Monday, December 28, 2015

Marinduque Chronicles: Of Old Houses & Churches

Marinduque has a rich cultural and historical heritage showcased by the many old houses and churches on the island.





Monday, December 21, 2015

Explore Quezon: Of Old Houses & Churches in Tayabas & Lucban

Quezon is rich in culture and history that date back to Spanish times. There are a number of beautiful decades or even centuries old houses and churches in Lucban and Tayabas.





Monday, December 14, 2015

Lakbay Norte: Sand Dune Surfing

One of the highlights of my trip to Ilocos was sand dune surfing. I have never done it before so I was excited to try this unique activity during my trip to the north with Barefoot Travels.





Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Lakbay Norte: Beach Bumming in Ilocos

Ilocos is a very popular tourist destination as it has many of the things that will cater to any kind of tourist such as beaches, culture, food and history. It comes as no surprise as to why many Filipinos head to this region during long weekends and holidays.





Monday, December 7, 2015

Itinerary & Expenses for Bolinao, Pangasinan Trip

Bolinao is a good destination for adventure seekers looking for a quick weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila.




Thursday, December 3, 2015

Adventure Samar Out There: Sohoton National Park

Samar is not really atop lists of places to visit whenever a local or foreigner goes on vacation in different provinces in the Philippines, but for those who make the journey, it is a rewarding experience.





Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Nature at its Finest: Kalanggaman Island

Who would've thought that a small town would have a beautiful destination just beyond its shores. Palompon may not ring a bell to many foreign and domestic tourists, but the mention of Kalanggaman Island will elicit dreamy looks and thoughts of an island paradise.




Sunday, November 29, 2015

Explore Quezon: The Grand Old Houses of Sariaya

I was looking for other things to visit and do in Quezon aside from the much talked about beaches. I was directed to the grand old houses in Sariaya.





Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bolinao Chronicles: Jumping Off a Watefall Cliff and Visiting the Caves

After exploring the beaches of Bolinao, my friend and I looked for other fun stuff to do such as swimming and cliff diving in the waterfalls, swimming in a small cave and tasting a local delicacy.





Sunday, November 15, 2015

Beach Bumming in Dipaculao, Aurora

Baler is the more popular destination whenever one travels to Aurora, but Dipaculao's relative seclusion make it a notable beach destination if you're up to the adventure of getting there.





Sunday, November 8, 2015

Lakbay Norte: Paoay Church in Ilocos

The Spaniards left a lasting influence on the Filipinos, as seen by the many churches scattered in various parts of the country.




Sunday, November 1, 2015

Singapore Photodiary Hits: Getting Lost in Chinatown

Singapore is a diverse country with a mix of Malay, Chinese, and Indian, throw in expats from all over the world and you have a melting pot of cultures in a tiny city-state. I always look for free or cheap things to do in the places I visit. Singapore is one of the most expensive countries in the world, but there are still free or cheap things to do.




Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Who’s Attending? #bloggys2015



The much-awaited Philippine blogging awards is having their grand gala night on November 21, 2015. My blog has been nominated, it was such a privilege to at least be recognized after blogging for a couple of years already.



Monday, October 26, 2015

Wandering Soles: Haji Lane & Arab Street

I wasn't able to explore much of Singapore during my first trip back in 2013, but this time around, I got to see some historical streets in this city-state.





Monday, October 19, 2015

Planning & Budgeting a Month Long Trip in India

India is a massive country with many places different from each other. There is no way to fully experience this country in just a month. I only managed to scratch the surface of this beautiful, yet polarizing nation.





Monday, October 12, 2015

The End of a Journey: Trichy or Tricky?

It was my last few days in India. It felt surreal as I watched the countryside zip past me on the train from Kochi to Trichy. There was a calm yet anxious feeling brewing inside me. Is this finally the end of my trip to India or just a taste of new adventures? Would my wandering soul take me back to this beautifully crazy country? Ruminations aside, I kept my mind open on the things I could discover exploring Trichy.





Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fort Kochi: It's Getting Hot in Here

Like many cities in India, Kochi is rich in culture and history that my friend and I were eager to explore. There were several beautiful and historical destinations that made our trip worthwhile.




