What Is and What's Not in Calaguas

Here's a little guide to help you manage your expectations on the island. Knowing what to expect, and not, will help you make the most of your trip to this paradise!

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Beauty Born Out of Destruction

As soon as I emerged from the trail, a magnificent beauty greeted me. Exhausted after a 1-hour-45-minute trek, the view was a pleasant reward. Who would have thought that this beautiful landscape was ironically created by destruction? It was simply beautiful.

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What is BRATpacking?

Everyone's familiar with the life of a backpacker -- those who live on a backpack to travel the world for long months, even years. They have the reputation of being grungy, spontaneous, friendly.

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Picking Our Way to Pico de Loro

I am not (yet!) a climbing enthusiast. In fact, this is my first real climb, as I consider my first two experiences of mountains as "treks" (Taal Volcano in 2005 and Sagada to Bomod-ok Falls in 2007). This is also my first camping trip as an adult, and I was worried that I wouldn't like it because of the absence of a toilet, shower, soft bed, nice linens, and all the other things that make life comfortable.

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Home Is Where The Heart Is

It was love at first sight. That kind of love that makes you feel lost, and yet you know you're home. That kind of love that overwhelms you with emotions, and yet you feel serene. That kind of love that makes you feel like a fool, and yet you don't care. This is my favorite spot on earth, where the place is enchanting and the people are endearing.

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Don't Tell My Mother...

I GOT A NEW TATTOO!

I decided to celebrate my love for travel with a new ink -- this is Ganesha, the deity of wisdom in Hinduism. It is only proper to put it on my foot, because being a wanderer and BRATpacker has enriched my mind and brought me wisdom!

Below is the original design by sophiabaughan:


And this is the revised design made by my tattoo artist, Juanlou Enconcado (he also did my first tattoo):


I should have researched better before getting it, because apparently, the foot is one of the worst parts to get a tattoo! I tried distracting myself by watching a movie, but it only sounded gibberish. I was writhing in pain, but I tried not to move excessively or else my tattoo would be busted. The pinky toe was the worst: if only I could will myself to faint, I already did! But I guess the pain is part of the process, because after the gruelling 3-hour session, I was so proud I survived my second ink! Cheers for tats! :)






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