Category Archive: adventure

Palawan Destinations

The province of Palawan is extolled as the ‘final frontier’ of the Philippines, and the seascapes around the region are touted as some of the best in the country. So it was easy… Continue reading

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

California lovin’

Another glorious day in which one seems to be dissolved and absorbed and sent pulsing onward we know not where. Life seems neither long nor short and we take no more heed to… Continue reading

Running with the Bulls in San Fermin

In honor of the awesome festival that just kicked off yesterday in the Kingdom of Navarre, I’m going to interrupt the Nepal posts for a trip down memory lane. Las fiestas de Sanfermínes… Continue reading

A safari through Bardia National Park

A safari tour, booked at the Bardia Wildlife Resort, cost us a whopping 2,900nrs each, which included 2 meals in addition to the admission fee and guide service.  The sign at the entrance… Continue reading

Trundling through the Western Terai

The roads in Nepal are bumpy and cratered at the best of times, so choosing destinations that require traveling long distances are not to be taken lightly. On our way to the Annapurnas,… Continue reading

Part 4: Helambu

The Helambu trek is a popular alternative to the Langtang trek, going through different types of terrain over 6 to 7 days. The highest point of the trek is 3,640m at Tharepati, but… Continue reading

Part 3: Gosainkund

The Gosainkund trail goes up to a cluster of sacred lakes up around 4,300m, and every August thousands of people on pilgrimage–Buddhists and Hindus alike–make the hike to bathe themselves in the holy… Continue reading

Part 2: Langtang Valley

The Langtang trail is an easy teahouse trek, an in-and-out one (which means you go and come back the same way) and only takes 7 to 9 days. The altitude gain is not… Continue reading

Part 1: Tamang Heritage trail

The Tamang Heritage trail is a 3-5 day trek outside Langtang National Park and is new on the list of short treks…We only did 3 days, since our outdated map didn’t outline the… Continue reading

Nepal Motorcycle Diaries: Bandipur and Gorkha

With some days to kill before starting our Langtang trek, we reserved a motorcycle and scoured the map for a worthy destination. Settled on Bandipur, a hill town three hours away, and set… Continue reading

Part 2: Prepping for the Annapurna Circuit

For questions related to finances, what to pack and other possibly important queries, see PART 1. This post covers additional information that may or may not be important, depending on yer opine. Helpful… Continue reading

Part 1: Prepping for the Annapurna Circuit

Because I found other blog posts related to the Annapurna Circuit to be immensely helpful when I was prepping for the trek, here is our own ‘comprehensive’ list of things we think would-be… Continue reading

Into thin air: the Annapurna Circuit

Even though most people think of the sky-scraping Mt. Everest whenever Nepal is mentioned, there are a lot of other destinations this country has to offer. The Annapurna Circuit is touted as one… Continue reading

Border crossing: India into Nepal

EDIT 4/2014: to clarify, this post does not contain practical information specifically about the border, sorry! That said, here are 2 tips so you don’t have to read through the whole thing! 1.… Continue reading

Incredible India

Xiker posted this succinct summary of our trip on his facebook, a few days ago: 86 days, 33 cities + places around, 39 cheap rooms, 15 nights on the road/rails, 4 motorcycles, infinite… Continue reading

Ruminations of a long, long train ride

With 83 days of traveling under our belt, and 90 days on Xiker’s visa, we are quickly running out of time. We are currently enroute to Varanasi, on a train that is now… Continue reading

Snowboarding in Gulmarg

Since Xiker worships any embodiment of a snow god and would sacrifice anything–including yours truly–on the altar of snow, all for the adrenaline-inducing sport of snowboarding… it was only fitting that we go… Continue reading

Goan motorcycle diaries: day 2

Rented an Avenger for 350 a day. Cushy passenger seat with back support. Left our backpacks behind and took only necessities. (Swimsuit and camera!) We insisted on helmets for both of us, lest… Continue reading

Goan motorcycle diaries: Day 3

Today was a day of meandering, as we wanted to spend as many hours on the Avenger as possible. North and south, west and east, we just rode with the wind. (And boy,… Continue reading

Goan Motorcycle diaries: Day 1

Tackled the coast of South Goa today. North and Central will be conquered in the forseeable future. Xiker chose a Yamaha FZ for today. Looked cool, sounded badass, and went FAST! But the… Continue reading