Monday, October 5, 2015

Kochi Chronicles: Art Attack!

I did not expect Kochi to have such a vibrant art scene. I'm no art expert but I love to see how creative people get.





Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Backwaters of Kerala

Southern India was different from the places I visited in the north. The biggest difference was the temperature, I was freezing every night in Northern India, but as soon as I arrived in Bangalore, I couldn't wait to take my jacket off. Kochi, Kerala was hotter than Bangalore, the weather reminded me of the hot summer days back home in the Philippines. The moment I stepped on the platform, I was eager to explore the beautiful city of Kochi and its surrounding attractions.





Sunday, September 27, 2015

Getting Cultured in Kochi

I only stayed for a few days in Kerala, specifically Kochi, but that didn't stop me from experiencing some of its culture.




Sunday, September 20, 2015

Beach Vibes in Patar, Bolinao

The most popular destination in this side of Pangasinan is Alaminos, because of Hundred Islands, but Bolinao is also worth a look for beach goers who want a quick, weekend respite from the bustle of Metro Manila




Monday, September 14, 2015

The Garden City of Bangalore

I've heard from friends that Bangalore isn't much of a city to visit, it is the kind of place you live and work in. Nonetheless, I kept an open mind as I wandered around the city.





Monday, September 7, 2015

My Last Stop In Rajasthan with a Pur In It: Udaipur

Udaipur was the last place I visited in Rajasthan. Udaipur was just as chill and relaxed as other parts of the region.





Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Discovering The Blue City of Jodhpur

Jodhpur is known as the 'Blue City' because of the many blue structures seen from the Mehrangarh Fort. Exploring this beautiful city was well worth the trip.




Monday, August 31, 2015

High Above the City State: Experiencing the Singapore Flyer

Singapore is known for their innovations and how they manage to do so much with so few resources. The Singapore Flyer is a testament to the country's innovation.





Sunday, August 23, 2015

Jaisalmer Chronicles: Desert Safari & Camels!

After exploring the city, I was aching to try something new --- a desert safari! I have heard good things about the desert safari from friends and fellow travelers who have done it.





Sunday, August 16, 2015

Of Havelis & Maharajas: Jaisalmer's Heyday

Jaisalmer is a fascinating city that has a rich past and beautiful architecture. The havelis of the rich and powerful of Jaisalmer still stand today.

Because it was cold and my pants needed to be washed.



Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Jaisalmer Fort: Rising Above the Desert

Jaisalmer is by far my favorite city in India. It's laid back ambiance, unique landscapes, and friendly people made me want to stay longer, but alas I couldn't stretch my stay longer because we had train tickets out of the city booked. But during my trip in Jaisalmer, I managed to explore one of the many majestic forts in the region.





Sunday, August 9, 2015

Jaisalmer: The City that Glitters Like Gold

Jaisalmer is a laid back town with unique, golden structures that make it my favorite place in Rajasthan. The streets are lined with golden structures that vary in shades as the sun hits its peak till it sets. The historical streets and fort are brimming with life that must have been around for decades. All these make Jaisalmer a fun town to walk around and get lost in.





Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Exploring Jaipur: The City Palace & Jantar Mantar

Jaipur has a lot to offer the intrepid tourist or traveler or nomad or any name you want to call yourself. The city is vibrant with culture and history that dates back hundreds of years ago. I got to visit the City Palace and Jantar Mantar during my stay in Jaipur.





Sunday, August 2, 2015

St. Nicholas: Filipino Food with a Twist

I was invited to a food tasting event in St. Nicholas restaurant in Mandaluyong. It was the first time I participated in this kind of event, so I was game to bring out the food connoisseur in me.




Saturday, August 1, 2015

Amber Fort: A Journey Back to Ancient Jaipur

India's forts were only warming up during my visit to Agra and Delhi, there were several others all over Rajasthan waiting to be explored. I've set my eyes on Amber Fort as soon as I arrived in Jaipur.





