Driving from Mamburao to Sablayan – Part 3 of 3

And the final part of us driving to Sablayan from Mamburao. This is part 3, where we arrive in Sablayan.

There isn’t much to the town or village. It’s a small town without much of a city centre. So ultimately we decided to not stay here and continue on to San Jose directly hopefully find some kind of hotel of lodge along the way.

The whole drive took about 2 hours, with some great views and surprises along the way.

Driving from Mamburao to Sablayan – Part 1 of 3

Earlier this month we made a roadtrip around the Island of Mindoro, taking a boat to Abra de Ilog and then driving back to Puerto Galera going via San Jose and Mansalay.

Endless rice and corn drying on the road. Which sometimes is annoying because it takes up most of the road space. We came across some roadworks and overall had a good time driving.

I filmed a part of the route with the GoPro while driving from Mamburao to Sablayan.

A drive from Puerto Galera to Calapan City

Me and my girlfriend regularly drive to Calapan City from Puerto Galera for some shopping, a movie or simply to eat fried chicken.

Calapan City is about 55km away from Puerto Galera, taking about 80 minutes usually to drive on our motorbikes following a twisty road along the coast and up the mountains.
Filmed with a GoPro Hero5 mounted on my Honda XRM on February 10, 2017.

Our first road trip

Last week we went on a road trip to the south side of the island.
Packed with some clothes, my laptop and some stuff. We filled our coca cola bottles with fuel and off we went.

5 hours driving each way and still enjoying it!

We spent the night in a silly lodge near Roxas on Mindoro and went back the next day.

My last night in Iloilo City

Today was my last day in Iloilo City. It’s time to move on to the next island – Negros. Iloilo City had lots of firsts, too. First christmas and new years eve in a foreign country. First time to eat in a Shakey’s Pizza parlor. First time to get the phone number of a girl. It was also the first time I saw a big fireworks display in the Philippines and a bunch more things I’m sure.


Being in a reasonably sized city for a while was a whole new experience for a traveller like me. Other than 8 hours in Manila I didn’t experience much of the chaos and city busy-ness in the Philippines yet.
Sure Batangas or Calapan are cities and I’ve been there a bunch of times. However, they felt much more provincial in many ways. Actually living in a city is very different.


Tomorrow I’ll be checking out of my hotel and move on to a nearby ferry company to take the boat to Negros. Next stop, Bacolod City. I’ll be there for a week before moving on down south to Sipalay. And if it’s up to me Bacolod will be the last city for a while. I’m looking forward to being in more rural areas and beaches for a while. Even if that means taking a Ceres Liner bus again… Nothing too extreme though – I still need internet and some amenities from time to time 😉

Beyond Sipalay I’m not sure where to go yet. The general direction is towards Dumaguete but when and how? Not sure yet. Maybe Sipalay is nice enough to stay there for a while. We’ll see.

From Puerto Galera to Iloilo in 24 hours

Earlier this week me and JC set out to explore more of the Philippines. We had a sort of plan as to what was supposed to happen and more or less when things should happen. Bus and boat schedules and stuff. Of-course most of it didn’t work out. But no worries we managed to find our way.


The idea was to head to Roxas by bus, via Calapan. Then take a boat to Caticlan on Panay and then move on to Iloilo on the other side of Panay by bus. Easy, right?