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Travel Tales: Chasing Fireflies and Whale Sharks in Donsol

I guess I should start this story with the taxi ride on the way to NAIA-3. The driver asked me where I was going. “Legazpi po,” I answered. “Ah,” he said. “Taga-Bicol ka?” “Hindi po,” I said. “Bakasyon lang.” “Saan?” “Donsol po.” He smiled. As he sped and wound his way through Sucat Road (and… Continue reading Travel Tales: Chasing Fireflies and Whale Sharks in Donsol

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A Backpacker’s Guide: Three Days in Donsol, Sorsogon

I don’t think I’ll ever tire of Bicol. It has everything not too far away from where I live– beaches and forests, Spanish-era churches and an Ayala Mall, islands and mountains, very accommodating people, aaand whale sharks. Our EDSA Revolution weekend in Donsol coincided with the submission of my students’ grades, so this post is… Continue reading A Backpacker’s Guide: Three Days in Donsol, Sorsogon

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Travel Tales: The long and winding road to Subic Beach

Three Days in Albay and SorsogonΒ (an overview) From Bacacay, we took a van back to Legaspi. There, we bought supplies at Savemore near the terminal, then took another van to Sorsogon City. Here’s where we had the first of many unexpected mini-adventures: originally we’d planned on going to Paguriran Island, then to Barcelona, spend the… Continue reading Travel Tales: The long and winding road to Subic Beach

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Travel Tales: The elusive Mayon and the black sands of Bacacay

There was a light rain when we got to Daraga, Albay to see the Cagsawa ruins. I’d expected this, but it was still disappointing to find that the Mt. Mayon I always saw in postcards, encyclopedias, and my elementary textbooks was hiding behind thick clouds. Still hoping the sky will clear up, we had breakfast… Continue reading Travel Tales: The elusive Mayon and the black sands of Bacacay

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Travel Tales: Three Days in Albay and Sorsogon

As soon as sem break started and typhoon Ofel left the Philippine Area of Responsibility, we went ahead with a getaway that Edison, Czhar, Moore and I had planned over lunch during one of those stressful days in school. Joining us for the trip was Ace, Eds and Moore’s friend from college. We had an… Continue reading Travel Tales: Three Days in Albay and Sorsogon