the beach (for most of our friends).  Nickie (minx2812) and I decided to sleep in our room (211) at Corregidor Inn to 'recharge our energies' and have renewed strength for the rest of the tour.

Too bad we need to say goodbye to Apo (planisphere) and Mickey (tj1777) tho since they won't be staying overnight, Apo with his work the next day and Mickey with his scheduled dive at Anilao, Batangas.

 

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sharing this room with Nickie (minx2812) room 211

 

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Corregidor Inn's Dining Area

 

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Harbor's Square - looking into locals doing the 'Hataw'

Oh.. it's the last day already and it is just soo hard to say goodbye to this wonderful island getaway with travbuddy friends. Being in the island already, the TBers just can't leave without swimming and going to the beach which we did for an hour or so.

Then at around 2:30 we left the island and head back to Manila. We don't want to go on separate ways, oh no not yet so we decided to have late lunch at Tokyo Cafe at the Mall of Asia which was really great.

After which, we went to see the movie Dark Knight. The movie was just sooo great. Heath Ledger's acting is really superb in there as 'joker' and it's really sad that he's gone now.

And then after that, finally, we all went home to sleep after a full wonderful weekend :)

 

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Swimming :)

 

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Jason the Pizza King

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Manila Mango at Tokyo Cafe - i love it :)

 

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Getting tickets for Dark Knight :)

 

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aww.. it's goodbye already? *tears*

 

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until the next meet-up then? ",)

yheleen says:
hehe :) one manila mangao coming up ;)
Posted on: Aug 14, 2008
yheleen says:
we sure had ;)
Posted on: Aug 13, 2008
acowboy says:
looks like you all had a good time!!
Posted on: Aug 13, 2008

Ruins.. batteries.. tunnels...memorials.. and now lighthouses, wOw :) there are sooo many things corregidor island has to offer and sharing the day with TravBuddies is realllly greAt :)

From Wiki:

The lighthouse is one of the oldest landmarks in Corregidor. A lighthouse with a beam range of 33 miles (53 km). It was first built by the Spaniards in 1836 and was replaced with a better one in 1853. The second lighthouse was further improved in 1892 and was reduced to ruins during the siege of Corregidor. This rehabilitated lighthouse stands on the same spot where the second lighthouse stood before.

 

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the old lighthouse

 

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all smiles :-)

 

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view from the lighthouse (andiboi, the_bloodsucker and minx2812)

AftAer visiting ruins and batteries (not all of them tho just the major ones since it would take 3 or 4 full days to visit them all), we went to the Pacific War Memorial, which was built by the United States Government to honor the Filipino and American soldiers who participated in World War II.

From Wiki:

One of the most recent additions to Corregidor is the Filipino Heroes Memorial. This 6,000-square meter complex has 14 murals depicting heroic battles fought by Filipinos from the 15th century up to the present day. It was designed by Francisco MaƱosa, while the murals and a statue of a Filipino guerrilla were sculpted by Manuel Casas. The complex was inaugurated by President Fidel V. Ramos on August 28, 1992.

Once every May 6 at exactly noon, the Solar equinox would light the center of the altar and visitors are required to have a moment of silence since this is the exact time Corregidor and the Philippines fell into the hands of the Japanese.

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Entrance to the Pacific War Memorial

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Indoor Marker :)

 

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Laineey and Blurbmoi with the Eternal Flame of Freedom

 

 

Having been re-energized with a full lunch, we were all ready for the afternoon tour and of all the buses (there were many other tourists and groups but none as great and noisy? as travbuddies, hehe), we were the FIRST one to leave the inn and head for ruins and batteries.

From Wiki:

There were 23 batteries installed on Corregidor, consisting of 56 Coastal guns and mortars. In addition, Corregidor had 13 anti-aircraft artillery batteries with 76 guns (28 3-inch and 48 50-caliber) and 10 60-inch Sperry searchlights.

The longest-range coastal pieces were the two 12-inch (305 mm) guns of Batteries Hearn and Smith, with a horizontal range of 29,000 yards (27,000 m). Although capable of an all around traverse, these guns, due to their flat trajectories, were not effective for use against targets on Bataan.

During the siege, the island had ample armor-piercing ammunition but very little of the anti-personnel type, which then was of greatest demand for use against land targets on Bataan. In fact, most of the anti-personnel shells were only for the 12-inch mortars of Batteries Way and Geary.

