Tag Archive: Outdoor

Sunset in Rio: Pedra do Arpoador

  In Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian sun sets over sand, surf, and skyline in spectacular fashion. Situated on the beach that straddles Copacabana and Ipanema, Pedra do Arpoador, or Harpoonist’s Rock, provides a craggy perch from… Continue reading

Machu Picchu

Quick Recap: In the previous post, we hopped of the train at a station-less KM 104 to hike a part of the Inca Trail towards Machu Picchu. It felt like we’d gone rogue.… Continue reading

Cusco and the (Short) Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

“Machu Picchu, here we come!” How hard can it be, right? I mean, we’re already in Peru. Now we just have to hop a flight from Lima to Cusco….     Whoa, Nelly!… Continue reading

Spring Blooms

The temperature is warming, the rain is subsiding, and the flowers are in bloom. Taking a leisurely walk (leisurely is as fast as I can move right now) after my recent –and unanticipated–… Continue reading

Cappadocia: Fairy Chimneys & Other Photogenic Rocks

If you’re on Instagram, you’ve probably seen at least one or two photos of the spectacular backdrop behind myriad hot-air balloons at sunrise – most often in a particular, desert-like area in Turkey.… Continue reading

Cappadocia: Hot-air Ballooning

It’s a rare day I’m up before daybreak. It’s an even rarer day I voluntarily expose myself to the cold; being an island girl, I’m literally not built for it (or so I… Continue reading

The Art in “Art & Wine (Festival)”

Who doesn’t love a good Art & Wine festival? It’s like a street fair full of arts and crafts sessions turned money-making hobbies. And you get to stroll down the street drinking wine… Continue reading

Big Views in Big Sur

Did you know that California is 1.41 times the size of Italy? It’s also 1.41 times the size of the Philippines. Yet I’ve published many more posts for those countries than I have… Continue reading

Parque Francisco Alvarado, Zarcero

  On the way to La Fortuna’s geological wonders, one might drive into a sort of fairy-tale landscape that feels almost European. It could merely be because the air is cooler than in… Continue reading

Ziplining in Braulio Carrillo

I once went camping in Yosemite – where somebody presumptuously pitched a tent and inflated an air mattress for me, “the city girl.” (For the record, I was totally ready to rough it.) A… Continue reading

Volcano Venture: Poás + La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Not far outside Costa Rica’s capital of San José sits one of the country’s most-frequented volcanoes, Volcán Poás. This active volcano boasts nearly 40 eruptions within just the past two centuries – that’s… Continue reading

Tirimbina Rainforest

The cicadas sing incessantly all around. In a nearby tree, a toucan pecks at the eggs of another bird. An Ornate Hawk-eagle*,  perched on a leafless branch, scans the terrain for snakes. 50… Continue reading

Volcano Venture: Mount Pinatubo

In 1991, the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, Philippines, impacted millions of people and disrupted the local economy for many subsequent years. Over two decades later, however, the lahar (volcanic ash) that was once… Continue reading

Ziplining at Anvaya

If you happen to find yourself in Subic, check out Anvaya Cove. And if you happen to be at Anvaya, you may as well zipline. Grab your adventure buddy (I’ve got mine here)… Continue reading

Resort Report: Anvaya Cove

It’s Show-and-Tell Monday! Pretend you’re vacationing in the Pacific this December, and we’re hanging out at Anvaya Cove Beach and Nature Club, a.k.a. Anvaya Cove. Or simply, Anvaya. Walk with me.   Are… Continue reading

Sagada Sunrise

Fog clouds linger in the valleys below as the sun rises leisurely over the mountain range. We spectators huddle together, shrugging off the cold. I’m waiting for the sunrise in Sagada today. With… Continue reading

Terraces and Clouds

Up the mountainside and along a winding road, we make our way up to Banaue. By now, I should no longer be shocked that some of the houses we pass are the size… Continue reading

Volcano Venture: Taal

  Steam rises from the rocks as we pass the halfway point to the top of Taal Volcano. The sun beats down on us from high overhead, making the gradual uphill climb feel… Continue reading