Dreamy and Tranquil Seco Island

Dreamy and Tranquil Seco Island

The waves slowly buried my feet on the fine white sand of the island. I chanced upon the varying colors of the horizon in front of me. The heavens, grey and thundering with all of its might, the cerulean blue sea blending with the sparkling turquoise hue, and the...
Whale Shark’s Acquaintance

Whale Shark’s Acquaintance

My snorkeling gear was in place and my life jacket was securely tightened before I had the go signal to jump onto the water. That very moment, I was hesitant to take that chance as I saw their dorsal fins rise from the surface. Glued to my seat on the small boat, I...
Ascent to Mt. Polis

Ascent to Mt. Polis

My whole body was trembling as I gently sat down on a sturdy cliff, overlooking three major towns in Mountain Province. The thick white clouds hovering over the majestic Mt. Pulag from afar, the curving road leading to Sagada slowly fading away as the fog engulfs it,...
Apo Island: Swimming with Giant Sea Turtles

Apo Island: Swimming with Giant Sea Turtles

Beneath the lofty waves across Apo Island, I was rekindled in a world where you hear nothing but the symphony of ebbing waters. Looking down on the tranquil aqua meadows of the deep, there was not a single turtle in sight. I drifted away, listening to the sound of my...
Nostalgic Syndrome of Travel

Nostalgic Syndrome of Travel

She is kneeling down on the edge of the pew, bowing her head and clasping her hands tightly as the bells resonate inside the holy temple. Her white veil dangles on the side of her face, concealing her eyes, allowing a ray of sunlight to touch her cheeks. Slowly, she...
Strangers in a Journey to Taal Volcano

Strangers in a Journey to Taal Volcano

My eyes were glued to the aqua emerald stillness of the lake. Feathery white clouds sailed through the clear blue sky, softening the rays of the sun touching my cheeks. On a beautiful morning atop the crater of the world’s smallest active volcano, I was sitting...