Traveling Mindanao

I can no longer count the number of times that I have been traveling Mindanao. From summer visits in my father’s hometown in Tangub, Misamis Occidental during my elementary days to solo forays in the hinterlands of Bukidnon when I was a telecom engineer to doing a book project in Sitangkai in Tawitawi which was closer to Malaysia than to the provincial capital. But there have been serendipitous trips, unexpected discoveries that just surprises you to the hilt. The good thing? Whether you’re from Luzon…Continue Reading “Unexpected discoveries while traveling Mindanao”

You know that feeling when you come face to face with a stunning landscape or scenery and you just want to hold your lover’s hand or hug tightly as you bask in the beauty of the place. The more you lovers travel to these kind of places the more your bond tighten as you make beautiful memories together. The Philippines is blessed to still have many stunning natural landscapes, from the topmost province in Batanes, to the southernmost islands in Mindanao and forlorn places in…Continue Reading “10 romantic spots in the Philippines for adventurous lovers”

It was such a sight to behold: in aquamarine waters, a long snakelike sandbar stretching for a hundred meters before disappearing into the sea with the waves coming at both sides and meeting in the middle. The view was like an echo of that Moses’s parting of the sea, except that this was just a natural sandbar at the Little Sta. Cruz Island. For those who do not know, there are two islands off Zamboanga City. The bigger one, Greater Sta. Cruz Island is for…Continue Reading “A snaking sandbar at Little Sta. Cruz Island”

I love Zamboanga City! Despite the many negative news that plagues this melting pot of people and culture, there is always something to be happy or look forward to in this city. Food is one. With its rich history colored with Spanish heritage (it calls itself the Latin City) peopled by Chinese merchants, Tausug traders, Christian migrants from the Visayas and other provinces of Mindanao, you are in for a smorgasbord of delectable dishes that you can only find here. Having visited Zamboanga City countless…Continue Reading “Where to eat in Zamboanga: 10 restaurants you should try”

Jimmy’s Satti is a highly recommended local restaurant whenever visitors ask where to eat. It’s the small, bite sized pieces of beef in thin bamboo skewers swimming in sweet-spicy sauce together with tamuh, rice cooked inside coconut palm leaves woven into balls. It’s a no frills restaurant that locals also patronize. Best of all? It’s cheap. Satay or sate is a dish that is popular in Malaysia and Indonesia. It’s grilled meat like beef, mutton and chicken and goes with a peanut sauce. In the…Continue Reading “Jimmy’s Satti, a must in Zamboanga City”