The Place of Miracles

“Do you need a ride?” asked a sun-baked man wearing a faded shirt and jeans. He had suddenly approached me on the ordinary bus bound for Sibonga, a southern municipality in Cebu. I had to ask him to repeat what he said a few times, before, finally, we understood each other, between his limited Tagalog…

Saving Crabs from Drowning

My feet fall softly on yielding sand as I breathe in salt and fresh leaves.  All around me are hundreds of dwarf mangroves with roots falling midway from their trunks to the white sand like dark fountains.  And, as with the various fountains in parks, some of the mangrove root complexes are small and wide,…

One Summer Day: A Love Story

  “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”  -Anaïs Nin One summer day, the child discovered she lived in a big, big world and promptly fell in love with it. Undaunted by its size, she started exploring her own…

My Facepalm-Worthy Moments aka What Not To Do When Traveling

I interrupt my “regular programming” of blog posts on exhilarating adventures, life-changing travel moments, life lessons from travel, and the usual feel-good travel and insight posts to bring you, readers, the worst of my travel boo-boos. Those idiotic travel moments that make you go… Photo by Alex Proimos under Flicker Creative Commons Yes, my travels are…

9 Life Lessons from First-time Rock Climbing

In many inspirational and success quotes, I often see photos of rock climbers scaling seemingly impossible heights. Now, after rock climbing for the first time at Tinandog Wall, Atimonan, Quezon, and ticking this exciting activity off my bucket list, I understand why. Rock climbing is a perfect metaphor for life. What were once just inspiring…