The Philippine Peso Bank Notes

The Philippine bank notes as described by the British YouTube content creator Half-Asleep Chris are one of the most unique in the world of currency.

Each banknote of the Philippines features the fascinating natural wonders in the seven thousand islands of the country. Each includes historical images, events, and some native and endangered wildlife. The beautiful map of the Philippines is printed as well.

These colorful banknotes will blow your mind after watching the video.

Here are sneak peek of the banknotes after using a UV Light why they are coolest among the powerful currencies like US Dollar, British Pound, and the like. (Photos by Half-Asleep Chris)

P20 Note: The Palm Civet

P50 Note: Maliputo (Giant Trevally)

P100 Note: Whale Shark

P200 Note: Philippine Tarsier

P500 Note: Blue-napped Parrot

Photo by Half-Asleep Chris

P1000 Note: South Sea Pearl

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Until now, I couldn’t figure out what’s with the Mung Beans or Monggo dish on a Friday. Nonetheless, it still suits your cravings anytime and anyday.

Mung beans are a source of protein. Additionally, we have malunggay leaves which not new to you its benefits. This is a typical sauteed ingredients because that is how I used to do whenever I cook.

Since I am learning and believe me or not, this is my first cooking of monggo. I made sure to almost complete all the ingredients. Well, pork is also a source of protein and its taste stands out.


  • 1/2 cup of beans
  • 6 ounces sliced/cubed pork
  • 1 Knorr pork cube
  • 1 cup malunggay leaves
  • 1 medium sliced ampalaya
  • 1 medium sliced tomato
  • 1 medium cubed onion
  • 1 medium sliced ginger
  • 5 cloves chopped garlic
  • 3 tbsps. Olive oil or cooking oil
  • atleast 3 cups of water for boiling the mung beans
  • 2 tbsps. of Bagoong or Fish paste


  1. Boil the mung beans in 3 cups of water until you get the desire tenderness. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a sauce pan or wok.
  3. Saute garlic, ginger, onions, and tomato.
  4. Add the pork and cook until the pork turns light brown.
  5. Add the boiled mung beans and add atleast 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
  6. Add the pork cube and ampalaya and stir.
  7. Put the malunggay leaves once ampalaya is tender.
  8. Season with fish paste and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  9. Serve hot to 3 to 4 persons and enjoy!

Other ingredients might include based on your preference, spinach and toppings it with chicharon.


I love eating alot (but not getting too fat, LOL) and yet I don’t even know how to cook food. Just those basic dishes like frying, boiling, those usual and instant preparation.

Today, I cook a stir fry pork ala oyster sauce with some broccoli. It seems like this is a Chinese style dish but common to all. Take note that this dish is my very first time to cook and seems like I perfectly get the tenderness of the meat and its taste. Perfect!

I am supposed to use soda to evenly cook and make the meat tender but the pork is naturally producing oil so I suggest not to add like.


  • Half kilo pork meat
  • 70g Oyster Sauce
  • Medium size broccoli
  • 40ml cooking oil
  • Pinch of ground black pepper
  • Garlic chopped thinly
  • Onions
  • Ginger (minced)


  1. Prepare all the ingredients and make sure the meat is sliced into thin pieces.
  2. Saute ginger, garlic, and onions in a medium heat pan or wok.
  3. After 2 minutes, add the sliced pork and stir fry until it gets brown and tender.
  4. Add the oyster sauce and let it cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add broccoli and let it cook for 1 minute.
  6. Serve hot for 2 to 3 persons.

TIPS: As added option, you can simply add slice mushroom before putting the oyster sauce. Sprinkle some sesame seeds before serving.

There you go! Try at the comfort of your home during this trying times. I realized that maybe everyone has really the skills to cook but of course in order for you to do that, there must be a determination and a little research on YouTube like what I did. The art of plating is also a factor and soon I will be working on it. Stay focus, one at a time. Now, I am literally exploring not just travelling the astounding geographic location of the Philippines but also a sort of cooking. Keepsafe mga daBest!

