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Jumpstart Your 2017 (Cliff Jumping in Fortune Island Resort, Nasugbu, Batangas): Photo of the Day

The New Year revelries are done — Christmas lights and decorations brought down and packed for the next year, the extra pounds starting to weigh down your belly, and the worries of 2016 left behind. It’s time to face 2017. So, how do you jumpstart the year? Most people do New Year’s resolutions. Some people, however, take it literally. Like Tom Sawyer (check his Instagram account, @whataboutpao, for more photos), enjoying the sun and sea, and jumping off the cliff in Fortune Island Resort, Nasugbu, Batangas. Looks fun. You brave enough to do it? Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Jumpstart Your 2017 (Cliff Jumping in Fortune Island Resort, Nasugbu, Batangas): Photo of the Day

Anniversary Date? Try a Romantic Drink while Diving in Anilao, Batangas: Photo of the Day

When it comes to relationship anniversaries, it seems that the billions of people around the world have done almost everything than can possibly be done to make the celebration unique and special. For a change, how about having the anniversary drinks underwater? “Tara, shot?”, as Gen Santiago (check her Instagram acount, @gensantiago, for more photos) said while diving off the coast of Anilao, Batangas, a favorite diving area close to Manila. Top that! Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Anniversary Date? Try a Romantic Drink while Diving in Anilao, Batangas: Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day: View from Fortune Island (Nasugbu, Batangas)

How life affects us sometimes depends on which side we look at. Take, for instance, the Fortune Island. We already featured this sleepy island off the coast of Nasugbu, Batangas, with its architectural stamp that resembles Greece. We can choose to admire the abandoned stone structures or we can talk about why it was abandoned. On the other hand, we can choose to look around and marvel at how nature can be so beautiful. Just like how Neon Ibanez saw it (follow his Instagram acount, @neonbytesxx; a traveler, backpacker, wanderer, explorer). No words needed, really. Just look. And admire how beautiful the Philippines is. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: View from Fortune Island (Nasugbu, Batangas)

Photo of the Day: Misty Gulugod-Baboy (Anilao, Batangas)

The mist disorients a lot of people; almost all, perhaps. It clogs our normal perception of depth in this world. On top of a mountain, it covers what is normally a breathtaking panorama that should continually tickle our sense of beauty as we scan the horizon from side to side. But the mist, or fog, oftentimes forces us to focus on what’s in front of us, to focus on the journey more than what lies at the end of the trek. Imagine climbing Mt. Gulugod-Baboy, expecting to see the rolling hills overlooking the sea in Anilao, Batangas. Imagine seeing a white wall of fog, covering the view. We don’t know how thick the mist gets in Anilao, but we can imagine the fog of Tagaytay that lifts as the sun rises, giving back the majestic view of Taal Lake. But, imagine — you get to the top with no photo to share with the world, just the sheer joy of the trek. That would be awesome. A traveler without a selfie, just the satisfaction of the adventure. Any photo of the moment would just be a bonus, and fortunately for Neon Ibanez, he got lucky that day  (check his Instagram account, @neonbytesxx, but be warned that you may not want to leave because of the nice photos). Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Misty Gulugod-Baboy (Anilao, Batangas)

Photo of the Day: Red is the New Black

Yep, the shoes are white, not red. The rocks are red, though. And it’s the new black. Travel, we mean, is the new black. It’s gaining momentum nowadays — airfare is getting more affordable, people have more appetite for exploration, instagram/facebook is boring without awesome travel photos. Many travelers, however, wander and explore to cleanse the mind and inspire the soul. Some sights are simply breathtaking. Take, for instance, this photo of the red lava rock in Taal Volcano‘s crater, photo courtesy of Noemi Ruth Hernandez (check her Instagram account, @doyounoemi, for more photos). Saying “Taal Volcano” is quite tricky because you can also say “Taal Lake” or “Taal Volcano within a lake within a volcano” and still be correct. It’s an active volcano. Yep, an ACTIVE volcano, which means it is, uhm, not dormant. It can explode, yes, something which is probably not in the minds of those dining in bulalo at Leslie’s or lounging at Balai Isabel. It’s probably the least of Noemi‘s concern when she took this nice photo. Explorers are crazy, you know, which is actually a good thing. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Red is the New Black

