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Monday, May 7, 2018

Bali | Indonesia: Witnessing Primate Goofing at Ubud Monkey Forest


If gazes could talk, you’d instantly hear the surrounding eyes mouthing off intentions of mayhem. A bedlam which doesn’t equate to violence, rather through mischievous actions of the more than 700 long-tailed macaques who calls this place as home.


A primate abode known as the Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana or otherwise referred to as the Ubud Monkey Forest, is another popular tourist destination in Bali. It is tucked deep in the forest covering approximately 10 hectares with a labyrinth composed of zigzagging water streams, hilly slopes, sheltering towering trees – of around 115 different species, and three sacred Hindu Temples.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Stories from the Seas: Panampangan Island | Tawi-Tawi


Everyone was silent as our speedboat sloshes through the calm waters of Celebes Sea. Under the brightness of a full sun, we were cruising with golden skin over a body of water – once known as the most dangerous backwater in the world. What used to be a violent playground of pirate ships committing sea robbery and during the worst of times; the sailing route of Abu Sayyaf militants preying on innocent civilians to kidnap, the waters approaching Panampangan Island is now a picture of unruffled nature haven. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Food, History and Culture Tripping in Taipei


When you successfully mix history, culture and food tripping, that’s another level of wanderlust high. Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, is just the ideal place to take your wanderings into another height of discovery, learning and fun.

As a tiny nation, it is surprising to discover that Taiwan possesses an abundance of destinations for explorers of all sorts: foodies, outdoor enthusiasts, shoppers and even arts, history and architecture junkies alike. Spending a week might be too short to cover the whole country, but the good news for time-pressed wanderers, the capital city of Taipei can offer you a wonderful glimpse in just a couple of days, thereby giving you ample opportunities to sample its savory cuisine and colorful history and culture.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Aurora Province | Dingalan Fun Hike with Tripkada


Arms outstretched channeling Edmond Dant├Ęs staring at freedom following his escape from his dungeon, I regaled at the sight of the Philippine Sea – while listening to its crashing waves mimicking a melodic environment symphony. In this southernmost tip of Aurora Province, I stood awestruck on a rock fronting a stunning landscape of rolling terrain fringed with cliff-side hills. I wanted to scream but instead, I reckoned the hissing winds sounded better in lieu of a yell of exuberance.