Backpacking Indochina: Singapore Once More

Sunflower Garden Changi Airport Terminal 2

My fourth time in Singapore was supposed to be only a small part of my backpacking Indochina adventure, merely a 9-hour transit in between flights from Manila to Yangon. But the fates had other ideas because I ended up staying much longer than planned. Launch of Backpacking Indochina 2015 My Backpacking…

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Rogue Diaries: Holy-day Trip to La Union

Day Tour La Union

Doing a day trip to La Union is indeed possible. How? First and foremost: leave Manila at 3am or even earlier. Then, take the NLEX, SCTEX and the TPLEX. Five hours later, you’ll find yourself in Bauang, La Union (yes, this already includes an hour-long stopover at Petron NLEX for…

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Enchanting El Nido Inland Tour

El Nido Inland Tour

It was my birthday and I just had to spend it somewhere special.  El Nido, Palawan was an obvious choice, given all its accolades from various sources affirming over and over how heavenly it is.  Planning was haphazard with me avoiding looking at photos – I didn’t want to look too…

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Exhilarating El Nido Island Hopping Tour C

El Nido Island Hopping Tour C

El Nido, Palawan.  The “Philippines’ last frontier”. Inspiration of the famous movie The Beach. Home of various European versions of the reality game show Survivor. Setting of Leg 12 of the Amazing Race 5. Location of the ending scenes of the fourth Bourne Legacy movie. Always included in lists that say “Most Beautiful Beaches” in the Philippines/Asia/the world.…

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Nagsasa Cove Love

Nagsasa Cove Love Zambales Philippines

While everyone else was attentively watching the Pope make his rounds in the Philippines, I took the opportunity to finally visit one of the places I’ve been wanting to go to since I could remember: Nagsasa Cove. The Nagsasa Cove is one of Iba, Zambales’ no-longer secluded coves, the other…

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Montero Diaries: Sampaguita Beach, Batangas

Sampaguita Beach Batangas

Once again Google fooled us into embarking on a “1 hour and 22 minute drive” from Alabang to a virgin beach in Batangas: Sampaguita Beach. Deducting the time we spent on getting some diesel and buying some additional food at the market, we spent a total of 3 hours on…

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