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…

Travel Anecdote: Small Town Kindness in Asago, Japan

My hotel was located in the middle of nowhere. I had to walk along unlighted streets under a moonless sky for half an hour. With the wind howling and all the rustlings at the background, it was very easy to scare yourself over nothing. I almost peed myself. Not out of fear though, I’ve been…

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,…

Across the Country Van Adventure Part 2: Bicolandia

Day 2 We woke up to the sound of bubblewraps. It was 9am and workers from a moving company were already busy packing Sham’s belongings. After almost a decade and a whole container van full of stuff, she is finally moving back to Davao! May and the boys were busy with their laundry. I tried…

Across the Country Van Adventure Part 1: Bringing Home a Champ

This recounts the across the country van adventure we took in November of 2016 from Manila to Davao, Philippines with a driving distance of approx. 1,746 kms. We were on a mission to bring home May’s (the other half of this duo) over 20 year old L-300 Mitsubishi van. It took 6 days to complete the mission, with a 2-day pit stop at Biri Island of Samar, famous for its sprawling rock formations.