A Complete First Timer’s Guide to the Philippines

Rices terraces in Benguet

Are you traveling to the Philippines for the first time? Here’s a short Philippines travel guide that covers a little bit of everything you need to know about this archipelago in Southeast Asia, also known as the Pearl of the Orient Seas, including a few personal tips from a local — yours truly! Planning your […]

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Travel Guide to Malalison Island and Seco Island, Antique

Malalison Island and Seco Island in Antique feature

Malalison Island (also called Mararison Island) and Seco Island, both located in Antique province, used to be off-beat tracks. Now they’re starting to attract public attention, Malalison Island with its rolling hills and Seco Island with its sandbar surrounded by clear waters. Malalison Island: A Small Community in A Picturesque Island From the port in Culasi, […]

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Surprise! We actually like Boracay

Boracay Island in the Philippines

Even though we’d been to several provinces in the Philippines — in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao — Boracay was never on our plans. If you’re a local, you’ll know why. Boracay is a regular subject of various criticisms. It’s commonly referred to as a prime example of overcommercialization. It was once a virginal beach, home to […]

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Tranquility in Laguna: Mount Mabilog and Lake Pandin

Mount Mabilog and Lake Pandin itinerary

One weekend in July, I went alone on a day trip to Mount Mabilog and Lake Pandin in San Pablo, Laguna. This has been a long time in planning, postponed a couple of times due to my inability to wake up before 7AM in the morning. However, since the last weeks had delivered overcast skies […]

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