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TravBuddies having so much FUN  ",)

 

 

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Ruins

 

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It was a great morning for all of us and since we were not able to have a full breakfast, by 11:45 AM, we were really starving :) So, we had lunch at the Corregidor Inn with Filipino foods in buffet style. I was very FULL after :)

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FOOOOOOODDDDD!!!! (from Elaine's pics)

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FREE DRINK :)

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View from Corregidor Inn where we had lunch

 

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lunch ",)

 

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Dessert

 

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Watermelon

Just before lunch, we then went to Malinta Tunnel for the Light and SOund show.

 

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Malinta Tunnel

From Wiki:

The Malinta Tunnel is a tunnel complex built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers on the island of

wikipedia.org/wiki/Corregidor">Corregidor in the Philippines. It was initially used as a bomb-proof storage and personnel bunker, but was later equipped as a 1,000-bed hospital.[1] The main tunnel, running east to west, is 831 feet long, 24 feet wide and 18 feet high.[2] Branching off from this main shaft are 13 lateral tunnels on the north side and 11 lateral tunnels on the south side. Each lateral averaged 160 feet in length and 15 feet in width.[1]

 

Personally, it was a very moving experience for me. When I went inside the tunnel, I was only thinking of the fun we can have with TraBuddies inside Malinta tunnel - the light and sound show being a new experience for all of us. I was not prepared for the impact of the show to me. I am not sure about what my new friends feel but listening to the stories of World War II and being transported again to this painful decade of our country, I can't help but be emotional about it. Yep, I was kind of teary inside the tunnel. Good thing it was dark otherwise fellow travbuddies would have wondered what's going on with me ",)

The light and sound show was a re-enactment of the Japanese occupation in our country and with Filipino and American soldiers fighting together for the country's freedom. There were just sooo many sacrifices and unneccesary deaths that time and looking back at how our countrymen courageously fought for freedom, ah, it pains me sooo much to see that these sacrifices are sometimes forgotten and worse wasted with the current situation of the country (politics and economics).

Anyway, this is one of the reasons why the trip to Corregidor is somewhat special - great place/history and great company.

 

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TravBuddies going inside the tunnel

 

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inside the tunnel

 

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the light and sound show

 

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the entire Malinta Tunnel

After the ghost-hunting (we haven't seen any tho since they were kind of shy  - introvert ghosts, hahaha..), we have dinner in the recreation center of the island and everybody was just starving. After dinner we all have Karaoke :) Oh, we Filipinos just love to sing and gatherings are not just complete without singing.

It was a really, really great night with everybody singing and dancing and laughing. And what perfect artists we are (well at least that's what the scores say, hehe). Sarj (kickasstunner) was the karaoke queen i guess with 100 perfect score in her songs and Elaine also got a 100 and such a sweet, sweet voice :) Jason (Calgaryjay) was not spared from singing.. Oh no, not Jason who sang Twist and Shout. Nickie (minx2812) will also remember that night forever - she sang her first karaoke song (Black Velvet) with us travbuddies :) wow...

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a karaoke night full of fun

 

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Meet Sarah - the Karaoke queen :)

 

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Nickie singing Black Velvet

 

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Go Jay!

rintjez says:
Yeah, too bad I missed it!! Huuaaaaa :( I will try to make it for the next PI mega meet up :)
Posted on: Jul 22, 2008
yheleen says:
yeah we sure did rini :) missing PI already?
Posted on: Jul 22, 2008
rintjez says:
You guys really had a blast!!!
Posted on: Jul 22, 2008

A blend of history and fun-filled friendships : that is what the TravBuddy island getaway is all about :)

Let the pics do the talking:

REDISCOVERING PHILIPPINES and its RICH HISTORY

 

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(photo courtesy of CalgaryJay)

FUN! FUN! FUN!

 

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(photo courtesy of CalgaryJay)

 

