Almost lost and rendered inconspicuous in the stirring narrative of Arundhati Roy’s “The God of Small Things”, the famed backwaters of Kerala left a mark in my imagination, and eventually contributed to my fascination and obsession of visiting the country of India. After the travel Gods blessed me with a two-fold opportunity to venture into this culturally rich and often misunderstood nation, I have also – at both times, managed to witness the sultry setting of these famed backwaters – where the unforgettable characters whom Roy has created; shaped their own ‘social space’, and nurtured the bonds between each other to deepen.
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The days of traveling and staying in exclusive resorts like suburban home owners not giving a hoot about their neighbors, are long gone...
During our second day of island hopping in Coron, we went to Malcapuya Island about an hour and a half away from the port located near Cor...
Bunched along with the other passengers inside a cramped up van I awoke at the sight of blue waters edging the shorelines of Weste...
Somewhere along the line of our conversation, the topic came upon a fork and swerved left straight into true crimes territory. A dozen s...
Kayangan Lake, which can be found in Coron Island north of Palawan is said to be among the cleanest lake in Asia. Surrounded by rocky mounta...
Huddled at the roof of our ‘lampitaw’ with other passengers, I sensed my leg muscles cramping a little bit. We’re not yet at the ...
The waves we encountered coming to Biri from the port of Lavezares was a bit unkind. The youngest of my co-passengers, an infant boy sl...
It didn't took much effort getting there. The six hour bus ride is nothing compared to the bare living conditions at the island. As...
A few more hours under the guidance of Moe Hitler , the irrepressible tour proprietor we hired in Yangon, and he would have succeeded in...
On the northern part of Camarines Norte in the Bicol region, facing the wide open Pacific Ocean, a group of islands lies stoically, stil...
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Thursday, July 7, 2016
How do you recall a trip with a special someone who is now out of your life completely? As someone who now belongs as among the surfeit of individuals who came and left – leaving only traces of memories? As a travel writer I resort nothing to narrative abandonment, as I need to write something about the place I visited in the past. In this case, a place where we spent the happiest chapter of our brief time together. For good or for ill, even it means digging with overtones of bitterness, at fond remembrances.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
As a traveler I usually embark on journeys to places I have never been to before. This rule though, comes with a few exceptions. Among the places I have returned sooner than I expected was Bagan in Myanmar. I always feel I have some unfinished business after I arrived home from my first trip there in March 2013. The itch to resolve that became the sole reason why exactly three years later – I penciled a plan for yet another jaunt to this ancient city. This time, I arrived as a solo traveler and armed with a lengthier period of time in exploring this olden city crawling with centuries-old temples and pagodas.
|Temples, pagodas and monasteries of all sizes dominate your view. I spent a number of afternoons parking my e-bike on a random spot and striding aimlessly until I discover obscure ruins where I will find a quiet time to be alone with my thoughts|
Thursday, June 30, 2016
When I started this travel blog in 2008, I merely saw it as an avenue to branch out from my nonsense writings on my personal blog. I was not even traveling much at that time other than the normal summer excursions to provinces located within a 3-4 hour radius of Metro Manila. However, along the way I've become more and more fascinated with the idea of traveling as I recount how it all started on this blog's "About Me" page. Anyway, other than the two to three folds increase on the numbers of my travels around the Philippines, other rewards and opportunities soon followed - one of which was the chance to contribute an article for a local travel magazine.