My Bulusan

Bulusan is not my hometown but my parent’s. I was born in Quezon City and save for the 3 years I lived in Makati, I’ve lived here all my life.

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Dulipay river

My first trips were to Bulusan. When I was young, the family will make the epic 14-hour journey to this small town in Sorsogon. It would usually be during the Holy Week — we leave Wednesday evening, rolling into Bulusan morning of Maudy Thursday, eager to swim and explore, but getting told off that we can’t because it’s Lent. The first two days of the trip involved hearing mass at the Parish of St. James the Greater and getting our freedom to head to the beach and swim in the river on Saturday. On Easter Sunday, we pack up our things and head back to Manila in the afternoon.
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The joys of a staycation

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It’s the same thing every year: while everybody is heading out of the city for some much needed holiday during Holy Week, I willingly (sort of) opt to stay in Manila. It’s more like I have no choice – I work for an American client and we follow the US holidays. Though it pains me to see all my friends’ updates about how much fun they’re having at the beach, I relish the nearly empty metropolis. No traffic, no hoards of humanity… bliss.

UP Diliman
Every time I go to UP, I take a picture of this road.

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Around the world with 40 Lonely Planet Bloggers

Around the world with 40 Lonely Planet BloggersOne of the big things that happened to me last year was my acceptance to the Lonely Planet Blogsherpa program. Basically, we’re a pool of bloggers from around the world and our posts are featured on

Then came the e-book…

Today, 40 Lonely Planet travel bloggers come together as a group to release their first free photo ebook. “Around the World with 40 Lonely Planet Bloggers” takes readers on a world tour featuring almost 70 countries, and introduces the world of professional travel blogging. Within it, each blogger, hand picked by Lonely Planet, shares a collection of stunning photos that capture the essence of their travel.

In addition to an eye-popping collection of photographs, the book is a rich resource for anyone with a passion for travel who wants to learn from the experts. “The 40 BlogSherpas showcased in the ebook specialize in travel modes ranging from solo to couples to family travel, road trips, budget travel, expat living, voluntourism and even perpetually traveling digital nomads,” explains Karen Catchpole, one of the featured bloggers. An accomplished group, the BlogSherpas have reached beyond their own blogs, having been published in the likes of National Geographic Traveler, Huffington Post, Travel + Leisure, AFAR and more.

— Lonely Planet Travel Bloggers Launch Free Ebook press release

One of my not-so-secret goals last year was to release an e-book, which I partly done in the form of my Calaguas Travel Guide. Never expected something of this magnitude though!

I’ve seen the e-book and all I can say is that it made me want to pack my bags and just go! Around the world with 40 Lonely Planet Bloggers is a FREE download. Get your copy now! :D

Five years

It’s been five years. When I started this blog back in 2006, I never thought just how far I’d take it. Heck, when I decided to travel five year ago, I never thought how far I’d go. The goal was simply to travel to Thailand on my own. I ended up going to Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei, Myanmar, Hong Kong and Macau.

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Where to next?

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So why travel solo?

Most of you who regularly reads my blog already know my story: hit hard by the quarter-life crisis, decided to travel instead of going up the corporate ladder (because there is no corporate ladder to climb) or getting married and settling down (because there’s no interest. At the moment.) I’m sure you’re sick of my preachings about the joys about solo travel, so I’ve enlisted the help of my fellow Pinoy Travel Bloggers to share their stories.

Off to explore SEA. BRB.
Off to explore the world. BRB.

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