Nomadic Experiences of 2011

December 25, 2011

I took my traveling to a whole new level in 2010, to say that I've grown content with that is an understatement as I've taken my wanderings to another height this year. Though I'm still unable to do long-term traveling because of my job - which serves as my source of income to finance my trips. I was still able to maximize whenever I can, doing so on long weekends and holidays, plus the smart usage of our company's vacation and sometimes sick leaves. While I still wait the day where I would wake up every day and treat it as a Saturday and travel continuously, these short bursts of travel experiences has taught me and afforded me to meet gregarious people along the way. Reasons why I had gotten deep into the beautiful depths of travel addiction.

clockwise: Angkor Wat, Malapascua, Coron, Kota Kinabalu, Saigon, Phnom Penh, HK, Apo Reef, Lake Sebu 

Sendong Donation Drive: Donate Your Money and These are Yours

December 21, 2011

I'm putting these three items for auction and 100% will go directly to the "Sendong victims" in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City. You don't have to pay me directly, rather I would want you to donate the amount to this link: One For Iligan and CDO: Help the Typhoon Sendong Victims. It is a one stop donation website set up by the Iligan Bloggers. 

Here are the steps for this mini-auction

1. Make a bid - starting amount is stated below each image.
2. Auction ends as long as there's a few bidders already. 
3. Highest bidder will have to donate the said amount to the link provided: 
4. Once you donated, an email confirmation from the Iligan bloggers will be sent to you.
5. Email me that confirmation email at:
6. Then the said item is yours.

* you can send your bid at my email:
* Its alright to haggle, important thing is we raise some funds.

A Short Note About Khao San Road

December 20, 2011

As I plan to write one long blog post about Khao San Road in the coming days or even weeks. I decided I should make one that introduces it to the readers of this blog. I'm sure, Khao San Road has been into the minds of the many, from reading the Alex Garland novel or those that has seen the Leonardo movie. Either way anybody could muster enough case for the over-romanticized build-up of this place. Which is actually a short stretch of a street that goes around to a few more and is crowded with backpacker's inns, bars, art, tattoo, souvenir shops.


On Assignment for Travel Time Magazine: La Inmaculada Concepcion de Malabon

December 19, 2011

I went to Malabon a few weeks ago to cover the La Imaculada Concepcion de Malabon fluvial parade, which also serves as a thanksgiving feast for the city's fishermen, in behalf of the popular "Travel Time Magazine" of Susan Calo Medina. Though, I have already written four articles on another travel magazine, the "Republic of 7107 Island Travel" this one is different, since it was my first time to go to a place and a festival with the assignment of writing about it. During my previous published articles, I just wrote it and submitted it as a contribution article and was fortunate that the publisher liked it, thus its inclusion in the previous issues. 

Mich Borlagdan

Phnom Penh de Sarapen: The Royal Palace | Cambodia

December 12, 2011

After settling into our place for the night at You Khin House in Phnom Penh, we hurriedly went out to explore the city. We plan to check out the Genocide Museum first, but our tuktuk driver mis-heard our instructions and instead took us to Phnom Penh National Museum. We didn't mind since we will still have another day to spare in this city, on the way back to Saigon from Siem Reap later in the week. After being awed by the vast collection of Angkorian era artifacts, lingas and other statues such as the "Leper King" at the National Museum, we took off on foot towards the Royal Palace which is located only a few meters away.

Kimi Lu
The Throne Hall

Street Scene: Hongkong

December 04, 2011

The streets of Hong Kong is a combustive collaboration of people from all over the world. Its bustling and filled with energy so robust it'll make you set aside foot pains and aching knees brought about by hours of walking. I spent most of my five days stay walking around as much as I could. I would hop on trains and disembark on random MTR stations and come out each time with splendid anticipation at what kind of human parade awaits me at every stop.


Turning the Pages of Angkor Wat | Cambodia

November 24, 2011

I have this place locked inside my head as far I could remember. Was it some magazine I've read as a kid? Some TV documentary I've seen? I could not exactly pinpoint the source of my obsession to see this place. Angkor Wat for me was like a page from a book I'm reading. As years went by, the pages seemed to thicken and the more I feel my chances of seeing it slithering away.

