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)

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)

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 Two: Cold Springs, Old Church Ruins, and the Sunken Cemetery

Parts one and three of my Camiguin Day Tour can be found here: Part One | Part Three In the town of Catarman is the Sto. Niño Cold Spring Resort, which was packed with people on that Saturday morning. I almost didn’t want to join so many people, but the water looked so inviting on that hot afternoon. And… Continue reading A Camiguin Day Tour, Part Two: Cold Springs, Old Church Ruins, and the Sunken Cemetery

Camiguin · Philippines · Travel Tales

The Long Road to Camiguin (and back again)

The Island Born of Fire. I mean really, as far as provincial titles or taglines here in the Philippines go, Camiguin’s is the runaway winner for being the most badass. The title itself conjures images of flowing lava and pyroclastic material, but one look at Camiguin from the approaching ro-ro would reveal something quite different:… Continue reading The Long Road to Camiguin (and back again)