Year: 2012 (page 1 of 18)

PTB’s 2012 Year-End Blog Carnival: The Year We Traveled Like it’s The End of The World!!!

Aside from the hysteria generated by the popular Mayan Calendar’s prophecy that the world will end during 13.0.0.0.0 (December 21, 2012), there were other known and “unknown” theories as well. Take for example the Winter Solstice, or the Toutatis Asteroid that was scheduled to hit Earth on the same day, or Terence McKenna’s prediction in 1992 regarding the “Time Wave Zero” theory that the Earth will be in oblivion on 12.21.12, or that epic “rescheduling” of the apocalyptic end of our existence on September 3, 2015 because of an error in the doomsday countdown. Read more →

8 Awesome Travel Highlights in 2012

Dreaming. Searching. Adapting. Adjusting. Learning. Loving. Realizing. Contemplating. Living. It has been a year full of introspection, a year of figuring out my purpose, a year of laying out a plan for the future, a year of experimenting life, a year of new experiences, a year of responsibilities and decision-making, a year of creating, and a year of young adulthood freedom… Read more →

Christmas Day in the Province: A Different Kind of Celebration

Huge gift-wrapped presents with glimmering ribbons under the tall, green, Christmas tree; stockings of various sizes hung along the walls – filled with candies, chocolates, gold, edible coins scattered everywhere; the smell of honey-glazed ham, pasta, and hot bread, filled the atmosphere as the whole family awaits the birth of Jesus Christ; the dancing lights of different bold colors twinkle as the music plays in full tune during a cold, breezy, Christmas eve… Read more →

Roxas City: Palina Greenbelt Ecopark

Just 5 kilometers away from the city proper of Roxas, you’ll be entering a realm of 8 species of true mangroves (some are already century-old), 34 species of birds, 13 species of fish, and 64 species of shellfishes all residing in a coast at Sitio Cablatan, Barangay Cagay. Read more →

Firsthand Experience of the Virgin Liktinon Falls

Huge boulders very similar to those in the Jurassic Era were one of the hurdles we had to endure before reaching the Liktinon Falls. Multiple free-flowing streams of river water seeped into my shoes as I tried maneuvering over one boulder to the next. Tucked inside a vast forest, this little treasure awaits visitors to have a soothing dip in her natural pool after a long, challenging, and tiring trek. Liktinon Falls is what the municipality of President Roxas, Capiz will soon boast for. Read more →

“Taklong” Forest Snails, Anyone?

Imagine these “slow poke” herbivore snails crawling with traces of orange slime, carrying a huge shell on their backs, and thriving in wooded areas of the forest being served as a local cuisine in Brgy. Bayuyan, President Roxas, Capiz. Read more →

Hagimit Falls: Discover the Sound of Serenity

Sitting quietly in an unspoiled forest, there lies a cascading waterfall that is surrounded by luscious green, vegetation, tall, enchanting trees, and flourished with the sound of nature that you once heard in a “How to relax” audiobook. Hagimit Falls is a small waterfall with several natural pools of cool, aqua water, gifted in the island of Samal. Read more →

El Salvador: The Water that Heals

Do you believe in miracles? Along the Divine Mercy Hills of El Salvador, Misamis Oriental, lies the Divine Mercy Shrine where there was believed to be a powerful healing water that could cure illnesses and other diseases. Read more →

Walk of Faith at the Divine Mercy Shrine

Who would ever believe that the tallest Divine Mercy Statue is in the Philippines? Hailing at 50 feet, I was not aware that it was the “World’s Tallest” when we visited the Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental a week ago. This reminds me of Brazil’s “Cristo Redentor” statue along Rio de Janeiro’s river which tops it off a few more notch at 98 feet. Read more →

Effortless Flying by Wire at Bukidnon

If you are looking for some adrenaline-oozing adventure, or a way to relax and enjoy nature while hovering at 4500 ft above ground, then I recommend you should definitely try “flying by wire” aka Ziplining at Asia’s Longest Dual Zipline in Dahilayan Adventure Park, Bukidnon. Trust me, I was never really a fan of “extreme” heights, but this experience sparked the “crazy” in me. After that 840-meter stretch of “feeling-like-flying,” I was craving for more! Read more →