Mishi Magno

Nomadic Pranksters: 2011 Masskara Festival

November 21, 2011

Famous beat writer Ken Kessey unofficially formed "Merry Pranksters" in the 60's. It is composed of a group of people bonded by a singular thread that weaves them all together. Theirs was a choice of an unconventional lifestyle, of living communally and taking road trips across the United States (while high with something - LSD?). It was a set-up that have provided them a rich set of experiences, that somehow made it into works of literature, as most of them are writers in the said era. To know more about these gregarious people, reading Tom Wolfe's "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" should be a good start.


The River Garden, Siem Reap | Cambodia

November 21, 2011

Our home away from home for two nights while in Siem Reap, Cambodia surprised us with a wonderful nature vibe. The River Garden was the accommodation provided for me by Roomorama months before my trip. I remember while planning my trip to Siem Reap, I told myself I would not mind sleeping on benches in a park just to visit the place at all cost. Though sometimes, surprises comes in great package and I was able to book this place courtesy of Roomorama, which is the leading online provider of "quality accommodations for the curious travelers" 

Nomadic Video 3: Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum | Cambodia

November 19, 2011

It's hard to write something about this place. It's hard enough being there with all your human emotions all over the place. More difficult to walk around and stare at the nameless portraits of those who died there. The air inside was that of modern day peace time, but the presence of the walls that surrounds you, tells of an unspoken grim and brutal past.

Ria Jose

Banteay Srei Temple in Angkor | Cambodia

November 15, 2011

Like any good addiction such as traveling, our temple hopping never hovered near overdose level. Reason why we went further from the main Angkor complex to explore more temple ruins. Banteay Srei is one of my favorite temples in the former Khmer capital of Angkor. It is probably the most intricately designed sanctuary in Siem Reap, as evidenced by the impressive and elaborate carvings adorning  its still impressively looking walls. The temples doesn't share the capacious temples around Angkor, but it definitely showcases a unique characteristic. 

Gretchen Filart

Nomadic Video 2: Angkor Wat

November 11, 2011

Here is the music video of the various moving images of Angkor Wat and the many temples surrounding it. I made sure I was able to shoot enough scenes as this has been the trip I've been wanting to make for the longest time. What better way than to store it not only in my memory vault, but have it go along with one of my favorite songs of all time, "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles.

Phnom Pehn de Sarapen: Border Crossing | Cambodia

November 10, 2011

Since I arrived a day earlier than my brother in Ho Chi Minh, I spent the whole day walking around the city. I had a blast getting myself immersed in a new place which hurriedly became familiar to me. From crossing the street with a sea of motorcycles whose drivers never slow down, I've become an expert in not getting ran over after a few attempts. I've also politely rejected motorcycle drivers and rickshaw operators' offer of ride, as I just told them "I'm just walking around". Which I did before retiring to the guest house and waited for my brother who arrived early morning the next day. After a short nap, we went out to the then awakening city of Saigon and had a quick breakfast in order to catch the 6:30 AM bus going to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A day earlier, I already purchased two one way tickets to Phnom Penh which costs $10.00 per person at the Sihn Tourist located at De Tham street - which is just beside both Buy Vien and Pham Ngu Lao.

Kezia Romblon

War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam

November 10, 2011

The "Vietnam War" is one of the most infamous events of recent times. Told to us by a telling number of movies made in Hollywood which heightened only the conflict through the eyes of the Americans. I grew up watching the films by Oliver Stone ("Platoon"), Francis Ford Coppolla ("Apocalypse Now") and Stanley Kubrick ("Full Metal Jacket") of how the war besieged the innocence of young Americans drafted into the battlefields of Vietnam. Truth to be told, the war is more terrifying and harrowing if looked from the eyes and the experiences of the Vietnamese people, 3 million of whom (2 million civilians) died in the senseless conflict brought upon from former US President Dwight Eisenhower's unfounded "domino theory" paranoia in Asia.


