It’s amazing when the Philippines looks like it’s not the Philippines. You go around the different islands of the Philippines, and there are more than 7,000 islands, and you discover that it looks like a foreign land. That’s certainly how we felt when we saw the karst landscape of Palawan. That’s the same feeling when we saw this lovely sunset photo of Sampaloc Lake in San Pablo City, province of Laguna, courtesy of Judy Talan (check her Instagram acccount, @judyeatworld, for more photos). Majestic, beautiful nature. Click the photo to enlarge:
Who dares, wins. That’s the motto of the SAS. Those who dare, win. That’s the phrase used by this lovely photographer, cs_jazz, in her blog. She’s Batman, she says, which is quite problematic in so many levels, but there’s no reason not to believe her description as an iska, a student of the universe, and a bar stool philosopher. Perhaps we all are. We can engage in endless dialectics, on a bar stool, with alcohol prodding our numb brain cells into philosophial overdrive. Perhaps we need to do that sometimes. It’s a fast world out there. Life moves so fast we get left behind every time we blink. It’s an endless chase for each second, a merciless chase that burns out a lot of people. But at certain milestones, we need to cut back, inhale deeply, recharge, refocus. Sharpen our body and soul. It’s a necessary process that we can do in so many hidden corners of the Philippines, like the Anghalo Falls in San Felipe, Zambales (photo courtesy of @cs_jazz; check her Instagram account, @cs_jazz, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Anghalo Falls (San Felipe, Zambales): Photo of the Day
This lovely photo struck us with the force of a thousand long hair strands. It reminds us of the animated movie Tangled, the updated story of Rapunzel as told by Disney Animation. It’s about a princess who was abducted by a witch but, in the end, met his prince and lived happily ever after. The power of regeneration, the fountain of youth as it were, came from a flower that fell from the sky onto a hidden portion of the mountain. Powerful flower, really. Now, look at this awesome photo again. What do you see? Yes, you see the majestic Tarak Ridge in Mariveles, Bataan, with its fog-capped tops (incidentally, we love how the soft light highlights this lady’s strong shoulders, merging beautifully with the mountain ridges). But we’re not referring to the ridge. Look again. The lady with her mysterious face turned from the camera? Yes, that’s a lovely lady, Yesmeen Frani — a wanderer, wonderer, and student of life (check her Instagram account, @ysmnfrani). But we’re not referring to her, either. Look closer. Notice that flower on Yesmeen’s hair. Yes, that’s it. Imagine the physical exertion of climbing Tarak Ridge early in morning, reaching the summit all sweaty, yet fresh as a dew-caressed flower. A lot of people can climb a mountain. Not everyone can climb it with style and grace. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: The Flower of Tarak Ridge (Mariveles, Bataan)
Baler is in our travel bucket list for one simple reason — surfing and the good vibe that goes with this sport. We’re not surfers. We’re simply curious about the huge interest in Baler’s surfing scene. We’ve long resolved to cover Baler, almost eight years from the time we finally found the right time and the perfect reason — the perfect storm, if you will — to go there. It was a few days after a strong storm, Typhoon Lando, hit Baler. Here’s our trip itinerary and story (we’ve sandwiched the helpful information, tips and suggestions in the text of the article, just for fun). Continue reading Baler (Aurora) Itinerary and Surfing Adventure
Getting upstairs is more fun in the Philippines, through the scenic view and cool atmosphere of the Banaue Rice Terraces. Commuting is more fun in the Philippines, through the clean and crystal-clear waters of Palawan. Even status updates are more fun, with underwater photos of you diving after a huge whale shark in Donsol. Continue reading It’s More Fun in the Philippines!
The distinct sound of the bell floats through the hot summer air off an island 48 kilometers west of Manila. This is Corregidor Island. The round, high-pitched sound of the bell tells everyone to get out from the ruins and gather at the tram. The tour operators don’t use modern car horns; they use the traditional bell. This may be a cute gimmick to incorporate the old ways. I’d like to believe that it’s more than that. Continue reading A Tour Through History in an Island called Corregidor
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There are times when the experience, when basking in the sights and sounds of nature, is too expansive and there’s a need to break it into smaller pieces, hoping that the smaller attempts to describe the experience would be reasonably enough. Continue reading Bohol Trip Itinerary: Enjoying Nature and History