It was a battle between #TaiwantItThatWay or #TaiwantySeventeen.


In this day and age of real time uploads, having a hashtag for every trip has become mandatory.  My sister insisted hers was better (#TaiwantySeventeen).  I insisted it was too corny.  We just laughed through it the whole time and, as of posting date, we still haven't been able to agree on which hashtag actually worked best lol.

This 2016, I start my annual closing of the year post with a quote from one of my all-time favorite movies:

"Life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences. Uh-uh. But rather, its a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite, sublime plan."
-Dean Kansky, Serendipity

2014 was all about taking risks.  2015 was about making sacrifices.  And 2016?  Well 2016 has been about reaping the fruits of those risks and sacrifices.

It wasn't all peachy at first.  The journey to your personal legend can be confusing, rough, and altogether frustrating.  It comes to a point where you actually wonder if the Universe is making fun of you.

This year made me realize once again that there is always, ALWAYS a bigger picture.  And the moment we stop being short-sighted, step back, and look at how everything that's been happening in our lives is leading us towards to where we're meant to be, we will also see that the Universe is actually winking at us.

I always say "Things happen for a reason".  Now let me ammend that to:  "Things happen for a reason at the right time."

2016 has seen me smile, frown, laugh, cry.  2017?  I bet it will see me do those again... And more.  But no matter what, I am ready to embrace everything the Universe throws at me knowing that eventually, she will reveal her sublime plan :)


CHEERS TO THE YEAR THAT WAS AND TO THE YEAR TO COME, EVERYONE!


Bring it on, 2017.  Taken during our trip to Singapore last June where the then-boyfriend proposed :)  
On that note, this is my last blog entry as a single woman ;) 

A couple of years ago, I launched a passion project called Project Pilipinas.  The goal was simple:  help spread information about the beautiful places in the Philippines by posting about my past travels within the country along with some useful information (how to get there, how to go around, places to stay, tips, etc.).  So hopefully, when researching about the Philippines, some random Googler (be it foreigner or local) will come across my blog and be encouraged to visit all those places.  Read more about that project here.



"OMG there it is!" 

I was like a starstruck fan seeing my favorite celebrity when I caught a glimpse of the long orange neck emerging from the clump of trees from afar.

I know, I know.  You can easily see a giraffe in the zoo.  But seeing them in the wild was a different kind of experience--like you've been transported to South Africa or one of those Jurassic Park movies.

Well, we might as well have been in South Africa at that time.  We were in Calauit Island, a 3,700 hectare island of the coast of Palawan that has been home to wild animals from Africa since the 1970's.



A couple of years ago, I launched a passion project called Project Pilipinas.  The goal was simple:  help spread information about the beautiful places in the Philippines by posting about my past travels within the country along with some useful information (how to get there, how to go around, places to stay, tips, etc.).  So hopefully, when researching about the Philippines, some random Googler (be it foreigner or local) will come across my blog and be encouraged to visit all those places.  Read more about that project here.





This article was originally posted here.  Some of the information have been updated for accuracy.


"Manong, malayo pa ho ba? (Are we there yet?)”

I shouted through the rumbling of the engine while trying not to inhale the dust swirling around us as our all-terrain vehicle (ATV) sped through the ash-covered road.

We were in Capas, Tarlac -- on our way to the now-famous crater of Mt. Pinatubo.


The moment our boat docked by the shore of Mahabang Buhangin in Calaguas Island, it took all of our willpower not to jump into the water headfirst. 

I mean how can you resist these waters that give the hashtag #nofilter an entirely new meaning?



Calaguas is located in the Philippine province of Camarines Norte. It includes the major islands of Tinaga Island and Guintinua Island, the minor Maculabo Island, as well as several other minor islands.

Most of the islands are under the administrative jurisdiction of Vinzons, while the minor island of Maculabo is under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Paracale. (Read more here.)

With its crystal clear waters and powdery white sand, we all agreed: It's the Boracay of the 1980's.  And a plus (for me anyway) is the lack of signal on the island.  It made for a full weekend of being totally unplugged--enjoying the island without the distraction of social media and unnecessary calls or messages.