After years of being an armchair traveler, I got out of my chair and started seeing the world.
Next year, i'll be an Aussie, mate.
The year after next, i'll be a European and see the world through a snowflake.
If i face a gap year i'll be a full-blown Asian; being a Thai, a Chinese, a Nepalese, a Tibetan monk, a Malaysian, a Balinese, and a Bruneian.
I'm fascinated with biking, hiking, caving, and meeting people of different cultures.
I'm a regular at kropla, lonely planet, tripadvisor, hostelworld, and intrepidtravel.
Not much of a water person but i can live with the occasional beach holiday. Just don't ask me to join you on the banana boat or go snorkeling.
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December 27th 2007
Sharing with everyone two Catholic prayers for whenever we embark on our journeys. I believe that by modifying the prayers, these can be applicable to suit others' beliefs. TRAVELER's PRAYER 1 My holy Angel Guardian, ask the Lord to bless the journey which I undertake, that it may profit the health of my soul and body; that I may reach its end, and that, returning safe and sound, I may find my family in good health. Do thou guard, guide and preserve us. Amen. TRAVELER's PRAYER 2 O Almighty and merciful God, who hast commissioned Thy angels to guide and protect us, command them to be our assiduous companions from our setting out until our return; to clothe us with their invisible protection; to keep from us all danger of collision, of fire, of explosion, of ... read more
November 4th 2007
Dang. I’ll be leaving for Kuala Lumpur in 20 freeeeaaaking days. Traveling has been a passion of mine since, forever. That is, if my wallet permits me to indulge in this. I have gone to many places in my country. I feel that's it's about time i go and visit places not from my own country. In fact, it's just this year that i finally got a passport. Being the backpacker that I am, I’ve been ready for this trip since February. ACCOMMODATION : Stay Orange.Com, Jalan Petaling, Chinatown, KL This is a no-frills hotel. No breakfast, no towel, no toiletries. Just an ensuite bathroom. AIRLINE : Cebu Pacific Piso Fares is the way to go. THINGS TO BRING : One travelpack Unbeknownst to many, travelpacks are measured in liters. The ideal weight is 55 liters ... read more
April 29th 2007
As usual, Cebu Pacific got delayed again. Dumaguete is just an hour's plane ride away from Manila but we got there at 10AM. Touchdown was not very smooth either. My seat mate, who was a local, said the Dumaguete Airport is one of the local airports with the most potholed runway. Either that or Cebu Pacific is really giving its passengers what they paid for (which shouldn't be the case since "customer is key"). We were met at the Arrivals Gate by Tito (that's "uncle" in Filipino) Tony Cabrido, the Regional Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Negros Oriental. He actually is the Uncle of my friend Netnet. He gave us our itinerary for the whole trip, and whoa, was it an itinerary. Since we failed to arrive at 9AM, we had brunch ... read more
April 28th 2007
Dumaguete City is the capital, principal seaport , and largest city of Negros Oriental. Siliman University is in Dumaguete City, which i believe, is the first American university outside Manila and the first Protestant school. The University houses quite a number of interesting museums and its students are among some of the most intelligent in the Philippine school system. The city attracts a considerable number of foreign tourists, particularly Europeans, and Japanese because of the numerous places to go to. Near Dumaguete City are the dive sites Sumilon Island and Apo Island, with the latter more internationally renowned. Apo Island may be reached by boat from Zamboanguita (45 minutes away). Having been able to go to just 3 places in the Visayas (Cebu, Bacolod, Boracay Island), it was just fitting to visit one more city equally ... read more