Monthly Archives: June 2012

Mambajao: Sharing the Gift of Photography

On my first morning in Mambajao, Camiguin, the iron gate creaked open and I heard someone yell “isda” from below. And seconds later, a smiling woman popped her head into the door, carrying a basket of fresh fish from the market. Today she had a giant, pink fish — I just had to take a […]

Camiguin EcoLodge: A Haven for Inspiration

It’s not often that I’m inspired by a place in and of itself, so when I stepped out of my grandfather’s truck into a world of art, nature, and imagination, my heart basically skipped a beat. I just knew I had to share it with you all! Camiguin Island’s Enigmata EcoLodge is a place where […]

Sabah: Excerpts from Malaysia’s Jungle Book

My visit to Malaysia can be summarized in one word: exotic! In my three days here I experienced some of the most thrilling and colorful aspects of Malaysian Borneo while staying at one of the area’s most luxurious accommodations: Bunga Raya Resort. “Bunga Raya” is the Malay word for the hibiscus flower, which lined all of […]

Manila: City Life for a City Girl

While in Manila I got in touch with my “city girl” side. You know what that means – shopping galore! But of course I also basked in the city culture, food, and atmosphere of the area, as well as my family ties to Manila. I stayed in the house of Christine Dayrit, travel writer for […]

Maribago: Melodies of Memories

Although I only spent one full day at this resort, it was so wonderful that I felt it deserved a post of its own. The Bluewater resort system is owned by Julie Alegrado and her family, close family friends of ours, so we’ve basically been visiting Bluewater Maribago since before I learned to walk. The […]

Sumilon: A Swim With the Gentle Giants

Never in a million years would I have thought I’d get an opportunity to swim with some of the oceans finest and most beautiful creatures – the whale sharks. These “gentle giants” are only found in a few places around the earth; Oslob, Cebu being one of them! During our whale shark excursions, we had […]

In Transit: From LA to Cebu

At last, it was time for me to make my leap from the west coast of the USA to Cebu City in the Philippines. This was my longest and farthest solo trip ever, totaling over 20 hours of travel time from the time I got to LAX to the time I left Cebu International Airport! […]