Travelogue: The Philippines, K.S.A., & Beyond

“ABU DHABI”

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

“DUBAI”

Chronicles Of A Three-Day Trip To Dubai: “Food Trip at SOY in The Dubai Mall”

Chronicles Of A Three-Day Trip To Dubai: “Dubaiscapes”

Chronicles Of A Three-Day Trip To Dubai: “Deirascapes”

Chronicles Of A Three-Day Trip to Dubai: The Airport!

How To Personally Obtain A Dubai Visa Online Within An Hour

“KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA”

1stPaintball Arena, Al Thumamah, Riyadh City: I Got Shot But I Am Alive!

Acacia Valley, Jubaylah: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Al Danah Farm, Almarai Company, Al KharjGetting Intimate with Cows at Almarai Company’s Al Danah Farm in the “Milk Road”

Al Faisaliah Tower, Riyadh City: 

Al Izdihar, Riyadh City

Wild Desert Flowers Could Make For a Good Day

2014: A Year of Life Lessons

2015: A Year of Affirmations, Blurbs, and New Connections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Optimistic

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant

Al Salem Museum, Ushaiger Village, Shagra

The Exhibit Archive of Ushaiger Village

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist

Almarai Co. Villa, Exit 7, Riyadh City 

2013: A Milestone Year for Stories of the Wandering Feet & Mind

The Tournament (The Culprit For My Hiatus)

How I Broke My Tear Duct This Time Of The Year

Private: Putting The Unsolicited Advice Down

With or Without You, AC

Indians dominate the 1st CFO Badminton Tournament 2013

Almarai Company, Al Kharj: Almarai’s Central Processing Plant in Al Kharj

Applebee’s, Hayat Mall, Exit 5, Riyadh City

Boys’ Night Out Reloaded

Heaven On A Plate

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Patterns to Lines

Bahrain (King Fahd Causeway)Eid Break in the Kingdom’s Eastern Region and Bahrain’s Threshold

Central Processing Plant, Almarai Company, Al Kharj: Creating Something Beautiful Out of the Mundane

Chef Bukhari, Exit 7, Al Wadi, Riyadh: Boys’ Night Out: Prologue

Cloverleaf, Abu Bakr Street, Riyadh City: Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

Cobra Amusement Park, Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Road, Ash Sharqiyah, Dammam City: Urban Spelunking (Second Episode: Earth & Air)

Corniche, Al Khobar City: Urban Spelunking (Final Episode: Night & Day)

dr. Cafe and Starbucks, Riyadh: Raise Your Glass … of Coffee!

dip ‘n dip, Riyadh Gallery, Olaya District: A Haven for Chocoholics: dip ‘n dip

Dirah (Downtown), Riyadh City: Street Photography in Dirah: A Prologue to the “Top 5 Spots for Nature Lovers in Riyadh”

Distinct Agricultural Ways Establishment, Nursery & Flower Shop, Exit 7, Riyadh City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

The Flowers, The Greens, and The Bees

Weekly Photo Challenge: Close Up

Granada Mall, Supermarket, Exit 9, Riyadh City: Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

Half Moon Bay, Azizia Area, Al Khobar City

Urban Spelunking (First Episode: Water & Fire)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs

Sands On My Feet

Hayat Mall, Exit 10, Riyadh City

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Patterns to Line

I Am a Moth and So Are You!

Hidden Valley, Dirab

Hidden Valley: An Ancient Arabian Treasure In Its Own Right

Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected

Holiday Inn, Izdihar, Riyadh: I Am a Moth and So Are You!