Phnom Bakheng Sunset | Cambodia

November 08, 2011

After almost 7 hour bus ride from Phnom Penh, we finally rolled into Siem Reap with my excitement swelling into a massive wave inside my body. My mind is painting a picture of the vast Angkor Wat complex and its nearby and equally impressive temple ruins. Comparing what I had imagined and read before to what I will see in a short while, mirrors every adolescent boy's first foray into a lovemaking session with a beautiful girl.

Roomorama: You Khin House in Phnom Penh

November 07, 2011

True to form with Roomorama's vision of introducing the other aspects of traveling aside from "visiting a checklist of tourist attractions". The experience I had with You Khin House in Phnom Penh, Cambodia opened my eyes to the many things, a traveler can do while visiting a particular city on a longer term. The idea of joining an NGO organization like the one behind You Khin House presents an ideal chance to mix traveling and helping others.


Reunification Palace: Last Bastion of South Vietnam

November 06, 2011

I grew up watching a battalion of Vietnam War movies and TV shows. From "Platoon", "Born on the 4th of July", "Full Metal Jacket", "Hamburger Hill" and even Chuck Norris' "Missing in Action" series. I've forever associated Vietnam with that brutal part of its history. Fast forward to today, I see the city of Ho Chi Minh as a country miles away from that bloody image of Saigon during the war. The peace-time version has disengaged my mind from its former image. Better be, because the end of Vietnam War  happened almost 37 years ago. It was on the day of April 30, 1975 when a tank belonging to the North Vietnamese Army came crashing through the gates of what is then known as the Independence Palace. The ensuing short battle paved the way for the Fall of Saigon, thereby putting the control of all of Vietnam into the hands of the communist North Vietnamese forces.

The view from the 2nd flr window of the Palace

Dispatch From Saigon

November 05, 2011

I'm writing this inside our $12 room in Saigon. My brother is already snoring and sleeping soundly, while I just had the urge to write something. This is our last night on a journey that has taken us from Saigon - Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia and back again in Ho Chi Minh. It was a trip that finally morphed my childhood fascination of seeing Angkor Wat - into a reality. By tomorrow, this epic on the road experience will total 8 days, one of my longest so far, in terms of traveling in between my day job.


Kota Kinabalu Street Graffiti | Malaysia

October 19, 2011

A few hours before we boarded out plane back to Clark in Pampanga, we took a final walk along the streets of Kota Kinabalu and came across this remnant of an old building, covered with eye popping graffiti. To say that it was Andy Warhol-isque is a bit of an understatement. I am always fascinated with street arts, especially graffiti which if done with fine taste, would always present a welcome appeasement to the eyes.

Kota Kinabalu Foodtrip

October 12, 2011
I'm not much of a food adventurer that I must admit. You will find me most of the time ordering the usual dishes at the office cafeteria, the tortang talong at the nearby Jollijeep and on rare occasions delighting on KFC, McDonalds and Jollibee. During my travels though, I try to become more driven to sample cuisines that are popular in places I visit. Sometimes I do get to try and more than a few times, due to budget constraints I let the opportunity pass me by. Not so, during my recent trip to Kota Kinabalu. I figured the chances of coming back would be more expensive, considering travel taxes and the lack of airfare promos alike. I'm already there so might as well try to get my taste buds say hello to the dishes that are relatively served around the city.


All-Time Favourite Destinations in Asia

October 12, 2011

As a region so diverse in its history, culture and landscapes, it’d be disingenuous to define Asia in any broad terms. Even though I live in the Philippines, my fellow Asian nations are so different that I can only think of one word that applies to all of the places I've visited here: fascinating

From modern metropolises filled beyond capacity to serene villages stuck in time, it can feel impossible to decide where to visit – even if you’ve settled on a city break or urban holiday, how you choose between Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Shanghai, Jakarta, Macau, Manila… and the list goes on. Smart research can help you compare holiday prices across the region and fit multiple destinations into your Asian adventure, whether Asia is the Far East to you or in your own back yard.

