We love travel and adventure. We also like to keep our expenses down (who doesn’t anyway) so we often travel on a shoestring. But while budget travel, especially in the Philippines, has been and will always be popular, adventure travel involving exploration of remote, exotic and even possibly dangerous destinations is rapidly becoming popular as well. The Philippines and the rest of Asia are not wanting in terms of adventure travel destinations – as we have discovered in our trips to these places.
Not all of the tourist attractions featured here are recommendable for budget travel. However, there are some places worth the visit even if one has to shell out a little more cash. We got to visit the non-Philippine destinations here if only for the nature of our previous work but we thought we’d share our adventures in these places as well. So join us as we feature different tourist attractions in the Philippines and beyond, travel culinary adventures, some travel tips and various reflections on our encounters with nature and different cultures.
The pork or chicken adobo I have known growing up was of the "white" variety, stewed in vinegar with garlic and small bits of pork fat all fried to a crisp. It was therefore some sort of a culture shock for me when I encountered the variety of adobo that was made with soy sauce. All the while I thought the "white" adobo was native to my region of Southern Tagalog. It was only years later that I learned that the "white adobo" was a Kapampangan version although the Visayans have a similar take on what many foreigners consider as the quintessential Filipino dish.
Siquijor that read “private property but you may pass through”) so we went ahead and descended unto a pretty white sand beach with crystal-clear waters.
Siquijor. Our rented trike was grinding its way up the hills, away from the town poblacion, to our next destination. It wasn’t long before we stopped at a parking lot guarded by a shed and proceeded down a steep flight of stone steps and then we were there – looking at the lowest level of a multi-tiered cascade emptying into a turquoise-colored catch basin.
Siquijor’s main roadway, passing magnificent views of Enrique Villanueva’s mangrove-tree lined beaches and marine sanctuaries along the way. Now, as our rented trike entered the town of Maria, the highway began veering inland, away from the coast. Soon we found ourselves being driven through a small forest of molave trees, then straight towards the gate of a government-run resort. Leaving our driver and guide Dondon to park the trike we soon headed off to explore Salagdoong Beach.
Coron Island is most famous for its inland lakes and lagoons including Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake and the Twin Lagoons. It has more to offer, however, namely white sand beaches and several excellent spots for snorkeling and diving. In a previous visit here in 2002, we were simply overwhelmed by the beauty of its underwater marine life. More than ten years later we would be delighted that much of this beauty has remained intact.