VIDEO: Taipei, Taiwan Vlogging with Paula

Taipei, Taiwan, July 2016 – Here is a rewind from over a year ago, when Filipinos still needed a visa to go to Taiwan. As of September this year, we can already visit visa-free, as you may know, which makes it a bit easier to go these days.

I followed Paula in Taipei and  we went around after her business-related shenanigans. Amidst the humidity, we roamed the city in front of a phone camera. The word “vlogging” makes me cringe a little bit and makes me feel pretentious, but I think that’s what this is called. I discovered that I am very awkward at this despite being much of an extrovert, and Paula, who is usually an introvert, is quite a natural! Well I’ll be damned. Continue reading “VIDEO: Taipei, Taiwan Vlogging with Paula”

VIDEO: Climbing Mt. Pico De Loro

Mt. Pico De Loro – Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas

Ever since I’ve discovered the art of video-making in October, I’ve been putting one up on my Vimeo every month. This is my new year’s entry. I plan to grow in the craft more throughout the year. Which means I need to go on more adventures (wink).

VIDEO: Hiking Mt. Pinatubo

Is it nice in Mt. Pinatubo?

A lot of people ask me this question. Well here’s my short answer: I’ve been there thrice. Mostly to accompany cousins from abroad. I hope that answers it.

I recommend it mainly because it’s beautiful, but also because it fits the adventure and nature categories without much of the pain (i.e. it’s not as hard as other hikes and climbs).

In this video, I trekked with some eight relatives and friends on a private tour. You can check our itinerary at Travels with Pau and Raya.

The series of stories from my visit last 2012 can also be found here:

VIDEO: An Airbnb Birthday at Anvaya Cove

My birthday ideas for this year revolved around Airbnb listings. Seriously – a boat in Hong Kong, an island in the Philippines… There are a hundred extraordinary places to experience if you look around there. But finally, I thought, I wanted to spend some time with the family. And so I settled for something simpler.

Anvaya Cove is located in Morong, Bataan, and is about a 4-hour drive from Manila. It is a member-only resort, possibly the nicest one around that area. It is not my first time there actually, but I had a couple of qualifications for this particular trip:

  • A couple of hours drive from the city
  • Homey, comfortable and clean
  • By the beach, because I already live on the mountain
  • Spacious enough to fit the family
  • Not too costly

So this is what I found: A 2-BR unit at Anvaya Cove’s Sea Breeze condominium. 

And how did that go? Check out the video above!


TIP: For this trip, I had a hefty P2,500 discount available to Smart subscribers as part of an ongoing partnership. This promo is still ongoing so you can still avail of it for your 2016 trips! Here are the details for Smart and Sun.

 

Posts from my 2012 trip to Anvaya Cove:

VIDEO: Exploring Coron, Palawan

 

It has been a long, long while since I’ve written anything around here. At times I feel like adult life has been pulling me away from the part of my soul that likes creating things just for the heck of it. But no. Not today.

Two months ago, I “discovered” the GoPro. Of course I’ve known her a long time ago. She’s quite a pop kid in the sports and adventure scene. But this is the first time we’ve had an actual experience together, I would say. In Coron, Palawan. No less.

I traveled to Coron with Paula for her birthday last October. This is one of those places in the Philippines I’ve always wanted to go. It fits my personality quite well. We’ve been under the sun, the sea, the rocks, the huts, the shade of the boat. We’ve been mostly offline, all five days. Ah! The beauty of it.

In the past years, I’ve gone from words to photographs, sharing my explorations and experiences. Video is a new medium I am in the process of learning. I hope you enjoy.

Temple Raiding at Siem Reap, Cambodia

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA – Throwback from August 2013.

I had a long blogging hiatus last year, but it doesn’t mean I also had an adventure hiatus. I have been out and about, as I always am, though I’ve reduced my stories to snippets of social media posts which I now only see via Timehop. Blog posts take time to create, especially when they require curating photographs, and I probably just didn’t take the time.

Nevertheless. In the next couple of weeks, there will be quite some throwbacks of places I’ve been, things I’ve done…

In August 11-15, 2013, I went to Siem Reap in Cambodia with some office friends plus plus. I decided against bringing my own camera, so all of these photos were taken conveniently with an iPhone 4S. They aren’t superb, but they should be enough for appreciation purposes.

Siem Reap, Cambodia is all about temples. Temples, temples, temples. First time visitors are bound to be “templed out” as they go from one to another.  But they are beautiful nevertheless, as if they were made by beings from outer space. So I’ll be back for sure, and I’ll bring a more decent camera too.

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Far Far Away in Singapore

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, SINGAPORE – The common belief is wrong: Kingdom Far Far Away is not really that far away. Okay, that was corny. Continue reading “Far Far Away in Singapore”