It was the last day of our Ilocos Norte trip.
That morning we were heading to Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos , Ilocos Norte. Our guide, Alchie, told us that Kapurpurawan comes from the Ilocano word “puraw” which means “white.” This rock formation he added is a popular destination in the province because of its unbelievable color and form.
While inside the van, we managed to joke around. Calling one of our friends, Mavie, as kapurpurawan, obviously because she has the fairest complexion.
Then another one said, well, let’s see how white Kapurpurawan is.
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I planned this trip to be extra special.
I know my girlfriend is stressed with work so I really intended our next vacation to be just relaxing and enjoyable. That’s why when she told me she wanted to go to Puerto Galera, I opted not to visit the party crazy and congested part of this tourist spot, which is the “White Beach.”
I decided to bring her to the calm and relaxing side of Puerto Galera, the Muelle Area particularly at the Varadero Bay.
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Reading is a way for me to de-stress.
I read books, publications and of course, I am an avid follower of really amazing bloggers. One of my favorites is Sab, a travel blogger from Germany who decided to quit her job to fulfil her dreams of exploring the world.
Her story is quite inspiring, and what I like about her the most (very subjective me) is her love for the Philippines.
One night I checked her blog, and was happy to see she has a new post. And it has a profound title, Smokey Mountain: A Walk Through The Slums Of Manila, Philippines.
I knew this place well.
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Whenever travelers want to explore and backpack Southeast Asia, they’re most probably referring to Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam-Laos route. This is the most traveled path in the region.
One of the main reasons is accessibility, from Thailand you can easily visit the neighboring countries by bus, maximizing the “Asian” experience.
And since Philippines is located on the other side of the plate, some travelers omit it in their itinerary.
Well, those who dared to explore the less traveled path, have expressed enormous joy for the whole experience.
If you want some proof? Check out the blogs of some of world’s most popular travel bloggers like Kulas, Nathan, Sab and Alexandra who have learned to embrace and love the Philippines.
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