After four years, I’m still wandering

There’s not much to say (actually, there’s plenty, but I’m just lazy), except that it has been one hell of a year. Both 2009 and 2010 has started off slow, but on the second half of 2009, things got crazy and I’ve traveled more than I’ve ever had in my whole life. This year is shaping up to be the same.

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Luang Prabang, Laos

While the main theme of 2009 travel is Southeast Asia, 2010 so far have been mostly domestic travel. I’ve only been out of the country once this year, but I’m looking forward to my travels around the region come May (and June. And August).
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Luggage and bags summer sale

I had my luggage repaired last week and when I went to pick it up at the office today, the girl in charge shared this wonderful news:

The local distributor of Echolac, Elle, Wenger, Slazenger, Eminent and Carlton will be holding a summer sale of their products on April 27-30, 2010. Prices are discounted up to 70% off on certain items. Credit card payments are accepted. The sale will be at their office at Suite 1908 Robinsons Equitable Tower, ADB Avenue corner Poveda Road, Ortigas Center. The office is open from 9am to 6pm. For inquiries, call Che at 634-8973 to 76.

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Siem Reap: Packaged tour vs. DIY

I was chatting with a reader of mine when she asked me whether it’s better to take a package tour of Siem Reap and Angkor Wat or to arrange everything herself. I remembered I had the same dilemma last year when I was planning my trip. To help me decide, I took to my spreadsheet and let the numbers decide for me. Like her, I was considering availing of the Angkor tour packages offered by The Villa Siem Reap. It really does seem like a great value, and back then, I remember I was all set to take that package. Until of course, I did the comparison with my spreadsheet.
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Updated Calaguas Travel Guide

Sorry for the lack of updates on the blog. The weekend has been really crazy. I finally took the Travel Photography class I was supposed to take last August, and I ended up with a bunch of crappy photos. Entirely my fault, I assure you, and not my teacher’s.

Anyhoo, I finally unearthed the piece of paper with the caretaker’s contact numbers from the big pile of mess I call my room. The Calaguas Travel Guide is now updated with additional contact numbers of boatmen from both Paracale and Vinzons port, as well as Bert Gonzales’ mobile number.

[UPDATE January 8, 2013] I haven’t been back to Calaguas, but I’ve been told that Bert Gonzales is no longer there. Also, Nelson Gomez, our boatman in Paracale has a new number: 0909 525 9821. I’d update the file, but I can’t find the original Word file >_<

Download: Calaguas Travel Guide – 116k (.pdf)

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Baguio: Old favorites and new discoveries

Last weekend was my fifth visit to Baguio City, and the third one for 2010. My friend Hazel, my travel companion for this trip, was a first timer in Baguio, so I brought her to the usual haunts: Session Road, Camp John Hay, Mines View Park. We also went to places that I’ve never visited before: the Good Shepherd Convent and the Bell Church.

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Is it fog or is it haze? Morning at the Mines View Park

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