safari in uganda

Known as the Pearl of Africa, Uganda has so much to offer the traveler. From sumptuous and delicious food, friendly people, memorable adventures and natural wonders. Blessed with verdant rainforests and with its vast natural environment and teeming wildlife, the top best thing to do is going on a Uganda safari. Located in the east African plateau, Uganda is a landlocked country. While it has no marine coast, it is aptly compensated with its many marshes and lakes. This includes Lake Victoria, the biggest of…Continue Reading “5 best places to go for a safari in Uganda”

The municipality of Pulilan is just less than 50 kilometers from the center of Metro Manila and it seems, most visitors overlook this interesting municipality of Bulacan. Founded in 1796 as town, it was supposed to be named as San Isidro in honor of its patron saint but for many, the town was known as Pulo ng Ilan. Eventually contracted to Pulilan. And that name stuck to this day. Although not as popular with other bigger municipalities in Bulacan, I like its good mix of…Continue Reading “8 Things to do in Pulilan”

Pulilan Kneeling Carabao Festival

May 15 is an auspicious time for farmers and those in the traditional agriculture industries, as far as Catholic Filipinos are concerned. It is the feast day of St Isidore the Laborer, or San Isidro Labrador as we come to know him. His feast day is marked with celebrations of which the Pahiyas in Lucban is one of the well known festivities. In Bulacan, the town of Pulilan has been celebrating the Kneeling Carabaos Festival but on the eve of the saint’s feast. The Kneeling…Continue Reading “Pulilan celebrates Kneeling Carabao Festival”

A cacophony of drums and shouts of merriment came out of nowhere, breaking the lazy morning vibe. I just finished my breakfast of banban, a smorgasbord of traditional Tausug delicacies often served in the coffeeshops of Tawitawi. The sounds grew louder as three boats locally called timpel and used around the shallow waterways of Sitangkai emerged from just behind a stilt house, passed under one of the many wooden footbridges between houses and disappeared into a bend.  It was loaded with people with a few…Continue Reading “Photoessay: Sama circumcision, a Sitangkai ritual”

We love waterfalls that energize the body. We chase these too because of their beauty. Sometimes for the challenge of getting there but swimming in their cool waters is one of the best rewards of finding one. From the time I visited my first waterfall at the age of 14 to the present, I’ve probably been to more than a hundred. Most I purposefully seek out while a few were serendipitous discoveries. However, I have noticed that over the years, I gravitate to these waterfalls…Continue Reading “5 Waterfalls that energize your body”