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…

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…

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….

Nagcarlan, Laguna | Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

Together with my friend EJ, I finally stepped on the grounds of the Underground Cemetery in Nagcarlan. Right after the Search for the Seven Lakes of San Pablo, we headed to Nagcarlan, Laguna, not really knowing where to stop there. Since the ride we took from Bunot Lake to Pandin Lake was bound for Nagcarlan,…

San Pablo, Laguna | The Search for the Seven Lakes

What to do on a Sunday when you have a pair of itchy feet and been longing to get away from the city, at least for a few hours? Come with me and let us search for the Seven Lakes in San Pablo City (SPC), Laguna… for I’ve yet to find the four others. Map…

Mt. Pinatubo, Pampanga | Road to Pinatubo

Trekking, hiking, non-stop walking — these are not really my specialties, but I managed to do all these just to get to the summit of Mount Pinatubo (was that the summit? i’m not really sure…). Last April, my girlfriend and I went out to experience Pinatubo (she actually planned all this). We were already booked…

Los Baños, Laguna | Lost in Elbi

As I have said before, I have found an inexplicable attachment to the province of Laguna. Hence most of my travels were in this province. And to add another proof of my fondness of the place, here is my latest visit in Laguna – I got lost in Los Banos. When someone says “Los Banos”,…