Luzon, Philippines, Waterfalls

Hulugan Falls :One of The Best Waterfalls, A Hidden Gem of Laguna!

 

I was looking at the sky. There was no star, just the sight of coconut trees engulfed by darkness.

It was my intention to let our tent open, and left the net closed to let the air enter. It rained that night but by the time we slept, it suddenly became humid. It was another new experience for me, camping in the middle of the jungle.

That day we explored Aliw Falls and next morning, we were about to discover one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Luzon, the Hulugan Falls of Luisiana, Laguna.

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Blogging Tips, Inspiration, Luzon, Philippines

Cavite State University: A Talk About Blogging With a Purpose

Brene Brown once said that we are all wired for connection. And the only way for us to connect to others is to let ourselves to be seen.

As a blogger, I take this advice seriously.

When I write and hit that publish button, I don’t just blog about the places and adventures I’ve been to. More than anything else, I dwell on the stories of lessons, realizations along the way that proves my mantra, my belief in life, is true – we all have a purpose here on earth, our goal is to figure it out and get about the business of doing it. Read the rest of the story…

Luzon, Mountains, Philippines

Kunig: The Dog Mountaineer of Maligcong, Bontoc, Mountain Province

If you’ve been following my blog, you know how adventure has taught me a LOT of things. It even allowed me to meet amazing people – crazy, creative and unique people whom you don’t usually encounter in your routinary life.

But during my travel to the beautiful Maligcong, Bontoc, Mountain Province another worthy experience has happened. And it was not because of a particular activity, not even a person – it was because of a dog.

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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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