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  • Tea for Dinner, for 10 Days? Why Not? P1010539 This is a story of my 10-day Silent Meditation Retreat in Northern Thailand. This is the centerpiece of my 100 Days of Backpacking Southeast Asia. Actually, my initial plan was just to visit my cousin in Phom Pehn, Cambodia and then do the 10-Day Meditation Course and go back home to the Philippines but as we all know, things change. Will talk more about “change” in the next paragraphs. Surrender The day of registration we were asked to surrender our valuable things like camera, cellphone, laptops and even reading and writing materials. We were also asked to temporarily discontinue whatever religious rites or rituals we do or even yoga so as to ...
  • My Top 10 Fave Things to do in Chiang Mai, Thailand Monks inside the temple I just started this 3-month Southeast Asian journey and now on my 2nd week. Like many travelers I met say, “travelers gets stuck in Chiang Mai.” And I have to agree, I want to live here already. So much things to do and cafés to see and travelers to meet. The list  here are the things I always do or should I say, the fun things I do… plus you don’t need much money to do each. I’ll give you the prices too. Let’s start my top 10 things to do in Chiang Mai: 1. Drop the map, bike around the old city and try to get lost. This is my ...
  • Why We Travel? P1000195 Today I ask, “Why I travel?” and maybe ask everyone, “Why we travel?” Why do we leave our comfort zones and our cozy homes? Why do we buy expensive plane tickets and check-in guesthouses when we have a nice apartment or house to live in? Pico Iyer, one of my favorites, asks the same question and answered or better yet, created more questions after writing ’bout “Why we travel?“ Traveling is Brutality So why? Why do we subject ourselves into brutality of going to places with foods we don’t recognize or language we can’t understand and road directions we can’t read? Why work hard and save only to find ourselves broke on the day ...
  • The Tale of Two Waterfalls: Aliwagwag and Tinuy-an Falls The fairies and water nymphs woke me in the middle of the night to check out this beauty. Or I must have been dreaming? It was during my 3-day motorbike trip from Mati City to Cantilan, Surigao del Sur via the Surigao-Davao Coastal Road that I visited these two waterfalls- Aliwagwag Falls in the town of Cateel and Tinuy-an in Bislig City. I wanted to see them because I was somehow getting used to the view of the ocean as I was staying in my humble kubo in Dahican Beach for weeks before this trip. As a waterbaby, I wanted something new, something different from saltwater, something refreshing but not painful to the eyes like the waterfalls. ALIWAGWAG FALLS The drive from Mati City to Cateel took me 6 hours passing by the towns of Taragona, ...
  • 100 Days of Backpacking Southeast Asia Old Southeast Asia Map “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure. You have no idea of what is in store for you, but you will, if you are wise and know the art of travel, let yourself go on the stream of the unknown and accept whatever comes in the spirit in which the gods may offer it.” –Freya Stark   This is one of those times when I can’t sleep because of excitement. It’s like making love for the first time- a pleasurable anxiety. Just the mere thought of it thrills me. In exactly 10 days, I would go on ...
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Featured Posts

  • Celebrating 4th Year Blogging Anniversary P1590709 Topping the epic 3rd year blog anniversary celebration was a tough call. This year’s celebration goes into one of my favorite provinces- Palawan. San Vicente is Palawan‘s answer to the long ...
  • I Fell In Love in Bali Watching sunset at Irrawaddy River, Mandalay after biking around the city and playing sepak takraw with Buddhist monks One Epic Night in El Nido, Palawan  “Do you dance?” asked the American girl in a bar playing live acoustics. “I don’t dance. Ahhmm maybe when I’m already tipsy.” We were ...
  • Newest Attraction in Surigao- Chocolate Mountains Carrascal area- as viewed from Surigao sea Looking for a new destination? Something that your friends and loved ones haven’t seen or experienced before? Come to Surigao! I rarely promote off-the-beaten-path destinations for fear of it becoming another ...
  • What Will Happen to the Pawikan Hatchery in Dahican Beach? Bye Pawikan #SaveDahicanBeach It’s been a week since I left Manila to investigate on what’s happening at the turtle hatchery at Dahican Beach, Mati City. The sea turtle hatchery will ...
  • Swimming with Turtle at Mantigue Island Hello turtlee! It was nice to share the ocean with you. Thanks for the photo-ops Short story: James: Miss. give me a favor please. Let me go to Mantigue island. I want to spend a night there. I’m just a backpacker trying to write a book ...
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Food Tastings

