Fellow hikers enjoy the sunrise at the top of Masada

Hiking up to Masada at Sunrise

The alarm pierced the silence at the ungodly hour of 5:00am. My leg muscles were sore from our hike up to David’s Waterfall the day before in Ein Gedi National Park. And I had a headache, no doubt due to a mild case of dehydration from staying in the Dead Sea a bit too long […]

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A Brief History of Batad as told by Ulyssis Binalit

Batad, rightfully deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site, lies in the Banaue rice terraces, nine hours north of Manila. Only accessible on foot this remote village escaped the Spanish invasion and therefore maintained its heritage with traditions dating back thousands of years. The origin of Batad, according to the oral history of the Ifugao people, […]

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Batad: Hiking Among the Banaue Rice Terraces

With Lonely Planet’s glowing recommendation of the village of Batad, nestled within the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Banaue Rice Terraces, we knew that a visit here was guaranteed to find a place on our itinerary. Even the 9 hour bus ride through winding, pot-hole ridden roads wasn’t enough to dissuade us! We arrived […]

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Intramuros Southern Gate in Manila, Philippines

San Agustin Church: Heart of Intramuros, Manila

Manila, with its dense population of 17 million, constant traffic congestion and brightly painted jeepneys (imagine the offspring of a school bus and a pick-up truck), can be an overwhelming city when taken as a whole. When dividing Manila into bite-sized pieces, however, the¬†idiosyncrasies¬†of the city become more manageable as you uncover Manila’s hidden gems. […]

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