2016: My Favourite Trips

Traveling is one of the activities I love doing. I never get tired of it. It is one of the sources of my happiness and enthusiasm to pursue my dreams and ambitions. #LiveLoveTravel

10. Pagudpud. My dragon boat team participated in the first dragon boat race conducted in Pagudpud. After the race, we visited the local tourist spots like the Patapat Viaduct, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Bantay Abot Cave and the Bangui Windmills.


An early morning visit to the Patapat Viaduct, connecting the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Cagayan in northern Philippines.

9. Masasa Beach, Tingloy Island. The clear water makes Masasa as one of the ideal go-to beaches near Manila without spending too much. An added feature here is that if you are lucky, you can spot marine turtles swimming in the snorkeling area.


During high tide, this semi-lagoon at the end of Masasa Beach transforms into a pool.

8. Pinto Art Museum, Rizal. The museum takes pride from the works of local contemporary artists. The white walls and the entirety of the structure have become a favourite among photographers and people looking for a great place for picture-taking.


Photo by Pinky Bondoc.

7. Kansai Region, Japan. My second time to visit Japan is memorable. It was a pleasant experience to be young for a day at the Universal Studios Japan. My first rollercoaster ride scared and made me happy at the same time. I will never forget the consecutive vertical drops portion of the ride! I had also fun “joining” the Hogwarts team for a quidditch match at the Harry Potter exhibition, and “flying” like a pterodactyl. I enjoyed feeding the deer and appreciating the artistic manhole covers in Nara. And, of course, Kyoto will always be one of the places I admire.


Taken near the Togetsukyo Bridge in Arashiyama. This place is popular for its cherry blossoms and autumn colours. A short walk can lead you to the world-famous bamboo grove. Photo by Enzo Eustaquio.

6. Kamakura and Enoshima Island. I don’t know how to ride a bike, but my friends forced (lol) me to do it. Imagine me struggling for the entire day, trying to bike the 8-kilometre distance from where we rented the bike in Kamakura to Enoshima Island. I was able to finish the course, though I had to use my right foot most of the time to cover the distance. 🙂


In front of the Kōtoku-in Temple, where the Great Buddha of Kamakura is located. Photo by Henry Rafael Diaz.

5. Zambawood, Zambales. The casuarinas, standing tall over the sands inside the Zambawood, serve as the backdrop of a stunning view on this side of the country. With a gentle breeze from the nearby sea, you won’t mind getting lost under these plants. A perfect place, indeed, to relax and be thankful for everything.


4. Maligcong, Bontoc, Mountain Province. The rice terraces of Maligcong on fallow look like layered mirrors from the summit of Mount Kofafey. The water on the terraces reflects the clouds and sky above.


3. Palaui, Cagayan. What a good way to start the year.. chill out on the beach of one of the most pristine places in the country.


2. Siem Reap, Cambodia. The Angkor Wat and its temples deserve to be accorded the recognition of being the number one tourist spot in the world. The ancient temples are treasures that you cannot find elsewhere. Adding to the wonders is the kindness of the people.


Photo by Melissa Tolentino.

1. Busan, South Korea. What hit me first when I arrived in Busan is the stillness of the place. It is the second largest city of South Korea, but not as chaotic as Seoul. The city is so calm and serene. Taking a break from work is not a problem and you don’t need to go far. You can hike the nearby mountains or go to the beach in just a matter of minutes. It is the most perfect place for retirement.


Photo by Jayar Batuhan.

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