DIY Mt. Pulag Hike

WHERE: Benguet, Cordilleras, Philippines (10 hours drive from Manila: 6 hrs by bus, 3 hrs by commuter van, and 1 hr by motorcycle; plus 4-5 hours on foot to the summit).

WHY: Most spectacular sunrise, expansive sea of clouds, and 3rd highest peak in the Philippines (highest in Luzon).

Takeda Castle Ruins

The ruins of the 15th century Takeda Castle is dubbed as the Macchu Picchu of Japan mainly due to its location high on a mountain. It is famous for the sea of clouds phenomenon which gives the illusion that the castle ruins are floating in the sky. It is a popular destination for local Japanese tourists. When…

Across the Country Van Adventure Part 3: Biri Island, Samar

Day 4 We planned on a sunrise excursion at Biri Rock Formations. Our habal-habal (motorbike) driver advised against it and we conceded. It saved us from an early morning thunderstorm. We were told the other group was not so lucky, they insisted on their schedule and was caught shivering in the storm, hugging their DSLRs,…