Dal Bhat is Nepal’s National DIsh

Dal Bhat is Nepal’s traditional dish and a staple food consisting of steamed rice and lentil soup. I had my first try of Dal (lentil soup or munggo in tagalong) Bhat (steam rice or kanin in tagalong) for lunch on my first day in Kathmandu. Dal Bhat is […]

St James the Great Parish Church of Bolinao

Originally built in 1609, the church of St. James Parish in Bolinao, Pangasinan is made of black coral stones.  Its bell tower was once the tallest in the entire island of Luzon.  Bolinao church also served as a fortress against the pirates on several occasions. Today as it […]

Spending Summer In Baguio

Baguio is the Summer Capital of the Philippines because of its cool climate when the rest of the country is experiencing the heat of summer sun. Baguio is an easy get-away for many tourists because it is just a 5-hour drive from Manila. More so, there are hundreds […]

The Charms of Tondol Beach

Tondol Beach is located in Anda, Pangasinan.  Tondol beach has fine white sand and a long stretch of shallow water.  It is a perfect getaway without the hassle, the noise and the crowd of the more known beaches in the Philippines. There are few and very cheap resorts […]

The Less-explored Side of Patar Beach

Patar Beach in Bolinao is perhaps Pangasinan’s most popular beach.  Many say it has fine white sand but in reality, Patar beach has golden sand.  Patar’s sand has a shade of yellow and not white. But Patar has a long stretch of awesome beach and the northern part, […]

Revisiting Hundred Islands National Park

Hundred Islands National Park has 123 islets on high tide and 124 on low tide occupying about 19 kilometers of Lingayen Gulf, in Alaminos City. The nearest islands to the Wharf are Sulpot Island, Monkey Island, Abad Santos Island and Hernandez Island. The popular islands where tourists can […]

Of Tawi Tawi Breakfast and Satti

Satti is a famous breakfast in Tawi Tawi.  Satti is grilled chicken placed on-top of cube rice and dipped in a special satti sauce.  I have only seen this delicacy in Southern Mindanao particularly in Zamboanga City. Being a regional delicacy, people here have lived and loved eating […]

Tawi Tawi Airport

Sanga Sanga Airport or Tawi Tawi Airport is the only airport in Tawi Tawi. The runway has just been recently upgraded and it can now  accommodate Airbus A320 aircraft.  The terminal building is rather small, congested and has no X-Ray machine.  I hope they do something about the […]

Sunset at Sandbar Lepa Tawi Tawi

If one asks a local where is the best place to hang around and dine in Tawi Tawi, their answer would be Sandbar Lepa.  Sandbar Lepa is not a sand bar or a bar.  It is a beachfront restaurant with some accommodation facility. After climbing Bud Bongao, I […]

Island Hopping in Tawi Tawi

There are 307 islands and  islets in the province of Tawi Tawi and fortunately, I did a half day island hopping tour to see some of them when I was here.  Everything was arranged by my tricycle driver cum tour guide cum body guard.  Unfortunately though, I lost […]

White Mosque by the Bay in Tawi Tawi

I have to admit I forgot the name of this beautiful White Mosque located by the bay in Bongao, Tawi Tawi.  I was trying to contact my tricycle driver in Bongao but to no avail I can’t reach him already. Anyway, it was about 2pm when he brought […]

Bongao Catholic Church in Tawi Tawi

Tawi Tawi is a Muslim-dominated province being one of the provinces comprising the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) or what is now known as Bangsamoro Region.  There are very few Catholics here or other Christian denominations.  I was told that only about 5% of the poeple in […]

Bongao Badjao Village

My last stop over for the day is the Badjao Village. I asked Alvin to bring me to the famous water village where Badjaos live in peace and harmony with one another. The Badjaos here have relatively large population and they don’t live a life like the Badjaos […]