Leo’s continuing recovery and physical therapy means we won’t be able to do those arduous treks that some of the more spectacular cascades here normally require. But our itch to visit these attractions overcame whatever trepidations we might have.
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.
Amidst a dramatic increase in Covid infections in recent days, authorities have again tightened travel restrictions in Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces. This means being practically confined to our home as we try to do our part to help control another wave of the pandemic. We were fortunate to have visited a number of places the past 2 months before the recent round of travel restrictions.
Although travel restrictions are slowly being eased in the Philippines, we’re still not that confident about traveling by air or sea especially with the Covid infection rate spiraling up in the last few weeks. Confining our trips to travel by land – especially to relatively uncrowded spots – we chose to head up to the coastal town of Real, Quezon earlier this week.
Since this pandemic broke out we’ve been itching to head up to a white sand beach or trek to a waterfall. But it’s better to be safe than sorry so we chose to button up at home for most of 2020. A few days ago, however, we got the chance to visit some of the waterfalls at beautiful Siniloan in Laguna.
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.”
Staying mostly at home for more than 7 months is perhaps the ultimate test of sanity for these restless travelers. So recently, when the lockdown in the nation’s National Capital Region (NCR) was relaxed somewhat, we needed no further bidding to go on a trip outside the metro.
We woke up the other morning to the sound of heavy rain outside. As we stared from our bedroom window at the sight of grey clouds disgorging copious sheets of rain we realized it has been almost 5 months that our city has been placed under continuous quarantine with no end in sight.
This province is a no-brainer any time we want a quick and easy break away from the concrete jungle of Metro Manila. With its picturesque waterfalls, hot and cold springs, scenic lakes and historic spots, Laguna is a veritable plethora of natural, cultural and historical gems. Western Laguna The towns of western Laguna lie on... Continue Reading →
Whenever we wanted a short encounter with nature we found out long ago that a short 2 to 3- hour ride – short by Metro Manila traffic standards that is – was all we needed to get to the waterfalls in Laguna province. Or to the highlands of Tanay town in Rizal which was even... Continue Reading →
On our 4th visit along with friends to our favorite city down south – Dumaguete, Negros Oriental – we made sure to drop by the town of Valencia, a municipality located for the most part in the highlands west of Dumaguete. We’ve been here before but didn’t mind showing off the town and its wonderful... Continue Reading →
Perhaps there’s nothing more frustrating than hiking to a waterfall only to discover that it has completely dried up once you get to the spot. From experience, however, we learned how to adjust quickly and make the most of our circumstances. And that was how we ended up visiting the towns of Amadeo and Silang... Continue Reading →
The weather during the better part of August wasn’t conducive to a nice and short road trip so when the skies cleared recently we grabbed the chance. Along with three other friends, we motored off to the northeastern section of Laguna province and into the quiet town of Cavinti while passing the heritage town of... Continue Reading →
Quezon used to be one of the provinces that were last on our list of tour destinations close to Metro Manila. Sure there were beaches all over the place and some hilly or mountainous areas but the few rare occasions when we visited left us feeling unimpressed about the province. Time, however, would prove us... Continue Reading →
As stunningly beautiful as Halea Nature Park is, it wasn’t the only remarkable natural feature on this side of the island of Ticao. Lying to the southwest is a small island featuring a collection of slab-like boulders looking like stack of books tilting to one side and a waterfall cascading down a rugged cliff into... Continue Reading →
It was popularly known to Spanish colonizers as “Isla del Fuego” (Island of Fire) for the glow given off by multitudes of fireflies at night. In the last several decades however, Siquijor became more popular for folk healing while stories about witchcraft and sorcery added to its mystique. But it was Siquijor’s relatively off-the-beaten path... Continue Reading →
Our original plan was to visit Masasa Beach in Tingloy, Maricaban Island in Batangas along with love ones. But with no letup from the southwest monsoon rains – not to mention the rough seas caused by the habagat winds – it was obvious that a change in plans was in order. Lunch at Real’s seafood... Continue Reading →
Six years ago it was a relatively unknown travel destination. But with its white sand beaches, turquoise waters brimming with marine life, pristine waterfalls tucked away in tropical rainforests and verdant rice terraces carved from gently rolling hills, the island province of Biliran could not be hidden forever. So when a chance came to visit... Continue Reading →
We almost never got to see the attractions of Bato town in Catanduanes. Our original itinerary included the Cagnipa Rolling Hills and the beaches of Pandan town and possibly nearby Palumbanes Islands in Caramoran – attractions on the western coast. That proved to be too ambitious given our limited time and we ended up restricting... Continue Reading →
The western part of Cavite province, though only about an hour and a half’s drive away from home, is a rarely visited place for us. The last time we’ve been there was more than nine years ago when we joined friends for a visit to the Puerto Azul Beach & Country Club and Caylabne Bay... Continue Reading →