We’ve featured the Feet of Summer after we noticed a pattern of feet as focus in photos of various Philippine destinations, posted in Instagram with our tag or bearing #visitpinas. We can’t also help but notice the couple shots in beautiful travel destinations. We’ll feature these couple photos here (tag us if you have such a photo, so we can add it in this post). Continue reading Love is in the Air: Philippine Travel Stories
“One sweet escape,” goes the photo caption by Erwin, a Kapuso engineer and an Adamsonian. We tried to ask for a bit of description for this photo, but we didn’t get any (yet), so we’ll use our Sherlock Holmes prowess. This one is in Bauang, La Union. In our previous post (Welcome to the Grapes Capital of the Philippines), we said that we didn’t realize grapes thrived in the Philippines since the early 1970s. The focus in the previous article are the grapes, this one on the person, most likely his significant other. The clue? Just check the next photo in Erwin’s account, with those smiles that can only mean one thing — they want a lovely pose, er, they’re in love (check his Instagram account, @erwinnavalle, for more photos). This only supports our view that travel is really not about the destination, but about emotions. Stay happy, guys! (And keep on snapping beautiful photos of the Philippines). Click the photos to enlarge. Continue reading The Grapes of La Union (and the Model): Photo of the Day
Yes, we said we’re not fond of Valentines Day, but that doesn’t mean we hate Valentines. Our first meeting originally fell on February 14. We decided to move our date because we realized it’s Valentines Day, and we don’t celebrate Valentines. Don’t get us wrong, though. We believe in romance. We believe in love. Incidentally, this lovely photo of lovers and sunset was captured in Peninsula de Punta Fuego by Fr. Jboy Gonzales (check his Instagram account, @jboygonzalessj, for more photos), a Jesuit. A Jesuit solemnized our marriage and baptized our children. A Jesuit blessed our offices. Love ’em, Jesuits. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Valentines Sunset at Peninsula de Punta Fuego: Photo of the Day
Valentines Day is around the corner. While studies have shown that the worst time, the most depressing period, for the heartbroken segment of our society is actually Christmas (ever wondered why “Pasko na Sinta Ko” is popular during Christmas?), we don’t really get to talk much about sad things during the season of joy. But heartbreaks and breakups are fair topics during Valentines. So, if you’re going through a rough patch this Valentines Day, if you’re heartbroken, or if you’ve long been single without much luck in the love department, here are the best places to go in the Philippines or things to do in the Philippines in order to heal that broken heart, all courtesy, of course, of our VisitPinas community (in instagram and facebook; we don’t imply that the folks featured here are heartbroken, they just have some cool photos). Continue reading Top 10 Philippine Destinations for the Heartbroken this Valentines
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
Here’s something we don’t see often enough — a banker-adventurer, like henson. Imagine the exciting possibilities! No ship going to your island-destination? Let’s have a syndicated loan and buy a ship. Kidding aside, one’s profession doesn’t really matter when it comes to travel and adventure. We all have our day jobs. Travel keeps us sane. And the beautiful part about it all? Meaningful travel need not be expensive. Looking at this shot from henson (follow his instagram account, @henson_gc), the place looks ordinary (unless, of course, you factor in the fact that it’s in Mt. Ugo, Itogon, Benguet) but I swear the captured moment elevates my blood sugar. I’ll grow diabetes if I keep looking at this couple. Incidentally, before deciding if he/she is “The One“, go travel together. Climb a mountain or go on a very long drive. Ride buses and stay in offroad hotels. Travel long enough and you’ll discover what your partner is really made of. While the Romans would say in vino veritas, we believe that in travel, may forever. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Travel as a Couple (Mt. Ugo, Itogon, Benguet)
Yes, we in the Philipines celebrate Valentines Day, just like all the cheesy hearts in the world. There’s the usual romantic dinner dates and trip to that quiet place, with Valentines as an excuse. Romantic messages clog cellphone networks and flood the internet. Let’s clog the internet some more. Continue reading Have a Cheesy Valentines Day!
Countless foreigners fell in love, and certainly countless more will fall in love, with the Philippines. Countless foreigners also fell in love, and certainly countless more will fall in love and get married with, a Filipina. And why are we discussing love in a travel blog? Continue reading Finding Love in the Philippines: Prohibition on Mail-Order Bride