Nature’s Healing Home, La Union

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Closed November and welcomed December in one of our favorite towns – La Union, the North’s surfing capital. But boards and waves weren’t on our agenda on this trip – instead, we enjoyed a little respite and learned some new things at Nature’s Healing Home, a meditation, yoga, and healing center found in a sprawling mountainside property in Bacsil. Continue reading “Nature’s Healing Home, La Union”

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Surftown Sidetrip

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48 hours of pure, stress-free magic ❤

Worked on our goofys and paddles too (will share once we actually get the hang of it).

Capones Island, Zambales

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Seek and you will find…

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Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor

Funny how in the last few weeks of 2016, a surprise work assignment saved me from work fatigue in general. It wasn’t really a breather (it was work!) but it was still very fun and very much what I needed (water, spelunking, good food, new friends, new lessons, new opportunities). I am thankful.

I will finish the assignment, pack up mine and the team’s deliverables, and then focus on enjoying closing 2016: with a happy photo story about this experience, my sister’s wedding, spending more time with our baby Fourth, Ranie, family, love, provision, belief.

Everything has its own time and season.

Bantayan Island in Cebu, June 2016

Our last hurrah for the summer was a short but very fulfilling trip to Cebu! It was my first time here and I am glad to report that I was able to pack in our 2.5 days with the good stuff. I thought I’d make a video 🙂 Hope you enjoy.

Continue reading “Bantayan Island in Cebu, June 2016”

Masungi Georeserve, May 2016

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Masungi Georeserve is only 30 minutes away from Marikina. It is a 1600-hectare property where the PH’s only exposed Paleocene (50-60 million years old!!!) rock formations can be found. Since 1996, it has been painstakingly restored, protected, and prepared to help people appreciate our country’s biodiversity and to inspire them to protect our environment as well. There are issues concerning its ownership at the moment but am inclined to side with the development company currently in charge of it now as their model aims to mix conservation and empowerment of the immediate community.  Continue reading “Masungi Georeserve, May 2016”

Tinipak River and Pililla Windmills, April 2016

Daraitan-April-2016-27Tinipak River is usually a side trip item for hikers headed to Mt. Daraitan in Rizal/Quezon. But it’s also a solid destination on its own, especially for a big group of first-time trekkers like ours was. Last weekend, I, my brother, and our respective SOs tagged along my Mama’s lakwatsa with her friends from work.  Continue reading “Tinipak River and Pililla Windmills, April 2016”

La Union, April 2016

Processed with VSCO with e3 presetSan Juan, La Union – a veritable surf town, a paradise for backpackers, and a very accessible getaway for those who want to ride waves, relax, and slow down time for a little bit, for a little while, or forever.

It wasn’t hard to understand why so many people I know (friends, co-workers, people I stalk on Instagram) have fallen hard for this place. On the weekend we headed there, the swell was barely present, but we managed to get a couple of hours of lazy waves. Next time, we’ll make sure to check out those wave forecast websites.  Continue reading “La Union, April 2016”

Liwliwa, March 2016

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Right before the Lent break last month, we drove one late evening to Katipunan to meet hostel co-owner Raf Dionisio, loaded his 15 sacks of ube seedlings into the back of a 4×4 pickup, breezed through EDSA and TPLEX, and spent a day among several Aeta communities in Liwliwa, Zambales. His story, along with 2 other people who for us exemplify what being “built tough” means, shall be published in Rappler this month.  Continue reading “Liwliwa, March 2016”

Norte, February 2016

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Went to Ilocos with a few good friends two weekends ago. At one of the northernmost provinces of the Philippines, we found good food, scary waves, icy mint waters, and a breathtaking awareness and gratitude for nature’s Creator.

More photos after the jump!  Continue reading “Norte, February 2016”