Batanes · Philippines · Travel Tales

Sabtang Island, Part 1: The Savidug stone houses

According to rumor (and the great thing about guesthouses is that everyone makes chika there), a famous Filipina actress who went to Batanes alone decided not to push through with her Sabtang tour because, uh, she was disappointed that no one had gone to her feeding program the previous day. There are two lessons to be learned from… Continue reading Sabtang Island, Part 1: The Savidug stone houses

Batanes · Philippines · Travel Tales

Dios Mamajes, Batanes! A Batanes Travel Guide

Batanes had always been the dream. I’ve been to quite a few places here in the Philippines and around Asia, but Batanes always remained elusive — it’s either too expensive, and the only time when airfares to Basco are cheap is during the rainy season. Meanwhile, I consider marriage as a confluence of dreams. It… Continue reading Dios Mamajes, Batanes! A Batanes Travel Guide

Bohol · Philippines · Travel Tales

A Panglao Island Hopping and Land Tour (plus a bit of airport misadventure)

I hereby dub Panglao as Boracay lite, and in the best way. The powder-white sand of Alona Beach is perfect for barefoot walking in the day. In the evening, restaurants bring out chairs and tables, and you can have the freshest seafood for dinner under the moonlit sky. It is not the deserted white sand… Continue reading A Panglao Island Hopping and Land Tour (plus a bit of airport misadventure)

Mt. Province · Philippines · Travel Tales

Things to do in Sagada (if you’re not adventurous)

“Humans are awesome,” I said, “for having invented…houses.” My epiphany was met with laughter. It was midnight, I had less than ten hours of intermittent sleep for two days already, and we’d just come from a cold, nearly sleepless night on Mt. Pulag and a three-hour jeepney ride from Bokod to Sagada. Now, we were in the very… Continue reading Things to do in Sagada (if you’re not adventurous)

Benguet · Philippines · Travel Tales

Climbing Mt. Pulag (with a prelude on Mt. Daraitan)

Let me reminisce a bit about my first climb, way back in August 2013. With some friends, I climbed a mountain in Daraitan, Tanay, Rizal. It has been called Mt. Daraitan, though upon registering, we were told that it was called Mt. Samit (samit, summit, you know). I can find no reference online saying that… Continue reading Climbing Mt. Pulag (with a prelude on Mt. Daraitan)

Japan · Travel Tales

Hase-dera and Kotoku-in: Two temples in Kamakura

One of the things I love about going to another country is exploring its houses and temples of worship. (I have had some annoyed travel companions because of this in the past, when they can’t keep up with my desire to cover so much land in a day, even though the temples all look alike at… Continue reading Hase-dera and Kotoku-in: Two temples in Kamakura