Luzon, Philippines

Bangaan Rice Terraces: A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ifugao

We had our breakfast at the Banaue Police Station (astig!), that’s one of the perks of having a friend and a travel buddy who is a police officer.

It was a satisfying meal complete with fish and vegetables, coupled with my morning coffee. The best part was also the warmth of the people! I had a chance to talk to a female police officer there, while she was typing something on her computer. She said Banaue is a peaceful town, most of the reported cases are simple vehicular and parking problems.

As I went outside to catch some fresh air, I realized her point. Banaue is indeed beautiful…

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Food, Luzon, Philippines

Pinto Art Museum, My Pot Resto and Luljetta’s Garden Spa: 3 Things To Do in Antipolo

I knew it was going to be a memorable and safe trip, because we started it right.

Early morning, we made a stop to Antipolo’s popular church, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, famed for its stories of faith and miracles. We explored, said our prayers, lit our candles as we started the day of experiencing the charm, that is Antipolo City. It was just nice to be there with Eloi and my high school friends.

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Beaches, Luzon, Philippines

Cagbalete Island in Mauban, Quezon: A DIY Travel Guide

I know you’re also looking for an island weekend getaway. And being older and smarter like we are 🙂 ,  we’re done with crowd and beach parties right? We just want to be in a laidback and calm beach, enjoy and relax.

Well, you don’t need to go to Batangas for the Nth time for an amazing experience near Metro Manila, because there is a hidden jewel in Mauban, Quezonthe beautiful Cagbalete Island.

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Inspiration, Luzon, Mountains, Philippines

Mt. Pico De Loro: Conquering the Summit and Monolith

I’ve heard some stories… stories of mountaineers who have found their inner peace on top of the mountains. Some even mended their broken, fragile hearts.

For me, climbing mountains is personal. It has given me realizations that I am now carrying with me as I move forward with my life. There’s an amazing power and connection by being closer to nature.

And that experience was the same as I climbed Mt. Pico De Loro.

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Luzon, Philippines, Waterfalls

Balite Falls: Weekend well-spent in Amadeo, Cavite

It’s true. We all need to make a living. We all need to survive,to pay the bills. Life can be tough to most of us, but we  have to realize that life is more than that. Life is more than working your butt off. There’s your family, your love to focus on. There’s weekend to rest and finally do what your heart desires.

If you are passionate about basketball, it’s your damn chance to hustle and play! If you are passionate about designing clothes, pause and dump your day job for two days and focus on your art. If you love writing and traveling, weekend is your perfect chance – breathe, relax and focus on your passion.

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Inspiration, Luzon, Philippines

Nagsasa Cove, Zambales: A Chance to Give Back

Surrounded by darkness at the campsite, all 13 of us were grouped in circle. In the middle was a bottle of brandy, and on top of us was a small bulb – our only little source of light that night.

This is what mountaineers usually call, “the social” A chance for everyone to get to know each other.

In case you aren’t aware yet, most people who dare to join group trips are actually strangers to one another. They are taking risks to be with people they don’t know, bonded with the same passion for adventure and travel.

I was invited by my good friend and our high school class valedictorian, Genel, to this trip to Nagsasa Cove in the province of Zambales. I was immediately convinced when he said it was not going to be a usual travel but an outreach program for the indigenous people of Zambales, the Aetas.

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Luzon, Philippines

Batad Banaue Ifugao DIY Travel Guide

We were fooled, convinced by our elementary education system – of textbooks telling us that the best and must-see rice terraces in Ifugao is non-other than the Banaue Rice Terraces.

It was only when I got obsessed reading travel stories and blogs years ago that I’ve become aware that there are way better than the famous Banaue. Actually, Banaue Rice Terraces is not even on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Yes, you have to be aware of that.

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Luzon, Mountains, Philippines

The Climb to Mt. Kupapey in Maligcong, Bontoc, Mountain Province

 

It was 3 o’clock in the morning when I woke up to the sound of an alarm. I tried my best to get up as fast as I could but still, I was the last to stand up. All of my new friends and fellow travelers were preparing their gears, ready to climb the majestic Mt. Kupapey in Mountain Province (Philippines).

In a vast room, I was sitting on my bed looking at them – Ronald, Archie, Sandy, Mike and Fung. They all looked legit mountaineers to me.

Then I looked at myself, “What the heck am I doing here?!” LOL!

It was my first climb, so I didn’t know what to bring. I just put on my shorts, shirt, hiking sandals, jacket and I was ready to go.

I’d be honest with you. I had some apprehensions. It was my first, and I didn’t expect it would be in Mountain Province! It felt so overwhelming for me. Imagine, I’d be climbing a mountain…in Mountain Province? That sounds redundant. That’s too much! LOL! So I had this idea that the climb would be a tough one.

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Beaches, Luzon, Philippines

Calaguas Island- The Way to a Paradise

 “Where is Calaguas?”

I remember my girlfriend, Eloi, asked me when I suggested about it on our next trip. It was also the same reactions I got from friends after my travel. Honestly, I am amazed at how many people are still unaware of this paradise.

So in a away, I felt obliged to tell you how beautiful it is, to convince you to visit this island. The journey going there might be uncomfortable to some, but as you get there, everything will be worth it.

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Inspiration, Luzon, Travel Stories

Paoay Sand Dunes – Falling Face First While Sandboarding!

The problem is, we give so much f**k about what others think about us.

This way of thinking is so deep…so severe, we’ve become trapped, a victim of an unknown nemesis.

“Am I gonna say this? Do I have to do this? They might laugh at me.”

“Am I sure about this? They might think I’m crazy.”

Those are just some of the things that run through our minds whenever we want to do something. We always think and worse, seek of others approval.

I remember when I travelled to the captivating sand dunes of Paoay, Ilocos Norte. I’ve found myself asking the inner me, “Am I gonna do this? What If I fall? They might laugh at me.”

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