Tag Archives: Sagada

5 Traits of a Traveler: Philippine Travel Stories

A traveler, by definition, is a person who moves around from place to place. A wanderer, on the other hand, is a traveler who wanders aimlessly. Beyond these definitions, we go by what Gandalf said, that “not all those who wander are lost.” For those who seek travel with a purpose — regardless of whether the purpose is with the act of traveling itself, or of the destination, or of both the journey and the destination — traveling, or wandering, requires a set of emotional, mental and physical skill sets. Let’s tackle five of those. Continue reading 5 Traits of a Traveler: Philippine Travel Stories

Love is in the Air: Philippine Travel Stories

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

Memories of Summer: Warm Thoughts for the Rainy Season

If you haven’t heard the weather agency, PAGASA, declaring the end of summer, the heavy rains in the past days would definitely drive home the point that the Philippines has two seasons — the rainy season and the very rainy season. Well, it has been fun while summer lasted. We sure have enough memories of sunny days to last us the entire rainy season. We’re also sure that you guys saved enough photos of summer. So, in memory of Summer 2017, let’s feature some of your photos. Continue reading Memories of Summer: Warm Thoughts for the Rainy Season

Fresh Strawberries and Yoghurt in Sagada: Photo of the Day

This photo by Jovic FerrerImages (check his Instagram account, @ferrerimages, for more photos) comes with a simple caption: “Yoghurt with fresh strawberries and honey. At Strawberry Cafe, Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines.” It’s deceptively simple, though. While anyone can get strawberries at their favorite supermarket, these ones are picked fresh from the nearby gardens. And while anyone can have yoghurt-strawberries combo as a treat, it’s just a mere icing on the cake, so to speak, in Sagada. You see, you don’t go to Sagada for the strawberries. It’s just a bonus. You go there for the cool mountain air, the sprawling mountain views littered with pine trees, and, of course, the lovely spelunking adventures. Even Batman would love Sagada. You go to Sagada to fall in love with nature or fall (more) in love with the person with you. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Fresh Strawberries and Yoghurt in Sagada: Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day: Philippine Jeepney

It’s not surprising that the ubiquitous jeepney, the King of the Road in the Philippines, is somewhat better depicted in its representations. It is, after all, one of the icons in Philippine travel, a constant feature in souvenir shops. One such reincarnation is a restaurant tissue holder (in Jeepney Boodle Fight along Maginhawa Street, QC), here captured by Janine Realubit (@janinerealubit), who is apparently proud of three things — arki, FEU and photography. We won’t be surprised if she’d associate the jeepney with That Thing Called Tadhana, which is a movie gushing with mushiness we can’t help but fall in love with the Philippines. C’mon, tell us, who doesn’t love this movie? We enjoyed the sceneneries of the Philippines — Manila, Baguio and Sagada — equally with the kilig moments). But, hey, back to the jeepney (which was the mode of transport, in the movie, from Baguio to Sagada). Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Philippine Jeepney

Photo of the Day: Alamid Coffee

Some things are wonderfully confusing. For instance, Ms. Chelsea M. Portillano says she likes “taking naps and eating pizza” yet she’s gone all the way to Sagada to try, not pizza, but civet cat coffee — better known as kapeng alamid in the Philippines. Then there’s alamid coffee itself, which is more expensive than ordinary coffee yet, in the words of Chelsea, is “made from undigested coffee beans from civet cat poop! Basically, I’m drinking poop!” Thanks, Chelsea, for being so adorably graphic. It’s expensive because you don’t encounter a civet cat on a daily basis and collecting the coffee beans (stuck in that civet “stuff”) it’s not really a walk in the park. It is said to taste good because the stomach enzymes of the civet cat seeps into the coffee bean, giving it a totally awesome taste (if you’ve tried it, please tell us how you’d rate the taste). Not for the weak of heart (or, more properly, weak stomach). Here’s an awesome photo (click to enlarge) of the civet coffee served in an immaculately-clean white cup, with the civet, uhm, “stuff” at the left side. Continue reading Photo of the Day: Alamid Coffee