Photo of the Day: Blue Monday

If we compile songs about Monday, a central them will emerge — Monday is not exactly the most popular day of the week. Descriptions range from manic Monday to blue Monday. The very first day of the week is supposed to make you feel blue. It’s about getting back to work or school just when you’re beginning to get settled in whatever you’re doing during the weekend. It’s about the start of deadlines to last for the next five days, straight. Ain’t pretty to many but, ahem, we love all days of the week. Imagine, however, spending an extremely blue Monday. Literally. I mean, getting swamped with blue waters and blue sky somewhere in Lian, Batangas, like this gorgeous photo from the lovely Kate Angel Noo (@katienooo, her instragram account in case you want to check other photos in her galllery). That’s one blue Monday we look forward to. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Blue Monday

Photo of the Day: Greece in the Philippines

We have a traditional idea on how the architecture on Philippine beaches and white islands should look like — nothing. We’ve said before that the government may decide to demolish all man-made structures in, for instance, Boracay and we won’t care. What we love, in the first place, is the beach: the fine white sand and the clear waters. Now, imagine how surprising it is to see a different country on a Philippine island? Go a few kilometers off the coast of Nasugbu, Batangas and you’ll find ancient Greece in Fortune Island. The Acropolis is actually now in ruins but we still have to find out if development has continued. Still, the place has a different attraction. Here’s a sampler courtesy of the lovely Hazel Pascual (_iamstorm), a Pinay who loves food, fashion, travel and, well, practically everything. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Greece in the Philippines

Photo of the Day: Batangas Sea Gypsies

Should you decide to see the Philippines in a slower pace and ride a ship, there’s a high probability that you’ll encounter a group of kids swimming beside the boat, as the ship is about to dock. Anyone not familiar with this sight will think that the kids are putting their lives at risk by swimming too close to the ship. Why are they doing it? Well, to find out, try throwing a coin towards their direction. Nope, they won’t catch it above water. They’ll let it hit the water and catch the coin as it gracefully falls towards the bottom of the sea. These children are descendants of the best natural freedivers there is. They are most uncomfortable living on land. A few of these sea gypsies, badjaos, were spotted in the Batangas port by cherrdon, a nature lover and a volunteer, an off-the-beaten path traveller. Here’s the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Batangas Sea Gypsies

Photo of the Day: Anilao Stroll

We don’t know why JohnJohnJohn (johnnylegendary) would want to say his name not only once, not only twice, but thrice. We also don’t know why he’d do the same thing for ManilaManilaManila and HolaHolaHola. We can tell you, however, why we whispered WowWowWow when we saw his photo while taking a leisurely stroll in Anilao, Batangas. The reason? That stroll is simply amazing. Yep, that’s how they take a stroll in Anilao, a diving haven near Manila. No amount of catwalk walk (uhm, how else can you say that?) can surpass how cool the Anilao stroll is. The only way you can “out-cool” this stroll is to take a stroll underwater — freediving — in one of the best diving paradise in the world, the Philippines. No need to do it for 5 minutes, like the Badjao of the southern Philippines. Here, look at his photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Anilao Stroll

Photo of the Day: Parrot’s Beak

Pico de Loro means Parrot’s Beak in Spanish. Pico de Loro also refers to a peak in the province of Batangas, also referred to as Mt. Pico de Loro. Parrot’s Beak, on the other hand, refers to the rock protrusion in the heart of Mt. Pico de Loro. We have no idea how to get up there, but we know that it can be done, as shown in this awesome photo from Milton Sabino (_tonsworld). Time to include it in your bucket list. Here’s the photo (click to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Parrot’s Beak