The Wait

How long has it been since the last time I packed my bags and flew to another place? How long has it been since I bid goodbye to my mother who keeps reminding me to stay safe and to my father who texts me "kamusta nak?" even if I haven't boarded my plane yet? I traced back the months and my count reached to three. Three months have passed. I shook my head and sighed.

The Sunday Currently #3

It's crazy that the last time I published an entry under The Sunday Currently series was last September 2016. Doing blog series has been pushed far down my list of to-do's for my blog and I miss it so bad. Fortunately, I have this afternoon to do nothing else but that. Let's get onto it, shall we?

Revisiting Bohol

Panglao Island, Philippines

The list of things I'm grateful for this year seems to be never ending. One of them is having the opportunity to revisit places that I've already been to last year. Bohol was the very first island my college friends and I visited right after graduation. Though we had a bit of a "super tight" budget then since we were still unemployed fresh grads, it was nothing short of fun. If our first visit was adrenaline pumping, our second time was the complete opposite. We shelled out a little on our accommodation and had a laid back weekend.

Defying Gravity at The Upside Down Museum

When you were a kid, did you ever have those moments when you wished you had a super power? Well, I have and I blame it all on X-Men movies. I used to watch the first three movies as a kid and wished I had the ability to control objects with my mind like Jean Grey. Unfortunately, I'm not born as a mutant. But it's so cool that there are places like The Upside Down Museum where you can pretend that you have the power to defy gravity. That's why during my trip to Manila last June, my high school friend and I made sure to visit the place.

A Little Life Update

People go to new places to try new things, to explore, and ultimately, to grow. They find comfort in the road, the airport, and the streets of an unfamiliar city. Sure, I think of myself as one of those people. But I also think that sometimes coming back to the familiar is important too. So here I am in the four corners of my room, taking a break from wandering and basking in every moment of being "home".

Cagayan de Oro Through My Lens

Last night, I started to do some "spring cleaning" on my laptop's hard drive. It's been a while since the last time I did it and I needed a huge amount of space for more files. I went through my old folders and unearthed some photos I took of my city, Cagayan de Oro

All Of A Sudden, I Spent A Weekend In Baler

Baler, Aurora, Philippines

It's the weirdest feeling ever. One day, I'm heading to a place that's 6 hours away from Manila, in a van with strangers. We start out our journey at the crack of dawn. The ride will not even let me have at least two hours of sleep. I open my heavy eyelids and realize that we're going through a zigzag road. Only the silhouettes of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range was my consolation. Several hours later, we're in the nape of the Philippines. "Hello Baler," I remember saying in my head.

Iloilo City: Travel Tips When Visiting The City of Love

Out of all the cities I've visited in the Philippines, Iloilo City has got to be one of my favorites so far. Well for obvious reasons, it's a huge city but they still keep that laid back, small town vibe. There are several modern establishments already but they preserve their heritage sites very well. These are some of the reasons why I booked those promo plane tickets last year. 

We'll Always Have Summer

Siargao Island, Philippines

During the Labor Day weekend, my high school friends and I spent 6 hours on the road and 4 hours on a boat to reach one of the country's gems, Siargao Island. Although I just got back from a weekend trip in Cebu and Iloilo, I couldn't say no to this trip and to my friends. They've been dying to go to the island since last year. 

Wander Responsibly

In 2015, my college classmates and I journeyed to Oslob which was in the southern part of Cebu. We had one mission in mind that day and it was to see the whale sharks up close. Before we were ushered to our boat, there was a short talk about the rules we need to follow. After that, we were off to see them. Yes, the experience was unlike any other, but for me, it didn't really feel so good.

Iloilo City and Guimaras Island In One Weekend

Western Visayas, Philippines

The month of April has been a busy one for me. Not only did I hustle twice as hard at work but I also explored (and re-explored!) places. This time, my feet took me to The City of Love, Iloilo City, and the mango capital of the Philippines, Guimaras Island, and I tagged my brother and sister along.

Going Analog

Lol at that awkward hand
While going through my photo blog, I realized that I haven’t been shooting a lot of portraits or places these past few weeks, mainly because I’ve been too busy with work and side projects. Don’t get me wrong. I love my job and all the cool things that come with it (like a paid 2-week vacation uh-huh), but I really, seriously, and deeply miss taking photos just for the heck of it. 

Isla de Gigantes: Travel Lessons From Paradise

In my first post about Isla de Gigantes, I shared that my obsession with the island started last year. The need to visit the place at least once in my life was so strong that I couldn't stop myself from doing intensive research. It was a challenge to plan and create the itinerary. For one, there aren't a lot of people who have written about their experiences or travel tips they picked up when they visited the islands. But experiencing what the island has to offer made all the challenges seem nothing.

Why Death Is The Least Thing That Scares Me

Totally unrelated photo but whatever
Back when I was in my fourth year in college, my Philosophy teacher once said, "Ask your parents or anyone you know about death. There's a 95% chance that they'd quickly change the subject and literally knock on wood. Or worse they'd say "Should we be worried? Is there something you're not telling us" Try it. Try it when you get home tonight. Ask them." Well, it's not his exact words, but you guys get what I'm talking about. That discussion is probably one of the few classes that I'll never forget.

This Is How I'll Remember You

Islas de Gigantes, Carles, Philippines
There are only a few places that are scored on my heart. One looks a bit like a tear drop and the other is barely even seen on a map. I know I haven't been to a lot of places yet, and there might be others whose beauty will surpass yours. But that time is still to come. I will write about what I know now. 

This is how you made me feel and this is how I'll remember you.

Mesmerized in Gigantes Norte

Islas de Gigantes, Carles, Philippines

2016. It was the year when I started reading a lot of stories and saw countless pictures of this group of remote islands in the northern part of Iloilo called Isla de Gigantes or Island of Giants. Most of the blog posts I read have the words "mesmerizing," "majestic," and "beautiful." in them. And that made me curious. How beautiful is it? How mesmerizing is it? How majestic is it, really? When my friends and I visited last February, I finally understood. 

Baguio In 12 Hours

A few weeks ago, two people sent me a message on Facebook asking for details about how my high school friends and I were able to visit Baguio City last year. It reminded me of the blog post that was buried in my drafts for months. For months! Jeez. This is probably an indication of how bad of a blogger I have become.

Anyway, my friends and I didn't spend a day in Baguio. In fact, we wandered around for about 12 hours. So if you're thinking about going to the Summer Capital of The Philippines for a day trip soon, this guide might help with your research and travel planning.

Music For When You Wander

The start of every new year makes me feel a familiar kind of high. I'm overwhelmed with hope and excitement for all the experiences I'm going to have, regardless if it's good or bad. This is the same kind of good feeling that I get whenever I plan and go out on a trip. 

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