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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

First Inter-Galactic-Connecting Flight


Travel often becomes the source of many firsts. New experiences, though incomparable to being sandwiched between Michelle Rodriguez and Arci Munoz, it still resonates in your head long after the moment it happened. Just like that border crossing which my brother and myself did coming from Vietnam to Cambodia in 2011. Those sort of things becomes memorable as you continue exploring the world. Our trip to Myanmar afforded me the opportunity to fly to a city (Kuala Lumpur) and then connect to another flight to Yangon, Myanmar (killing a few hours in between). Nothing milestone-ny in that undertaking, but I remember during the few times I get to travel outside of the Philippines, It always fascinates me everytime I would see that "Connecting Flights" signs at the airport.

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Luna watching cartoons mid-flight to KL

Friday, May 24, 2013

Trying To Reach The Long Mile-End Of Montreal


A guest post from the eclectic woman behind the Epic Potato travel blog. Finding herself transported to Montreal after a-many-epic trips over rugged terrains and sunny islands in the Philippines. Lauren takes her detective skills in this French speaking city filled with diversity and snow. Her whimsical narrative gives this blog's readers a zesty lusting to feel what its like to discover every nooks and crannies of a new city.

I wish i can show you a time lapse video of the quad polar city that i have been happily calling home for the last 6 months now. But i don't have the patience to stand for 6 hours on a freezing roof top or an expensive camera with HD video to spare. But don't worry! The best of Montreal can be felt in the vibe of the city, something that's a bit hard to put in photographs or motion pictures but i'll try my best with a chimerical narrative.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

What is #ProjectJomalig Island About?


Project Jomalig aims to introduce infusing together, the joy of traveling and creating strong ties with a local community in one-go. It is projected to create a sustainable program through long-term commitment and cooperation from travelers and local community leaders alike. In this case, the island of Jomalig was chosen because it tops the recent DSWD's list of "Malnourished Towns in the Philippines".

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Postcard Series: Jomalig Hoops


Unlike our football crazy neighboring countries, the Philippines is a nation mad about the game of Basketball. Kids, even from far flung island of Jomalig knows who Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant are. You could see them imagining themselves in Game 7 end-game situation, counting down aloud from 5 seconds down to 4, 3, 2 and 1 while launching a shot that would beat the buzzer and clinch a championship. While, it still remain a fantasy to see a Filipino basketball player play in the NBA, the kids will continue to shoot balls in makeshift hoops such as this one made of old cooking pot and salvaged timber nailed on a coconut tree over flattened soil. Their own version of #HoopDreams

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Self Deprecating Images in Bagan, Myanmar


God dammit there's a bunch of selfies in here. I muttered to myself while I was looking at the photographs I've taken in Bagan, Myanmar. But hey, I've seen dozens of Hunter S. Thompson and Jack Kerouac's self portraits while they're in some exotic locations. I figured, I also deserve some self-deprecating images, with the timeless Bagan temples dominating the background. It certainly looks better than the thousands of "selfies" shots taken in the bathroom, bedroom, conference room and even the frigging train. 

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My current Facebook profile pic Garnered 55 likes :))

Monday, May 13, 2013

Postcard Series: Rolling in the Deep Well


Living with the scarcity of the most basic needs in the island of Alibijaban like electricity and fresh water sounds like a nightmare of a scenario to most of us. But, for the residents it is just one of the many struggles they had to endure everyday. This however, doesn't make their lives any less - as the strong camaraderie of the community takes over and brings forth other important facets of life to the forefront, thereby ushering an invisible movement of feeding positive energies through each other. The simplicity of island living provides a blanket that minimizes whatever it was lacking, but able to fish out an awakening realization for someone like me who takes things such as free-flowing fresh water for granted.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

PNKY Café: A Traveler’s Must-Pit-Stop in Baguio


The fine October weather in Baguio calls for a must-sit-in-a-cafe somewhere. But, somewhere random is not just what we had in mind. Lauren have heard of this joint from our friend before, so we decided to head straight here upon arriving at the city of Pines. Coming from a Travel Massive event we spend the rest of the night waiting for the day's first trip out of Manila. Ten hours later we were in a mood understanding of the 'walkers' in Walking Dead, only we were looking out for real food. Determined to satisfy our hunger, PNKY Cafe became our first pit-stop for the day. 

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Biri Island’s School of Rock


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 slept through it all. His young parents cowered him up perfectly from the splashes of sea water. I covered my camera and counted the minutes, knowing each one that passes by means half a kilometer less swim to safety. That is, If I could swim to save my life in case the boat capsizes. We passed by a stretch of the northern part of Biri, but the boat headed further until the water calmed down and the clouds above us disappeared and opened up a bright sky. The boat starts to navigate smoothly and  the threat of rain since we sailed from the get-go has disappeared. The infant boy lets out a short cry and awoke. He stretches both his arms and feet, while I patted my legs to relieve it of impending cramps. 

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Capiz Road Trip Capped by a Round of Gold Eagle Beer


The day after the Sinadya sa Hilaran Festival in Roxas City, we went on a road trip towards the municipality of President Roxas. It presented me an opportunity to further explore the province of Capiz. My first trip to Roxas City happened only because I was heading for the Ati-Atihan in Kalibo. With the exemption of trying out diwal shells and chilling at Bay-bay beach, I wasn't able to go around the province. This time, with the company of fellow travel writers and the tourism officers of the city, we were able to cover a long stretch of highway kilometers and hillside terrain for some nature and food tripping.

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