June 20, 2019

Mabuhaykers Log: Mt. Batulao

At this time last week, we were descending from the summit of Mt. Batulao, after enjoying the view and the slightly cooler breezes from the top. It was a relaxing trip for me as one of the rare times when I didn’t need to plan or drive! Husband and wife cycling team Mel and Julius picked the destination, set the meet up point and time, and offered their SUV for 5 of us to pile into. Going Blind The first thing I do when I’m getting ready for a climb is to check if my favorite Pinoy Mountaineer has been […]
May 31, 2019

Mabuhaykers Log: Ilocos Sur

It’s the last day of May! I’ve been home for just a handful of days since the RCS left for the US in April, then Masbate, Bicol right on time for my birthday on the 1st of May. A few weeks after that, we went to Candon, Ilocos Sur to perform at their 1st music festival. That last one, being the shortest of all the trips, is the one I’ve been able to sum up (somewhat poorly) in a short video. I’m writing this from Iloilo, while on another work trip, so for now, I’ll just share the link below. […]
November 16, 2018

Mabuhaykers Log: (Thwarted Mt. Lubog) + Mt. Hapunang Banoi + “Secret River”

    I had quite the adventure last Monday, and leading up to it. I had been wanting to hike up Mt. Masalakot and Nalayag Rocks since I saw photos of its monolith, but this guy from Instagram warned me that there had been news of militia in the area in September. That’s never a risk I want to take, despite assurances that they leave civilians alone. So I looked for another option, defaulting back to my favorite province of Rizal. 1st Choice Mt. Lubog was a promising choice, its altitude and difficulty perfect for a day hike, and with […]
July 17, 2018

Natural Remedies for Flu Symptoms

I work closely with kids 3 days a week, and the downside to that is I’m sick pretty much all of the time. I’ll catch some bug on a Tuesday, reinforce it with another bug on a Wednesday, and be terribly sick on Thursday and Friday. By the time I’ve made a few steps to recovery, I’ll catch another strain on Saturday. It’s an endless cycle. This time around, I started feeling sniffly on Saturday, woke up with a scratchy throat on Sunday, got a short-lived fever on Monday, and it finally progressed into a full-blown flu today. Since then, […]
July 10, 2018
Coffee with a view

4 New Faves: Baguio in July

After foiled plans to go to Bangkok (the forecasts predicted daily thunderstorms) and Bali (late booking during peak season made everything absurdly expensive), we decided on a more practical destination that we were sure to enjoy even with minimal planning. Ry and I drove up to Baguio for his short, and only, vacation leave of the year. Not wanting to just replicate our previous trips, we asked friends who live in or frequent the mountain city for new things to try. The response was a list of food, breweries, viewpoints, and mountains to visit… too long for our measly 2 […]
March 4, 2018

Bye Bye, Boracay

Parting from this island has always been bittersweet, but there was something else that made it feel like a goodbye.
January 19, 2018

From the Holidays to a Happier New Year

It’s already half past January, but I’ve been having a bad case of holiday hangover. Right before Christmas, I took off from work and filled my calendar with weddings, reunions, and family. I became busy with slowing things down, paradoxical as that may sound. Despite scuttling from one gathering to another (in Metro Manila traffic, I might add), my tank was full from being with loved ones on an almost daily basis. So, it’s true when they say you don’t tire from doing things you love! At the cusp of December and January, my friends and I sang and attended […]