Annapurna Base Camp

Looking back, I couldn’t recall what came into my mind when I decided to trek to Annapurna Base Camp on my own in December of 2014. Come on! Who, in their normal state of mind, would go on a week of high altitude trekking in a foreign land alone and unguided? I believe that is not something a mediocre person would do. But I did and I guess I am not normal. But they say mediocrity is fatal. And if a mediocre person wouldn’t go…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Annapurna Base Camp On My Own”

Mahatao

So I biked… from Basco to Naidi Hill and back, onward to Chinarayan and then up to Tukon, passing by the beautiful chapel on the hill. In every screech and turn of my pedal along the steep and ascending zigzag road, I could hear my heartbeat racing with my breath. Never did I rant nor complain. It wasn’t actually my first time to take the same route on a bike so I already knew what to expect. And despite this known ordeal, I opted to…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Mahatao’s Sea of Green”

Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint

Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint Sabtang, Batanes I have seen it. With my two naked eyes. As the late afternoon sun carpeted the green with its soft golden rays. Slowly. Beautifully. There. In a place beyond compare. I guess nothing can be as poetic on that one lazy sunset hour of November 2014 in Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint. Aaah Batanes! You never cease to impress me! Raw. Rugged. Idyllic. Situated in the island municipality of Sabtang, less than an hour of faluwa ride from Ivana in the main island of Batan,…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Sundown in Sabtang”

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”

Tirad Peak

Tirad Peak Tirad Pass National Park, Gregorio del Pilar, Ilocos Sur Every Filipino surely has an encounter with Tirad Pass, this whether as a student or as a mountaineer. Tirad Pass is an area in Mount Tirad known in Philippine history as a battle site between 60 Filipino soldiers and over 500 Americans forces during the Philippine-American War. This battle costed the life of 52 Filipino men including the great Brigadier General Grerorio del Pilar. The Filipinos may have lost on this battle but it…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Summiting Tirad Peak”

Buntot Palos Falls

Buntot Palos Falls Pangil, Laguna Hidden in the verdant landscape at the foot of the southern Sierra Madre Mountain Range is Buntot Palos, an 80-meter high waterfalls in the town of Pangil, Laguna, one of the grandest and highest waterfalls in the province and even in the country. The cold water cascading on its geometrically beautiful wall comes from the upper slope of Sierra Madre, dropping to layers of huge rocks before flowing into a deep natural pool ideal before flowing into Pangil River that ends in Laguna Lake. Also called as…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Buntot Palos Falls of Pangil, Laguna”