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 →

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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 →

ILOCOS NORTE: LA PRECIOSA RESTAURANT

Still in Laoag.  It was almost noon when we left the market.  We decided to have lunch before going back to the hotel.  We drove around for a couple of minutes not knowing where we were going to eat.  We drove past the emapanada stalls in the city but everyone was still sweating after the... Continue Reading →

ILOCOS NORTE: LAOAG PUBLIC MARKET

On our last day, we headed off to the market to buy pasulubong.  The market was clean... but after two days of hiking and walking around Ilocos, I wasn't so happy to find more stairs.  Their market actually have several floors. so we went up to flights of stairs and found the meat section... on... Continue Reading →

ILOCOS NORTE: THE WINDMILLS OF BANGUI

Standing along the coast of Bangui, Ilocos Norte are what looks like 20 "giant electric fans." While driving along the highway, one could see the blades of the windmills slowly spinning.  Travelers often content themselves with this distant view.   From the Patapat Viaduct in Pagudpod, we decided to skip going to Saud beach... opting... Continue Reading →

ILOCOS NORTE: PATAPAT VIADUCT

We purposely drove to the farthest end of Ilocos to see a bridge.  The Patapat Viaduct is the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines.  It is elevated 31 meters over sea level, is 1.3 km concrete coastal bridge.  It rises along the town's coastal mountains, which is the starting point of the Cordillera Mountain Range that snakes... Continue Reading →

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