Mt Pulag - Jan 2014 Cape Engaño - May 2011 Camiguin Norte Cavinti, Laguna Palaui, Santa Ana Cagayan Halsema Highway
Mt Pulag - Jan 2014

Cape Engaño - May 2011
Camiguin Norte
Cavinti, Laguna

Palaui, Santa Ana Cagayan

Halsema Highway

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Cagbalete, Mauban, Cagbalete Sunrise,
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Cagbalete was not our intended destination that weekend.  A day before our planned trip, my road trip buddy, Mike, sent me an SMS saying that he needed to be home for lunch by Sunday.  So I opened google maps and looked for coastal towns & islands that fit these criteria – a drive that’s not […]

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Liliw church
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Visita Iglesia,  an annual Catholic tradition of visiting 7 churches usually done on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday.    A popular destination for this practice is the province of Laguna because it is home to several remarkable churches built during the Spanish Colonial era and is a short drive south of Metro Manila. Here’s a quick guide to […]

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Sibang Cove
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Sibang cove is probably one of the best unspoiled beach in the Philippines.  What I love about this place is the soft powdery white sand, the crystal clear waters and the fact that the place is so remote.  Getting there is only part of the adventure – a 600 km road trip to Aparri, Cagayan […]

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Whenever we are in Ilocos Norte we never fail to stop at Bing Bong’s – a small town eatery where provincial buses make quick meal stops. Actually, we make this stop because right across Bing Bong’s are small stalls where fresh seafoods like lobsters & crabs are sold at very reasonable prices. A kilo of […]

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caliraya, work on the go
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Thanks to modern technology, we are now able to work while on the go.  As a social media manager, I try to be online even during breaks so I make sure I have the right gear.  Here are some must-have gear & some tips if you want to work on the go. Staying connected – […]

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let's pinangat
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At first we thought Let’s Pinangat was a call to action, but it’s not.  It’s actually the name of the owner, Letty who is one of Bicol’s pride for her pinangat.  I’ve never heard of pinangat until our recent road trip to Bicol.  Pinangat is Bicol’s version of laing, which is a blend of ground […]

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camiguin norte
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Cagayan Province is not usually in one’s road trip list – perhaps because of its distance from Manila not much has been mentioned about its beauty & history. In 2013, we were fortunate to discover some the province’s stunning beaches, islands and attractions. Day 1 : The 645 km Road Trip 12:00 ( 0.0 km)  […]

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cavinti special bibingka
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Last weekend, while driving down on the Cavinti-Luisiana road, we stumbled upon a place where the air was filled with smoke coming from little stores along the side of the road.  There were vehicles parked and people were buying something from these stores.  Curious, we decided to stop and found out that they were selling […]

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nikon
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Another filter that is essential to landscape photographers is the polarizing filter or simply called, polarizer.  What it does is to reduce the amount of light reflected by glossy materials such as metal, glass, water and even the haze in the air. Here are three basic examples of the benefits of a polarizer: Sky – […]

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Arabela Cafe, Liliw Laguna
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Known as the sandals capital of the Philippines, the quiet little town of Liliw, Laguna offers its visitors a taste of Italian Cuisine in a quaint cafe called Arabela.  The place is run & managed by the Camelo couple who has strong passion for cooking awesome dishes.  Arabela is located in the middle of Rizal […]

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valentine's at dive & trek
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Try going Italian away from the city!  In the middle of Liliw Laguna, the sandals capital of the Philippines, is a charming little place called Arabela.  Ran and managed by the Camelo couple, this restaurant offers Italian cuisine with generous servings at reasonable prices.  Make sure to try their choco lava cake for dessert. While […]

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Getting to Mt Pulags Summit
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Mt Pulag has become one of the most popular destinations for climbing – there are many tour organizers offering climb packages.  Despite being the highest peak in Luzon, Mt Pulag is very easy to climb, even for beginners – it is also very accessible and quite simple to organize.  So I made  this infographics to help […]

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Travel Apps
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After posting My 8 Travel Gadgets I can’t live without, I thought about creating a list of travel apps on my iPhone which I use most often. Waze – a GPS navigation app that adds a social component to it.  Updates such as traffic & road conditions including map errors are provided by over a […]

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Working on our budget while camped in Camiguin Norte
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I love traveling – specially roughing it out, it gives me a break from the fast-paced life.   But being away does’t mean giving up the technology that makes life easier.  In fact for me, the technology enhances my travel experience.  Here are my 8 must-have travel gadgets whenever I’m away which could also be […]

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calayan-featured
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As a kid, I only had two destinations in my bucket list, Disneyland & Calayan Island.  I was so fascinated to discover that there is an island bearing our family name.  I even once thought my ancestors owned it. Twenty years after setting foot on Disneyland – it was finally happening.  On a trip to […]

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calayan-featured
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Calayan Island isn’t an island that people would normally have in their bucket list.  You would find little information online about the island because it is quite remote so only a few people get to talk about the place. The municipality of Calayan is found in the Babuyan Channel and is composed of four islands, […]

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The  2-person Tadpole 23 by TNF is a classic.  I’ve already owned three of these because it’s lightweight, easy to set-up and has enough ventilation making it ideal for our local climate.  It has a semi-dome configuration with three poles that can withstand strong winds and a fully-sealed bathtub flooring to keep you dry even in […]

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graduated-filter-mounted
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If you love landscape photography then a graduated nd filter is a must-have.  It’s basically a filter that has a dark & a clear section where the dark section reduces the harsh light that may be coming from the sun or sky.  While you can do this in post via HDR, using this type of […]

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The lighthouse as seen form Carabao Valley
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It’s no surprise that just barely 2 months from my last visit to Cape Engano, I return to this island with my two kids, Nikki & Red & my mountaineering buddies.  One simply cannot help but fall in love with the place, the feeling of being disconnected from the world.. no electricity, no 3G connection […]

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The famous Pancit Cabagan of Aling Kikay
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I’m not really fond of pancit but in one of our trips up north, my climbing buddy, Lester suggested we made a stop at Aling Kikay’s in Cabagan, Cagayan.  The place looks like your typical “turo-turo” (eatery) found in most provinces. One thing you’ll notice when you reach the place is the number of cars […]

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