“The Ruins” in Talisay, and a detour to Bacolod

“Talisay” is the name of a type of tree, and is also a pretty common place-name in the Philippines.  As far as i know, there are 2 cities and 2 municipalities that are known by this name in Negros Occidental, Cebu, Batangas and Camarines Norte, respectively.  What sets apart the Talisay of Negros Occidental is undoubtedly the remains of the building formerly known as the Mariano Ledesma Lacson Mansion, now referred to as “The Ruins”.  Talisay is adjacent to both Silay and Bacolod and I planned to spend the afternoon viewing The Ruins. Continue reading


Gallery: The Taiwan Theater Museum

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The last place we visited in our 3-day cultural tour of Taiwan was the Taiwan Theater Museum in Yilan. The museum exhibited Taiwan’s very rich background in traditional Chinese theater. There were also exhibits dedicated to famous Taiwanese thespians and the costumes they used in their most famous roles, as well as vast and colorfuldisplays on puppetry.  Since Yilan isn’t really a place tourists particularly go to, this museum is not normally packed with people and is certainly an ideal place to visit on any day to expose oneself to Taiwanese culture. Continue reading

Gallery: Biri Island

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I looked through my past entries and noticed that the photos contained in each one increased progressively as a new one came out. This had the unintended effect of making my early Biri Island blogs look really plain in comparison to the later ones.  So to rectify the situation and to generate interest in Biri as a tourist destination, I’m posting this slideshow.

The photos shown here are of the Macadlao rock formation, taken during my solo trip to Biri Island in April 2011.

Gallery: Feng Chia Night Market

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I’ve never been to a night market before so I eagerly anticipated this opportunity when we stopped by at Taichung City late in the afternoon of July 23, 2012.  We just had a full day of non-stop touring and we were given free time in the early evening to roam around the Feng Chia Night Market. Continue reading

Gallery: Fo Guang Shan Main Shrine

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I still haven’t decided on how I’ll present my Taiwan trip in this blog, so for the meantime, I thought I’d share photos to keep you interested.  These are pictures of the Fo Guang Shan Main Shrine in Kaohsiung, a city in southern Taiwan.  I’ve only entered 2 Buddhist temples before this (Fo Guang Shan’s Mabuhay Temple in Manila and the Angkor Wat itself) and so far, each one has been an experience of discovery and learning.  Continue reading

Gallery: Pahiyas 2010

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Today, May 15, is the feast of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of many Catholic communities in the Philippines and no doubt, a lot of fiestas are currently being held in his honor.  It is however the annual celebrations in the town of Lucban, in the province of Quezon, which has gained renown for having the biggest and most colorful fiestas on this particular feast day.  This is the called the “Pahiyas”, where every year, houses lining the parade route are decorated with the freshest harvest of vegetables and other crops.

I had the chance to visit, witness and experience the Pahiyas back in 2010.  Here’s a slideshow of pictures I took on that day. Continue reading

Gallery: Mt. Pulag (2010)

Since my friends Fung and Teri posted photos of their recent Mt. Pulag climbs, this got me a bit envious because I’ve always planned on making a return climb to that mountain and once again conquering its summit.  It’s one of the most exhilarating experiences one can have that’s quite doable and accessible even for non-mountaineers.  Here are photos of my climb last May 22-23, 2010.

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Gallery: Remembering Siquijor

No matter how I try to be organized, I’m still at my very core a disorganized person.  And this reflects in how I post new articles in this travel blog.  There never was any instance where I finished a series of blogs without intervening unrelated posts being inserted in between the thematic posts.  And so, I’ll once again delay writing about the Hinatuan Enchanted River because for some reason I’m thinking about Siquijor.  (And that “some reason” is partly due to my friend Tin herself blogging about Siquijor.)

But first, a slideshow:

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Last year, I posted this note in Facebook after I returned from a Central Visayas trip, which included a day trip to Siquijor, last December 2010.  It pretty much speaks for itself: Continue reading

Gallery: Chasing an Egret

So my vacation leaves have been approved and SEAir already confirmed the departure date and time.  I’m definitely going back to Batanes.  Here’s one of the more memorable things that happened to me in Batanes.

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Here’s an excerpt of what I wrote about it in my old blog:

For this particular bird, I found it by it’s lonesome by the roadside while I was on a bicycle en route to the town of Ivana in southern Batan island. I carefully parked my bicycle by the roadside and tried to get a closer shot. While I was just 10 meters away, it flew away, but only for a short distance. So what I did was that I got my 55-250mm lens, ran on tiptoe while changing lenses to get a much, much closer shot of this bird.

I caught up with it and managed to get closer by 5 meters. It kept on flying away, but it only for short distances, until I caught up with it by a cliffside and I was just 3 meters away. What transpired was one of the best wildlife shots I’ve ever taken.