One of the “must-see” in Vietnam is the Road from Da Nang to Hue. In fact, National Geographic included this scenic route as one of the 50 Places of a Lifetime under the Country Unbound category. And passing by this route twice, first via a train to Hue (which the experience warrants a separate entry later) and on the back of a motorcycle on our way back, it definitely is a road worth tripping.
These past few days has been a pretty fast paced trip up in northern Luzon. It really felt like we’re contestants in an Amazing Race as we have to use public transportation to get from one place to another and at the same times asking people directions along the way. It was fun ride.
It was like 15 years ago during my grade school that I first went around Northern Luzon. My dad used to travel a lot and it was like that summer during the end of my grade school that me, my mom and dad along with his friends hopped in our old L300. It remember I really had fun at that time even though I can barely recall the details of the places I visited.
So this time around, along with 3 of my companions, we ventured off to a Vigan-Laoag-Pagudpud road trip (by public transport). And I’m really excited to retrace the routes I walked during my childhood.
The wonders of technology never ceases to amaze, the world grows smaller as technology gets bigger. Yesterday I had the chance to fly to San Jose, Mindoro and Antique via Asian Spirit’s new Jet BAe 146. It may sound like a promotion but I appreciated it more when it took only 20 minutes to arrive in Mindoro. Back then when we went to Pandan and Apo Reef via Land and Boat, it took us 2 hours to go to Batangas, then another 2 hours to Abra de Ilog then another 5 hours Bus on a dusty and rough road to Sablayan.
What truly impressed me was the terrain of Mindoro. Amazing is all I can say! Seeing it from above I could view the mountains of either Mt. Halcon or Iglit-Baco (if I’m not mistaken). Beauty can be deadly as they say, as Mt. Halcon is the most difficult mountain to climb here in the Philippines, but many people still dare to conquer it. (more…)
I wish I had this plane for a toy! It would really be cool isn’t it?
Well the other day I was in Clark to attend a launch of this plane they call the “Jumbolino” which would start its flight around the philippines this February. It was a successful inauguration and blessing. What I didn’t like was on our way home in Manila. We were literally stuck in the air for an hour! We were in a holding pattern, circling around the airport because there was a broken plane blocking the runway. On what should have been a 30 minutes flight turned into an hour and half. And I could really feel the pressure in my head and almost got really dizzy.