May 27, 2013

Sun.Star Yearbook | Vegetable Shawarma at Healthy U

It is said that to be healthy, one has to pay a premium. But Healthy U defies this unwritten rule. The place feels and looks like a commonplace that I often frequent for lunch: a carenderia with a carenderia price with an atypical menu: vegetable with tofu, barbecue, menudo, torta, and bola-bola from meat substitute. During […]
June 19, 2012

An Entry of Happiness

The fledgling ventured beyond its one-meter realm. With its still fluffy feathers, it returned to its nest once in a while. Its chirps accompanied my veranda mornings in Tuburan, my seemingly sleepy yet happy hometown in midwest Cebu. Nestlings confront life as soon as their wings can take it. They […]
April 3, 2012
Budlaan Falls, Cebu City

Mt Kan-irag Travel Guide and Itinerary

Last Update: June 2019 Mt Kan-irag Travel Guide and Itinerary I’ve received several inquiries on how to go to Kan-irag | KabangBudlaan | Kainsing Falls (I know right, even the locals have varied names for the waterfall.  The community before and after the main falls have different names for it. Although […]
December 7, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

A Clue about My Ancestors at Museo Sugbo

Museo Sugbo, Cebu City, Philippines  “Ate, ikaw lay kuyog sa Rainforest Adventure bi,” texted Virhenia. She was running a fever, and her team won a free pass at Rainforest Adventure for the Halloween picture contest at work . But I had another plan in mind. I intended to visit Museo Sugbo, which […]
October 3, 2011

Tuburan: The Home of My Childhood

Writing about one’s hometown starts with lovely ruralish images—bordering between innocent homesickness and cheap tourism—and ends with a tormenting confession. I used to have motion sickness. Raised in farmlands and having mountains for playgrounds, the city was like the American Dream to the young me. I didn’t even know the […]
September 20, 2011
Aguinid Falls, Samboan, Cebu

Dao, Binalayan, and Aguinid Falls in Samboan

Not all mountains tax its climber to see fulfilling scenery. Not all mountains require six hours or a day to reach the peak. Not all mountains find happiness to see its climber gruel from muscle pain. Not all mountains are like Samboan’s Mt. Bartolina. With the aid of experienced habal-habal […]
December 2, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Townscape: Boljoon | Poblacion

MUSING A curve can be a camouflage belying what is ahead. A curve can be a threat, alarming one it is a cliff racing to infinity. A curve can be an appetizer, making one long for more. A road curve can be a signal, telling it is a new town […]
November 29, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Townscape: Alcoy | Tingko Beach

MUSING Travel is not about plans, rather it is more of unexpectations, of surprises, and of their welcomeness, of their unwelcomeness.On our way to Tingko Beach, my companion, Virhenia the clown, tagged two boys we shortly met at Obong Spring. Boys, they always desired to impress girls. They should take note […]
November 18, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Townscape: Sibonga | Monastery of the Holy Eucharist in Simala

HOW TO GET THERE: South Bus Terminal. Board on the bus bound south. Advice the conductor of your destination: Simala. Bus Fare from Cebu City to Sibonga is P53.00 only. Get off in Simala. Hire a habal-habal for Upper Lindogan where the monastery is located. It’s only P20 per person.
October 26, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Bonbon River: Notes to Self

September 28, 2010

Kawasan Falls: Of Beauty and Distance

MUSING “It looks emerald and serene.” “It seems it’s enticing you to take a dip.” “But I doubt it will remain emerald, serene once it is disturbed.” “You think so?” “Why?” “The beauty lies on its stillness, serenity, and emeraldness. Once they are disturbed, its beauty collapses.” “You mean, its […]