February 14, 2012

Images of Love on Valentine’s Day

Travel allows me to witness a moment of love. But love is too strong a word, too beguiling. For a lover of literature, an entry won’t be enough to enumerate—much more argue about—the myriad discourse about love defined by my preferred writers, from Julian Barnes to Toni Morrison. But the […]
January 27, 2012
Backpacking with a Book

Cebu’s Tail: Santander

“Asa diay mo manaog, day?” the conductor asked. “Sa kanang naay beach.” Clueless as we were, Virhenia and I rode the bus bound south with the hope of finding emerald water, tempting enough to yell “manaog mi!” to the bus driver. The provincial road in southern Cebu constantly hugs the […]
January 20, 2012
Backpacking with a Book

Sinulog! Isyagit og Kusog!

The streets surrounding Basilica del Sto. Niño were the venues of varied characters. 
January 12, 2012
Backpacking with a Book

It’s More Fun in the Philippines

San Juanico Bridge, Leyte, Philippines We made a mountain out of a molehill. Tourism is no skin-deep, it is light; hence, it is fun. Some dig tourism since they want to escape from their immediate lives and responsibilities and seek refuge from the not-so-familiar.
January 4, 2012

Wrap 2011 with Happiness and Gratitude

To Mt. Babag by Claire “Kikit” Apigo BWAB bloomsed this last year.  Some posts here, I confidently assume, are worthy to be explored and rewritten; some posts to be trashed. With essays left unwritten and pictures unsorted, let me wrap 2011 with happiness and gratitude. This Last year’s wanderings affirmed and strengthened some old beliefs, […]
December 6, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

BWAB: Part of the 4th Annual Best Cebu Blog Awards

Casaroro Falls, Valencia, Dumaguete, Philippines Backpacking with a Book is created with traveling as a creative process in mind. I travel to attempt to write. Although it is a constant struggle with words, traveling makes it bearable. I travel to know and understand not only the place but also the […]
December 3, 2011

Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting

Since those who reached the top first had to wait for us. Because the anatomy of the ranges suffused with the morning silence  was too beautiful to ignore. PHOTO ESSAY Trekking teaches us the beauty of waiting. The silence of the rays caressing the body of the mountain reminds me […]
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 […]
March 27, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

How the Will Defines My Journey

It’s easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top. —Arnold Bennet Why is there an urge to reach the peak? Perhaps because the higher we ascend, the more rewarding the view is: whether it is a sleepy cityscape, a sea […]
March 1, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Dumaguete: A City That Walks

Lost really has two disparate meanings. Losing things is about the familiar falling away, getting lost is about the unfamiliar appearing. There are objects and people who disappear from your sight or knowledge or possession; you lose a bracelet, a friend, the key. You still know where you are. Everything […]
December 28, 2010
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Bacolod–Dumaguete: Experiencing the First Road Accident

Dec. 26 4AM Southbus Terminal 330 AM North Bus Terminal 430AM ETD for Bacolod via Tabuelan Toledo (229) 7AM Arrived at Tabuelan Toledo Port 1PM ETA Bacolod Ceres Terminal. Late Lunch. Meet Guide 2PM ETD for La Carlota.(50) 3PM ETA La Carlota. Buy Supplies 4PM Off to Guintubdan Jumpoff(50) 5PM […]
October 26, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Bonbon River: Notes to Self