Tacloban : The Heart of Leyte | MaykExplores

Before I formally talk about the whole story of my recent travel in Leyte, let me share a sneak peek of a failed escapade for the third day where I supposed to spend my city tour in Tacloban and yet it turned into a long travel not to take glimpse of beautiful spots near and within the main city but looking outside the window of the van. Yeah! Right after my Kalanggaman tour, the day after should be a city tour in Tacloban. To my surprise, I was boarded a van from Palompon bound for Ormoc and then from there to Tacloban. Imagine, I almost spent about 5 hours in the van where 3 hours is good enough for my city tour. Maybe I had forgotten to drink a hot or cold coffee before I left Kalanggaman Island (HAHAHAHA!) because seriously narrating, I felt in love and left my heart in the island.

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Do you still remember the time when typhoon Yolanda strucked the province of Leyte where Tacloban City was the most affected area killing more than 6,000 people with 1,800 missing in 2013. Some says during my visit in February this year, few of the survivors were still not recovered until now from the catastrophic incident where financial aid from the previous government is still a big question to many. I am hopeful, time will come and they will continue to rise and stand still.

Leyte has been a historical place when Douglas Mc Arthur (American Commander and Leader) landed in October 1944 accompanied by late President Sergio Osmeña (Filipino Guerrillas Commander) during the battle against the Japanese troops of World War II.

Enough for the history that almost everyone knows by heart and will always be remembered.

From my friends who were able to take a tour, Tacloban tour will cost you around P1000 for a solo or two. There are private car drivers you can ask along the downtown or nearby McDonald’s and Gaisano Mall. They can take you to San Juanico Bridge, the famous statue landing of Douglas Mc Arthur and company, pasalubong center, the Anibong Memorial Shipwreck, Santo Niño Church, Balugo Falls, and alot more.

The famous delicacy in Leyte — Chocolate Moron.

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Transportation is no problem, there are jeepneys, tricycles, and buses plying around the city. The bus terminal is located in Abucay near Tacloban Wet Market and McDonald’s, if you only opt to make your tour DIY. If you plan to take good photos in San Juanico Bridge, look for a bus heading to Samar province and alight before the bridge, a perfect and picturesque location.

Thanks Señor Lakwatsero for this photo.

I might miss some details since I was not able to do the city touring but of course asking locals is the key!

Find this maximized itinerary below that could fit your plan and wish you a safe and meaningful travel in Leyte.

DAY 1 : CANIGAO ISLAND (click here for details)
0505 : ETD NAIA T3
0635 : ETA Tacloban Airport
0635 - 0945 : Airport to Maasin, alight at Matalom
0945 - 1000 : Waiting other passengers at the port
1000 - 1020 : Matalom port to Canigao Island
1020 - 1425 : Stroll around, lunch, and waiting for the ferry earliest pick up back to mainland is 02:30 pm
1425 - 1445 : Canigao Island to Matalom port
1445 - 1500 : Matalom town to Bato terminal
1500 - 1720 : Bato terminal to Ormoc Terminal
1720 - 1735 : Ormoc Terminal to Van Terminal (beside Robinson's) via trike
1735 - 1900 : Ormoc to Palompon
1900 : Check-in at Asayas Pension House

DAY 2 : KALANGGAMAN ISLAND (click here for details)
0630 - 0700 : Wake up call, prep for Kalanggaman Island
0700 - 0730 : Breakfast served by Asayas
0730 - 0830 : Walking distance to Palompon Tourism office, waiting other tourist for a shared boat rate
0830 - 0930 : Palompon port to Kalanggaman island
0930 - 1430 : Kalanggaman beach bum and photo ops
1430 - 1530 : Kalanggaman to Palompon port
1530 - 1710 : Back to accomodation, freshen up, quick rest.
1710 - 1725 : Accomodation to Lantaw viewdeck via motorcycle
1725 - 1750 : Trekking towards Lantaw and photo ops
1750 - 1800 : Lantaw to Palompon town
1800 : Dinner, free time, back to accomodation

