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 […]
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 […]
January caught me off guard. Once my brain went on vacation in December, it seemed reluctant to come back. Aside from waiting to transition into a new journal that I get as a traditional gift from my sister yearly, I took a breather from being my OC self and figured I’d have time to get my plans all sorted in the new year. I kept saying yes to meetings, parties, and gigs without taking down any dates. When the last holiday ham and rhum cake had been consumed, and the gifts had all been handed out, I knew I could […]
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 […]
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. https://www.instagram.com/p/BTJU773hTM-/?taken-by=kaichypoo https://www.instagram.com/p/BTL8Q2lhMwa/?taken-by=kaichypoo https://www.instagram.com/p/BTL-UdaBbKc/?taken-by=kaichypoo https://www.instagram.com/p/BTOslfvhkA5/?taken-by=kaichypoo https://www.instagram.com/p/BTSfs3lBU_k/?taken-by=kaichypoo https://www.instagram.com/p/BUasVZRhJa9/?taken-by=kaichypoo https://www.instagram.com/p/BU0jkSKB4xq/?taken-by=kaichypoo https://www.instagram.com/p/BTjTJJBheiX/?taken-by=kaichypoo It’s June now, and I’m flying to the US in a few hours: primarily for work, but it’s easy to enjoy anywhere. If anyone is interested in watching our concert tour of the west coast, go to Music Arts Events for the details.
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 […]
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 […]