Java Time, Al Murooj St., Exit 5, Riyadh: Boys’ Night Out Redefined & Reworded

Kamsa Kamsa Park, Hair, Riyadh

A Day With Dates at Kamsa Kamsa Park

The Alpha Dogs’ Typical Day Out at Kamsa Ashra Park

Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

King Abdulaziz Historical Centre, King Faisal Road, Al Murabba Quarter, Riyadh City Top 5 Spots for Nature Lovers in Riyadh

King Abdulaziz Road, Riyadh City: Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

Kingdom Centre, Olaya District, Riyadh City: Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

L’Olimpo Italian Restaurant: Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Move

Olaya District, Riyadh City: The Colossal Wonders of Olaya District

PAUL, Exit 6, Uthman Ibn Affan Rd, Al Mughrizat, Riyadh City: The Antiques and Baguettes of PAUL

Piatto, Al Masif, Exit 5, Beside Steak House North Ring Road, Riyadh: How I Visited Italy Straight from Riyadh by Car

Red Sand (Ad-Dahna Desert), Dirab, Riyadh

Reading Another Few Pages of St. Augustine’s Proverbial Book Through Red Sand

The Camel Corral in the Desert

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You

Salam Park, Salam, Ad Dubiyah, Riyadh: Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story

Saqr Al-Jazira, Royal Saudi Airforce Aviation Museum, Salbokh Road, Ministry of Defense and Aviation – King Abdul Aziz Military College, East Ring Road: A Visit to the Kingdom’s Aviation Museum

Souk Al-Thumayri, Souq Al-Dheera, and Souq Al-Zil, Qasr Al Hukum Station, Al Qari, Riyadh: The Very Colorful and Nitid Land of Golden Souqs

The King’s Forest, Rawdat Khuraim, Riyadh Province: Small and Big Wonders at the King’s Forest

Tokyo Tokyo Restaurant, Al Orouba, Exit 11, Riyadh: A Gustatory New Year at Tokyo Restaurant

Ushaiger Heritage Village, Shagra

The Doors and Mud-Built Houses of Ushaiger Heritage Village

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

Weekly Photo Challenge: Door

Ushaiger Hill, Shagra: Alfresco Dining on the Hill

Wadi Hanifah, Diriyah, Riyadh

In Search of A Rebound 

Coffee Pot in the Arab Culture

Wadi Namar, Al Warad, Namar, Riyadh: Wadi Namar And Its Hidden Paradise

The Water Tower and Revolving Restaurant, Al Kharj 

Western Bakeries’ Compound, Almarai Company, Al Kharj: Weekend Swim: A Perfect Disport Before the Work Week Ramps Up

Wooden Bakery, Kurais Road, Salah Al Deen St., Riyadh City Weekly Photo Challenge: One

World Sights Park, Nasir Al Raijhi, Al Mughriza, Riyadh City

How To Make A World Tour In Just One Hour

It’s the Clouds…It’s the Blue Sky…It’s World Sights Park

THE PHILIPPINES

Aguinaldo Shrine, Kawit, CaviteWeekly Photo Challenge: Monument

Anawangin Cove, Pundaquit, Zambales: Life Lessons From My First Solo Travel to The Most Famous Cove In Luzon

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

Ayala Triangle, Makati City: Let There Be Light!

Bagolatao, Minalabac, Camarines Sur

Bagolatao’s Pebble Beaches: For Your Information

Why Bagolatao’s White Pebbles Beach is the Perfect Summer Destination in the Philippines

Bangued, AbraThe Road Less Traveled by Tourists in the North

Basilica Minore de Peñafrancia, Balatas Rd, Naga City, Camarines Sur: Basilica Minore de Peñafrancia: A Home To The Most Celebrated Festival in Bicol Region

Bumbungan Eco Park, Cavinti, LagunaThe Not-So-Famous Bumbungan Eco Park

Cagsawa Ruins, Daraga, AlbayRomanticizing the Ruins of Cagsaua Church

Calaguas Islands, Talisay, Camarines Norte, Philippines

Calaguas Island Tour’s Day 2: The Time of Our Lives

Catching the Rustic Sunset in Calaguas Island

Calaguas Island: A Perfect Microcosm of Paradise in the Bicol Region

Stories of the Wandering Feet & Mind is on a summer break…will be back in May!