November South East Asian Backpacking Trip

October 07, 2011

I've been planning a long arduous, but a necessary and a madness staving off trip in Asia for the last couple of years. I've penciled out the later part of 2012 or early 2013 for it. However, I could not wait not to make a trip right now. With my work in between and rolling on a dire budget, I consider this upcoming November trips of mine to the cities of Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (Cambodia), Bangkok and Chiang Mai (Thailand) as only a precursor to the big bang that is bound to happen either in 2012 or 2013.  

Since I cannot afford to be on the road for a long time (YET), I've divided these incursions into two legs. The first part will consist of Saigon - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap and the other half will be Bangkok - Chiang Mai.

Saigon - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Map showing the Saigon - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap route

Haunting Tale of Cagsawa Ruins | Albay

October 04, 2011

In Norse Mythology, there is a God named Heimdall, who sits at the edge of heaven and guards Asgard, which was among the "Nine Worlds" in Norse cosmology. The Cagsawa Ruins, with its bell tower sticking out from the ground where it once mightily stood, unbreakable, strong and invisible, is at the edge of an invisible boundary of a world inhabited by the majestic Mayon Volcano. 

Audrey Trinidad

The Historic Church of Daraga | Albay

September 28, 2011

A somber atmosphere reigned over the town of Daraga when we went to visit the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Porteria. Like a set of eyes coming from a funeral, the skies hovering above was subdued yet haunting and sad. The jabbing wind blowing against my face reminded of the aftermath of typhoon Mina, which battered the province a few days before we arrived. Some of the dark clouds which "Mina" brought remained and like a jealous lover, it cast over the landscape of Mayon Volcano, totally sheltering it from our sight.

Taken during my latest visit to Daraga in 2015

Unforgettable Human Encounters on the Road

September 18, 2011

The people we meet on the road is oftentimes the least mentioned in travel stories shared to friends. People, as much as places and food make up a third of one's over-all travel experience. In most cases, it is the forgotten allure of the newfound wisdom we gathered, while gutting it out with the forces of nature, walking the long paved highways, crossing muddy creek, hiking up the inclined slope of a mountain. If only we could remember more clearly, we'd be showered with images of nameless strangers, who became new friends, persons who made a lasting impression, while we're stuck in an inconvenient situation on the road and who plucked us out with whatever offerings their Earth hardened hand could lend. In the September Pinoy Blogger's Blog Carnival. Travel Bloggers share what they describe as their own "Unforgettable Human Encounters on the Road". 

Juag Fish Watering Hole & Sanctuary

September 08, 2011

I've always been fascinated by watching a fish wag its tail and weave through the water in an almost synchronized movement. I find it similar to how humans move gracefully in a sprint motion exerting the body muscles to generate a fluid action, except it looks so much better when a fish does it in the water.


Calintaan Island’s Subic Beach in Matnog, Sorsogon

August 31, 2011

If there were any doubts whether the sun will appear when we boarded a bus from Legaspi to Sorsogon, they were quickly dispelled as the blue waters of the sea sparkled beneath the clear blue skies. As we approached Subic Beach on Calintaan Island, the boat ride was smooth sailing over calm waters. I kept my expectations in check by telling myself, "This is just another beach in my own beautiful country."

Blue waters of Subic beach

Weaving Through Scenic Sorsogon Countryside

August 30, 2011

The sky was a picture of a indecision when we boarded the bus from Legaspi to Sorsogon. It looks like it was unsure of dumping rain or sheltering the Earth from the blistering sun—which was keen on making an appearance that day. The weather was shaping out fine and the absence of rain made it more ideal, but there are still a few patches of dark clouds  hovering above. The same sky curtain that made our earlier attempt to see Mayon Volcano up close a futile one. As the bus revved up its engine and gather speed on the highway, the wind brushing against my face increases its tenacity. Trying to avoid a direct hit, I looked out the window and was greeted by a majestic countryside.