  • Cagayan’s Yummy Pancit Batil Patung Pancit Batil Patung Tuguegarao Pancit Batil Patung (sometimes Patong). How come people name a pancit as complicated as that? According to my history teacher in Elementary, pancit came from the ...
  • Davao City Food Trip davao food tour Davao City’s Kadayawan Festival in Style Series The Welcome- Kadayawan Festival at Marco Polo Davao City Food Trip The Parades- Kadayawan Festival Davao City Food Trip It was a festival of ...
  • 10 Food Destinations in Dumaguete City Everybody <3s Silvanas If you haven’t been to Dumaguete and planning to visit soon, you would ask, “Where to eat in Dumaguete City?” So we prepared “10 Food Destinations ...
  • Local Breakfast in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi Trying the local breakfast for the second time in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi If there is one thing I miss in my jaunt in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi it is the breakfast served in their local cafes. In Jolo and Bongao ...
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Travel Tips

  • How to Make Your Own Itinerary 100 days planning SPECIAL NOTE: This post is not intended for my clients who make inquiries about Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Coron. Time is gold. Forgive me for being blunt but I continue to receive ...
  • How to Travel Cheap in the Philippines One way of volunteering? Helping roast lunch later... So you’re done with your research and itinerary. You are excited but having doubts at the same time. Worry not, I know how you feel ‘coz I was in your ...
  • Make Your Trip ‘UNFORGETTABLE” I would not have experience this Grand Feast after the Mosque Inaguration if I I believe this would raise some eyebrows but I’m writing this anyway. If you are guilty at one point, please forgive me, I meant it- believe me, its for your ...
  • How to Fund Your Wanderlust? cut your expensesHOW TO FUND YOUR WANDERLUST? There is no such thing a FREE travel, if there is, please let me know okay? But there is this thing called saving up for your ...
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Videos

  • Dolphins Love Freedom in Mati City, Davao Oriental dolphins in mati I just ticked-off another from my bucketlist– swimming* with dolphins. Yep, but I did this not during a dolphin show or in a dolphinarium. I did this while ...
  • Misibis Bay Adventure in Video How about let's do this again? I will be your captain and we will get lost to the tune of "I love it when we're cruisin' together..."Eveyone deserves a SUMMER Adventure. This is among the many things I’ve done this summer of 2013. Yes, tt has been months since I published a video edit. Since ...
  • Mt. Purgatory Traverse in Video Along the mossy forest trail And to cap off the life-changing year of travels, I go up north- to the mountains of the Cordilleras for a year-end hike organized by my friend Gideon ...
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Travel Guides

  • 3D/2N Puerto Princesa City Tour Luli Island, Honda BayTour includes: Underground River, Honda Bay and City Tour Optional: Firefly Watching and Ugong Rock Caving Good bye Boracay, Hello Palawan! As more and more travel networks focus their attention to the ...
  • Real, Quezon Adventure A Slice of Paradise Francis Real, Quezon Adventure Trip! Definitely one of my favorite easy-access destination from Manila is Real, Quezon. Only a 4-hour van/bus commute or a 3.5 hours by private car, Real, Quezon, is ...
  • 5D/4N Puerto Princesa and El Nido Tour Nacpan Beach El Nido Palawan This would surely help you on your research about traveling on a budget in Puerto Princesa City and El Nido, Palawan. Hope this blog account inspire you and your friends ...
  • Bukidnon Travel Guide Collab Earl Bukidnon “The name ‘Bukidnon’ means highlander or mountain dweller. Bukidnon is considered to be the food basket of Mindanao.” –Wikipedia I teamed up with a Bukidnon-based travel blogger, runner and fellow adventurer ...
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Quickie

  • Tabaco City, Albay Quickie Tabaco Padjak and Mayon The more I travel the more I realize that there are more places of interest that I need to explore. Being a first-timer in Tabaco ...
  • Mt. Pico de Loro Quickie James and Gwen I should be in Baler riding 4-6ft waves that day but because of my good friend’s invitation for a day hike to Pico de Loro ...
  • Malaybalay City, Bukidnon Quickie Monastery of the Transfiguration The Monastery of Transfiguration, San Jose, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon After a looooong 15 hours of journey from Cantilan, Surigao del Sur I arrived here at the ...
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Travel Products

  • Spyder Vapor Jacket Review Biking under the rain Rainy season should not stop you from doing outdoor activities right? Traveling is not limited to summer and if you are not that type of someone who would sing and ...
  • Spyder Shades Review Air at Jomalig Do you know that shades or sunglasses are important part of everyone’s summer outfit. Glad I had new shades courtesy of Spyder Philippines, just in time for my endless summer ...
  • Zem Gear Terra Review Look at the grip on its sole and its not stiff. ZemGear Terra Review Once in a while I get new travel products to try and Zem Gear Terra arrived last year. I’m using it for almost half a year now and ...
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  • Tea for Dinner, for 10 Days? Why Not? P1010539 This is a story of my 10-day Silent Meditation Retreat in Northern Thailand. This is the centerpiece of my 100 Days of Backpacking Southeast Asia. Actually, my initial plan was ...
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