Sunday, July 26, 2015

Exploring Jaipur: The Pink City

I've heard good things about Rajasthan from friends who have visited the region. Our first stop in Rajasthan was the Pink City of Jaipur. I was looking forward to exploring this region after experiencing the craziness of Delhi, Agra, Kolkata, and Varanasi. The cold wind trickled into the cabin of the train, the Indian countryside whisked by, day turned into night as the sun's limp fingers slowly rested on the other side of the world. It took approximately 6 hours by train --- I was finally in Jaipur, Rajasthan.





Sunday, July 19, 2015

Qutub Minar: Ancient Ruins in Delhi

Delhi isn't just a fast-paced city that attacks the senses from all corners, it is also rich in history and culture. My friend and I managed to visit one of the most prominent ancient ruins in India, Qutub Minar.




Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Chaos of Delhi

Delhi is a fascinating place to visit, with its crazy traffic, poverty, history, and distinct culture. We didn't get to stay long in this crazy, beautiful city, but it was a fun ride nonetheless.




Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Other Attraction in Agra: Agra Fort

When people mention Agra, the first thing that comes to mind is the Taj Mahal. But there is another noteworthy attraction just a few minutes from the Taj. The Agra Fort is a destination you can't miss while in Agra.





Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Holy Sarnath Temple

Aside from the Ganges River and the surrounding chaos of Varanasi City, Sarnath Temple is a noteworthy destination for intrepid travelers.




Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Mother Ganges River

I've seen photos and videos of the Ganges River online and on TV, but I never thought that I would be able to visit this place. The chaos and the ancient way of life were just pictures and videos from some far away land, and now I got the chance to get right in the thick of things.




Sunday, June 14, 2015

Kolkata: A Glimpse Into India

It was my first time traveling to India. The first stop of my month long trip around India is Kolkata. I didn't know what to expect aside from the stereotypes about India I've heard from friends. I kept an open mind on what to expect as the hours of my flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kolkata wilted away as the plane made its final descent.




Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Itinerary & Expenses for Vietnam Trip

During my second trip to Vietnam, I stayed for approximately 3 weeks. I traveled from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue, then back. It was a fun trip and I managed to stay within my budget.




Friday, June 5, 2015

The Kitschiness of Da Lat

Da Lat was the last stop I visited during my three weeks adventure in Vietnam. The cool weather was refreshing; it was definitely different compared to the usual hot, humid, and rainy weather I experienced in the country.





Monday, June 1, 2015

The Majestic Pongour Falls

I was in Da Lat during my last few days in Vietnam. I was looking for something to do other than go canyoning because it was quite expensive and I was at the tail-end of my budget. A friend who has been to Da Lat told me about Pongour Falls. After seeing some pictures, I decided to head to see the waterfalls.




Monday, May 25, 2015

Getting Off the Map: Journey to Batad

I joined Barefoot Travels as they embarked on a journey to Batad, home to the amphitheater-like rice terraces included on UNESCO's heritage list.





Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Forbidden City of Hue

Towards the last leg of my trip around Vietnam, I visited Hue, Vietnam's ancient capital. I did not know what to expect during my trip, but I kept an open mind to absorb as much as I can. Hue was the former capital, cultural, and religious center of Vietnam during its heyday.




Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Royal Tombs of Hue

I visited some of the royal tombs of the former emperors of Vietnam during my stay in Hue. Going to the ancient tombs of the former emperors gave me insight into their personalities.




Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Lakbay Norte: Journey to Ilocos from South to North

Ilocos has several noteworthy destinations that has made it a popular tourist spot for Filipinos. The region has a UNESCO Heritage Town, white sand beaches, historical structures, delicious food, and unique landscapes that attract different kinds of travelers.




Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Fallen Ruins of My Son

I am a sucker for anything that's old, in a ruinous state, and is hundreds of years old. So when I discovered that My Son has temple ruins, I decided to include it in my itinerary during my trip to Central Vietnam.




Thursday, May 7, 2015

Art & Science Collide: A Visit to the Art Science Museum Singapore

I admit that I have only been to very few art exhibits but when I returned to Singapore I couldn't pass up going to the Art Science Museum for their Da Vinci exhibit.




Monday, May 4, 2015

Marinduque Chronicles: Poctoy White Beach

Like many islands in the Philippines, Marinduque has its own white beach. I managed to visit this beautiful place during my trip to the island province.