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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Luzon, Philippines

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos, Ilocos Norte

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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Beaches, Luzon, Philippines

The Horror of Black Water from Encenada Beach Resort in Puerto Galera

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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Inspiration, Luzon, Philippines

The 2 Faces of Slum Tourism in Manila

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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Luzon, Philippines

7 Reasons Why You Should Travel to the Philippines

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 KulasNathan, Sab and Alexandra who have learned to embrace and love the Philippines.

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