Sorsogon roadtrip with Bam Raguindin

Nomadic Video 1: Masskara Festival

August 29, 2011

I've been wanting to make a music video of some of my trips but haven't really sat down and edit some video clips. It doesn't help when my phone with a respectable video quality was stolen off inside the LRT last December, taking along with it countless video clips which, unfortunately wasn't transferred yet to my laptop. I had a blast putting this music video out in an hour of editing and exploring the controls of "Windows Live Movie Maker", but with the limited video clips I was happy at the result. Plus the song of the Pixies, "Where is My Mind" made it a bit better. 

Nomadic Video # 1:

Talking Sea Creatures In Kota Kinabalu

August 24, 2011

The stone fish is staring out his aquarium like a delirious sea creature high on helium when he spotted two travel bloggers, one a Chinese looking dude and the other one a semi-Chinese looking dude with a flair of Spanish blood walked inside the "Old Village Seafood Restaurant" in Kota Kinabalu.

Stone Fish: Well, what do we have here. I hope they'll be the one to free me of my misery in this small enclosed space I'm in right now, but hmm they don't seem interested in shelling out 10.00RM for a 100 grams of myself. They just taking pictures.

Zibra Shell: Roger Clemens on that Stone, those dudes, they don't look like the seafoods kind of guy. They just order them Tiger Beers, so looks like you're gonna be there for quite some time. Me? I got myself ordered by that cute family sitting over there. I saw them point me out to the waiter. 


The Big Tian Tan Buddha Upstairs | Hong Kong

August 16, 2011

Years before the boy who goes by the name Siddharta would become known as Gautama, the Buddhist religion founder, he was always in search for his life's meaning. It was a life-long quest that would ultimately help shape a big part of our world. I was always fascinated with the Buddhist religion, it strikes me as centering on one's peace of mind and its relation to every living things around. When I found myself on a bus going to the Ngong Ping highlands to visit the Tian Tan or otherwise known as the "Giant Buddha", I recognized that 'peace of mind' has always been the slippery toad caught between my hands; right here this moment and gone the next.

Stairway to the Tian Tan Buddha Hong Kong

If You See Her at Honda Bay, Say Hello | Palawan

August 09, 2011

This was the continuation of the interrupted process that happened here. It was almost a mass of water as large as the sea have formed between us. I could feel the blank and puzzled stare at my shoulder. I too could only look at her with amazement at how things could turn around so quickly. Maybe it has always been my weakness that I always force someone to pick up a hammer and hit my head with it. The boat ride was extra torture as it travels at half the speed of ordinary boats. The whole trip though was ably made up by the ever presence of wonderful scenery across Honda Bay.

Jem Magcalas

City Mosque in Likas Bay, Kota Kinabalu

August 04, 2011

Surrounded by a man-made lagoon, the City Mosque at Likas Bay in Kota Kinabalu pulls off a floating apparition when seen from a distance. As I trudge closer from where we got off the bus, I can hear chants of worships spread out on the open air, and in a place like that with the bay fronting the opposite side and the Mosque facing it against the lagoon–the chanting bemused the ears even of those undaunted passersby. At that moment, I felt solemnity, as I quickly cut the distance between myself and this architecturally-gifted place of worship of our Muslim brothers. After gorging on street foods in Kota Kinabalu, I was finally experiencing the place in a new light and perspective.

Marky Ramone Go in City Mosque Likas Bay Kota Kinabalu

Hong Kong Food Trip

July 31, 2011

I seldom spend money for food when traveling, but I'd been wanting to rid of that habit of holding back in trying out local cuisines of places I go to, since its also a part of the over-all travel experience. That is why, one of the things I was looking forward on my trip to Hong Kong last month was to satisfy my tongue's desire to commit mass gluttony.


Sensi Backpackers Hostel in Kota Kinabalu

July 25, 2011

Since I've taken my traveling desire to a few notches higher the past couple of years, I've learned to adjust myself when it comes to choosing a place to stay. Gone are the days when I look for comfort first, rather I ask for the price first and then whatever convenience a place of accommodation presents are only considered as bonus. I've stayed in hostels wherein the bed bugs and the giant rats becomes your friend at the end of the night. Walls made of thin plywood you could hear headboards banging next room, caused by two lovers indulging in you know what. Mostly these are the 500 pesos and below types of hostel rooms. Going to Kota Kinabalu, a few friends who have been there have already told me that it is a different case there, because there are a lot of cheap hostels that are well taken care of and offers the kind of comfort a traveler needs when he/she is on the road.


