Journey Princess

The world is my classroom.


May 2013

Mt. Sembrano


This hike happened 9 months ago. I was just able to realize lately how I love more trekking on forests than open fields, so I decided to write about it.

I was invited to go on a day hike at Mt. Sembrano in Pililia, Rizal on August 4, 2012. It had been raining for a few days before the hike so I had doubts if it would push through. Continue reading “Mt. Sembrano”

Mt. Cristobal Traverse

CrisTrav: 05.26.13

My second hike in 2009 was supposedly at Mt.  Cristobal together with the URC Mountaineering Club. It did not push through due to bad weather. All I knew before were  Mt. Cristobal is a mystical mountain, also known as the ‘Devil’s mountain,’ and the legends regarding lost mountaineers and other spooky stories. Continue reading “Mt. Cristobal Traverse”

The Plunge

Up to this day, I think that the wildest or most adventurous thing I ever did was trying the Plunge in Danao, Bohol, Philippines. That was in October 2009, but I can still vividly remember the preparations I made in order to gain courage to do it Continue reading “The Plunge”

Calinog, Iloilo

May 11, 2013. It was my first time in Calinog, a first class municipality in the province of Iloilo in the Philippines, and home to the Hirinugyaw-Suguidanonay Festival every fifth Sunday of the year. Continue reading “Calinog, Iloilo”

Solution to poverty??

Tomorrow, May 13th of 2013, is Election Day. While I was in the car on the way to Dumarao, Capiz from Iloilo City, I saw a line from a poster that says something like, “Ang indi pagbaligya sang boto, permanente nga solusyon sa kaimulon” (To not sell your vote is the permanent solution for poverty). Continue reading “Solution to poverty??”

Killing Time at the Airport

I don’t have a place near the airport (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) anymore. The roommate of my friend,  in Makati did not go home yet for the weekend so I chose not to stay in her place supposedly until near my flight to Iloilo City at 0430H on May 11 Continue reading “Killing Time at the Airport”

Reduce, Reuse and…Reuse

I’ve been living and working in the progressive City of Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines for more than six months now.  One of the things I like here is the strict implementation of the city ordinance on the prohibition on the use of plastic bags in commercial establishments, including restaurants and fast food chains. Thus, people bring there own “Eco bag” when shopping for grocery items for example. Otherwise, they are going to have a hard time carrying heavy goods placed in brown paper bags. Continue reading “Reduce, Reuse and…Reuse”

Lakbayan: Wow, Pilipinas!

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Created by Eugene Villar.


“I beg young people to travel. If you don’t have a passport, get one. Take a summer, get a backpack and go to Delhi, go to Saigon, go to Bangkok, go to Kenya. Have your mind blown. Eat interesting food. Dig some interesting people. Have an adventure. Be careful. Come back and you’re going to see your country differently, you’re going to see your president differently, no matter who it is. Music, culture, food, water. Your showers will become shorter. You’re going to get a sense of what globalization looks like. It’s not what Tom Friedman writes about; I’m sorry. You’re going to see that global climate change is very real. And that for some people, their day consists of walking 12 miles for four buckets of water. And so there are lessons that you can’t get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight. A lot of people—Americans and Europeans—come back and go, ohhhhh. And the light bulb goes on.”

Henry Rollins


(taken from on 05.03.13)

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