Palawan Uncharted: San Rafael & San Vicente (July 2018)

We embarked on a short trip to the country’s favored Palawan island. During this trip, we explored places not yet frequented by tourists and took our time enjoying the wonders of nature. San Rafael, Puerto Princesa Long Beach, San Vicente So this was what it’s like to have a 14-kilometer stretch of powdery white sand all to myself. Here, I took my time shamelessly getting … Continue reading Palawan Uncharted: San Rafael & San Vicente (July 2018)

Negros Oriental + Siquijor, Philippines (March 2018)

1. Dumaguete City My friend is a local in the town and she took us around for a short tour. Life in Dumaguete City was slow. People gave way to pedestrians, traffic was when it would take you ten minutes to get home, instead of five. People wake up early, have lunch early, go to bed early. They take siestas, too. It was a university … Continue reading Negros Oriental + Siquijor, Philippines (March 2018)

Napa Valley, California (August 2017)

Two days after my arrival at San Francisco, my aunt and I drove to Napa Valley to sample the region’s finest wine (well, supposedly). The weather was encouraging of the short excursion, so we enjoyed the morning exploring the most extravagantly-structured wineries, modeled after the lavish lifestyle of different parts of the world. Darioush Winery, Egyptian V’Sattui, Italian The most family-friendly winery of all, V’Sattui … Continue reading Napa Valley, California (August 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)

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)