Callao Cave, Peñablanca, CagayanRevisiting the Most Famous Cave in Cagayan Valley On A Whim

CamSur Watersports Complex, Cadlan, Camarines Sur

My Chunk of Extreme Sports at The Best Cable Park in the World

Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

CamSur Watersports Complex is Still Bicol’s Most Modern Destination

Canyon Woods Residential Resort, Tagaytay CityTeam Building at Canyon Woods Residential Resort

Caramoan Islands, Caramoan Peninsula, Camarines Sur: Caramoan Islands: The Next “Boracay Island”

Ecovillage, CamSur Watersports Complex, Cadlan, Camarines Sur: CamSur Watersports Complex and its Ecovillage

Hundred Islands National Park, Alaminos City, Pangasinan: The Highlight of My Summer in 20017

Kawa-Kawa Hill, Ligao City, Albay

When Things Are Bright and Beautiful

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

La Mesa Eco Park, Fairview, Quezon City: I Touched The Sun — Literally!

Lago del Ray, Cadlan, Camarines Sur: Lago del Rey: CamSur Watersports Complex’s Better Half

The Labyrinth’s Trail, Maragondon, Cavite: Embraced by the Labyrinth’s Trail of Mount Marami

Lake Buhi, Buhi, Camarines Sur

The Halcyon Lake Buhi in Camarines Sur

The World’s Smallest Commercial Extant Fish

Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting

Lignon Hill, Legazpi City, AlbayMy Son’s First Hiking Experience and Mayon Volcano’s Perfect Cone

Lobo Beach Club & Spa, Lobo, Batangas: A Magical Site Trip to Lobo Beach Club & Spa

Manila Ocean Park, Malate, Manila

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

A Totally Different Kind of Spa

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grid

The World’s Finest Wilderness Lies Beneath the Manila Ocean Park

Mount Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas

First Taste of the Summit at Mount Batulao

Moment of Impact

Where The Four Great Amputees and Mountains Led Me

Mount Manalmon, San Miguel, Bulacan: Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge

Mount Mariveles (popularly known as Tarak Ridge), Mariveles, Bataan

The Playground of Demigods and Nephilims

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

Mount Timbak, Atok, Benguet: Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag

Nagsasa Cove, San Antonio, Zambales

The Most Beautiful Cove in the World

Weekly Photo Challenge: Comfort

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine, Manaoag, Pangasinan: The Kind of Miracle I Received from the Lady of Manaoag

Pagsanjan Falls, Cavinti, Laguna: Shooting the Roughly Blazed Paths to Pagsanjan Falls

Philippine Cut Flower Corporation/Island Rose: Quality Roses Are Grown at the Philippine Cut Flower Corporation

Rainforest Park, Maybunga, Pasig City: Four Treasures at the Back (Rainforest Park, Pasig City) of Our School

San Fabian Beach, San Fabian, Pangasinan: When The Heat is On, It’s Summertime and It’s Beautiful

San Pablo Church, Heritage Site, San Pablo, Isabela: Rediscovering One of the Country’s Historical Treasures

Viento de Mar Beach Resort, Legazpi City, Albay: The Joy of Summer

Washington Sycip Park, Makati City

A Hideaway Amid the Slaving Corporate World

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unsual POV

White Pebbles Beach Resort, Brgy. Minalabac, Camarines Sur

Bagolatao Trilogy’s Part 1: Basking in the Natural Scenery

Bagolatao’s Pebble Beaches: For Your Information

“SCALED PHILIPPINE MOUNTAINS”

Mount Arayat, Arayat/Magalang, Pampanga

Mount Arayat Traverse

“To The Mountains”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Down

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

Mount Banoi, Lobo, Batangas

Reunion (With the Masters) Climb at Mount Banoi and My New Friend From the Wild

Weekly Photo Challenge: Simple

Mount Batulao, near Evercrest Golf Course, Batulao, Batangas

First Taste of the Summit at Mount Batulao

Moment Of Impact

Mount Cristobal, Cristobal, Quezon

Getting More Intimate with Sampinit

The Abundant Mount Cristobal

Mount Gulugod Baboy, Anilao, Batangas: Trekking the Enervating Trail of Mount “Gulugod Baboy”

Mount Isarog, Naga City, Camarines Sur: Mount Isarog: The Gateway To My Backpacking

Mount Maculot, Cuenca, Batangas: Mount Maculot’s Irony

Mount Makiling, Sto. Tomas, Batangas/Laguna

Little Wonders Series’ Fifth Episode

The Mystical Mountain of Maria Makiling

Mount Manabu, Sto. