Puerto Galera Dive

After a couple of months spent in Panglao Island, Bohol, I decided to impulsively quit my dive master course. I was at the verge of completing it with only a few tests pending. For some personal reasons, I don’t wanna stay in Alona Beach anymore, my feet is dragging me away from the tiny island … More Puerto Galera Dive

A Day Tour to Kalanggaman Island, Leyte, Philippines

From Malapascua Island, I took a motorised boat going to Kalanggaman Island. It costed me P800 for the day trip inclusive of lunch at the island. Located South East of Malapascua Island, Kalanggaman is most famous for its photogenic long sand bar stretching at the end of the isle when the tides are low. Apart … More A Day Tour to Kalanggaman Island, Leyte, Philippines

Scuba Diving: World War II Shipwrecks in Coron, Palawan, Philippines

I was a total advanced open water newbie when I flew to Coron, Palawan in early 2016. My buoyancy was still a work in progress that time so please bear with the dizzying shots (I’m still a newbie now though! 🙂 ). Clips were taken with Gopro Hero3, with no vid light, only red filter.  Coron is … More Scuba Diving: World War II Shipwrecks in Coron, Palawan, Philippines

Solo Travelers’ Bittersweet Fate (featuring Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines)

“Music saves the soul.” Play softly while you read. People think we are fearless. We are not afraid to wander to places we’ve never been; walking anonymously along the dusty road of a rural town and smile to people as if you’ve met a familiar face. We have all the fun in the world; we celebrate life with … More Solo Travelers’ Bittersweet Fate (featuring Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines)

SCUBASURA: Cleaning up the Waters of Puerto Galera

http://www2.padi.com/blog/2017/02/02/scubasura-cleaning-waters-puerto-galera/ I wrote an article for one of my favorite dive centers in the Philippines – Scuba for Change in puerto galera. PADI has published it, use the link above. Yey! Congrats again SFC peeps for the SCUBASURA success. More power to you guys, and continue diving for a cause. . ————– Written by Denice … More SCUBASURA: Cleaning up the Waters of Puerto Galera

Hiccups in Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines

Realization: indeed it is more fun in the Philippines. However, uplifting the archipelago’s tourism through purposeful ads here and there inviting millions of tourists worldwide is unintentionally desecrating the little towns too small to handle massive swarm of people. I felt like Sagada is one of the many little boroughs that has been imprisoned by this harsh truth. Ever … More Hiccups in Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines

Ilocos Region, Philippines – Photo Diary Part II

It’s been a year since I, with my family, explored the Ilocos Region, Philippines. I can vividly remember how we rode the extremely cold sleeper bus for the first time and endured an almost 10-hour long trip. I’ve been to Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte a long time ago  but I didn’t mind traveling back there to … More Ilocos Region, Philippines – Photo Diary Part II

The Secrets of a Modern Mermaid (featuring Anda, Bohol, Philippines)

“Music saves the soul.” Play softly while you read. She worships the euphoric sun and weeps with the melancholic rain. She spends her days staring at the infinite ocean and listening to the crashing of waves. She is made of sand and water; she is meant to swim away unreservedly. She is the island and … More The Secrets of a Modern Mermaid (featuring Anda, Bohol, Philippines)

History, Culture, Religion – Temples and Streets of Kyoto, Japan Part 3

“Music saves the soul.” Play softly while you read. Kyoto, Japan is one of the most interesting cities in my bucket list waiting to be stricken off, which I finally did last November of 2015. I took the Shinkansen from Odawara (the nearest bullet train station from my hotel in Hakone) and arrived Kyoto late in the afternoon. I … More History, Culture, Religion – Temples and Streets of Kyoto, Japan Part 3

Tokyo Autumn Trip in a Nutshell (Photo Essay), Japan

Tokyo was my last leg of Japan trip last November 2015. I must say that it is the liveliest city I have visited in this East Asian country. With the energetic nightlife, hustling and bustling streets with busy professionals walking to and from work, delectable cuisines, I can compare the city to Singapore and Hong Kong … More Tokyo Autumn Trip in a Nutshell (Photo Essay), Japan

Nostalgia – Coming Back to my Home Town and Enchanted Kingdom – Laguna, Philippines

My most favourite place on earth during my early youthful innocent years, Enchanted Kingdom, the theme park in the town I used to live in, has been one of my most joyful day-long refuges where I balanced my teenage negative outbursts and acquiescence, tried to forget a superficial young romantic love that failed, and developed a gradual but deep-rooting friendship with the people now … More Nostalgia – Coming Back to my Home Town and Enchanted Kingdom – Laguna, Philippines

大阪への小旅行 (A Short Trip to Osaka) – Japan

” Music saves the soul.” Play softly while you read. After my 3-day roaming in Kyoto (including Nara), I headed to Osaka to satisfy my curiosity on how the city looks like. My planned trip in Honshu island’s commercial center is only for a night and with the limited time, I had to skip a lot of attractions Osaka … More 大阪への小旅行 (A Short Trip to Osaka) – Japan