Category Archives: Travel
Opened in 2008, the SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway) is the second longest toll expressway in the Philippines. It boasts almost 60 miles of paved roads with lush surroundings. I remember dreamily staring out at rice paddies, caribous, and gorgeous hilly landscapes from the car. This relatively new expressway has significantly reduced the drive time between Manila [...]
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A short bankga ride from the shores of Boracay’s white sands, past Crocodile island is Crystal Cove. Privately owned, the island is home to some interesting caves and as its namesake suggests, awe-inspiring crystal waters. My son Juliao checking out a cave whirlpool below. The currents were a bit unruly this day for taking a [...]
Second photo taken literally minutes after the first. . .
Making our way up the hill towards the lighthouse, we came across some golden meadows. And the view from high of the sea was just amazing! The cliff areas provided nice vistas down into the deep waters below. Beautiful yucca trees growing in the wild were a nice surprise.
Here starts our little trek up the hill to get to the Capones Island Lighthouse originally built by the Spaniards. The lighthouse built 53 meters above sea level went into operation in 1890. The views from various points on the island were just spectactular.
Away we go on our bangka ride to Capones Island from Pundaquit, (San Antonio), Zambales. The usual suspects: Zed, Cy, JJ, Vernon, and moi. The 30 minute crossing costs about 250 pesos a head. Wait till you see what’s on the other side. . .
This island resort offers a truly relaxing getaway from large crowds. Choose from thirteen native-style room accomodations–many sitting right on the beachfront, the larger family-style bungalow complex, a modernized hilltop chalet, or the villa with a private beach. (My last post pictured the walkway around the limestone cliffs to get to the villa.) If you [...]
Who knows what’s around the corner? May 2011 bring you many new adventures in travel and leisure! Photograph taken at Sangat Island Dive Resort, Palawan.
Breathtaking image of some mountain valley rice terraces. This was about one hour from Bontoc on the way to Sagada with my gal pals Liana and Guada. Liana slowed the car down at the side of the road so I could take this shot. The views inspire reverence for nature and time-honored agriculture.