Before the year 2016 bid adieu and amid the busy holiday rush, I got to pull off another adventure. It was Rizal Day and we went on a day climb in Rizal Province, a year-ender Mount Cayabu to Mount Maynoba traverse, our own little way of paying homage to Philippine mountains. Nested at the foot of Sierra Madre Mountain Range, Mount Cayabu and Mount Maynoba are just two of the numerous peaks that can be found in Tanay, Rizal. With elevation of ~680 and ~720…Continue Reading “Yearend Adventure with Pacsafe Venturesafe 25L GII”

There’s no doubt of Boracay being hailed as the best island in the world again by Condé Nast Traveler, a leading travel magazine based in London. When you have a long stretch of perfectly fine white sand beach, beautiful gradient of turquoise sea, vivid marine life, poetic views of sunrise and sunset, vibrant night life and myriad of surprises and other activities, then being the top pick of more than 300,000 dedicated readers comes without uncertainty. While Boracay today continues to evolve and reinvent itself,…Continue Reading “Spider House: Boracay’s Chill Corner”

Tokyo

All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, continues to expand its wings with the addition of two newest routes from Japan to United States of America to its flight network. This was after it was awarded with the highly coveted day slots from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to New York (via JFK) and Chicago (via ORD). Haneda, one of the twin airports of Tokyo, is closest to downtown, only thirty minutes or a short train or bus ride away. These new routes bridge more links between Asia and…Continue Reading “Linking Asia and America: ANA launched new routes from Tokyo-Haneda to New York and Chicago”

Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo Vigan City, Ilocos Sur Walk back in time and feel the old-world charm of Vigan, one of the very few remaining Hispanic towns in the Philippines and a UNESCO World Heritage. Established in the 16th century as Villa Fernandina, Vigan is endowed with its timeless and well preserved beauty and the heart of it is Calle Crisologo, the city’s show window. Calle Crisologo is a short (approximately 500 meters long) cobblestone thoroughfare filled with old Spanish-style houses and shops that evoke a bygone era. The street is bustling with…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Daybreak at Calle Crisologo”

Awao Falls

Those who have been to Mindanao will agree that the “Land of Promise” is also a land of majestic waterfalls, home to the grandest and most beautiful waterfalls in the country. The Tinuy-An Falls of Bislig, Tinago Falls of Iligan, Asik-Asik Falls of Alamada and Aliwagwag Falls of Cateel are among the most famous ones. But aside from these, there are more hidden in the offbeat places of the island that are equally if not more enchanting. Compostela Valley hides some of it. There are…Continue Reading “Awao Falls: The Prized Attraction of Monkayo, Compostela Valley”

Mandalay

Mandalay is the largest city of Myanmar, a vibrant and modern city that still exudes the old world charm. More than a gateway to Bagan, Mandalay has its own share of attractions like the Mandalay Hill and the nearby U-Bein Bridge in Amarapura that offers great views of sunrise or sunset. Other places of interests include Mahamuni Temple which is regarded as the holiest pagoda in the country, the Kuthodaw Pagoda which is dubbed as the largest book in the world, Sanda Muni Paya, Grand…Continue Reading “Backpacking Myanmar: Mandalay Quick Travel Guide”