Balabac

It was still dark when we woke up but the sky was starting to clear up, preparing for the customary¬†show of sunrise. We had a convenient view of daybreak right in front of the beach. The sea was surprisingly calm, the wind was also non-existent. It was a promise of another beautiful day in Bugsuk Island. The town was quiet in observance of the Good Friday, activities were limited to local fishermen in their small fishing vessels near the shore. Our itinerary for the day…Continue Reading “Balabac Sojourn: Immersion in Bugsuk Island”

Basco

If there’s one province that has long been staying in my bucket list, well that is definitely Batanes! Known as the Land of the Northern Wind, this magical place seems quite elusive for me. There was a chance to visit the place few years back but a typhoon played party pooper and ditched what was supposed to be a momentous rendezvous with the Land of Ivatans. But early this year, the dream finally came into reality! Thanks to the rare pomotional fare of Philippine Airlines…Continue Reading “Batanes: Sweet Rendezvous With My Playground”

Balabac

It was a long road to Balabac from Manila, one needs to fly to Puerto Princesa, catch a six-hour bus to Rio Tuba and venture to at least two-hour boat ride to the island. But it was a place I’ve been longing for for so long, a trip I was willing to take, a dream destination! So when the opportunity knocked, I grabbed the chance without second thought. I braved the holyweek traffic and headed to Puerto Princesa, the sky was gray and overcast due…Continue Reading “Balabac Sojourn: Bugsuk Island Stole My Heart”

Jakarta

Coming from a short trip in Yogyakarta, the night train arrived at Jakarta’s Pasar Senen Station at three in the morning, I thought of relocating to Gambir Station to spend the rest of the dark hours there before daylight. Gambir is more tourist friendly than Pasar Senen. It was also the suggestion of my new found Indonesian friend Hadi and thankfully it was along the way to where he lives. We walked to the nearby bus stand, Hadi said local buses operate round-the-clock. As we…Continue Reading “Five Hours in Jakarta: A Walk in the Old Batavia (And Misadventures in Jakarta)”

Pokhara

It was another cold morning in Kathmandu, the sky was clear and the Himalayan wind was blowing in subtle speed. I woke up before six in the morning, had a quick shower before packing my stuff up. My mind was still in state of trance, must be the cold weather, making the sack looked inviting. I wanted to go back to bed but I had to start moving. I munched some cookies and finished the tetra pack of orange juice that I bought the other…Continue Reading “Himalayan Adventure: Kathmandu to Pokhara Overland”

Kathmandu

At two in the afternoon (Kathmandu time), three hours past our departure from Kuala Lumpur, our plane touched down Tribhuvan International Airport. It was sunny yet hazy afternoon, Nepal was transitioning to winter.¬†Namaskar Kathmandu! The jumbo plane was almost if not fully occupied, a complete mix of locals and foreign nationals were aboard. I gazed at my window as the aircraft was taxing in the runway and I saw other jumbo jets in the terminal building – Thai, Malaysian, Indigo, Spicejet and other livery I…Continue Reading “Back in Kathmandu’s Lovely Mess”