Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Why Travel Tuesday: Baguio City

Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph of a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. I want to encourage people to travel because travel has shown me a lot of beautiful things, has acquainted me with a lot of amazing people, and has taught me lessons I will keep for the rest of my life. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features Baguio City.

Baguio: Oh My Gulay

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Inspiration to Travel - August Top Picks

As a way to give back to the travel blogging community, both local and international, a community to whom I owe so much in terms of travel inspiration and ideas, I will be doing a round-up every end of the month of all the blog posts I found to be worth sharing. This month, the theme I chose is Inspiration to Travel.

You Don't Have to Be Rich to See the World (via 25travels.com)

First post is by a friend of mine, Jerick, who points out that to travel you don't really need to have deep golden pockets, that "there are more ways to travel, and all you need is to keep your desire and dedication to see the world." I completely agree!

Fake It Till You Make It! (via ReclaimingMyFuture.com)

I loved this post because it totally reaffirmed my belief that bravery isn't really about having no fears. It is more about being scared sh*tless and doing it anyway. Traveling by yourself to a foreign country is scary as hell. But many people, including myself, are doing it. We're frightened, sure. But that definitely won't stop us.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I Decided to Bite the Bullet and Backpack Asia for 6 Months

So after years of preparation and months of contemplation, I am finally doing it. I am backpacking Asia for six months starting October this year. This kind of independent, long-term traveling has really been a dream of mine for many, many years now. I just never thought I could actually come up with the resources and muster the guts to do it. Apparently, I could. I knew it, determination is the key.

This decision was never really easy to make, more so explain, even to myself. It took me a while to actually uncover why I wanted to do this. To date, I have come up with five reasons. Not that I need any of them. Chasing the dream is reason enough for me. But for good measure and as a way to remind myself each time the thought of backing out crosses my mind, I am laying them down here.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Seven of the Most Beautiful Virgin Beaches of the Philippines

I have added another seven virgin beaches in this list. Find out here: Seven of the Most Beautiful Virgin Beaches of the Philippines (Part Two).

In the few years that I have been traveling, I have seen the most beautiful beaches here in the Philippines. It is what we are known for and I do believe we live up to our reputation. You think tropical paradise and you need not really go far. Some of the best beaches in the world are within an hour-long flight from Manila, the Philippine capital.

But I am not here to talk about Boracay or whatever is first on the list of beaches in the Philippines. In fact, being the non-party-goer that I am, I tended to avoid popular (which usually translated to party) beaches. I tend to go for the quieter, middle-of-nowhere, you-probably-did-not-know-existed type of beaches, that is, virgin beaches in the Philippines.

Below are seven of the best virgin beaches of the Philippines I have seen thus far. The list does not at all claim to be comprehensive nor representative of all the regions of this country. All I am saying is, of all the virgin beaches in the Philippines I have gone to, these seven are the ones I found to be the most beautiful.

1. Puntod Island (Bohol)

An hour boat ride away from the very famous Panglao beach in Bohol is Puntod Island. I do not really know why it was called that—puntod, which in Tagalog means "cemetery grave." Maybe locals used it as a cemetery at one point or another, I am not sure. What I am sure about, though, is how stunningly beautiful this place is. I mean, look at it! It is the definition of paradise!

Puntod Island, Bohol

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Few Insights on Travel (and) Photography

(I initially asked a friend of mine to guest post on this blog regarding her insights on travel and photography. I am glad she said yes! The post below is by Angelica Cruz, fellow lover of travel and photography. She is one of the few photographers I personally know who likes to keep her photos beautifully real and raw. Follow her and her adventures at AnggeTurns26.com.)

A Few Insights on Travel (and) Photography
by Angelica Cruz

Discovering my love for travel has introduced me to the wonderful world of photography. Being surrounded by wonderful places and people has unearthed in me the need to capture them in photos, either to share them to encourage other people to travel or just to have something to remember my travels by.

Three years of consistent traveling has taught me a few important things about travel photography and photography in general.

Let me just say beforehand that you will not find here tips on travel photography. Rather you will find here my insights on travel photography and the few important things I keep in mind when I travel and take photos. I'd like to think that I am a traveler first before a photographer.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

What If Your Worst Travel Fears Were Realized?

I like to think that I am a brave traveler. Maybe it's because unlike most of my western counterparts, I never really had to think about the fears you can have when you're traveling. For one thing, I was born and have lived all my life in a third-world country. So I know first-hand that safety and security in any given third-world city are not really as exaggerated as one might get from the international news media.

But once in a while you do get grim reminders. It's August 2011. Around this time last year, eight travelers from Hong Kong on a tour bus in the Philippine capital Manila abruptly lost their lives in a hostage crisis. It was witnessed by millions of people around the world as it happened. I remember that so clearly because one, they were travelers, and two, I was actually traveling when it happened.

I realized that while the world is not as unsafe as the news media make it out to be, terrible and horrible acts that cost the lives of innocent people do take place. So as a traveler, where do I go from there?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Changing My Blog Address

So I have decided to change my blog address. It will be the same blog with the same content. The only thing that will be different is the address, i.e., the URL. I just thought I made the announcement here before carrying out any changes, which all take effect this weekend. Do check back Sunday or Monday.

The new site address will be www.walkflypinoy.com. As for the old address (www.lakadlipadpinoy.com), I will create a new blog for it. I did pay for the domain for one year anyway. I will use it as a redirect site, i.e., all past posts there will contain a link to my new address.

For RSS subscribers, no adjustments necessary as I am not changing the original feed address. Though you might have some trouble accessing past posts. For Blogger followers, no adjustments necessary as well. It's still the same blog on Blogger. Only it has a different URL and name.