7 Must-See Places in Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi

Posted on July 17, 2017

One of the most fascinating cultural destinations in Indonesia is Tana Toraja, literally “Land of the Toraja”, in South Sulawesi. The word Toraja was derived from the Buginese phrase to riaja, which means “people of the highlands”. Nearly half of the 1.1 million Torajans live in the mountain towns of Tana Toraja, 300 km north of Makassar, the biggest city and gateway to Sulawesi island. Despite the distance, travelers are still drawn here, owing to the uniqueness of Torajan cultureRead More

Rammang-Rammang Karst: Cruising the Scenic Geopark of South Sulawesi

Posted on July 14, 2017

The octopus-shaped island of Sulawesi is one of the lesser-known corners of Indonesia, a vast country of more than 15,000 islands, so I’m always excited to visit.   Last year, a multi-destination blogger tour organized by the Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism had us exploring the sights of Makassar, the capital city of South Sulawesi, as our first leg. It was my visit time to set foot on Sulawesi, and we had an incredible time discovering its Dutch colonial heritage, scenicRead More

Tao Philippines Sailing Expedition: The Palawan Adventure to End All Adventures

Posted on July 14, 2017

The portentous weather of a passing storm delayed our departure from El Nido in northern Palawan, the pencil-thin Philippine province repeatedly lauded by glossy travel magazines as the #1 best island in the world. The clouds finally surrendered to the midday sun, spotlighting a scenery that I thought only belonged to the realm of dream sequences or desktop wallpapers. A deserted islet lay before us, fringed with coconut trees sprouting from talcum-white sand and embraced by water that glimmered inRead More

7 Best Things to Do in Cebu

Posted on July 12, 2017

Linked to the rest of the archipelago and across the world through a modern international airport, Cebu makes for the perfect gateway to Philippines. One can find a great mix of metropolitan areas steeped in history, quick nature escapes (as beaches and mountains are never too far away) and, of course, lip-smacking food. Before you scoot off elsewhere, this booming paradise most definitely has lots to offer. While things come and go in this progressive province, I’ve listed down theRead More

The Funny Lion: The Coolest Boutique Hotel in Coron

Posted on July 10, 2017

Developed by the same young-at-heart team behind Amorita Resort and Momo Beach House in Panglao Island, Bohol, The Funny Lion is one of the newer additions in Coron, Palawan by the One-Of Collection boutique hotel group. Located in the quiet outskirts of Sitio Jolo, the brand-new establishment stands out as a relaxing retreat for both couples and families wishing for a private nook away from the hustle and bustle of the town center. It’s only a 10-minute drive by van orRead More

Mount Hamiguitan: Hiking to the World’s Largest Pygmy Forest

Posted on July 8, 2017

The mountain wasn’t revealing its beauty too easily. We had to earn it. A sudden downpour bombarded our initial ascent from the trailhead, which in itself was an arduous undertaking: we had to crisscross a shallow stream, battle thorny foliage and clamber up steep slopes for hours to reach the first lantawan (lookout). By the time we got there, we were soaked to the bone in rain and sweat. Nevertheless, the entire climbing group — writers, forest rangers, local tourism officials, policeRead More