Remember your childhood, playing all sorts of crazy games? If you recall traditional games or “parlor games” like patintero, you’re most likely a child of the 80s and below. If your recollection of crazy games involves an electronic gadget, from cellphones and tablets and PS4, you’re probably a millenial, also known as a hi-tech couch potato. In any case, we’d like to believe that anyone with a fun childhood knows hide and seek. It’s really easy — everybody hides, one unlucky soul seeks everyone (or mom hides the cookies, you go figure out where it’s stashed). And in the game of hide and seek, there’s always one kid who’s too “healthy” for his own good, who’d stick out no matter how he tries to squeeze himself in some corner or behind the curtain. It’s an easy find, really; easier to hide a huge cargo truck from the traffic enforcers. Continue reading Photo of the Day: Hide and Seek, Butanding
Not all things are created equal. The equality in nature lies in the exposure to the same elements. What one makes of it, how one deals with it, enhances the inequity. Take sunsets, for instance. We all experience sunsets. But not all sunsets are created equal. The sunset of Boracay, or along Manila Bay or the golden sunset of Batangas is different from your sunset. The sunset of Banaue is equally different. On top of the mountains, overlooking the clouds, chilled by cold breeze, and closer to heaven, this Banaue sunset stands on a different plane, literally and figuratively. I mean, c’mon, look at those rich colors. Rich but muted. It’s like Pia Wurtzbach wearing plain white shirt and jeans — you see something universally beautiful, earthly beautiful rather, but you know there’s something more. Perhaps we can ask the one who took the photo, the lovely JM Diaz (visit and follow her instagram account, @jayeeemm), how this sunset is different. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: How’s your Sunset?
It’s been months since we’ve posted the last Photo of the Day and a lot has happened since then. To metion a few, we now have a Miss Universe, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, after more than 40 years, and the Christmas season has just passed. No suprise that for a lot of us, January is a difficult time, with that extra weight and all. So what better way to start the year by featuring something light — very light that it (or she) floats. On water. In paradise. Around Malalison Island, Antique. I’m talking about this awesome photo by Den Marie Balingit, who loves Pinas, she says and clearly looks like it (visit and follow her instagram account, @travelniden). I mean, wow! Just by looking at the photo, you’ll feel the gentle sting of the tropical sun on your exposed skin, the burn beautifully soothed by the rhythmic tumult of tiny cool waves that frolic on the white sand below. Anybody who consumed enough fats and calories over the holidays will definitely float, no problem. All you have to do is kick up, spread your arms, rest your head on the water, and let go of anything that burdens you. It’s paradise, you see. And we have plenty of those right here in the Philippines. So, still wonder why #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines? Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: No Problem at Malalison Island, Antique
It’s not easy to take a photo of the moon. Well, yes, it’s easy to snap a photo of the sky with that glowing sphere somewhere in the shot, but capturing a nice view is a challenge. Either the shot is focused almost entirely on the moon, seeing all its arteries and pimples, like this one, or, with the moon just a blob of light, focused on the surroundings. We still have to learn the perfect trick to take a nice photo of the moon. Whatever the reason is for our own inability to capture a nice lunar moment, and perhaps because of this inability, we always appreciate a good shot when we see one. Yes, there are technically sound shots, but we better appreciate an unprepared travel shot which would almost always require the stars to align and the traveler to be ready. We’ve always said that it’s difficult, for some reason, to gaze up and appreciate the moon while confined in and around city skyscrapers. Go out to the edges of the Philippine islands (and that, ironically, could be a stone’s throw away from the city) and you’ll see the moon draped in all its background glory. There’s a time of the day when total darkness has not yet fully descended, when the sky still has remnants of the sunny blue. There’s that moment when a boat zips through the blue sea, the view framed by the white-laced tropical island silhouette, sliced through the middle by a streaking dull streak of lunar yellow, just like how a master chef uses a sharp edge to turn a straight squirt of sauce into an artistic culinary smudge. It’s not surprising that when we saw this photo of the moon over Mactan Island (Cebu) by Shan -— who practices Aesthetic Medicine and enjoys experiencing beauty, passion and joy around the world — we got hooked (check her Instagram account, @chefjade, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Mactan Moon
We’ve seen a few waterfalls and we’ve heard about the Kawasan Falls in Cebu, but we haven’t seen a photograph like this one, courtesy of Michael Credo (check his Instagram account, @i_am_laagan for more photos). We’ve also seen tons of selfies, or groufies in this instance, but this one is not too obvious. We didn’t notice the selfie stick until later. It beautifully blends with the bamboo raft used to bring the guests under the waterfalls. Imagine that, the perfect water massage with your friends. And the fun thing about it? You really can’t tell anyone to soften the pressure or lower the volume of water. Either you make it or you don’t. This one is for hardcore wanderers, not for whiners. We’ve tried this crazy dare in Pagsanjan and we can say that it’s definitely not for the weak of heart and definitely not for those who have thin skin (or low pain threshold). It’s like a heard of cows, some small and some huge, happily stomping all over your back. It’s fun, really. So, next time you’re in Cebu, go find Kawasan Falls, try to get an awesome photo, and tag us so we can tell the world about it. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Kawasan Falls
