Batanes · Philippines · Travel Tales

Sabtang Island, Part 3: Morong Beach, and more on the vakul

Perilous roads make for grand views. It’s true for the Cordilleras; it’s also true for Sabtang. The southernmost part of Sabtang that we were able to reach during our tour was Brgy. Chavayan. Like Brgy. Savidug, it has traditional stone houses nestled between Sabtang’s green slopes and rugged coastline. Here, we were able to have… Continue reading Sabtang Island, Part 3: Morong Beach, and more on the vakul

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

Philippines · Travel Tales · Zambales

A Weekend in San Felipe and San Narciso, Zambales

I considered it a big problem, the fact that I hadn’t handled a camera in three months except to take 1×1 photos. I also needed a break from the gray contours of the city, and I longed for air that smelled of the sea. But where to go during monsoon season? Edison and I alternately suggested places… Continue reading A Weekend in San Felipe and San Narciso, Zambales

Camiguin · Philippines · Travel Tales

A Camiguin Day Tour, Part One: Katibawasan Falls and Mantigue Island

A day tour of Camiguin is much like many day tours of smaller provincial islands in the Philippines: you hop on a jeep or multicab, stop at certain points of interest, and sightsee all day. I went around Guimaras and Siquijor this way. But I was astounded by the many things one can do in Camiguin! For our… Continue reading A Camiguin Day Tour, Part One: Katibawasan Falls and Mantigue Island

Philippines · Siquijor · Travel Tales

A long day tour of Siquijor (part two), and more musings on solo travel

Part One of my day tour of Siquijor can be found here. My next pit stop after Cantabon Cave was a viewdeck on Mt. Bandilaan, where I had an expansive view of Siquijor. Afterwards, we went south to the town of Lazi, where we first went to Cambugahay Falls. It has three tiers and light-blue… Continue reading A long day tour of Siquijor (part two), and more musings on solo travel