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Monday, January 22, 2018

Answering the Call of Adventure on Tarak Ridge


Ever since I left my college mountaineering club in the University of Santo Tomas, I have trekked to the mountains few and far between. It felt like a romantic separation that left me searching for ways to reconnect with. I would plan hiking trips here and there, only to shelve it in favor of a trip to the beach. Despite my deep interest in hiking taking a backseat, the call of the great outdoors remained loud and I know that it was just only a matter of time before I stepped on the jagged Philippine mountains again.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

12 Must-Try Flavorful Regional Dishes in the Philippines


Describing Filipino food is similar to discussing the film Inception – because of the varying layers that comprises it. When you think you figured out the overall character of Filipino cuisine, venturing into another province will once again introduce you to another strata of taste, texture and smell – essential food traits that exist distinctly in each regions of the Philippines. To give you an idea of the diversity of Filipino cuisine, here are some appetizing provincial gastronomies being prepared and served all over the country – to which I and these foodies whom I asked for recommendation, echoes a must-try endorsement.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Bataan | Trail to Ambon-Ambon Falls


It was almost an hour into our hike when we reached the edge of a boulder ravine dropping to more than a hundred feet. I saw our guide took out his rope and instantly proceeded behind the trees. “Wait for us, we’re just going to fix the rope” he told us in Tagalog. I took a peek and figured it would have been a very hurtful fall - with major broken bone ramifications, if one slid down to the bottom.  This was just one of the many obstacle course-like trail characteristics of the path leading to Ambon-Ambon falls. It looks moderate when you consider the distance of two hour and a half away, but going through all presents a set of challenging yet fun adventure moments.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Keep Chasing Spectacular Wow Moments | A Birthday Essay


It was a bipolar year once again. Just the way I like it. The Gods know me really well. Another set of 360 days and so, filled with sprinkled moments of ‘spectacular wow’, sandwiched with threadbare bouts of sadness, just passed by.

There is something beautiful in reveling in sadness”, given happiness’ brilliance in showering positive energy to my life, I must pay homage to the role of the 'blues’ in shaping the way I look at the world. Without it, my pursuit of bliss will go down in an unremarkable manner.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Fun, Cultural and Family-friendly Activities in Clark, Pampanga


The former site of a United States Air Force Base and once was the most strategic military position of America in the Far East; Clark, Pampanga has morphed into a highly developed city within a city. Known today as the Clark Freeport Zone – it currently houses modern infrastructures serving as a major hub for tourism, business, aviation, education, manufacturing and other leading industries. The robust development which started in 1995 after years of neglect brought on by the departure of the US Military and the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, Clark Freeport Zone quickly became the leisure, entertainment and gaming center in Central Luzon.

Country in Focus: Myanmar | Why You Should Visit it Now


A little over a decade ago, many locals in Myanmar can swear about seeing a foreigner as rare as a super moon. Today, those rarity has become a commonplace occurrence – as Myanmar have opened its doors to tourism in the last several years. Travel to the country formerly known as Burma has become so easy, as long as travelers from other countries (except those from neighboring Southeast Asian nations), book their Myanmar visa here before they fly to either Yangon, Bagan or Mandalay.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Traveloka | the Legit Go-to Travel App for Flights and Hotel Bookings

As a travel writer I always find myself needing to book a flight or an accommodation almost spontaneously. Most of the time when I am on the tail-end of travel writing assignment, I extend my trip in order to cover more places. And in each time, I always score myself cheap flights and hotels via Traveloka – which I now consider as my go-to travel app. There has been a lot of apprehensions whenever a traveler books a flight through third-party app other than a website’s official app. I understand where the doubts are coming from, but I guarantee that I have never experienced even a slight problem with my numerous bookings made via Traveloka.