Monthly Archive: May, 2014

Butanding with Whale Sharks in Donsol

I was scared shitless. The first time we dropped in, I looked under the water and freaked out— the whale shark was RIGHT below me, no more than 10 feet away! I gasped… Continue reading

Wakeboarding in Naga

We didn’t do much in Naga, but I liked what I saw in our short time there. It was colorful and relatively calm (as calm as Philippine cities can be, that is), and… Continue reading

Central Manila

Being allergic to crowded places, I was reluctant about visiting Manila and wanted to rush through it. It’s one of the most densely populated cities in the world, with about 12 million residents… Continue reading

Chinatown of Manila

“Welcome to the jungle,” said a young man wearing a sly smile. A very delightful welcome it was, and ‘jungle’ is the only accurate term for it. I was anything but prepared for… Continue reading


Urbiztondo is actually a barangay in San Fernando (La Union) but most peeps just come straight here for the surf. Wasn’t the ideal time of year, and the beach isn’t known for its… Continue reading

The Blue Lagoon of Pagudpud

Well, I don’t mean to sound ungrateful but… In comparison to the quiet, idyllic Saud Beach and its pristine waters, the blue lagoon came off as touristy, crowded, and overhyped. Definitely didn’t help… Continue reading

Saud Beach

The majority of North Luzon is either rocky shoreline or drab strips of sand that can’t compete with the dazzling white sand beaches and aquamarine waters that the Philippines is famous for. But… Continue reading

Callao caves and Tuguegarao

As the political and commercial capital of Cagayan province, Tuguegarao is a busy city full of the usual: pedestrians, trikes, jeepneys, markets and stores, lots of eateries, and plenty of street food to… Continue reading

The rice terraces of Batad

Straight up: Batad is ah-maze-zing. Imagine this: a huge amphitheater of lush, stonewalled rice terraces—over 2000 years old and in impeccable condition—nestled amid a vast stage of steep green hills. You and everyone… Continue reading


For an easy journey to see the famed Ifugao rice terraces, opt for Banaue. It’s a scenic 2.5 hour drive from Bontoc and is supposedly only 9 hours from Manila. Banaue is not… Continue reading


Sagada is lush and hilly, picturesque and calm, and the weather is mildly cool, which offers a much-needed respite from the searing summer humidity of the lowlands. And when you add to that… Continue reading