Petra | Jordan. A rose-red city half as old as time
San Vicente | Palawan. Counting solitary strides.
Taj Mahal | India. A teardrop on the cheek of time
Catanduanes Island. Postcard-pretty slideshow.
Keep Kalm (at Kalanggaman Island | Leyte).
Nikko | Japan. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil in this UNESCO heritage town.
Counting temples in Bagan | Myanmar.
Chasing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka.
Where to Stay? | Luxury, Backpacking & Glamping
Inaul Festival | Maguindanao. In homage of a weaving tradition

Lake Bulusan: Where Bad Folks Don’t Go | Sorsogon


According to the Meat Puppets, bad folks end up in a lake of fire. The good folks, though end up in some scenic lake elsewhere. I have reasons to feel like we were a bunch of good folks heading to Bulusan Volcano Natural Park that day. Accompanied by the humble Mayor Ronel Lim of Gubat, Sorsogon and a day removed from kick starting the book sharing project. We set foot and gazed our eyes at this body of water covered by a lush forest. The calm presence of this lake presents a stunning contrast to a force of nature situated beside it. Lake Bulusan is located at the foot of Mount Bulusan, a still active volcano which stands 5,135 feet and last erupted in February 2011.

a quiet day in Lake Bulusan

The sky was overcast with tiny specks of sunlight seeping through the tiny holes in the clouds, as if its torn between pouring rain or giving sunshine. We proceeded anyway, boarding each kayak boats by pair. The water was glassy, and paddling around the scenic lake was like a–well kayak in the park. I saw birds flying over us and into the thick forest. 


The sounds of various creatures echoes off vicariously throughout and reverberate enough just to give you a metaphysical experience. The back of my head throbs just a little, as if feeling out the stares of a thousand unseen pair of eyes, from earthly-creatures hanging from tree branches, while we kayak. It surely feels like the whole place is beaming with life both seen and unseen. *twilight zone soundtrack*

Marky Ramone Go

Also home to endemic species of fresh water fish, the water starts out colored green and gets darker when it gets deeper due to its mixture of muddy and rocky waterbed. Swimming provides additional thrill as you won't see anything below. You could only feel slimy things touching your legs from. It's not hard to imagine some ravenous underwater monster prowling underneath you.

Gael Hilotin with Ronel Lim and James Betia and Marky Ramone Go

I'm a water person even though I could not swim to save my life. I've been to many lakes around the Philippines and Bulusan Lake is one of the few I wouldn't mind going back to over and over again. Which we did, after the successful opening of the Rizal Elementary School Library in Gubat, Sorsogon. This time we were composed of a larger group thrown inside a convoy of two jeepneys. On my second time in Bulusan Lake, I did the kayaking once again with Lauren and Christine aboard a two-person raft which had us mastering the art of balancing so as not to flip over.