We’ve said this before and we’ll say this again: Boracay is one of our few favorite beach destinations. This island-paradise is overflowing with experience — the sun, the sand, the fun, the party, the island vibe. If you zone out the maddening crowd for a few seconds, the whole Boracay experience becomes one beautiful sensory overload. It’s beautiful, absolutely gorgeous. And the Boracay sunset? Surreal. This photo, courtesy of Jade Sadugas — a cake artist/ chef de cuisine, speciality pastry chef in UAE, CreoleCakes owner, photographer, painter, marketing manager, SEO and senior financial analyst (check her Instagram account, @chefjade for more photos), reflects what we would do — capture the sunset so we can bring it home. On some rainy days, while looking at the photos, you don’t remember the shot; you remember the experience. You remember the warmth of the Boracay sun as it floods your skin with a million happy memories. You feel the wonderful feeling rushing back. And this is why this photo derserves to be here. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Immersed in Boracay Sunset
An infinity pool, a type of swimming pool that is becoming the fad these days, is carefully designed to achieve a seemless transition between the water of the pool and the surrounding vista, usually the sea and the sky. It’s beautiful, yes, but it also costs a lot of money to create. If you want to experience something more awesome that was created for free, but counts a lot of centuries to get this beautiful, you head to the many nature destinations of the Philippines. Take, for instance, a uniquely-named lagoon, Tayak Lagoon, found in a weirdly-named but sexy-sounding place, Caramoan (Camarines Sur). No, my dear, it’s not “ka-ra-mown;” it’s “ka-ra-mo-wan.” In Tayak Lagoon, the serene waters reflect the rock wall and the sky. We haven’t been there, and we surely love to go one of these days, but there are a lot of fellow travelers who have visited this sanctuary and came back with awesome photos. One lucky lady is Jane, a wanderbug from the Philippines, now based in the sunny side Abu Dhabi, UAE (check her Instagram gallery for more photos). They had to do a “bit” of walking, she said, before they got to Tayak Lagoon. We have a sneaky feeling that her statement about the “bit” of walking is an understatement, but it’s definitely something we look foward to undertake in the near future. It’s always fun to discover, no matter how challenging the path is, the kind of nature’s showcase waiting for us at the end of the journey. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Tayak Lagoon
We’ve seen hundreds of great surfing photos. We’ve seen many awesome photos in better known surfing havens like Siargao and Baler. We’d feature those photos, hopefully within the days of summer, but let’s start the ball rolling (or shall we say, waves rolling?) with this one, a quick glimpse of a free-spirited surfing newbie, Pamela Jane Ducusin (@itspamelajane, check her gallery for more awesome photos), showing her stuff at Bagasbas Beach, Daet, Camarines Norte. It’s not really among the usual great shots — veteran surfers getting wiped out by thunderous waves, or cool sun-tanned wahini gracefully guiding the surf board through the angry sea. But there’s something about this photo, this lovely lady, Pamela. There’s that tilted body (probably because of the weight and size of that board) that goes with that bright smile — it’s the satisfied and giddy smile of someone who has gone beyond the white waves and came back in one piece. Oh, well, we can’t possibly fully explain the emotion. Why don’t you guys head out to the Philippines’ surf destinations, experience it first-hand, and then come back to tell us how it feels. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Surfing Fun
One trait of a Filipino traveler is the strong adherence to the time-honored principle of pasalubong, or the irresistible urge to bring home an item — be it food or other knickknacks that is associated with the destination. Another trait would be the sweet tooth. The Philippines is a haven of everything sweet. These are the reasons why, we’ve recently realized, it’s surprising that we haven’t featured any food item as Photo of the Day. This has to change, we thought, when we came across this beautifully strange photo by @cjaypatron (check his instagram account for more photos). It reminds us of the rich colors of the Philippines, from fun halo-halo to traditional capiz-square windows. @cjaypatron found this colorful treat in Lucban, Quezon (which is famous for its Pahiyas Festival), a cross between pastillas and marshmallows. Pastimallows, in short. Now, give it a try next time you’re in Lucban. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Pastimallows, Anyone?
A trek to Mt. Pinatubo, which ranks high among the most destructive volcanic eruptions in the Philippines or in the world, is in our travel bucket list. We could imagine that the trek to the mouth of this volcano is not a walk in the park, but we’ve gathered that it’s going to be awesome (for nature buffs, at least). We could imagine that trekkers should be ready to sweat it out, which is ok because something this beautiful should not be conquered lightly. Then, of course, for the purists who would choose to shun the 4×4 ride and insist on the old-school trek towards the crater, it looks like a challenge to keep dry with the waterways to cross, as we could gather from this photo of 365postcardsoftravel (who says she’s a dreamer, an optimist, a hobbyist photographer and backpacker, an aspiring musician, a work in progress, and a student/lover of life and success; check her instagram account for more photos). We’ll conquer Mt. Pinatubo one of these days, and when we do, you bet your neon-yellow backpack that we won’t be dry. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Keeping Dry in Pinatubo