Taiji in Tai O, Lantau Island | Hong Kong

July 20, 2011

Tai O is a small fishing village in an island of the same name located on the western part of Lantau—the biggest island in Hong Kong. After my trip to the Tian Tan Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery in the Ngong Ping plateau, I boarded a bus to Tai O. I reckoned I could do simple life observance in a setting contrasting the hustling and blistering high wire activity that in Hong Kong.

Cheska Lacson in Tai O, Lantau Island

Fish Eye View: Manila

July 18, 2011

A couple of years ago, I walked around the city of Manila armed with my Fish Eye II film camera. I remember buying it a few weeks prior and what better way to use it for the first time than taking a few snapshots of a city I've both learned to love and rant about. I took the LRT at Monumento and got off at Carriedo station then walked my way towards the historic Quiapo church and the Plaza Miranda.

Quiapo Church

Going Venetian Blind in Macau

July 16, 2011

The Venetian Macao is one of the usual suspects one would encounter when visiting Macau. My wham-bam thank you miss trip to Macau lasted only 10 hours so I've no choice but to explore the usual places and I didn't regretted dropping by the Venetian only because the place was really amazing. Constructed at an astounding $2.4 billion encompassing 980,000 square meters and designed after its sister hotel in Las Vegas but bigger, it now holds the distinction of being the largest casino in the world, 5th largest building in the world and the largest in Asia for any stand alone building structure. 


My 7 Links | Echoes of Past Reggaes and Blues

July 14, 2011

Hippie super mom, hardcore backpacker and fellow Pinoy Travel Blogger, Gay Emami of Pinay Travel Junkie nominated me to take part in the My 7 Links Project. It is a stirring effort from the people from Tripbase and worldwide travel bloggers "in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again."

My travel blog is a little bit over three years old that started off slowly and then snowballed in the last couple of years as my passion for traveling grew and the intention to share it to others prevailed upon me. That said, this is a nice way of revisiting past travel experiences that were serenaded by reggae songs in the midst of varying cases of feeling the blues.

Most Beautiful Post

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Hong Kong: High Rise Act

July 12, 2011

High rise skyscrapers abound in this small territory that produces massive economic activity. Many of the world's largest corporation have set up their Asian operations in Hong Kong and the end result was an unending rows of towering buildings that covers the already cloudy skies and lights up the sky once the sun goes down towards the other part of the Earth.


A Spontaneous Process Interrupted at the Underground River | Palawan

July 06, 2011

I was looking forward to this trip for two months. I was stripping my psyche about the opportunity for that one fugitive emotion to flourish in its aftermath.  Beyond that, I was also excited at the notion of writing a narrative of what transpired beyond the obvious appeal of this natural wonder of the world. My ever restless mind was rolling with fervor and the tip of my fingers are giddy to hit the keyboards similar to an infantry man watching a thousand enemy charging in, would pull his machine gun's trigger.

Jem Magcalas

Hong Kong Action Heroes

July 06, 2011

When I first saw the movie "Police Story" starring Jackie Chan as a kid I was first introduced to a double-decker bus which got me excited at the possibility of seeing one in the streets of Manila. Years gone by and no 'double-decker' bus still plies the streets of Manila but my taste for Hong Kong action films has evolved since then. Soon I was renting VHS tapes of other Jackie Chan movies, especially the ones with Samo Hung and Yuen Biao and I discovered pioneering action directors such as John Woo (pre-Hollywood days), Tsui Hark and Ringo Lam and pretty soon I was looking at the world in slow motion, with doves flying in the background and imagining gunfights happening as if it was a ballet performance.


Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden | Hong Kong

July 06, 2011

During my temple hopping in Hong Kong which I summarized in my previous post "Temples, Shrines & Monasteries" I mentioned that I will write a separate entry about Chi Lin Nunnery. The massive temple complex made me more excited about planning a visit to mainland China itself, as this place somehow managed to tickle my imagination as a preview to what I will see in the Forbidden City.  

Eileen Campos in Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden

‘Lutong’ Macau: Casino Hopping sans Gambling

July 04, 2011

I first heard about Macau when I was a kid from my late father who was a casino junkie. He love mentioning it as the mecca of gambling in Asia and it was every gambler's dream to risk their luck (and money) here at least once in their dice-rolling life. He wasn't able to fulfill that goal as he succumbed to lung cancer in the late 90's. Gone are the wealth he achieved as a young businessman, no thanks to local casinos in the Philippines. 

Kay Sison

Trainspotting in Hong Kong

June 30, 2011

I consider Hong Kong as an explore-friendly place because of its very efficient transportation system, with its MTR ("Mass Transit Railway" their version of our LRT and MRT) providing an easy mode of taking a person from point A to B and to X with easiness, comfort and minimum delays (with current accuracy rate pegged at 99.9%). Trains would come and go in a span of a few minutes producing a continuous influx and flow of commuters thereby avoiding over crowded situations even during rush hour. 


Hong Kong Walks of Life: Temples, Shrines & Monasteries

June 26, 2011

There are around 600 temples, shrines, churches and monasteries scattered around Hong Kong that represents the many religions that are present in this island with Buddhism and Taoism having the most number of faithfuls. During my first day in Hong Kong I found a 'walking tour' map of Hong Kong showing places of interests around certain MTR stations that can easily be reached through walking.

Inside Nan Lian Garden

A Hiccup at the Immigration: My Arrival in Hong Kong

June 21, 2011

My first solo trip outside the Philippines went almost without a hiccup, almost because an hour and a half hanging out inside the HK immigration office was not part of my plan. However, as I analysed the varying reasons why these things happens to a Philippine passport holder - I was surprised at what it represent as a whole, in the end I have come into a conclusion that our Government will never solve this problem by issuing diplomatic protests left and right but a call for them and for us to look in the mirror and stare what was wrong with our system and political and economic structure as well.


One More Time Around Coron | Palawan

May 29, 2011

I first visited Coron in August of 2009 in what was the peak moments of my last relationship. Not soon after, the whole thing crumbled but the memories of the place remained fond in my mind–unhinged by  life's untimely jab. Coron however, became one of my favorites among the places I've been to so far. It was a popular 'touristy' place but it does not matter as there's something about the green waters, blue skies, and the laid back seaside town that endeared to me.

Cai Abass

Mad Attempt at a Decent Underwater Photograph

May 19, 2011

An underwater camera is a 'must bring' in Coron because the sights below the water is as scenic as the ones above it. Divers spent most of the time below than above whenever they visit Coron. However, for us who have never experienced diving, we had to make do with trying to go as deep as we could just to get a decent and "post-able" photograph underwater, though it resulted into an endless array of hilarious images.


Culion Museum and Archives | Palawan

May 18, 2011

Culion Island is historic for a number of few unique reasons. One of which was its designation by the Americans to become a "segregation island" in 1901, where patients afflicted with Leprosy are brought, isolated and treated.

Mica Rodriguez

Imagining the Bloody Battles Fought at Fort Culion | Palawan

May 11, 2011
It was at the dead of the night and I was sweating because I know tomorrow's ain't guaranteed. From the darkness ahead, I can hear the war breathing of the enemy, waiting to pounce on our position, timing their attack. Any second from now I anticipate with dead reckoning the throngs of footsteps and the loud reverberations of their battle cries.

Mica Rodriguez

Bataan Visita Iglesia

May 05, 2011

Last Holy Thursday I went to Bataan for a day long 'Visita Iglesia' at some of its historic Spanish colonial churches located in the town of Samal, Abucay, Orion, Orani, Balanga and Pilar with a side trip earlier that day at the World War II memorial atop the scenic Mount Samat.

Pilar Church

Visita Iglesia