Postcard Series: BNP Capones | Tawi-Tawi

September 30, 2017

A boatload of good karma fell on our laps when faced with a few days of being stuck in Zamboanga, the Philippine Coast Guard offered to hitch us all the way to Tawi-Tawi. Since the BNP Capones is also en route to patrol the waters of Celebes and Sulu Sea as a security for the upcoming Agal-Agal Festival, we unanimously said yes. As opposed to traveling a day later on a packed and slower passenger boat, we enjoyed the modern amenities of the ship. We even had a boodle fight of curacha crabs on the deck on the way back.

Philippine Coast Guard

Raging Bull Chophouse and Bar at Shangri-La The Fort | Manila

September 28, 2017


A few months ago, I landed a 900-word article writing gig that paid me a decent sum on top of a full-board three-night stay at Shangri-La Hotel at the Fort in Taguig. Of course, I did nothing but relax, get a massage and tried out the restaurants located inside the towering property. Where I had dinner on my first night was the Raging Bull Chophouse and Bar.

Ayi Del Rosario

Standing on the Shoulders of Isla de Gigantes

September 03, 2017

I found myself inside a van with a few friends heading to a group of positively raved Islas in the Western Visayas Sea only a 3-hour sleep removed from walking on the rain-soaked streets of Iloilo City. A few moments later, I was staring at the radiant skies above after a few hours of land travel. Mia had reservations about continuing due to the bad weather in Iloilo earlier in the evening, but the sight that greeted us at the port of Carles screamed of a setting perfect for frolicking over powdery sands with a beer in hand.

Rajasthan on my Mind | India

September 01, 2017

Many-a-times I am always asked by friends about my favorite place in India, and each time I would answered with Rajasthan, I would be met with a surprised reply ‘What about Taj Mahal in Agra? Or New Delhi?’ While, my month-long initial trip to India took me to many breathtaking places which also has given me so much cultural and spiritual widening experiences such as Varanasi, Agra, Cochin, Mumbai and Kolkata - the places I visited in the state of Rajasthan left a collection of fascinating images in my mind; of stunning desert landscapes, grandiose forts and palaces, colorful bazaars, friendly people and delicious food.