travel in the time of covid-19

While archiving images, I found the photo above. The sun had already set in the midst of enjoying the sand dunes in Paoay in Ilocos Norte. Dusk is settling in and we had to stop to enjoy the vista. Seeing this image, I can’t help but ruminate on travel and these trying times. It’s Saturday, 21 March and in a few hours, I will have spent a full week staying at home here in my room back in Cebu. This is just the first half…Continue Reading “Travel and ruminations in the time of COVID-19”

self quarantine

When I arrived in Cebu from Clark last Saturday, 14 March, I was adviced by my cousin, who is a doctor, to report directly to the district hospital in my city. It was one of a series of promulgations implemented by the provincial local government in response to the community quarantine that was to take effect in Metro Manila that midnight. After having myself checked at the triage area for symptoms and travel and medical history, I was told to go on mandatory self quarantine….Continue Reading “Five things to do while on self quarantine”

It was raining the other day! While this is a welcome respite from the heat and humidity, one thing is for sure, Summer is soon drawing to a close and it will be time to ready our jackets and umbrellas as the rainy season is about to come. Cool and wet days ahead and a change of fashion. But that doesn’t mean you can’t travel. Be it a staycation at a hotel just within your city to catch up on sleep or fly out to…Continue Reading “8 budget-friendly travel hacks you need to do now”

Things to do in Cotabato City

I have visited Cotabato City for a few times only, either as a transit point on my way to other places. A few hours, or overnight, but last month, I was able to go around the city, albeit briefly, again. This post is a brief introduction, though not exhaustive, of things to do in Cotabato City. A large ‘Cotabato City’ sign in white letters greets visitors passing the intersection of Sinsuat and Notre Dame Avenues. On a bright sunny day, the colorful houses and buildings…Continue Reading “Things to do in Cotabato City, a revisit”

Pakarajaan 2018

I was in awe as I entered the second floor of the wooden building. A room richly furnished and draped with yellow cloth, the Maguindanao royal color, with splashes of red, green and blue details covering the ceiling and the walls. Banig, native mats with diamond designs spread on every inch of the flooring. Brass trays crowned with colorful woven dome covers with geometric designs neatly arranged in rows. These fill the central space of a Maguindanao Sultanate throne room. Except that this is inside…Continue Reading “Experiencing ARMM thru Pakarajaan 2018”