Starbucks while waiting for other …
Starbucks while waiting for other…
Mickey (tj1777) the tallest guy in…
Mickey (tj1777) the tallest guy i…
elaine and nina enjoying starbucks
elaine and nina enjoying starbucks
Harbors Square
Harbor's Square
Harbors Square - looking into loc…
Harbor's Square - looking into lo…
len (jilltrekker) and dennie (noma…
len (jilltrekker) and dennie (nom…
coffefairy and planisphere cant g…
coffefairy and planisphere can't …
Manila
Manila
TravBuddy PINS :)
TravBuddy PINS :)
hungry coffeefairy :) now i know w…
hungry coffeefairy :) now i know …
elle_kape, nomade, andiboi, blurbm…
elle_kape, nomade, andiboi, blurb…
jilltrekker and laineey
jilltrekker and laineey
darlingwish and jear
darlingwish and jear
the TravBuddies!!!!
the TravBuddies!!!!
jason (calgaryjay)
jason (calgaryjay)
calgaryjay
calgaryjay
jear
jear
jilltrekker
jilltrekker
kickasstunner
kickasstunner
carlos the tour guide
carlos the tour guide
chips :)
chips :)
soo happy and excited :)
soo happy and excited :)
Gen. Douglas Mac Arthur: I SHALL R…
Gen. Douglas Mac Arthur: I SHALL …
nomade, laineey, bestblog and blur…
nomade, laineey, bestblog and blu…
kickasstunner, jear and darlingwish
kickasstunner, jear and darlingwish
calgaryjay and darlingwish
calgaryjay and darlingwish
hi nickie :) so cute..so happy..
hi nickie :) so cute..so happy..
*wave* to all TravBuddies in the w…
*wave* to all TravBuddies in the …
minx2812
minx2812
darlingwish and jear
darlingwish and jear
calgaryjay carrying laineey
calgaryjay carrying laineey
our beloved flag - my beloved coun…
our beloved flag - my beloved cou…
jear the photographer? or the mode…
jear the photographer? or the mod…
the_bloodsucker, kickasstunner and…
the_bloodsucker, kickasstunner an…
calgaryjay and kickassunner (pics …
calgaryjay and kickassunner (pics…
who are you shooting at jay? (pics…
who are you shooting at jay? (pic…
josh too? LOL (pics from jay)
josh too? LOL (pics from jay)
hahaha.. feel na feel kaayo oi (pi…
hahaha.. feel na feel kaayo oi (p…
:)
:)
:)
:)
laineey and planisphere
laineey and planisphere
laineey and planisphere
laineey and planisphere
hehehe... too easy for Mickey
hehehe... too easy for Mickey
hahaha.. we have the fun of our li…
hahaha.. we have the fun of our l…
jear
jear
back to the bs=us
back to the bs=us
the bell has rang - need to get …
the 'bell' has rang - need to get…
affordable souvenir items.. i boug…
affordable souvenir items.. i bou…
sooo happy
sooo happy
apo (planisphere)
apo (planisphere)
whats in there guys?
what's in there guys?
hehehe...
hehehe...
hey, wait for us... hmmpp. well, w…
hey, wait for us... hmmpp. well, …
Mickey and Nickey, hehehe..
Mickey and Nickey, hehehe..
off to malinta tunnel
off to malinta tunnel
so serious :)
so serious :)
travbuddies cant really resist ta…
travbuddies can't really resist t…
nomaden
nomaden
andiboi trying his new found flyin…
andiboi trying his new found flyi…
hi guys
hi guys
josh is the man
josh is the man
travbuddies!!! - the best people
travbuddies!!! - the best people
shopping
shopping
laineey and blurbmoi
laineey and blurbmoi
blurbmoi
blurbmoi
too tired...
too tired...
drinks.. drinks..
drinks.. drinks..
the lighthouse
the lighthouse
go girl :)
go girl :)
planishpere and tj1777 (day touris…
planishpere and tj1777 (day touri…
me and nickies bed in Corregidor …
me and nickie's bed in Corregidor…
dennie contemplating on the costly…
dennie contemplating on the costl…
dining area
dining area
jilltrekker
jilltrekker
minx2812, clairevivar and elle_kape
minx2812, clairevivar and elle_kape
laineey, blurbmoi and jilltrekker
laineey, blurbmoi and jilltrekker
andi im touched :)
andi" i'm touched :)
hmmm...,)
hmmm...",)
waiting for the sunset
waiting for the sunset
group hug
group hug
a travbuddy group hug
a travbuddy group hug
Dennie: i sooo love my hair, hehe
Dennie: i sooo love my hair, hehe
calgaryjay and nomaden
calgaryjay and nomaden
grrr...:)
grrr...:)
laineey and the_bloddsucker
laineey and the_bloddsucker
with laineey
with laineey
dennie and josh
dennie and josh
with jilltrekker
with jilltrekker
with blurbmoi
with blurbmoi
barbie? hehe.. nickie - so cute :)
barbie? hehe.. nickie - so cute :)
claire and lynne
claire and lynne
ready for ghosthunting
ready for ghosthunting
WWII soldier?
WWII soldier?
Jason: hmp.. ghosts, here I come :)
Jason: hmp.. ghosts, here I come :)
sarj, jear and steph marching for …
sarj, jear and steph marching for…
Tbers in the lateral tunnels
Tbers in the lateral tunnels
flip flops a must in the island
flip flops a must in the island
Nickie: we will climb this one? yo…
Nickie: we will climb this one? y…
bye :(
bye :(
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