One of the travel blogs that I look up to when I was still in college is Byahilo.com. Try searching for a specific Philippine destination and most likely, the blog appears on the first page of the search engine results. The blog is updated regularly and the author’s post about food and festivals are quite inviting. Back then though, I was a struggling student and all i can do is travel to nearby places by car or bus.
In mid 2008, I attended an exclusive karaoke event for bloggers. A guy wearing his corporate attire went inside the room at 10pm. He seems to be friends with everyone and all the while, I was wondering who he was. Later on, he introduced himself as ‘Enrico Dee of Byahilo.com’.
‘Ikaw si Byahilo?’ i asked with much suprise.
‘Yes! Ako nga!‘ he replied with a big smile.
From then on, I frequently see him in blog events and later on, he influenced me to participate in promo fare bookings. Thanks for booking my first plane ticket to Cebu last August 2009, I am now one of the travelers who would wait for promo fare updates! Just last week, I introduced him to a high school friend and even she is a fan of Byahilo. Just like me, she was surprised upon learning that the person behind the legendary Pinoy travel blog is not the ‘serious’ one. Enrico Dee, whom i fondly call ‘yaya’ is a jolly person who never gets tired of eating and traveling!
For the month of September, I am featuring Enrico Dee of Byahilo.com. Read on!
When was our first out of town trip together? Describe it.
Enrico: Cebu August 2009? Am I right?
Mica: Yes! You booked that flight 😀
Â What are the Top 3 Destinations we’ve been to together that you consider the most memorable? Discuss why 😛
Enrico: Who would ever forget Sumilon Island misadventure? Tayo na ang iniwan ng plane habang nasa gitna ng dagat!
The first Cebu trip. Sino nga ba ang nag-jumpshot sa kalsada? Our second trip to Puerto Princesa is a fun one. Sino nga ulit ang bida ng trip? HAHAHA!
Mica: The first time I missed a flight! I’m glad we’re one big group LOL. That Cebu trip opened my eyes to budget traveling
and i met Cebuano friends whom i truly treasure up to this day 😀 Mag-yaya mode talaga tayo sa La Union =)) Luxury Travel ftw!
What’s the worst event that happened in any of your travels? How did you manage to surpass that challenge?
Enrico: Getting sick while on travel. My hand got inflamed and I got worried. The doctors at the hospital advised that I should be admitted for observation. I just rebooked my ticket and went back to Manila ASAP. Good thing, XXXX was with me when I was at the Emergency room in Bacolod City.
Mica: That made me worry a lot, teh T___T
Describe me as a travel buddy.
Enrico: Super fun! Walang chismis na hindi dapat pag usapan!
Mica: Korek! We can host our own showbiz-oriented program!
Â What are the three things you can never live without when you’re on a trip?
Phone, laptop Camera
Â Name three of the best hotel/resort accommodations.
Enrico: Hmmmmm.. Amorita Resort in Panglao, Thunderbird Resort Poro Point in La Union. I’ll save the third slot muna. baka year end ko pa mapuntahan. 🙂
Mica: Too bad i missed that trip to Amorita Resort last month T_T. Memories of Thunderbird Resort…
Â Name Three of your favorite restaurants.
Enrico: Rafael’s Farm in Babatngon Leyte, The original Pala pala in Bacolod, and Saffron Restaurant and Bar in Amorita Resort.
Mica: Haven’t been to any of the restaurant you mentioned! Must check ’em out! 😀
Any funny stories that you want to reveal that happened during one of our trips?
Enrico: Of course, naiwanan tayo ng eroplano sa Dumaguete. Minulto ako sa Cebu na ako lang nakakarinig ng boses ng bata at nagparamdam pa sa panaginip pag uwi ko ng Manila! At sino nga kasama ko kumain ng isang kilong lechon for lunch? DALAWA LANG TAYO! hahaha
Mica: Cebu Lechon for the win! Ako na ang humingi ng extra rice at ginawang sabaw ang sawsawan =)) takaw much LOL and wait, remember our hopia/noodle party at the plane? From Puerto Princesa, our flight was diverted to Clark then back in Manila all in five hours!
Â Did we have any misunderstandings while we’re on the road? Hahaha 😛
Mica: How come? :'( Â just kidding haha
Â Do you have any ‘holiday romance’ story to share?
Enrico: Sinadya mo ba talgang ilagay ang question na to para sa akin? hahaha
Mica: Hindi naman yaya, pero sa’yo ko lang nakuha ang quote na ‘In every port, report. In every place, replace!’ nyahahaha 😛
Â Our most memorable trip together. Describe why.
Enrico: Bluewater trip is one of the best. Ang walang katapusang Bacon Festival! So many sunrise in one day. Naiwanan ng plane, ang Sans Rival and Sylvannas sa Dumaguete!
Mica: Many sunrise in one day? 0_0 K LOL
Where are you planning to go next?
Enrico: Just arrived here in Bacolod and will be staying here till October for the preparation of the Maskara Festival. Sana andun ka din para cheer leader ka namin! I’ll be dancing as our group’s lead dancer this year.
Mica: Go yaya! Show us your kembotera skills!
Message to the readers of my blog… message to me rin :p
Enrico: ‘Wag na kayo magpa-uto kay Mica! ahaha Seriously, si Mica para syang Sanglaan, lagi mong maasahan sa oras ng pangangailangan! Love you ateh!
Mica: Love you too, Yaya Ateh! Penge ng plane ticket! Hahaha =P
If you are a fan of Philippine Festivals, i suggest that you check Byahilo.com by Enrico Dee. It is considered as one of the pioneer travel blogs in the Philippine Blogosphere. He’s my Yaya too!
Photo Credits:Â Ferdz, Sinjin and Winston