Nagpatong Rock in Tanay, Rizal: An easy yet worthwhile trek

Nagpatong Rock is one of the most interesting landscapes that can be found in Tanay, Rizal. It’s composed of two separate limestone towers facing each other. The cliffs are made of blocks that are stacked together, hence its name “nagpatong”. How Nagpatong Rock came to be is not clear. There is a prevailing theory that, …

Comida: A Tex-Mex Restaurant in Quezon City

Living in the south of Metro Manila, or what you call “taga-south”, we don’t frequent the north of the city mainly because of traffic. When we do, you bet that it’s something worth the drive. This here is Comida, a Tex-Mex restaurant which started as a hole-in-the-wall in Quezon City. Comida means “food” in Mexican. …

A taste of Kapampangan cooking at Barqun Resto

When I think of Pampanga, I think of food. Kapampangans are known for their delicious cooking. Early this April, we stopped by to a local restobar in Sta. Rita Pampanga called Barqun Resto. It is owned and operated by four sisters from the Lapid family. We were welcomed by Khate and Kim Lapid’s husband chef, …

Nusa Penida: Island Guide and 2 Days Itinerary

While we can agree that Bali deserves all the hype it gets, there’s much more to see outside of Bali. Just 30 minutes away, one can find the beautiful island of Nusa Penida. Nusa Penida is located southeast of Bali. It belongs to the Klungkung Regency district, along with Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. Nusa …

Mount Pulag: Climbing Guide and Tips (Updated 2020)

Mount Pulag is the third highest mountain in the Philippines and the highest one in the island region of Luzon. Locals believe that it is the “Playground of the Gods“. It’s also one of the most popular trekking destinations in the country, for beginners and experienced climbers alike. I trekked this mountain back in 2015. …

Exploring Mindanao in 5 days: Davao, South Cotabato and Surigao del Sur

This July, I ventured with a good friend to Davao, South Cotabato and Surigao del Sur for 5 days and experienced the local culture of a remote lake community as well as numerous water activities. Months back, Kharl, whom I met from an outreach event years back, invited me  to climb Mount Apo in Davao. This was before …

Skydiving: It’s more fun in Iba, Zambales

In our last moments, we might think of things we might have done — dreams, mistakes, opportunities. Most people have an answer to “Have you ever?” and most have an excuse for “Why?” Recently, I stumbled upon an interesting adventure and this is on most people’s bucket list — skydiving. Skydiving in Zambales I found …

The end of summer: Visiting Apo Whang-Od in Kalinga

How does one’s summer end? Is it the first hint of rain or the sign of morning sun that can wake one’s good sleep? Months ago, a friend planned a trip to Sagada in the Mountain Province, with a short detour to see the oldest traditional tattoo artist in Kalinga, Apo Whang-Od. This was something I’ve …