The morning in Tinagong Dagat was cold but dry. When we slept last night, there was a canopy of stars but I half expected the rain still. Thanks God, the ground was only wet from the morning dew. Yay!!! Dry Morning in Tinagong Dagat We plan to wake up at 5 AM but the cold… Continue reading The Leechy Trek to Tinagong Dagat in Mt. Mandalagan, Negros Occidental Day 2/2
Just last weekend, the Negros trilogy was finally complete when we experienced the leech-infested forest ascent to Tinagong Dagat. There are 3 popular mountains in Negros Island: Canlaon, Cuernos De Negros or Talinis and Mandalagan or Tinagong Dagat that are trekking must climbs. While writing the adventure in Mt. Mandalagan, I realized that 2 of… Continue reading Reasons Why You Should Re-Trek
So What Do You Think is The Story of How I Ended My Hiatus? LEECH, no pre-climbs and the threat of menstrual cramps were 3 of my major concerns in trekking Mt. Mandalagan. Yet despite the reservations, my will is bigger than my fears. We already missed Mandalagan in 2013 because I was on a… Continue reading The Leechy Trek to Tinagong Dagat in Mt. Mandalagan, Negros Occidental Day 0/2
See below the ITINERARY AND EXPENSES, story to follow. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kZwycbAa7o ITINERARY AND EXPENSES Day 0 Permit/Fax: Php300 Roll Call (from Left): Harold, Pete, Kathy, Alfred, Rhea, Kring, July, RJ, Jill, Van, Carl, Andoy, Shie, Guide 1, Guide 2, Gil 17:00 North Bus Terminal - Be early to secure a seat. 17:50 Departure to Toledo - Fare/Pax:… Continue reading An Overnight Trek to Tinagong Dagat in Mt. Mandalagan via Patag – Campuestohan Traverse
I've lived in Cebu all my life and have once aimed to visit each municipalities and cities and enjoy what they have to offer. Been to quite a handful but not in the north. If I were to choose, south is always the place to go. Yet last holy week for 3 days starting the… Continue reading H(e)aven in Hagnaya, Cebu
We were on a self-imposed hiatus since our trip from Indochina from August 20 to September 1, 2016. The wife has been struggling with a lot of things and with it the desire to pursue wanders and adventures were put on hold. But since the start of the year, she realized that she was overdoing everything and… Continue reading One Trip and Tons of Fun in Moalboal, Cebu
The plan was to leave Vientiane at 6 AM but we found a 9:30 AM bus schedule. We welcomed the change since we've been waking very early the passing days. We woke up a little late than usual and had our breakfast at the Karenderia near Singsanti's. By 9:00 AM, we were already in front… Continue reading 3 Days in Vang Vieng, Laos (Day 7-9/11)
Yip. You read it right. It was a van, not a bus. And we were quite surprised as well. But they speak no English, how else would we know what’s going on. The husband kept asking if the van would take us all the way to Vientiane. I had no idea. The husband asked if I still have the ticket. The ticket was collected by the tuktuk driver. Whoah. We had no proof. I bet the husband was ultra-worried at that point because I was. But I kept my cool and the belief that we are favored. God is with us so who could be against us?
She kicked my ass. Hahaha! But what I love most about our little time in Saigon is the people we've known. After the tour, we had our late lunch in Subway. While waiting for our order, the husband remembered a familiar face. I wasted no time and talked to him. 🙂 The husband did too. Just awesome.
We started the tour at the farthest destination - The Killing Fields. We left at around 7:30 - 8 AM. The traffic was heavy. We arrived around 9 AM. Our itinerary didn't really have time frame but I was surprised to have spent the entire morning there. It might have been fast if we didn't do the audio tour but we would have missed a lot if we did. The real beauty of "The Killing Fields" can be experienced in knowing how it has come to be. All throughout the tour, I was teary-eyed. There were moments that I wanted to bawl in agony for those who have suffered. And it seemed, it wasn't just me who felt the same. Most of the visitors were having the same look that I thought I had.