Sunday, May 10, 2015

Cotabato City : Wander with Caution

Welcome Marker

When it come to tourist destinations, Cotabato City is off the radar and not on everyone's usual list. One of the main protagonist is the peace situation in the area where conflicts between the government and armed lefties are always on the news. I could not really say that it was all media hype because I experienced to have heard several gun shots when I was there. In fact, there was an incident in the street corner of the hotel where I stayed where an alleged criminal was gunned-down by the police. Plus, military presence in almost every corner of the City would tell you that this is not your typical place... so wander with caution!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Laguna : A Green Staycation at Seda Nuvali

Seda Nuvali Green Hotel

It is an invitation that one just can't resist. That is, spending a weekend with travel blogger friends in a hotel designed to provide balance between natural and man-made and over sumptuous and delectable food that keep our tummies in check while we narrate our memorable travel stories. And as we share our past travels, we gladly accept one more experience to tell our friends - our staycation at Seda Nuvali.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Negros Occidental :A Heritage Walk in Silay City's Ancestral Houses

Merienda of Arroz Caldo and Calamansi Juice before the Walk

We learn and draw from our past. In Silay City, the past comes alive in the architecture and fine craftmanship of its ancestral homes. These jewels continue to inspire awe and imagination to whoever enter their doors. A confluence of foreign and local ingenuity, these palatial dwellings tell the tale of an era made sweeter by the sugar produced and the colorful life lived.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Laguna : Weekend Camping at Caliraya Lake

The Serene Caliraya Lake

I was given the task of organizing a camping trip for the all-boys Legal Team of our Company. Sure, I was known in the group as the backpack traveler so they relied heavily on me to deliver a fun-filled camping weekend. 

If it is with my regular camping buddies, I wouldn't have much problems cause Dong Ho would have probably laid down the itinerary and Lantaw and Erick would have brought all the camping gears we need. And of course, Ferdz and Oggie would have supplied all the needed contingencies and what-to-dos.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Selfie Sunday : Claire of First Time Travels

Our featured travel blogger this Sunday is an advocate, a PR practitioner, a postcrosser and a Wikipedian all rolled into one. 

Claire Algarme or simply Claire lives in the Philippines and loves to travel within the country and outside of it. The traveling bug bit her while she was still a kid, as she was always spending school breaks going for a vacation with her relatives. But the itch became more insistent when she worked for an international non-profit and had the opportunity to go to various countries.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Batanes : Another Dozen Photos That Show Why I Love Sabtang Island

As if a dozen is not enough, here is another dozen photos that will convince you to book that dream travel destination to Batanes and head to Sabtang Island:

Biking at the Port and headin' to the Lighthouse at the Background

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Batanes : A Dozen Photos That Show Why I Love Sabtang Island

Why do I love you? Let me count the ways...

(1) your rugged yet refreshing beauty...

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Selfie Sunday : Celine of For the Love of Words.. Celineism.. and Adventures!

Celine at Lake Sebu

There is an adage that "You cannot forget your first time". And this holds true for our Selfie Sunday contributor, and forever 18 adventurer Celine. Author of the blog, Celineism, she describes herself as adventurer, thrill-seeker, gastronome,logophile, wanderer and over-all weirdo... just like 99% of Pinoy Travel Bloggers.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Viet Nam : Cu Chi Underground Tunnel

A Lady Trying to Fit in a Tight Hole

I first learned of VietNam's Underground Tunnels during my teen-age years. I remember that I have been told that the Americans lost the war in Saigon because of the crafty and ingenious battling techniques of the Vietnamese soldiers. While the mighty Americans were loaded with battle gears and ammunition, the Vietnamese has their impossible terrain, man-made booby traps and the protection of a series of holes and tunnels that made up the Ben Duoc Underground Tunnel Complex.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

My Top 10 Travels of 2014

It is that time of the year again when I share my top 10 travels for a year. Why "top"? Basically, because it has become my favorite and it has provided some memorable traveling experiences for me. Getting premium for me were places I have visited for the first time because, well, there is nothing like the excitement and thrill of first time. Some places on the list were revisited mainly because I enjoyed going there and these places mostly garnered my top choices in previous years. So, here...

My top choice for 2014 is Siem Reap with the amazing temples of Angkor. It is easy to fall in love with Seam Reap because it offers a laid back vibe coupled with a surprising exploration and adventure. Angkor Wat, Angkor Tom, Banteay Srei... and list of temples go on. And after impossibly exploring its temples, Siem Reap remains to be a little charmer with old French shop-houses, shady tree-lined boulevards and a slow-flowing river.