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.
November 27, 2017

Rail Skating: Only in the Philippines?

Back after an extremely long hiatus ✌🏽 I have so many stories pending that are waiting to be told, but let’s start with something light and unexpected. After having just returned from London, we went to a small city in Bicol for work. Camarines Sur is famous for its untouched natural beauty like white sand beaches, and lush mountains and volcanoes with hundreds of hot and cold springs and waterfalls. We didn’t have time for any of those, but wanted to try something different. One of the guys assigned to take us around suggested the “riles,” and without fully knowing what […]
June 14, 2017

Fly, Work, Fly, Work

I am terrible at this. I missed all of May (my birth month!) when I wanted to share about the trips leading to my birthday. I went to Camiguin and Ilocos Norte in a span of two weeks, and I was exhausted but so, so content. View this post on Instagram It took more than 14 hours to get here, so a dip in the ocean at sunset was necessary. This little bridge led me straight to the water 👌 . . . . . . . . . . . #sunset #ocean #water #explore #camiguin #mindanao #philippines #tourism #nature […]
April 17, 2017

Old Manila, New Eyes

On palm Sunday, I was a tourist in my country’s own capital upon the invitation of one of my best girls, Clarissa. She wanted to show her Romanian friend around, who was in town for the weekend; so through a simple Google search, she found Old Manila Walks and easily booked and paid online. I didn’t know which tour outfit she picked, but when I arrived at the meeting place, I was told to look for a certain Ivan. When I saw the man holding the telltale blue umbrella, I recognized him from a few years ago, when I did the Big Binondo […]
April 5, 2017

Masungi Georeserve: Benchmark of Conservation

The iconic giant spiderweb made of steel wires Since Masungi opened its gates to the public in December of 2015, I’ve been intrigued by the photos on my social media feeds. Visits are by reservation only, so after two foiled plans of going, I was invited by fellow Mabuhaykers with only two days notice and finally went. Lately, spontaneous has always worked out the best for me, despite my propensity for thorough research and detailed itineraries.  Located in Baras, Rizal, it was just a surprising hour and a half away from my part of the city, even on a Wednesday […]
March 6, 2017

The Catch-Up Storybook: Half a Year

I’ve been away. I didn’t realize that 6, almost 7, months had passed since my last entry. Since the last one was written at a sad time for me, some of you might’ve wondered if I had given this up altogether; but no, I’m still here. Just taking it one day at a time. Let’s see, I was sick for half of August, but still managed a trip to my favorite island, Coron.  View this post on Instagram A little bit of rain created this misty backdrop of #mountain silhouettes. This isn't luck, it's Grace. #HikingHuwebes #mabuhaykers #BikiniHikers #philippines #travel […]
May 23, 2016

The Miracle on Kalepa Ridge

It was a Wednesday, and our first full day in Kauai. We planned a hike around the Waimea Canyon, and then have a peek at the Kalalau cliffs, one of the most beautiful and remote areas on the island. We knew we couldn’t attempt to hike the latter trail, because it spans 11 miles and usually requires overnight camping; but we wanted to have a glimpse of it anyway.  The red, cream, and green layers of the Waimea Canyon We had gone around the Kōke’e trails of Waimea, having gone as far as the Waipoo Falls, and were back on […]