“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” — Ashely Montagu Credits: JSprague Digi in Deeper course materials This year, 68 of my family members from all over flew to Singapore for a grand reunion. For the first time, brothers and … Continue reading New Year Cruising
We scrambled through rocks, walked through pastureland until we reached a beautiful beach. As with Y’ami, a shore entry wasn’t possible. The boat took shelter at one side of the island, hidden by a cove of volcanic rocks; the boat is safe there for the night. We, on the other hand, had only a tarp … Continue reading Siayan
A truck waits for us at the corner of Nanay Cano’s house. It will be taking us to Paganaman Port where we will embark on a trip to Y’ami Island. The northernmost island of Batanes, it is closer to Taiwan than it is to Aparri. An idea I never really took seriously until an email … Continue reading A Trip to Y’ami: Philippine’s Northernmost Tip
“The best island destination of Southeast Asia” was how National Geographic Traveler Magazine sized up El Nido in its November-December 2007 issue. And has since been dubbing it as one of the best travel destinations. Alex Garland’s “The Beach was inspired by El Nido, many say. The Amazing Race, Bourne Legacy… it’s becoming a Hollywood … Continue reading El Nido: Island Hop Day
Around Port Barton, San Vicente – a small fishing and farming village blessed with so much unspoiled beauty and the best way to catch a glimpse and have a feel of the island is to book an island hopping tour. Tour comes with food and drinks -- in this case fresh buko juice. The first … Continue reading Swim. Snorkel. Fish. Eat.
December and a typhoon looming at that is definitely the wrong time to explore the islands of Caramoan. This however did not stop us… “no guarantees”, we were told. Do you believe in the power of prayer? The weather held up for the most part. We were limited though to 3 nearby islands, the waves … Continue reading A Preview of the Caramoan Islands
The tide was getting high and the swell stronger. As we were wading to the shore, I got caught in one big swell and almost lost my camera to it. 😮 Whew! Gotta get that underwater casing soon. Climbing those boulders would have been easy if I had worn my aqua socks, but instead … Continue reading Island No. 8