BAGUIO CITY | City in the Sky and Some Bitter Xiomai

The first, and the only, time that I’d been to Baguio City was during an excursion in my 6th Grade. With teachers, classmates, and a bunch of other students from our school (and probably from other schools as well, I don’t know), I was able to somehow explore this city—or at least most of its…

Baguio City | Haunted by the Laperal House

I went to Baguio City last weekend to unwind, relax, breathe and feel fresh air, eat anything strawberry-flavored food–you know, just enjoying my early retirement (haha, wishful thinking!)–only to get myself haunted by this famous white house–the Laperal House. I don’t know what encouraged me to visit this Baguio attraction all by myself. Yes, I didn’t have an…

ATBP | Today X Future!

If I could be honest with myself, I would likely be quitting everything today, resigning from my job, selling my house, stocks, everything, and start living the rest of my life traveling until I ran out of money or there was nowhere else to go. But then again, I’m excited to see what kind of future…

Angeles, Pampanga | 20th Hotair Balloon Fiesta

I have been dreaming to witness this balloon festival since I started earning my own money–and I have been working for almost seven years now! At long last, my dream has finally been realized in the recent Hotair Balloon Fiesta in Clark Field, Angeles City, Pampanga. Ang Utak Ko, Parang Lobo… Lumipad sa Langit With all the…

ESCAPAIDS | Cagbalete Island in Mauban, Quezon

Last summer, my friends and I went to a beach in Quezon for our summer outing. We listed down a number of beaches we could go to for the said outing and after a month of deliberation, we finally reached to a decision–we were going to Cagbalete Island in Mauban, Quezon! Well, mainly because of the following factors: Cheaper – when…

Mauban, Quezon | I Heart Cagbalete Island

So you feel like beachin’ but you’re worried about how much you’re going to chip-in? You feel like beachin’ but you can’t go any further than Quez’n? Then this beach island in Mauban, Quezon is your best ehpshen (“option”). Maipilit lang yung rhyme, sorry! Haha! Gone Beachin’ *Summer has finally come! So some college friends and I planned an…

Corregidor Island, Cavite | A History to Remember

2015 has been the most-traveled year for me so far–and most watered. Haha! From a paradise in Davao; to a hidden garden in Antipolo; to the beaches in Quezon, Aurora, and Batangas; to overseas Vietnam; to the mountains and rivers in Tanay, plus some other short side trips–and to cap it all off–to the historical island of Corregidor in Cavite. The Corregidor Island, Cavite…

Samal Island, Davao | Lost Paradise: Island Garden Resort

About three weeks ago, my girlfriend and I went to Davao to relieve ourselves from the toxic of everyday life in Manila. Only today did I get the courage to write something about the trip without being emotional. (Again, #sepanx.) Our first day in Davao did not go as smooth as we had planned it. We…

Davao | The Consequences of Going to Davao

After 20 (or 21?) years, I was back in Mindanao. Not in Zamboanga where I was born, though, but a few miles from there–Davao. And after three days, I couldn’t get myself to leave the place…but due to a lot of responsibilities back in Manila, I had to. And this thought saddens me until today….

Lumban, Laguna: Caliraya Lake

Caliraya Lake Caliraya, Lumban/Cavinti*, Laguna It was on my second visit in Caliraya when I learned that this famous lake here is actually man-made. The lake is amazingly wide, about 3 km, that I couldn’t really fathom the thought that the local government of Lumban/Cavinti made effort in creating this. Today, the Caliraya Lake is…

Montalban, Rizal | Juan Dela Cruz Band Vs Wawa Dam

The month of October was full of short distance travels, not to mention, cheap. For the third week end of October, Lakbay Xiomai was at Wawa Dam in Montalban, Rizal — on the same day the local, legendary rock band Juan Dela Cruz was having its one night only rock and roll show in Makati….