Hulugan, Talay, Hidden Falls, Laguna (2017)

Holidays are most enjoyed in the Philippines. Nature reserves are only a few hours away, serving as quick refreshers from a busy workweek. This lifetime wouldn’t be enough for me to cross off all the country’s pockets of beauty, but I’m counting slowly, one long-weekend at a time. Upon finding out about the long weekend that Thursday, I quickly contacted my friends to see who … Continue reading Hulugan, Talay, Hidden Falls, Laguna (2017)

Boracay, Aklan (2017)

Food poisoning got the best of me in this trip. Below are some activities I managed to engage in despite the setback, including a stroll around the cool new hip place ‘Station X’. —– MY TWO CENTS We’ve been vacationing to this place for over ten years now, and seeing the horrid changes in this once pristine, virgin island depresses me. The island has lost … Continue reading Boracay, Aklan (2017)

Clark & Angeles City (2017)

What had been an intended trip to Sandbox Alviera for a day of thrill-filled activities transpired to be a semi-failed food-hopping endeavor in Angeles City. Our afternoon consisted of a short trip to Subic for something less than what we aimed for that morning (add to that the traffic that followed as we headed back for Manila). Nevertheless, we rightly called it off with a … Continue reading Clark & Angeles City (2017)

Corregidor Island, Cavite (2017)

Our ship left the dock in Manila Bay at 7:30. The boat ride from Manila to Cavite took an hour and a half. We welcomed a sunny morning in the island and went straight to ride tram buses designed after the original ones the soldiers rode on during the war. The adventure began. We travelled back in time to relive the tumultuous experience of our … Continue reading Corregidor Island, Cavite (2017)

Villa Escudero, Quezon (April 2017)

Matt and I celebrated our two-year anniversary by taking a quick day-trip to a well-known tourist destination in Quezon, Villa Escudero. What was once a private estate of the Spanish clan, they opened their doors to the public in the 1980’s, allowing all to see their grand hacienda, fine display of collectibles, and rich coconut plantation. Experiences peculiar to the site were: Lunch by the … Continue reading Villa Escudero, Quezon (April 2017)

San Juan, La Union (2017)

Experienced this seasoned surf-spot anew with a visit to San Gabriel Falls. I enjoyed the trek for many reasons: the change of scenery every few minutes (there were a lot of picture spots), the flora and fauna we encountered, our entertaining tour guide (this guy had his wits handy!), and the bumpy, experiential ride on the jeepney top (only in the Philippines, y’all!). Evening was … Continue reading San Juan, La Union (2017)