It was on our third day in Balabac that we started exploring the islands, our boat captain cum guide was no less than the well versed and knowledgeable Kap Andong of Barangay Poblacion 4 in mainland Balabac. I bet no other person in town knows Balabac more than Kap, he knows the history, the hidden spots, the best beaches and even the little known secrets of the town and its people. The water was totally calm that morning, the sky was blue, the horizon was…Continue Reading “Balabac Sojourn: Onuk Island, Pink Beach and Melville Lighthouse”


What will you get outside for? For Berlin Amploquio, a special education teacher, it’s her desire to continue exploring the places in the Philippines that she haven’t been to while engaging in outdoor activities such as hiking, diving, running and other activities that she has yet to experience. For Janssen Paulo Dichoso Cusi, a University of the Philippines staff, it’s his love for hiking, biking, walking, camping, mountaineering, fishing, horseback-riding, kayaking and everything nature, as well as his desire to experience¬†paddle boarding and paragliding with…Continue Reading “A Weekend of Ultimate Adventure in Baler”


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”


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”


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”


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)”