Thursday, March 29, 2012

Trek to the Annapurna Himalayas in Nepal: The Trek (Part 1)


Trek to the Annapurna Himalayas in Nepal

Introduction. What's where and where's what.
Teahouse Trekking. What makes trekking in Nepal a cheap and easy activity to organize.
Preparations. Organizing the trek: permits, transpo, guides and/or porters, etc.
Things to Bring. Gear, clothes, meds, water, etc.
The Trek: Part 1, Part 2. Tackles the trek, all the highs and lows, literally and figuratively.
Budget. Trekking doesn't have to costs that much.
The Take Away. Lessons learned and what not.
So it begins. The truth is, I was very reluctant to go through this trek. I welcome the challenge, of course, and the promise of an awesome time spent. But I was overweight, just quit smoking a few months back, and the last trekking experience I went through was not exactly the most enjoyable experience. And this fog, this inclement weather, the same weather that made us give up on doing Everest Base Camp, and head here to the Annapurna region to do the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, the freaking weather is not cooperating. But I've gone this far. We've gone this far. There is no turning back now. A day after we arrived in Pokhara, the urban area closest to the Annapurna Himalayas, we headed off.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Nepal
You are lovely in the fog, Pokhara, but we gots to have our Himalaya views.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Why Travel Tuesday: Spring Sunflowers of the University of the Philippines


(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features the University of the Philippines' very own spring season—the yearly bloom of Diliman's beautiful sunflowers.)

UP Diliman: Spring in Summer

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Trek to the Annapurna Himalayas in Nepal: Things to Bring


Trek to the Annapurna Himalayas in Nepal

Introduction. What's where and where's what.
Teahouse Trekking. What makes trekking in Nepal a cheap and easy activity to organize.
Preparations. Organizing the trek: permits, transpo, guides and/or porters, etc.
Things to Bring. Gear, clothes, meds, water, etc.
The Trek: Part 1, Part 2. Tackles the trek, all the highs and lows, literally and figuratively.
Budget. Trekking doesn't have to costs that much.
The Take Away. Lessons learned and what not.
On to business: What are the things you need to take with you when you go on a trek in the Annapurna Himalayas in Nepal? That is a question which, I believe, is not that easy to answer. One, even if Teahouse Trekking has made trekking in Nepal a very easy activity to organize, you still need to have at least your personal provisions with you. Then again, you cannot really take too much. You need to pack light because I am telling you, you will feel every kilogram in your backpack every step you take on that mountain trail. At the end of the day, it all boils down to all things essential. Let me share with you what those are.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Why Travel Tuesday: Smiles of Thailand


(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features a smile from a country known for its smiles. I'm back in Thailand, folks.)

Dancer, Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Five Unmissable Travel Experiences in the Philippines


I have been traveling long-term for a few months now outside my country, the Philippines. While I did return home for a bit last Christmas, I didn't really travel around that much. Needless to say, I'm missing a lot of things, mostly people and of course, experiences unmistakably Filipino. Hence, the need to write this post.

Plus, some travelers I met in Chengdu asked me a question I could not answer right away. They asked me what the five unmissable travel experiences in the Philippines are, the five must-do's in the Philippines. I was stumped. I always tell other travelers I meet on the road to travel to the Philippines. But when they ask me why exactly, I could not give a definite answer. So after some thought, here they are: five unmissable travel experiences in the Philippines.

1. Virgin and Remote Beaches

Calaguas, Camarines Norte, Philippines
Remote and secluded Calaguas in Camarines Norte, Philippines

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Why Travel Tuesday: Malacca Old Town


(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features the charm and quaintness of Malacca Old Town and old towns all over Asia.)

Malacca, Malacca

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Why Travel Tuesday: Winter in Shangri-la


(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features an altogether unfamiliar scenery for someone who grew up in the tropics. This week's photo, taken in Shangri-la, Yunnan province in China's southwest, is all about winter landscapes.)

Shangri-la (Zhongdian), Yunnan, China