HONG KONG: RAINY DAY IN DISNEYLAND

We were like kids, excited to ride the train to Disneyland.  The trains were sleek and modern,  their colors and fanciful details, including Mickey Mouse-shaped windows trimmed in red that look out over gold ribbons and sparkling pixie dust, provide a classic look that enables them to appear equally at home in either of their destinations:... Continue Reading →

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HONG KONG: TRAIN RIDES AND MISCUES

The day starts with the hunt for breakfast.  Scratch that.  Second day in Hong Kong begins with not wanting to get out of bed.  But I got up early just the same, trying to decipher which direction did the sun rise in this city.  There was a light drizzle and from the hotel window I... Continue Reading →

HONG KONG: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

Doc's birthday was coming up and she set her sights on getting inked by Whang Od.  The prospect of a two hour trek from jump-off point to Buscalan, the small village where Whang-od lives already made me cringe.  Yes, it was a once in a life time opportunity to meet and photograph this 93 year-old mambabatok and living national... Continue Reading →

BALER: CATCHING THE WAVES

For three years, our August escapade have taken us to different places: Oslob in 2012, Siquijor in 2013, and Baler in 2014.  We try to take time out from our regular work load and schedules to spend time with each other.  It had taken me a long time to write about this trip (I have yet... Continue Reading →

TAAL: VOLCANO CRATER TREK

I have quite a list of the things I didn't like about going on a trek to the crater of Taal Volcano.  Topping that list would be -- I don't think I'd last walking for a long distance... I'm scared of riding a horse... and I've never been fond of getting on boats... and not... Continue Reading →

ITINERARY: BATANGAS ROAD TRIP

It started as a silly joke when my friends came to Bacolod... at least I thought it was... that we were going to see the Philippines from A to Z.  But we seem to be stuck on letter B... Bacolod then Batangas... and I think they're seriously thinking about Batanes this summer. A road trip... Continue Reading →

SIQUIJOR: AMAZING RACE

With a few hours before our trip back to Dumaguete, we arranged for the resort's jeep to go around the island before taking us to the pier.  At least we get to see the some of the attractions before leaving. CAPILAY SPRING PARK Drop by this park in San Juan with a natural spring-fed pool is... Continue Reading →

SIQUIJOR: CORAL CAY RESORT

  Last time I was in Siquijor, we stayed in Larena.  This time around I wanted to look for a place in San Juan, thinking that the town was facing North-West and would have a good vantage point or a least a glimpse of the sunset.  My navigation skills isn't that reliable.  So when I... Continue Reading →

ENROUTE: BACOLOD-DUMAGUETE-SIQUIJOR

Our plan was to leave Bacolod for Dumaguete at 3:00 a.m.  We estimated our travel time to be between 4-5 hours to get to Dumaguete City via Mabinay.  It was already 4:00 a.m. when we left the city.  To add to our boo-boos, we were already at the outskirts of the city when we remembered that... Continue Reading →

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