Kalinga: Culture, Nature and Simple life
Renante MinaMonday, June 15, 2015 3 comments

“…..and then I was really star-struck! OMG! Is it really Apo Whang-Od? The last tattoo artist in Kalinga is in front of me in that very moment! I just said “Hello Po” and did a Mano as a sign of respect. I was speechless and mesmerized as to how will I approach her.”

     A month before our trip to this majestic place I’m still not decided whether to have my skin get inked or not. Yeah, I’m old enough for this once in lifetime chance but still few things need to be considered and questions that are yet to be answered when we get there. First, how painful it is? What symbol will I have? Will my parent get mad at me if I have one? Can I still donate blood even If had it?

     We left Manila by bus around 7PM at Victory Liner Sampaloc with Tabuk signage. Never heard of this place and just reading it is already enticing (parang pagkain lang, haha). Apart from the entire place I’m more thrilled about the culture. It has been a 14-hour gracious travel time; and for a person like me who has a lower back pain issue? It’s already an adventure! Eh ginusto ko to eh! Hehe. It’s almost 11am the next day as we get off at Bulanao,Tabuk; thank God we found that “white carabao” land mark instructed by our dear tour guide/contact person Manong Amboy via SMS. A “white carabao” is quite interesting and I’m thinking of it as a live white one but when we saw it, it’s actually a sculpture of a carabao colored in white! Toinks! I can’t recall though if there’s statue of a farmer beside it and too bad we didn’t have a photo of it. Jeepney in the provinces has schedule time to and from; unfortunately, we missed the time due to some traffic so we waited for a van instead along highway near to the jeepney terminal. 

Not feeling well

El Nido Palawan
Renante MinaMonday, May 18, 2015 2 comments

#El-Nido-WannaMissAThing #El-Nido-ItToMeGently #El-Nido-ItAllTheWay 

January: Pico De Loro (Cavite/Batangas) – Checked
February: Mt. Pulag (Benguet) – Checked
March: Burot Beach (Batangas) – Checked
April: El Nido (Palawan) – Checked
May: ???

     Summer is almost over and we’re nearly in the mid of the year. How is your bucket list so far? Traveling for me is not only learning and exploring about the place but more of rediscovering myself more. I love to travel a lot! Given the chance and “richness” to go out of town at least twice a month, I would definitely grab it! We need some time off away from the metro so to unleash those things that strains us.

Walking tour in Laoag City Ilocos Norte
Renante MinaFriday, April 10, 2015 4 comments

     I don't have any plan to drop to Ilocos and to explore the area all I want is to ride a bus direct to Claveria Cagayan, to visit my hometown and to attend our grand reunion with my relatives organized by my auntie live in Australia and spent a vacation here in the Philippines, when I went to bus terminal and buy a ticket going to Claveria unfortunately no seats are available direct to Claveria, I already expected that because of Holy week. I intreated to the konduktor if I can sit at the aisle of the bus unfortunately the konduktor explain to me the management they are not allowing passengers to take a sit at the aisle because it is disturbing to other passengers, because the other bus company they allowed center seat during peak season, I asked to the counter if they have still vacant seat going to Laoag fortunately they have but at the backmost part and the bus will leave at 10PM and I grabbed the opportunity, it is better than nothing,

Burot Beach Calatagan Batangas sidetrip Cape Santiago Lighthouse
Renante MinaWednesday, March 25, 2015 8 comments

From Burot Beach with Loves

     In this crazy wonderful world, all we wanted is just have some time alone, get away and escape from the reality of life. Others would perhaps have a good body massage at the spa to relax, some may watch movie with their confidante or it could be a drink ‘til you drop of emperador lights, kwatro kantos or pulang kabayo with the “tropa”. Different doings yet one meaning - Unwind! 

Bulacan Adventure: Mt. Balagbag, Maranat, Lioness Back and Rhino Rock and Pinagrealan Cave
Renante MinaFriday, March 20, 2015 4 comments

Mt. Balagbag

     Meeting time is at Jollibee Tungko by 7AM-8AM.  We’re just 5 in a group; originally, the plan is just the two of us (first adventure together sana) however God is really good why we decided to invite some friends for this trip. Later part, you’ll know why. Hehe.  Yam, Dian and Roma came in just in time. After our breakfast, we started our tour via jeepney from Tungko to Licao-Licao at P28. With full of excitement we ascended around 10AM, luckily there is a jeepney heading to Mt. Balagbag-Mt. Maranat intersection, the driver let us get in, yey! We saved time and energy for almost an hour - free ride it is! Rock, baby rock...

View along the wide trail