Balabac, Palawan: P6,935 to paradise (Updated 2018)

Yes, a DIY Balabac Palawan itinerary and travel guide! Last year, Hali and I were exchanging stories with a 60-year-old fellow traveler, who then told us we should visit Balabac. For the uninitiated, Balabac group of islands is a relatively unknown summer haven for backpackers seeking unspoilt beaches and preserved local culture. It is located at the southernmost tip of Palawan in […]

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Finding Love on the Road

Excuse me for a while as I discuss, not destinations we’ve recently explored or discovered, but a topic that is nonetheless close to my heart: love. My friends would often joke about the perks of traveling, specifically meeting a special person unexpectedly on a seemingly ordinary out-of-town (or country) trip, a common fantasy likened to […]

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Let’s talk about overcrowding: Is it time to implement tourist capping?

Lately, there have been discussions on the problem of overcrowding in tourism sites, particularly on mountains. This is an interesting topic to me because while I promote local tourism, I am also an advocate of responsible and sustainable travel or what others refer to as ecotourism. Perhaps if I were to summarize the issue, it […]

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Bontoc’s secret: Mt. Kofafey and Maligcong rice terraces

The first time I had seen photos of the rice terraces in Maligcong as taken from the view deck of Mt. Kofafey, my mouth opened in amazement. I had personally visited Banaue rice terraces and the lesser-known amphitheater-like Batad rice terraces, but Maligcong rice terraces is altogether different. Perhaps it’s the richness in colors or the overall ambiance of the place, with its thin […]

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The charming ruins of Guisi Lighthouse in Guimaras

The Guisi lighthouse is one of the places I was excited to visit in Guimaras. I would’ve insisted that we visited this province just to see this one. I know that I’ve stated previously how I’m not into old lighthouses, but this might just change that. Or perhaps it’s not the lighthouse per se but the […]

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