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A quick swim with the family during Labor Day weekend. Shot by Ranie.

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04/22/17

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Goofing off in our rooftop today.

Hay, I can’t wait to be in an actual beach to make the most of all this sun!

Photos by my brother Paolo

(I do miss posting stuff like these!)

Lent in Iriga, April 2017

Spent the long break in Camarines Sur with Ranie’s family. It was four restful days of churches, lots of sleeping and reading, and eating Ranie’s mom’s homecooked meals. We also went to Balatan beach, the only one in the Rinconada area of Camsur.Read More »

04/09/17 – Summer Greens

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Walking on the ‘Dinosaur Spine:’ Mt. Batulao, Batangas

BATULAO (811 masl) – It’s one of the most popular hike destinations in the Southern Tagalog Region!

And with good reason: the “new trail” is basically a traverse through 12 mini-peaks that offers a scenic, sprawling view of Balayan Bay and even Taal and Mt. Maculot on a clear day.Read More »

Mt. Ulap, February 2017

Mt. Ulap (Ampucao-Sta. Fe Ridge) in Itocon, Benguet offered quite a few firsts for me – cold-weather hiking (in the PH at least), camping at the base of a summit, and at 1856masl, it’s the highest local peak I’ve reached so far.

We traversed this “Mini-Pulag” last weekend, when the temp reached at least 10 degrees Celsius (but felt like a 6), and there was a dense, delicious fog that permeated the trail. (“Forks!” said Justine. I completely missed the Twilight reference).Read More »

My sister’s wedding

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My sister is younger than me by 11 months but she is my idol in so many ways… on top of being an awesome mother to Fourth she, along with Third, have organized an elegant, romantic celebration of their union last month. It meant a happy Christmas for the family as Papa came home…

I could only hope that, in my time, I could pull off the same. LOLRead More »

City Of Stars – Cover (from the La La Land OST)

This isn’t a perfect cover but I’m so happy because there were no dogs nor roosters in this one-shot live recording. 🙂 Tsamba 🙂

Field notes from Siquijor

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My story for the Gear S3 launch is out! So now I can share more of my personal photos and notes for this blog. 🙂 (You can read my piece on Rappler here)

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Siquijor is a very small province with a very long coastline (200km). Since its LGU formalized its tourism efforts in the late 2000s, it has been attracting tourists not just for its beaches, but also for its diving spots. Though it’s a fishing / agricultural island, 80 percent of its GDP now comes from tourism (resorts, amenities, activities).Read More »

Postcards from Siquijor

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With my meager travel experience, Siquijor isn’t top of mind when recommending beach or getaway destinations in the Philippines. But thanks to a work trip, I discovered that it deserves more attention, especially for those who are seeking adventure-filled itineraries.

I’m filing an official story this week and here are some of my outtakes (will update this post with excerpts once the article is published). Scrolling through all the photos we took again, for inspiration.Read More »