Sometimes trips don’t always go as planned. A cancelled boat trip meant time to kill, and I unexpectedly found myself shooting a serene sunset and stargazing in Ilocos Norte. While waiting for a boat to Calayan in Cagayan during our trip last April, we exhausted the tourist spots in the jump-off point Claveria, got wasted on Red Horse Beer, and even got to go sightseeing around beaches and waterfalls in Pagudpud. Our last two stops were to the towns of Burgos and Bangui in Ilocos Norte for some sunset/night photography.
Many people I’ve traveled with remark about my uncanny ability to sleep through trips. I can take a nap even before a flight takes off and wake up just in time for touchdown. When I’m not the designated driver, I’ve been known to sleep through the entirety of 8-hour long rides, waking up just in time for food stops and bathroom breaks. Blaring OPM music, non-air-conditioned vans, and cramped seating arrangements do not hinder my ability to sleep. It may not seem like much, but it’s a pretty useful ability to have if you travel a lot.
However, if I could choose real superpowers that would make the whole travel experience way cooler, these would be my top five picks:
FLIGHT: The ability to lift off the ground, to ride air currents or to fly self-propelled through the air.
If I had to choose only one power, I’d probably choose flight, if only to get cool vantage points and aerial travel shots while traveling. Not having to rely on long land travel would make travel much more accessible, and would make getting to the destination itself more fun. Having the ability to fly would also be way cheaper than having to book regular flights. (No terminal fees, no travel taxes!) Jump shots and levitation shots would also look way more natural. Just check out Rogue Continue reading
Last Saturday, I went with a group of friends to try the biking trails in Corregidor. This newly introduced activity on the island gives biking enthusiasts the opportunity to traverse the island’s well-paved biking trails at their own pace while touring around the historic spots. This was actually my fourth time on the island, after trying the traditional tramvia tour and staying overnight, doing the adventure challenge and trying out the historical walking tour on previous visits, but it was my first time on bike.
For a more experiential account of our trip, check out Outside Slacker’s post: Biking in Corregidor. But for bikers who just want to know the basics to plan their own trip, here are a few tips and some useful information. Continue reading
Experience Beautiful Philippines like you’ve never done before in Illustrado Magazine’s Issue 73: “Escape.” For this issue, I wrote a feature on five destinations in the Philippines (Marilaque, Sagada, Bicol, Puerto Princesa & Siargao) from behind two wheels and listed a few dream destinations for motorcycle tours.
This issue also has a great fashion spread taken in the surreal Kapurpurawan Rock Formations in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. Check out the photoshoot in Illustrado’s Fashion Gallery on Facebook. The community lifestyle magazine is available in major bookstores in Dubai and selected Fully Booked Bookstores in Manila.
Whenever I go home to Naga City in Bicol to visit my folks, I usually just laze around, enjoy my mother’s home cooked meals, and try out the new restaurants in the city. However, my recent visit this week ended up being pretty extreme. Aside from getting to try out the new ATV tour to Mt. Isarog, I was able to squeeze in a great motorcycling trip from Naga to Legazpi and back with Mac, one of my childhood friends based in Naga.
The serene town of Lake Sebu in South Cotabato is home to various indigenous tribes including the T’bolis, who are well-known for their traditional skills in weaving and handicrafts. If you find yourself in Lake Sebu, be sure to drop by the Cooperative of Women in Health and Development (COWHED), a nipa hut on stilts designed after a Gono Kem Bo-I (T’Boli Princess House) where you can buy a range of lovely souvenirs made by T’boli women. I was fortunate to visit and interview several members of the cooperative who rely on handicraft making for their livelihood and supply these crafts to the souvenir shop for a writing assignment. I couldn’t help but take home the souvenirs as well. Here are a few things you can buy to bring home a piece of culture from Lake Sebu.
T’nalak or Tinalak is the indigenous fabric woven from threads of abaca by the T’boli tribe, with striking colors of red, black and white. Continue reading
With its rough, steep terrain and narrow mountain roads, Lake Sebu is best explored by habal-habal (motorcycle). Located at the southwestern of the province of South Cotabato, this idyllic town is home to a host of natural attractions and points of cultural interest. However, there aren’t a lot of paved roads, so getting around is a thrilling experience in itself. Aboard a motorcycle, you can reach remote areas that can’t be navigated by jeepneys and tricycles.
Ni No Kuni: The Wrath of the White (literally Second Country, also called “Another World”) is a role-playing video game, developed by Level-5 and Studio Ghibli, for the Nintendo DS and later PlayStation 3 (released in January 2013 for Western audiences).
Not since Okami (which is my all-time favorite game) have I played a video game that I have fallen so totally in love with. Everything about the game, from the flawless animation, to the compelling storyline, to the innovative multitasking gameplay, to the adorable Pokemon-like creatures who you level up as your familiars, just drew me in and left me with a completely satisfying gaming experience. I was content to spend days not setting foot outdoors while playing this game. Continue reading