June 7, 2014

A “BaBay” at Albay!

May 21, 2014

It’s Always Summer at Tejero Highland Resort and Adventure Park

When I started taking trips, Dumaguete was one of the most accessible and safest places to travel. It is a city that invites you to take long walks.  It is a place that always gives you two options: to stay or to explore its neighbors. In my case, it is always Valencia and Siquijor. I started backpacking Valencia with a girlfriend four years ago. We trekked our way to Casaroro Falls, remembered violence and brutality at Cataal World War II Museum, enjoyed nature at Forest Camp, and dipped at Banica water.  All of these happened before Sendong’s raging water razed […]
May 20, 2014

U STORY SIQUIJOR: The Place for the Romantic, Creative, and Contemplative

You know that feeling that the place is made for you. I know it is a silly thought, but that is how I feel when I met U Story. I mean, its dominant colors are spectrum of green, brown, and autumn—my all-time favorite earth colors. It has cats (nine of them! I’ve heard) and a bookshelf filled with books. Every bungalow is surrounded with a garden. The whole place is a zen spot. It makes you talk in whispers automatically. Note: U Story Siquijor is closed from June to October. It opens again in November. For reservations and inquiries, contact […]
May 15, 2014

SUN.STAR | Those Women, Mt. Talinis and Jeanette

She arrived. She positioned her backpack beside her. It was almost as tall as her and perhaps as heavy. This would be our second climb together, and somehow, I expected her bag would be as interesting as the one she brought to Kan-Irag. About 30 meters from the jump-off, her nostrils flared from exhaustion. We all panted, but her huffs were more audible. Always, the start is the most arduous. “Pwede mag-weight distribution ta? (Can we have a weight distribution?),” I suggested. There were six of us: two of us were women, three men, and one young capable guide. Obliged […]