The wire frame vibrated and swayed in sync with the tree as we were nearing the end of the spiral staircase to the tree house. It seemed scary at first but just a few minutes after starting the ascent, we eventually got used to it, in our attempt at climbing up Mindanao’s tallest tree house. The area of Cogon Eco Park Complex, encompassing 344 hectares was the result of reforestation efforts in the 1950s. Today, it’s an ecotourism attraction that is in its early stages…Continue Reading “Climbing up Mindanao’s tallest treehouse”

When in Naga City? You should try kinalas, that savory noodle dish (with soup) topped with an egg and gravy. The last one is the secret ingredient (and can vary depending on the kinalasan) that makes this food one of the best there is in the country. WHAT IS KINALAS? READ MORE: Kinalas is comfort food. Brain slices optional There are several kinalasan in Naga City of which I’ve tried one before, Kinalas Twin. Theirs is really good that I came back the next day just…Continue Reading “Savoring Cha Ced’s kinalasan in Naga City”

In the middle of the azure sea, off the coast of Negros, comma like Apo Island is a favorite of many divers and snorkelers who often visit here for its world renowned community organized marine sanctuary. It has also been listed as one of the world’s best dive sites. It’s teeming with rich marine life, and as of now, there are about 650 species of fish and 400 species of corals documented around its waters. This sanctuary was started in 1982 by Dr. Angel Alcala, of the…Continue Reading “Apo Island in Negros as seen from above”

I got a kick at just looking at the beach! No, it’s not the paradisiacally beautiful white, powdery sandy shore, with tall and graceful coconuts swaying in the afternoon breeze. In fact, most people might not even find this beach gorgeous at all! For me? Wow! Malabrigo in Lobo, Batangas is known for its beautiful and newly restored Spanish colonial era lighthouse overlooking the sea from a promontory. But at the base of this cliff is a stony and pebbly beach that I just fell…Continue Reading “A different yet interesting beach in Batangas”

It looked like a planet, with greens and blues and earth but it was floating on the water. The vertical rockface soared into the heavens while ripples from the sea’s currents distorted the almost mirror like reflection. Its thick vegetation covering most of its surface like a carpet of green. Lagen Island is just beautiful. From a distance. I was staring at it in amazement for a few minutes and I was in awe. From time to time, I break the gaze by triggering the…Continue Reading “Seeing Lagen Island from a distance”