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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Dropping By Leyte and Samar

I’ve always wondered what it feels like to hop on a plane, be in a distant place and be back home as if nothing happened. Now I am about to experience what it feels like and I’m so excited.

We booked our flight last December during Cebu Pacific’s two day seat sale and we got our roundtrip tickets for only 56.02 pesos each (without the baggage fee)! The original, crazy plan was just to go to Leyte for breakfast, head to Samar via the San Juanico bridge for lunch, then be back in Manila for dinner by 7:00PM. With me are two of my other friends from work and we’re leaving tomorrow morning!

I don’t really know anything about Leyte except that it’s link to Samar by the 2.16 KM San Juanico bridge. I’m sure we all remember that from a discussion in grade school.

I just started reading about the two provinces for our flight tomorrow and now I feel a bit regretful. Leyte has so much to offer – like the food and the sights and I wish we were staying for more than a day.

I am posting the links of my online resources and hope you can make Leyte and Samar your next destination.

I highly recommend this helpful online food guide:

http://www.ourawesomeplanet.com/awesome/leyte/

About the Longest Bridge in the Philippines:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Juanico_Bridge

Map of Leyte : http://www.globalpinoy.com/travel/province/leyte_map.htm

A Brief Article about Samar:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samar

You can also buy a EZ map of Leyte and Samar from any National Bookstore branch (99 pesos each).

I’ll try to post the pictures as soon as we get back. J

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