General Ifugao

Traversing Cambulo to Batad

Looking back at Cambulo behind us

Looking back at Cambulo behind us [E500]

This would be my last post for the Cambulo/Batad series. I’d just like to share the beautiful scenery between the 2 villages in Ifugao. Despite the continues rains, the terraces never fail to mesmerize. In fact, the added mist and fog added to the drama of the scenery, making it more enigmatic to the eyes.

General Waterfalls

Road to Cambulo

Jump Off at Kinakin

Jump Off at Kinakin [K800i]

It’s been quite a while since I’ve been out on the road. So when a fellow climber and one of the officers of MFPI Ms Ruby, invited me to join an Akyat-Aklat Outreach Project by Batch 19 of of MFPI’s individual members, I jumped at the opportunity and hey it would be a great start for the year to do an outreach. Last outreach I’ve done was way back in 2001. So off we go to Cambulo, Ifugao.

Da Nang Thura Thien-Hue Travel Vietnam

Pass of the Ocean Clouds: Road from Da Nang to Hue

The fort and the pass

The fort passage framing the Danang Bay view

One of the “must-see” in Vietnam is the Road from Da Nang to Hue. In fact, National Geographic included this scenic route as one of the 50 Places of a Lifetime under the Country Unbound category. And passing by this route twice, first via a train to Hue (which the experience warrants a separate entry later) and on the back of a motorcycle on our way back, it definitely is a road worth tripping.

General Ilocos Norte

Retracing northern Luzon

Ilocos Norte Bridge

Ilocos Norte welcome bridge to Laoag town proper

These past few days has been a pretty fast paced trip up in northern Luzon. It really felt like we’re contestants in an Amazing Race as we have to use public transportation to get from one place to another and at the same times asking people directions along the way. It was fun ride.

It was like 15 years ago during my grade school that I first went around Northern Luzon. My dad used to travel a lot and it was like that summer during the end of my grade school that me, my mom and dad along with his friends hopped in our old L300. It remember I really had fun at that time even though I can barely recall the details of the places I visited.

So this time around, along with 3 of my companions, we ventured off to a Vigan-Laoag-Pagudpud road trip (by public transport). And I’m really excited to retrace the routes I walked during my childhood.


The view from here

The wonders of technology never cease to amaze, the world grows smaller as technology gets bigger. Yesterday I had the chance to fly to San Jose, Mindoro, and Antique via Asian Spirit’s new Jet BAe 146. It may sound like a promotion but I appreciated it more when it took only 20 minutes to arrive in Mindoro. Back then when we went to Pandan and Apo Reef via Land and Boat, it took us 2 hours to go to Batangas, then another 2 hours to Abra de Ilog then another 5 hours Bus on a dusty and rough road to Sablayan.

What truly impressed me was the terrain of Mindoro. Amazing is all I can say! Seeing it from above I could view the mountains of either Mt. Halcon or Iglit-Baco (if I’m not mistaken). Beauty can be deadly as they say, as Mt. Halcon is the most difficult mountain to climb here in the Philippines, but many people still dare to conquer it.



the jumbolino

I wish I had this plane for a toy! It would really be cool isn’t it?

Well the other day I was in Clark to attend a launch of this plane they call the “Jumbolino” which would start its flight around the philippines this February. It was a successful inauguration and blessing. What I didn’t like was on our way home in Manila. We were literally stuck in the air for an hour! We were in a holding pattern, circling around the airport because there was a broken plane blocking the runway. On what should have been a 30 minutes flight turned into an hour and half. And I could really feel the pressure in my head and almost got really dizzy.

And I thought there were no traffic in the air…

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