The sea breeze carried its redolence to shore
The scent of sun and sea flowing freely to where I lay
If for a moment I felt unwell and unsure
The thought is forgotten and wish the feeling will stay.
It's been two years since I've been to El Nido in northern Palawan and the changes are, to be modest about it, surprising and immense. Work may have taken me back here and for that I am grateful to be able to go explore places I have not been to before. It's still a lovely, lovely place. Another two years down the road, who knows what it would be like?
Friday, July 1, 2016
Friday, June 24, 2016
|Sublime sunrise on Abanao Paoay|
Our guide Alex was very patient (I'm not a strong hiker, more of a walker in the Bill Bryson kind of way). He's also a very animated and knowledgeable guide. I tend to ask a lot of questions the more difficult I find a hike. On Abanao Paoay, he pointed out the Philex mining town (boy was it big) to the south, Mt. Sto. Tomas and traces of Mt. Ugu in the distance, plus some other features of the lay of the land. To the north, the Philippine Military Academy looked like one huge white estate sitting on a hill. It was fascinating to see the fog banks rolling in and out of the mountain side, draping the scenery one minute and revealing the view on the next.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
|Humuyyo Falls, the tallest cascade in the Bontoc municipality|
A few months ago, I created an art map of Bontoc perchance to help in promoting the province. Well, there's a raft of difference between creating a map and actually going to see what's in the map. So on our second day in Maligcong, we opted to venture to Talubin, 12 kilometers from Bontoc town proper, to hike and see Humuyyo, the highest waterfalls in all of Bontoc. Not wanting to miss this added spectacle to a tourist's itinerary, we were joined by our friend, Suzette, of Maligcong Homestay and our perennial guide, Tina Sokuken. Jerome, Suzette's hubby, was very kind to take us to the Talubin jump-off using the van. Otherwise, we would either have to catch the 7am bus headed to Banaue or the 12 noon jeepney to venture here. As we've learned the previous day, it almost always rains in the afternoon so a morning trek would be best.