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Manggapares Trail: A Practice Climb and a Closed Sale

Mangapares Trail

Sometimes, even the most familiar places hold pleasant surprises. Sometimes, even the most well-laid plans take a different turn. That’s what makes life—and adventure—exciting! Although Sweetie and I are sticklers of planning, we do live for such excitement. That excitement happened during a recent weekend climb on Manggapares Trail on Tagaytay Ridge.

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How to Observe and Practice Cultural Sensitivity

Old but wise local

When you climb a mountain, pass by a highland village, or immerse with a tribe, you need to be consciously aware that you’re a stranger. Your presence alone disrupts the natural flow and dynamics of the place. Imagine if you actively do things that you’re not supposed to do. That will truly exacerbate the situation! Worse, you may inadvertently change the culture of that community.

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Cebu Highlands Trail Segment 2: Tubod to Barili

Sunlit morning

In the blockbuster movie Back to the Future, both Marty and his father George McFly said, “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.” Well, one of our goals is to take an arduous but scenic long-distance trek that spans hundreds of kilometers. Finishing even a quarter of that trek gives us the inspiration to go on, reinforcing the idea that completing the trail can be done. Well, that was exactly what happened when we finished Segment 2 of the Cebu Highlands Trail.
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Cebu Highlands Trail Segment 2: Lutopan to Tubod

Bugho, San Fernando

If you want to engage in outdoor activities, you must understand a very important concept. That is, Mother Nature is unforgiving. She doesn’t give a damn about what happens to you. In the outdoors, nothing is as easy as it seems. Believe it or not, that includes walking on concrete or dirt roads! That was what we had to contend with during our trek on Segment 2 of the Cebu Highlands Trail.

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Polly’s Fun Day Out

Polly

Polly is our furball. My father bought her as a birthday gift to his partner last 2006, but the Toy Poodle puppy seemed to love me more. Eventually, Polly became mine, and we have been inseparable ever since. She has been through the ups and downs, tears and laughter, and triumphs and failures in my life—and later, our family’s. She knows all our secrets.

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Seahorse Houseboats: Discover the Lifestyle

Seahorse Houseboats

Have you ever wanted to cruise around sunny tropical paradises on a sleek yacht? That is definitely exciting, right? In the past, only the super rich can afford such a dream cruise. But with Seahorse Houseboats, you can now discover the lifestyle without breaking the bank!

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Buyong Marine Station: Discovering Mysterious Aliens in the Deep Blue

Several nudibranches

We often look up to the far reaches of the heavens—with our own naked eyes, through powerful telescopes, or high-tech space probes—to see if life exists in other planets. Well, we do not have to look at the stars. We have our very own alien world here right beneath the waves. Under the sea are millions of mysterious creatures beyond our wildest imagination, a majority of which are still undiscovered.

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