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Surigao del Norte

Magpupungko Tide Pools: A Rocky Shore’s Stunning Revelation

In the realm of adventuring, you sometimes need the help of Sister Luck so that you can witness Mother Nature’s amazing spectacles. Think about it: mountaineers only have a limited window to reach the summit and witness the incredible vista around them. Rock climbers ascend crags only in good weather to ensure the climb is […]

Island Hopping in Siargao: Visiting Lovely, Sandy, and Secluded Islands in the Pacific

We all know that Siargao is the primary surfer’s destination in the Philippines. But to say that it is only for surfing is like saying basketball is a game played with a ball. Indeed, Siargao is not just about surfing. There are lovely pockets of paradise that are within reach from the coast—paradises such as […]

Surfing in Cloud 9, Siargao: Stoked to Ride the Waves

A few months ago, we watched the movie Soul Surfer, a biopic film about the life of professional surfer Bethany Hamilton who made a remarkable comeback in the surfing scene after a large tiger shark ripped off her arm. While the inspirational movie mainly focuses on her determination, perseverance, and no-quitting attitude, it’s the film’s magnificent surfing […]

Sohoton Cove National Park: A Silent, Enchanted, and Otherworldly Realm

Some natural wonders seem to be alive—as if they have a mind of their own. They seem to choose who should see their majesty, decide when they should reveal their secrets, or determine how they should “test” the mortals to be worthy of entering their domain. It just shows that greater powers are at play […]

Crystal Cave and Bolitas Cave: Into the Strange, Deep Bowels of Bucas Grande

Caves are some of the most amazing natural wonders on Earth; they are worlds within the world! Inside each cave is a rich and delicate ecosystem that rivals the underwater world in mystery. Inside each cave are rock formations so beautiful and bizarre that they almost defy logic and fire up one’s imagination. In this […]

Alluring Sohoton Bay and Dagatan: A Quiet Sojourn in Emerald Waters

We are truly blessed with a beautiful country that is filled with so many natural wonders—so numerous indeed that it is virtually impossible to visit them in a lifetime. In fact, for the moment, Sweetie and I have not made any concrete plan to travel outside the country unless a good opportunity presents itself. There […]

Bewitching Bucas Grande and Exciting Siargao: A Teaser for a Journey of Cleansing

Stress causes health problems, affects mental fitness, rips families apart, changes attitudes, and even kills. Yet, in today’s modern, high-tech, and so-called civilized world, high levels of stress are prevalent. We take stress for granted and consider it as a normal effect of social changes and even necessary for success. What scares us most is […]