G2: My dream climb come true

Mt. Guiting-Guiting has always been that distant, intimidating dream mountain since I started climbing. I’ve always felt it was too scary and difficult, that I wouldn’t be fit enough to take on such a technical climb. I first planned on going last 2016 but eventually backed out knowing I wasn’t prepared. Another opportunity came in 2017 and this time I was determined to make it to G2.

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A whole new world under the sea

Fact is, I’m a mountain person. But I’ve always been fascinated with the underwater world… an ecosystem on its own, with sea creatures big and small (turtles are my favorite), and colorful reefs. Unfortunately I could only go as far as the surface to snorkel (in a life vest, of course). Yes, it’s a pity – especially since I’ve been living in Cebu for 2 years now and it has some of the best diving spots in the world. Continue reading

Escape to Eastern Visayas: Sambawan Island

The Samar and Leyte regions aren’t really on my priority list of places to visit in the Philippines. When a friend was relocated to Tacloban for work, we decided to do some exploring last February. I didn’t have any expectations and it turned out to be quite an experience!

Since we only had 4 days and attractions were quite far from each other, we decided to do a relaxed trip and just cover 2 places: Sambawan Island in Biliran and Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte.

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Mt Apo: Highest of them all

It still feels surreal to say that I stood at the summit of the Philippines’ highest mountain. Three days later, my thigh muscles are still sore; the summit, trails and views are still vivid in my mind but ironically it feels like such a distant memory. The people I spent 3 days and 2 nights with were strangers to me then and now I may actually have a bad case of separation anxiety.

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