Aguas Calientes

It would be impossible to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Machu Picchu without staying in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Pueblo, the town at the foot of this world-renowned icon. Truth be told, Aguas Calientes is quite an expensive town with numerous posh hotels to choose from. If budget is not an issue, then there’s no problem. You can go to the populars such as Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Tierra Viva Machu Picchu, Hotel La Cabana Machu Picchu, El MaPi…Continue Reading “Where to Stay in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) on a Budget”

Cinemalaya 2017

Twenty-one competing films, twenty-one different stories… in one big event. Are you ready to “See the Big Picture” at Cinemalaya 2017? Now on its thirteenth year, Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is proud to present nine full length and twelve short films for this year’s competition that will run from August 5 to 13. Plan your schedule wisely. Here is the list of all competing films with synopsis and screening schedule at Cultural Center of the Philippines, Greenbelt 1 and Glorietta 4, Trinoma and  UP Town…Continue Reading “Cinemalaya 2017: See the Big Picture (Films, Synopsis, Screening Schedule & Ticket Information)”

Mount Fuji

At 3,776 meters above sea level, Mount Fujisan or simply Mount Fuji is the highest in Japan. It is in fact considered as an active volcano with last recorded eruption more than three centuries ago. It is one of Japan’s three sacred mountains and considered as a pilgrimage site. No wonder thousands of mountaineers and pilgrims hike its summit every year. The summit is covered with snow during winter and most of spring and autumn, but dry during summer which usually falls from the months…Continue Reading “Mount Fuji Climb: Overnight DIY Itinerary from Tokyo”

Maligcong

“Paradise found, forgotten and reborn” is the story of Maligcong, an upper barangay of Bontoc in Mountain Province, eight kilometers away from the town proper. It used to be the show window of the town but it went into a lull until social media triggered its recent reborn. Maligcong is the Kankana-ey term that means “surrounded by rice paddies”, as the village sits in the middle of rice terraces, hailed as among the most beautiful in the entire Cordillera Region. The rice terraces are best…Continue Reading “Maligcong: A DIY Weekend Itinerary (2D/1N Itinerary, Expenses and Tips)”

I am a backpack guy and I rarely use luggage or duffel on my travels. But if I have a week or two to spend in a city, say Tokyo or Bangkok or even Manila, I guess I will be needing one. Well actually, I need one because that’s what I am planning on my next travels. For a change, I want a relaxing week-long trip sans my usual busy itinerary. I want to think of it as a self-reward. Come that day, I couldn’t…Continue Reading “Pacsafe Toursafe Wheeled Duffel: The Ultimate Urban Adventure Buddy”