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Mt. Guiting-Guiting [Reverse Traverse] Toughest Hike in the Philippines

The climb to Mt. Guiting-Guiting (G2) involves seemingly endless scrambling on steep and rocky terrain, night trek beginning at 2AM, knife-edge ridge crossing & kiss the wall segments, and includes getting through a 90-degree wall without ropes. As one of the toughest hikes in the Philippines, this requires a healthy sense of adventure. We took the Reverse Traverse with the trailhead at Sitio Olango in San Fernando, climbing up to the summit with a height of 2,058 masl… Continue reading Mt. Guiting-Guiting [Reverse Traverse] Toughest Hike in the Philippines

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Walk the Torq: Mt. Kinabalu via Ferrata Experience

Mt. Kinabalu is the world’s highest via ferrata route and Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hikers are required to take a short training at Pendant Hut (3,289 masl) around 4pm the day before summiting Low’s Peak (4095.2 masl) to experience the via ferrata (iron path)—a steep route with a series of metal rungs, cables, and bridges installed on mountain walls… Continue reading Walk the Torq: Mt. Kinabalu via Ferrata Experience

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2D1N Apo Island + Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Itinerary [Cebu–Dumaguete Weekend Travel]

This is how we spent our weekend away from the big city. The trip from Cebu to Dumaguete to reach Apo Island and Balinsasayao Twin Lakes was long but reconnecting with nature is such a refreshing experience. Sharing our 2D1N itinerary with some tips here. Continue reading 2D1N Apo Island + Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Itinerary [Cebu–Dumaguete Weekend Travel]

When in Dumaguete

One summer weekend, we decided to travel to Dumaguete as a gateway to Apo Island, a turtle (pawikan) marine sanctuary and a top diving spot, and to get to Balinsasayao Twin Lakes. Also, Dumaguete City is a wonderful destination for a foodies because there are lots of great restaurants, especially around their coastal boulevard. You won’t have any problems with the transportation because there are many tricycles available to take you from your doorstep to anywhere… Continue reading When in Dumaguete

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Mt. Dulang-Dulang to Mt. Kitanglad Traverse | Climbing the 2nd & 4th Highest Mountains in the Philippines

The traverse from Mt. Dulang Dulang to Mt. Kitanglad (dubbed as D2K) is one of the most challenging trails I have braved. The majestic mountains belong to Kitanglad Mountain Range, a popular climb destination for Filipino hikers due to its elevation, summit views, and difficulty level. Continue reading Mt. Dulang-Dulang to Mt. Kitanglad Traverse | Climbing the 2nd & 4th Highest Mountains in the Philippines

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Ilocos Backpacking: Top Places To Visit in Pagudpud, Laoag & Paoay

A better way to learn more about our country’s culture and history is to travel to Northern Luzon in a shoestring budget and experience the local life. Take delight in riding the kalesa in Vigan and marvel at its old world charm. More history awaits in Laoag and there’s fun and excitement at the sand dunes of Paoay and a relaxing treat of serene white beaches and lovely blue skies in Pagudpud. Continue reading Ilocos Backpacking: Top Places To Visit in Pagudpud, Laoag & Paoay

Digesting Travel Memories

This was the last thing I expected to enjoy. Staying home for days never crossed my mind before. Yet, I have afforded myself a weeklong “staycation”. Never spent a single cent. Never went out far from the front gate. Never craved for a cup of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Never tasted Potato Corner fries when visiting a mall. Never jogged at the paved roads. Never got sunburns or darker skin from staying long at the beach or in the mountains. Never sneezed at the smell and dust of old-but-still-good used clothes at the ukay-ukay or secondhand stores. These things I used to … Continue reading Digesting Travel Memories

How to get to Banaue (Ifugao Rice Terraces) from Manila or Baguio by bus

Philippine Cordilleras has 5 terraces listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Two are found in Banaue: Bangaan Rice Terraces and Batad Rice Terraces, both require some easy hiking to witness its magnificent paddy fields. Also in the list is Mayoyao Rice Terraces which is accessible and can be squeeze in the day tour because of its proximity from Banaue Terraces… Continue reading How to get to Banaue (Ifugao Rice Terraces) from Manila or Baguio by bus