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The Big Trip – Day Zero (30-Mar-09): Assaulted Batteries (NAIA Terminal 3)

My three-week adventure begins with a trip to Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. I’ve heard positive things about it, mainly that it’s much, much nicer and more presentable to foreign visitors than the current international terminal. I didn’t have such a great impression of the old terminal, so I was hoping this was true....

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day 2009 at Murphy’s Makati

I don’t really celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It’s not a Filipino holiday, and – as far as I know – I don’t have any Irish heritage. So in all honesty, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day last March 17, 2009 was more of an excuse to drink Irish beer than an actual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day....

Guest Article: Kalibo, Aklan by Jed Segovia

Webmaster’s note: This is a guest article written by Jed Segovia, a buddy of mine from college. Thanks to Jed for sharing his own travel tales! One day, I gave in to my craving to go on an extended vacation and to see some sun and surf. So, I decided to give myself a holiday...

San Fernando, Pampanga: Part Three – Giant Lantern Festival 2008

At last, after several hours of touring as much of San Fernando, Pampanga as we could, it was time to head back to Robinson’s Starmill Pampanga for the Giant Lantern Festival 2008. This would be the 100th year of this annual tradition, and it’s one of those things that you often read about, but is...

San Fernando, Pampanga: Part Two – Heritage Sites and Buildings

After lunch at Everybody’s Cafe, we made our way on foot to A. Consunji Street, which was where a lot of the heritage buildings and houses were located. Since the Vigan trip, I discovered an appreciation of architecture, particularly of times long gone. It’s the most tangible glimpse into the past one can have. Much...

San Fernando, Pampanga: Part One – Food Tripping

Last Saturday, December 20, 2008, my mother, her friend, and I all went to SanFernando, Pampanga to experience the Giant Lantern Festival. To avoid the traffic, and to make sure that we had all the information about the festival that we needed (not to mention parking space), we left Quezon City at approximately 9:30am. We...

Back from San Fernando, Pampanga

I went to the Giant Lantern Festival in San Fernando, Pampanga yesterday, December 20, 2008. It was AWESOME! Those lanterns are huge! I believe they’re twice the height of a truck… Yes, that big! And the lights… wow. The degree of difficulty involved in making those things light up is amazing. I’ll come up with...

SM Mall of Asia Grand Festival of Lights Parade and Firefly Singing Christmas Tree

My friend Isabelle and I went to SM Mall of Asia last Saturday, December 6, to catch the Grand Festival of Lights Parade. It’s a mall event celebrating Christmas, and we thought it would be interesting to see what SM had in store to delight kids of all ages. The parade is held every Saturday...

My Best Travel Photo

(This is my entry in the What’s Your Best Travel Photo? Contest by JustWandering.org. Click on the photo for the full version.) I will admit to not being a professional photographer. I barely know my way around my point-and-click, and I only have a rudimentary understanding of the more technical aspects of photography. As far...

Detour: Angono

A Detour is a choice between two tasks, each with its own pros and– Oh wait, that’s The Amazing Race. On this blog, a Detour would be any short trips I’d be taking that don’t quite fall under an actual “vacation,” but do allow me to explore the area. On a whim, I headed to...

VIGAN! Day Four

For our final day in Vigan, we decided to check out the various museums in the area. First on our list was the Syquia Mansion Museum. This was where President Quirino’s wife grew up in, and later became the home of Pres. Quirino and his wife. It was HUGE. The place itself was very well-kept,...

VIGAN! Day Three

On the third day, we decided to go to Baluarte, a zoo located outside the city center that was created and funded by Gov. Chavit Singson. The zoo allowed most of the animals to roam freely, so if you’re unlucky, you might just get attacked by an ostrich. For a zoo with free admission and...