anda adventures

if you’re off to bohol for a short vacation, and want to get away from the maddening touristey crowd, you might find the eastern coast of the island fun-packed with adventures. anda offers outdoor activities: from spending a whole day cycling or hiking to find the very best views of the town, to kayaking and…

finding serenity in the midst of chaos

it is not something extraordinary… but if you are looking for a place to clear your mind, the ninoy aquino parks and wildlife centre  is a good brief escape. located in the heart of quezon city, the 56-acre lush recreational area with artificial ponds and man-made lagoon, is a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of…

a long weekend in brunei

the sultanate of brunei is squeezed in between two malaysian states: sabah and sarawak. the small and rich country is a gateway to north borneo and getting around the country is easy. assuming one is coming from • manila – there is only one flight with cebu pacific and it arrives/leaves at an odd hour…

little things and bits of thoughts at mount pulag

the moon shines softly on the curves of the mountain. the clear night sky is sprinkled with numerous stars but venus and mars glow more brightly on the skydome. it is 05:00hrs and the temperature is freezing below zero. but i embrace the cold. a few more minutes and the show will start: the golden…

affirming my faith in mount batulao

the pope is in the philippines. and today, he bravely flew to tacloban* despite intense tropical warning signals. in his words: “i am here to be with you – a little bit late, but i’m here.” as i watched the grasses start a rigaudon dance, creating a calming ripple along the soft curves of mount…

day trip: lake pandin

a few hours away from manila, two crater lakes separated by a narrow strip of land is a good day trip for those who don’t have much time for a weekend: lake pandin. located in san pablo, laguna, lake pandin is more or less than three hours away from greater manila. lucena-bound buses from alabang and…