Sauntering in Dumaguete

In between waterfall-chasing in Negros Oriental, this city was the place to chill out, enjoy good but inexpensive food and relish an easy stroll. Dumaguete is not, by all means, a quiet little town today but compared to the crowds and traffic in Metro Manila and other major cities in the Philippines, the pace here... Continue Reading →

Baler: A Step Back Into Time

A remote coastal town and capital of the province of Aurora, Baler is popular among surfers and tourists for its breaking waves, rugged coastline and spectacular geographic formations. What most visitors may not know about this quaint town, however, is that it is steeped in history. A recent tour around the center of Baler made... Continue Reading →

Liliw: Beyond the Cold Springs

It’s one of those places on our list of destinations for a brief and recharging retreat whenever we want a temporary respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Three hours from Metro Manila might not seem like a short ride away but that’s how long it takes to navigate the 100 km. distance... Continue Reading →

A Rainy Afternoon in San Pablo

The period from August to November in the Philippines are typically wet months. Worst, typhoons from the Pacific make landfall in the country right around these months; otherwise people have to contend with heavy rains brought in by the southwest monsoon. This is the reason we often do not travel locally during that time. A... Continue Reading →

Not Just A Sidetrip: Sumilon Island’s Sandbar

Sumilon Island is a small, 24-hectare island on the southeastern tip of Cebu just off the town of Oslob. It’s a picturesque island surrounded by pristine white sand beaches and therefore seemed an attractive side trip destination after our whale shark encounter at the latter. However, we did not even bother checking out a possible... Continue Reading →

The Gentle Giants of Oslob

It’s huge and intimidating, yet docile and gentle. It’s the world’s biggest fish and holds many other records in the animal kingdom for its sheer size. The shark often inspires terror among so many for the predatory reputation of its various species but the whale shark feeds mostly on plankton and poses no significant danger... Continue Reading →

The Colors of Dumaguete

The first time we came to this city we considered it merely a transit point to the island province of Siquijor. On our return trip to Sibulan Airport we had to wait out our return flight to Manila for a few hours at Dumaguete. After a limited exploration of the city we soon realized we... Continue Reading →

The Unknown Side of Pangasinan

Visitors traveling to the Philippine province of Pangasinan often head straight for the Hundred Islands in Alaminos or to Patar Beach in Bolinao. Even the previously unheard-of destinations of Tambobong Beach and Colibra Island in Dasol, Cabongaoan Beach in Burgos and Tondol Beach in Anda are quietly gaining popularity thanks to social media and travel... Continue Reading →

Ormoc’s Sunsets

It was one of those cities that suffered most from Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). While fortunately not suffering as many casualties as Tacloban and other municipalities on the eastern side of Leyte, Ormoc was nevertheless devastated. Practically all its structures were either damaged or totally destroyed. More than a year later we would visit an old... Continue Reading →

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