Pamulaklakin Forest Trail, Subic

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Nagsasa Cove, May 2017

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Hiking to the hilltop, Nagsasa Cove

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Capones Island, Zambales

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Liwliwa, March 2016


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”


So finally, I get to have a summer vacation! And I get to do it in steady San Antonio, Zambales. We stayed in a mainland resort but visited two islands via boat and cheerful spirits.

The aftermath of this weekend getaway is burned skin and a two-day bout with stomach problems. But also: a clearer mind, long overdue conversations, time to finish Ilustrado, beautiful shells, islands to dream of in my subconscious universe, sunlight to summon when my heart needs warmth, and rest. Blissful rest.

“It’s easy to run, it’s hard to run away. The mind is willing but the heart is weak.” – thoughts totally unrelated to this post, but thoughts formed in the duration of this reflective moment.