Our Top 12 Philippine Sandbars

A sandbar, technically called a shoal, is a naturally submerged ridge or bank of sand that rises to close to the water surface. It could remain hidden during high tide, therefore constituting an impediment to navigation, but could rise above the water during low tide. Here in the Philippines, many of these sandbars have become picturesque destinations.

In Search of Karst Landscapes

Karst is a type of landscape formed by the weathering of rocks, typically limestone, resulting in pronounced, often dramatic topographical features such as caves, underground streams, sinkholes, cliffs and steep-sided towers. We were surprised to find out that karst landscapes cover about 10% of the country's land mass.

Our 15 Favorite Philippine Beaches

With 7,641 islands, the Philippines has plentiful sandy beaches, coves and seaside lagoons. Visiting over 50 provinces of the country has allowed us to relish a good number of these beaches but still left out a considerable number in our bucket list. Compiling lists of this sort almost certainly leaves out quite a number of other outstanding examples but we chose to confine ourselves to the beaches we've personally visited.

Harbor Square: Returning to an Old Haunt

During Holy Week here in Metro Manila, residents often take the time to escape the concrete jungle for fresh air and mother nature. During the past years, however, our practice has been the opposite: stay in Manila and leave for the provinces before or after Holy Week.

Travel in the Year of Quarantine

With the end of this pandemic seemingly nowhere in sight perhaps the best attitude for the New Year is summed up in what John Wooden, the coach with the most number of U.S. national collegiate basketball championships, once said: “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

Harbor Square: The Rewards of Patience

The Covid19 pandemic has messed up our travel plans and a lot more this year and 2020 will go down as probably one of the worst in our lives. Here in the Philippines a 7-month (and counting) lockdown has forced us to stay indoors for the most part.

Sunrise, Sunset… Over the Years

One of our favorite photography subjects during our travels are sunsets and sunrises. The different hues and color intensities produced by the sun and the sky have fascinated us no end. Particularly interesting are those scenes that involve bodies of water. Here are some of our shots over the years. We’ve also included some of... Continue Reading →

Our Best Off the Beaten Path Beaches

It's the start of the hot and dry season — often referred to as "summer" — in the Philippines, and normally the time to go beach-bumming. Not for those of us in Metro Manila, however. Because of COVID-19 the metropolis is on quarantine status — a "softer" term for lockdown. As a result we cannot... Continue Reading →

2019: A Look Back

Getting older by one more year and closer to our senior status hasn't slowed down our drive to travel and venture into destinations we've never never set our feet upon. Here's a review of the places we've had the privilege of visiting this year. January is well within the amihan or northeast monsoon season, a... Continue Reading →

2018: Looking Back

The past year saw us battle with health problems but a quick change in diet and an adherence to a healthy lifestyle are helping us make a crucial turnaround. Fortunately traveling is an ingredient of that lifestyle and there was no slowing down for us in that regard. Here's a look back at the various... Continue Reading →

Manila Bay’s Sunset Colors

Sunset at the Manila Bay waterfront along Roxas Boulevard has drawn crowds for decades. At least once a year we brave Manila's chaotic traffic to get to this spot to take photos. Here's a look back at some of them.

White Sandbars

Sandbars are deposits of sand built up by currents offshore from a beach. The churning action caused by waves breaking on the beach excavates a trough in the sandy bottom and deposits sand into the beach and into a long built-up of sand stretching away from the shoreline. With over 7,000 islands and strong wave... Continue Reading →

2017: A Look Back

2017 is almost over. Some heartaches. Sad moments too. But also plenty to rejoice about. And a good deal of memorable travels as well. Here's a visual rundown of our travel adventures this 2017: The start of the year led to a return trip to Potipot Island in Zambales. We've visited this island before in... Continue Reading →

2016 in Photos

We're nearing the end of 2016 and the end of another year of travel and adventure. Here's a look back at the places we've visited. That's it for 2016 - although we might do a return visit to one of the waterfalls above before the year ends if Typhoon Nina (Nock-ten) does not interfere with our... Continue Reading →

Gone Birdwatching

On our travels and even just at home we've often come across various species of Philippine birds beyond the all-too-common maya or  Eurasian Tree Sparrow. Many of them are endemic or native to the country while the bird we often call maya is not. The Eurasian Tree Sparrow was actually introduced to the Philippines from Europe, an invasive... Continue Reading →

2015 Travel Destinations in Photos

2015 was in several ways a boon for travel. With unusually few typhoons throughout the year and somewhat less rougher seas it was possible to visit various spots in the Philippines almost the whole year round. Here are some of our photo highlights from the year that was.

Crazy for White Sand Beaches

We first became aware of the beauty of white sand beaches during our honeymoon years ago at Bantayan Island in northern Cebu, Philppines. Bantayan was suggested by Canadian friends who seemed to know more about these places than mere locals like us. We ended up having a long love affair with white sand beaches ever... Continue Reading →

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