Whenever we wander into the towns of Liliw and Nagcarlan in Laguna province, it’s impossible to overlook two red brick structures that trace their roots back to Spanish colonial times. The Underground Cemetery and the San Juan Bautista (St. John the Baptist) Church building are undoubtedly the most recognizable edifices in both towns.
Since 2014 we had been touring San Pablo, Laguna’s Seven Lakes, and ended up visiting four of them at least twice. But there was one out of the seven that we never got to visit. Not for any particular reason other than the fact that we could not locate an approach to this lake. Lake... Continue Reading →
For a long time we’ve been wanting to visit the hilly sections of Tanay, Rizal and view its spectacular sunrise. We tried to drive there late last 2020 only to be turned back by local authorities who were enforcing strict lockdown rules. There was no denying us this time as Covid restrictions have been relaxed and with Leo now able to drive longer distances.
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.
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.
As Leo’s rehab continues after his recent procedure, we’re slowly traveling to places a bit farther away from home. Last week we drove just outside Metro Manila for the first time in over a year to the capital of Rizal province: Antipolo.
When it was still largely unknown to local tourists, the Caramoan peninsula was featured in the 2004 edition of an international travel guide book. It was described as a rugged, pristine and beautiful landscape only accessible by boat. Caramoan burst into the scene in 2008 when the French version of the TV series Survivor featured the place. It soon began attracting local and international visitors.
It was a sunny April morning with an almost cloudless blue sky. Just the perfect weather for exploring the islands lying south of the port of Coron town in Busuanga, Palawan. Hopping aboard our motorized outrigger, we were eagerly looking forward to a whole day of island-hopping and beach bumming. But then, just 15 minutes... Continue Reading →
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 →
We hadn’t planned going to this beach this early, having just arrived at Romblon town at 6 AM. Our initial plan was to catch up on sleep in the morning, then head for Talipasak Beach in the afternoon. We would then visit three other beaches including Tiamban Beach, on the following day. But a sudden... Continue Reading →
It was before breakfast time last Friday when we got the news that we’ve been dreading for some time. June, a friend and former teammate residing in San Diego, California with her husband and two kids, had just passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. Our old team has a unique and close bond... Continue Reading →
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 →
We were the only visitors during the first time we came to this white sand beach in the early 2000’s. Part of the Coron Island loop tour even back then, Banol Beach was our lunch stop for the day. It was practically deserted with no human-made structures in sight. Resting after our exhilarating snorkeling experience... Continue Reading →
It’s one of the lesser known islands in the Bacuit archipelago off El Nido in northern Palawan. It also happens to be the most remote island destination of any tour package from El Nido town and its name is not even mentioned in most posts promoting the Bacuit archipelago tours. When we got to Tapiutan... Continue Reading →
It was a perfect sunny morning as our outrigger made its way through the calm waves of Bacuit Bay on the way to our first island destination. From a distance the unusual shape of Dilumacad Island stood out with its tall and massive limestone cliffs and verdant tropical forest. Soon our boat was slowing to... Continue Reading →
This wasn’t supposed to be. Within minutes of leaving the pier at Coron our motorized outrigger and its 18 passengers and crew were fighting a surprisingly rough sea. On a sunny and almost cloudless morning. In April. After almost an hour of bobbing up and down the turbulent waves we were wondering if the boat... Continue Reading →
The temperature these days in Metro Manila are approaching unbearable levels. About the same time three years ago it was just as steamy on our way to a pristine location in the Calamian group of islands in Palawan. We were baking in the early afternoon heat when our outrigger slowly glided past clear waters, where... Continue Reading →
Sitting on a crowded van as we made our way from General Santos City on an early December morning, we could imagine the crystal-clear turquoise waters and sparkling white sandy beach waiting for us at the end of our trip. The pictures we’ve seen of Gumasa Beach in Glan, Saranggani were enough to convince us... Continue Reading →
After our ferry from Dumaguete landed at Larena town we were off to our home for the next three days – a dive resort at a secluded beach in the northeastern tip of Siquijor island province. Our short trike ride took us through a scenic coast past a sleepy, charming countryside before detouring into a... Continue Reading →
You won’t find this beach on the itinerary of most tours being offered in Siquijor. But after observing a few pictures of it online we were determined to see Kagusuan Beach for ourselves. Our chance came during our visit to Siquijor two years ago. Apparently not all locals know the way to this beach but... Continue Reading →