Tag Archives: Rizal

Me, Myself and my Selfie Stick: Philippine Travel Stories

The selfie stick. Banned in many crowded places for safety reasons. It won’t be necessary to ban the selfie stick if it’s not ubiquitous, and it won’t be ubiquitous unless it has an excellent purpose. You see, the selfie stick serves an important role in this era of social media — you can take your own photo without asking anyone for assistance or, in case of a groufie, without leaving anyone out of the photo. Continue reading Me, Myself and my Selfie Stick: Philippine Travel Stories

Top 15 Reasons Why You Should Not Travel with Your Friends: Philippine Travel Stories

People travel for different reasons, which, in turn, determine the number of pax in the group. Those who seek to reflect and relax may want to travel alone. Those who want to have a lovely time may want to travel in pairs. Then there are those who, God knows what their reason for travel may be, want to spend the time on the road with the barkada. Bad idea. We’re going to tell you the reasons why, and convince you that, you should NOT travel with your barkada. Continue reading Top 15 Reasons Why You Should Not Travel with Your Friends: Philippine Travel Stories

Tattooed on My Mind: Philippine Travel Stories

The Philippines is home to one of the oldest, if not the oldest, traditional tattoo artist in the world. Whang-od, the world-renowned centenarian from Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga, is often referred to as the “last” mambabatok, or a traditional Kalinga tattooist. Tattoo has always been a part of Philippine culture. If we marry tattoos and the beauty of the Philippines, like what we see in the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram, we get the following: Continue reading Tattooed on My Mind: Philippine Travel Stories

Face your Fears in Mt. Pamitinan (Rodriguez, Rizal): Photo of the Day

We all have different fears and we all have different ways of coping with those fears. We’re almost sure, however, that most people have a fear of heights. At the very least, we can speak for ourselves — we’re terrified of heights. Our palms were sweating when we watched that old Cliffhanger movie. Same thing while looking at this photo, courtesy of EA Policarpio (check his Instagram account, @edgrallan, for more photos), as he conquered Mt. Pamitinan in Rodriquez, Rizal. Good activity for those who enjoy the rough outdoors; definitely not good for us with fear of heights. Perhaps we’ll choose another fear to conquer. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Face your Fears in Mt. Pamitinan (Rodriguez, Rizal): Photo of the Day

Chilling with a View at Mt. Pamitinan: Photo of the Day

We’ve seen photos, particularly those taken at insane heights with people standing on the edge of something, that made our palms sweat. Today’s featured photo is not on the absolute extreme side, but it still made our task difficult, typing on the keyboard with sweaty hands. Sure, it would be nice to chill with an awesome view, like in Mt. Pamitinan, or to say, quoting Rasty Sanchez (check his Instagram acount, @rastyismyname, for more photos) captured sitting on Mt. Pamitinan‘s ledge, that: “You cannot keep running away from your fears. At some point in life you will have to build up courage to face and overcome them.” Nice thoughts, really. But we’d probably do that kind of meditating in some coffeeshop, or some mountain or sea resort with our feet firmly planted on the ground. Would you do it, hang out (pun intended) at Mt. Pamitinan? Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Chilling with a View at Mt. Pamitinan: Photo of the Day

Conquering Mt. Pamitinan: Photo of the Day

We’ve featured quite a number of mountain summits in this blog, but we won’t get tired of it. Doesn’t get boring. Each summit is differently beautiful (with a heart) and, more importantly, the exhiliration each climber gets is equally different. We’ve noticed, though, that ladies love to wear pink when assaulting the summit, perhaps a statement that women are on par with men in mountaineering. “Gorgeously tough,” as Ria puts it in her Instagram profile (her photo featured her; check her Instagram acount, @avariaarian, for more photos). There’s understandable pride in reaching the summit, and there’s no shame in showing it. It’s that sense of pride, personal satisfaction, and boundless exhiliration that is evident in this photo by Ria, conquering Mt. Pamitinan, located in Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez (formerly Montalban), Rizal. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Conquering Mt. Pamitinan: Photo of the Day

Flyby Pililla Windmills – Rizal Wind Farm: Photo of the Day

If you ask RaychRV to propose a surefire solution to the Metro Manila traffic mess, she’ll probably reply that the “fastest way to get around Manila” is a broomstick. Come to think of it, Harry Potter and his gang experienced absolutely no traffic problem in Hogwarts or anywhere they go, courtesy of the Nimbus 2000. We know J.K Rowling’s bestseller is a work of fantasy, but RaychRV (check her Instragram acount, @raych1009, for more photos) looks like she can do the same thing, while at the same time enjoying the view at the Pililla Windmills – Rizal Wind Farm located in Tanay, Rizal. You should try it sometime — no, not flying around the metro riding a broomstick, but snapping a cool shot while at the Pililla Windmills. Looks fun. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Flyby Pililla Windmills – Rizal Wind Farm: Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day: Golden Outdoors

The caption of this photo, captured by Yen Lim (@goyenlim), says that “today’s nature adventure” is in “Mt. Balagbag, Rodriguez, Rizal.” For us, however, it could very well say that it’s in golden paradise. It feels like a lazy Sunday afternoon when you’re staring out of the window, seeing the ebbing sun put up a good fight to stay up in the sky, and, you thought, “there goes my chance today to go out and enjoy the outdoors.” It’s never too late, of course, for tomorrow is another opportunity to see the out-of-this world sun-baked grass of summer. This photo doesn’t have the romantic cloud-covered top of Mt. Pulag or the rolling hills of Batanes. Yet, this photo looks like a lot of things, like the Gladiator’s “Elysium” or a place where you are stripped of the artificial comforts of the world — just you against the barren world. It’s a place where you’ll be stripped of pretenses and you’ll be left with what’s real, as in this case, that heartfelt smile of pure outdoor happiness. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Golden Outdoors