I no longer know how many times I’ve visited Cagayan province ever since I first set foot on June 2005. For more than a decade, there’s always something to experience and learn everytime I’m there despite the long bus rides. I’ve marveled at its religious heritage, was in awe of its natural wonders and always delighted in partaking its culinary offerings. And always, in my mind, I ask myself, when I should go back, especially if I’m craving for pansit batil patung. A rich religious…Continue Reading “Why I visit Cagayan province, again and again”

Crete. This Greek island flashes images of endless summers, emerald and aquamarine waters and just stunning coastal beaches at almost every cove and bend around the island. It’s rich in history and is world renown. It’s the biggest island in Greece and located south of the country. With two airports, both at the capital of Heraklion and the other one in Chania, offering both international and domestic services. The great thing about this island is that it has 1,046 kilometers that you can explore and…Continue Reading “Find the best beaches in Crete by car”

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”

eagle point sepoc beach

The outrigger boat cut through the sea as I was brought to the exclusive Eagle Point Sepoc Beach. The day was sunny but a bit hazy, a thin layer of clouds covered the sky. Despite the habagat season, the sea was actually not as choppy as expected but I was told that come afternoon, expect it to be difficult to cross. Ah, the beach. It has been several weeks prior to this trip that I have basked in the pristine waters of Masasa in the…Continue Reading “Basking at the exclusive Eagle Point Sepoc Beach”

Anguib Beach

Anguib Beach. These two words sent a tinge of excitement when I read that it was our destination. For years, I’ve wanted to reach its pristine waters and white sandy shore but failed despite visiting the province several times. But reaching Anguib Beach in Cagayan is not easy. First, its in Sta. Ana, the northeasternmost municipality. Second, for now, the fastest way to get there is a motorized outrigger boat (banca) from the wharf. And third, because it is at the northern tip, travel is…Continue Reading “The allure of wild and distant Anguib Beach”