Monday, August 12, 2019

Mountain Province : Climbin' Mount Kupapey

View from the Top
Mount Kupapey is one of the two most-often climbed mountains of Maligcong. It's a moderate two-hour trek from the base where the Elementary School is located. It is best to start your climb around 4 in the morning so you could watch the sunrise and the sea clouds over the rice terraces of Maligcong.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Zambales: Revisiting Nagsasa Cove


Paraiso
It was my second time in Nagsasa Cove. The first time was in the heat of summer about half a decade ago when I went there with my travel buddies. This time, it was a rainy camping trip with some of my office buddies. What has changed?


Friday, June 07, 2019

Rizal : Pinto Museum

Bagets on Stairs
It's a massive collection of modern art - painting, sculptures, art pieces scattered all over an old Spanish Hacienda. Every nook and cranny is instagrammable. Good for a couple of hours wandering!


Friday, May 17, 2019

Batangas: Matabungkay

Serenity
Classic. Nothing fancy, nothing great. Just the same old classic feel that has endured beach-goers for generations. Matabungkay of the 70s is still the same as Matabungkay of the 2010s.


Monday, April 08, 2019

Aurora: Dipaculao

Cast in Stone
Geographically, it is no longer Baler but Dipaculao in Aurora. The best place to wait for the sunrise in err, Baler, is in Ampere Beach.

I know, I was few minutes too late to catch the best lights, but then again, the hurling wind brushing on face as I rush riding a bike was a consolation worth savoring.


Friday, April 05, 2019

Zambales : Potipot


Drift
What I like about the place. - Boat ride to the island is just ten minutes from the jump-off point. Beautiful sunrise. Cream sand. Clean restroom. Good beach. Beautiful landscape views.

What I don't like about the place. - It get get too crowded. Lots of people mean lots of noise, garbage and less personal space. Commercialized. Not cheap.

If you decide to go... find your own place at the rear side of the island!

Friday, September 07, 2018

Illinois : Chicago's The Bean

The Bean
Because of its shape, this iconic sculpture is called "The Bean". However, its real name is Cloud Gate, a sculpture made by Indian-born British artist Sir Anish Kapoor. It is the centerpiece of Millenium Park in the loop community area of Chicago.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Missouri : The Gateway Arch

The Arch
The Gateway Arch is a massive 630-foot monument in St. Louis, MIssouri, USA. Clad i stainless steel and built in the form of a weighted catenary arch, it is considered the world's tallest arch and the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

San Luis, Aurora

Ditumabo Mother Falls
A local story says that there are people who turned into Falls. A mother turned into Ditumabo Falls and her husband lies deep into the forest. True? Probably not but this beauty can be reached through an easy thirty minute trek. How to reach the Father? Locals says it will take you at least 5 days. Next time perhaps.