Salar de Uyuni

I had a first glimpse of the Andes last year when I went to Peru on my own, particularly in the Province of Cusco, to visit the iconic Machu Picchu and to trek Vinicunca, the famed Rainbow Mountain of Peru. On that short stint, I instantly fell in love with South America so I promised to return… to experience and explore more beyond Cusco. Promises are meant to be fulfilled so I went back just recently amid all the humps and bumps that almost made…Continue Reading “Exploring the Cold South American Andes”

Fuwa-as Falls

In between Bontoc and Tinglayan is Sadanga, a quaint town of Mountain Province overshadowed by its more popular neighbors including Sagada, Bontoc and Tinglayan. Unknown to many, it is home to some of the most beautiful rice terraces in the province. The rice terraces of Betwagan and Anabel that can be seen along the highway linking Bontoc and Tinglayan are just samplers. More than the verdant rice terraces, Sadanga offers more surprises to curious souls – wondrous caves and river systems, beautiful lakes, refreshing hot…Continue Reading “Tales From Sadanga: The Trek to Fowa-as Falls”

United Airlines Guam Marathon 2017

“Take a good rest and keep it going! You can do it man!” A young man’s rugged voice as I brisk walked past the four kilometer mark while catching my breath. I looked on my side, wondering where the voice was coming from. And there he was, behind me, running slowly… very slowly, on the same pace as mine. I nodded to him and for some moment we were in close distance. By and by, he went passed me. I could still see his back…Continue Reading “The Run in Paradise: A United Guam Marathon 2017 Experience”

It was one of the last days of summer, the air was humid and the wind was almost non-existent. The moment bore a promise of a perfect day… a perfect day in the beach! I woke up in the middle of the dawn. My call time with the team was two hours past midnight, right when the entire Metropolis was at its deepest sleep. Our destination, Fortune Island! Located off the coast of the town of Nasugbu in Batangas, the 27-hectare privately owned Fortune Island…Continue Reading “Treasures of Fortune Island”

The original plan was to fly to Negros Occidental and dive in the waters of Sipalay, an offbeat scuba diving spot south of Bacolod City. What’s in their depths? I really do not have idea, but I heard they have colorful reefs and promising sites. Scuba diving is pretty new there so I assume that their sites are unspoiled and unexploited. But Sipalay, although an urban city, is generally offbeat. It is at least three hours of land travel from both Bacolod and Dumaguete City…Continue Reading “A Weekend of Adventures in South Cebu and Dumaguete”

Capisaan Caves

The day was about to end when we arrived in Kasibu, almost three-hour ride from the town of Bambang. But as the sun set behind Caraballo Mountains, our day in town was just about to start. We would be spelunking through and through the fifth longest cave system in the Philippines – the Capisaan Cave System. It was actually an unplanned trip, everything was spontaneous – the two-day holiday courtesy of APEC Economic Leader’s meeting, the destination and even the entire itinerary. We just found…Continue Reading “Kasibu: Caving in Capisaan Caves (Alayan to Lion)”