0700 : Wake up call
0830 - 1130 : Palompon to Tacloban
1130 - 1200 : Lunch
1200 - 1500 : Tacloban City Tour
1500 - 1615 : Pasalubong
1615 - 1645 : Tacloban downtown to airport via San Jose
1645 : Boarding time in Tacloban Airport
1730 : ETD Tacloban, connecting Cebu to Manila
2205 : ETA NAIA T3

Note that Tacloban tour rate is excluded from the breakdown below.

Big thanks by the way to for choosing my site as one of the Top 200 Philippine blogs. Wow! My pleasure.

Kalanggaman Island, Leyte | MaykExplores

The term Kalanggaman derived from the word “langgam” which means ‘a bird’. In an aerial view or bird’s view, it looks like a bird with widespread of both feathers. To tell you honestly, this is second of my favorite long-stretched beach as Boracay is still top one of my lists. This island is indeed a highlight during my stay in Leyte (but nothing compares to a “sabaw/lutang” moment and I won’t consider it as wasted time since I enjoyed and atleast learn from it.) 

Am strolling at the end of this island all by myself.

Here you can pitch a tent whether day or night staycation. There are nipa huts if you don’t have available tent. Food are scattered around from sari-sari stores, and you can ask them to cook for you. After wading at the seashore, you can freshen up in the island using fetched water from the mainland with extra cost like P80 per gallon. There are pump-wells where drops come from the salty water for free of course.

You can stroll around the island, if you can why not from east to west side like what I did. Promise! Might be over exposed under the sun but the satisfaction and appreciation are what you are longing for. The best!!!

After taking advantage some pictures and videos at the east (as if that side belongs to me), then I went to west side together with the boat passengers that I hopped in with. The greatest mistake I made is not bringing my mirrorless camera (as well as my phone, another lesson learned) where this is a pretty instagramable location because of a nipa hut attached in the branch of a tree. I asked them to take photos of me as souvenir. Thanks to them! Lovelots.

The town proper–Palompon is the jump off point going to Kalanggaman. Simply head over at the Tourism office and fill in needed information prior boarding. If you are a solo tourist, contact Ms. Cindy of Tourism office at +639268164005 to book your seat for sharing, or opt to pay the full trip at P3,000 where cut off time going back to mainland is 02:30 PM. Suggest to come early to the port and catch the beautiful sunrise in the island.

Check this link for Canigao-Kalanggaman Itinerary and Expenses in 3D2N.

  • Daytrip: 0530 AM until 02:30 PM
  • Overnight: 1000 AM until 0900 AM the following day

There are restaurants or food stalls available in the town near the terminal. You can also visit the Palompon Church or witness the sunset at the Lantaw viewpoint, one of the highest peaks overlooking the town of Palompon and Tacob island by chartering a motorcycle for about 5 to 7 minutes drive and another trekking experience good for the beginner. One way will cost you P40, and I told Kuya to wait for me after taking pictures at the peak.

For souvenir items, look for Ramon Enterprise, opposite of PACCI Multi-purpose building, adjacent to Municipal Gymnasium or social center.

For accommodation, I stayed at Asayas Pension House located at the back of Palompon Church, you can reach Tata at +639554201695.

Check this link for Canigao-Kalanggaman Itinerary and Expenses in 3D2N.


From Tacloban Airport, look for a jeep or multi-cab outside the airport heading to Tacloban downtown (Abucay) and drop off at Vanvans or Duptours van terminal at P8 to P13. From terminal to Palompon, it will cost you P150.

From Bato, ride a van going to Ormoc at P150. From Ormoc, take another van going to Palompon town at P125. Note that van in Palompon usually leaves at 04:30 PM.