Experience, Itinerary, Philippines, Travel, Visayas

Siquijor Itinerary

Siquijor Itinerary | Words and Wanderlust

My father’s forefathers were fishermen from Maria, Siquijor. In 1930s, my great grandfather’s fishing exploits ushered him to the coastal villages outside Pagadian in Mindanao.

Although born and bred a Mindanaoan, Daddy grew up with stories of the fireflies of Siquijor. I did, too.

So to finish our month-long family road trip to VisMin in June 2016, I wish to bring Dad home– to where our lineage of big hearts and great minds began.

Experience, Itinerary, Mindanao, Philippines, Travel

Hinatuan Itinerary

As promised,  here’s a 3D2N Bislig and Hinatuan Itinerary, the second half of our 6-day Eastern Mindanao road trip adventure, which covers Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.

Bislig - Hinatuan Itnerary - Words and Wanderlust

In 1993, I spent a summer in an island off the coast of Hinatuan, where my former nanny ran a small fishing business.

The island life was primitive but abundant. I remember looking forward to delivering our catch to the main town each morning, because it would mean I could buy a set of an 8-color marker pens, or an umbrella with a whistle. It would also mean I get to have lunch in one of our divers’ stilt houses.

This trip, more than anything, will be homecoming for me. I wonder if any of my friends are still in the island. I wonder if I could still recognise our own kubo; if Kuya Etok, the neighbour we gave the kubo to, looked after it like he promised to.

Experience, Itinerary, Mindanao, Philippines, Travel

Siargao Itinerary

Siargao and Bucas Grande Itinerary

Because I’m on a roll, here’s the second instalment of my travel guide series, a 5-day, 4-night SIARGAO ITINERARY (Also includes Bucas Grande!) Please feel free and download for your perusal and pin / re-pin on Pinterest.

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Asia, Experience, Itinerary, Mindanao, Philippines, Travel

Bukidnon Itinerary

Last night This morning at 2am, an epiphany befell my wakefulness while putting together a Bukidnon Itinerary. Insomnia, it appears, has its benefits.

Bukidnon Travel Guide

I thought to myself that whilst I spare a decent chunk of time researching, why not save somebody else the hassle of going through the same arduous process by sharing sample itineraries?

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Asia, Luzon, Philippines, Travel

The Road to Banaue

Leaving Sagada before daybreak, I tiptoed downstairs to the unmanned reception counter, ridden by guilt from another alcohol-fueled sleep.

Sobriety would’ve reminded me to settle the hostel bill the night prior. But I wasn’t sober, and had to be on the first jeepney to Bontoc before fruit and vege sellers beat me to the terminal.

So I rushed back to the room upstairs, smoothed a crumpled 500-peso bill from my pocket and weighed it down on the table with the hostel room key and a thank you note to whoever found it in the morning.

philippine jeepney

Asia, Luzon, Philippines, Travel

PHILIPPINES | Baguio Overnight

Flanked by the husband and the mother-in-law, I stood at the arrival hall of NAIA 3 to meet up with a guy I met in Bangkok the year prior. We have been keeping in touch and have arranged to backpack Philippines for four weeks. Alone. Together.

Mama wasn’t saying anything but was expectedly having a headache trying to make sense of the situation. My husband, on the other hand, knew that my only aim was to travel; who I travel with was insignificant in the scheme of things.

Insignificant, even if he’s a Dutch boy with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Baguio 2 - Words and Wanderlust