Category: Ponderings

2016

2016

I was at an intersection of my traveling life the past year. Other personal obligations put a limit to my traveling horizon. But I was still able to explore new places nonetheless. Indeed, God will always have something for you even if you began doubting […]

Endless Lazing at Isla de Boracay

Endless Lazing at Isla de Boracay

I think I haven’t missed visiting Boracay, sans one year, since 2008. I don’t know why I keep on going back. I know there are better beaches hidden all over the Philippines but I guess White Beach’s allure is the answer or some Boracay mystery […]

Her Silent Scream

Her Silent Scream

Once upon a gloomy afternoon, Regine and I was about to cross this bridge when the misty wind buffeted against our tiny frames. Thankfully, the sky took a break from her drama class and just accompanied us in our walking tour with her soft breeze. […]

Pre-Trip Planning: What to Do in Ten Long Days

Pre-Trip Planning: What to Do in Ten Long Days

In a little over three months from now, my friend Chie and I will embark on a 10-day journey across three countries. With only the two of us in the traveling party, the time to lay out all the plans starts now. Our initial planning happened […]

A Love Letter To You

A Love Letter To You

Ever since I have learned to logically think I have been yours. You were the one who taught me my very first ABCs, how to write my name legibly in cursive form. It is in your schools where I met my first friends.  My heart […]

Simply Nature

Simply Nature

In our travels, we often disregard the small things that matter.  When I look at Mother Nature’s children, I am simply at awe. The world is truly magnificent. We cannot live without each other, great things or small.     Elal and Chino with the […]

The Calmness Of Firefly Watching

The Calmness Of Firefly Watching

A boat ride in the early evening after a long, humid day is a cool way to start the night. This is the first time I have heard of Firefly-watching and I got really excited once we have embarked from the shore. The clouds were […]

Here It Is!

Here It Is!

Here it is. A few hours before we embark on our bus en route to Bicol Region once again :-), I am contemplating what is in store for me in the next few days. I am about to meet new friends once more. Surely my […]

80 Beautiful Provinces

80 Beautiful Provinces

With the imminent conclusion of Journeying James’ 100 Days, I have this inkling feeling that I will soon follow in his footsteps. No, not having my own version of 100 days. Not at this time, at least not yet. What I meant is conquering our […]

What Inspired Me to Travel?

What Inspired Me to Travel?

Mentored by a five-star general of a mom and supported by a QCPD officer (now retired) of a dad, my routine as a child was home-school-home-school, the perpetual vacation at my Aunt Ellen’s home in Bulacan, during weekends, vacation or on the days when school […]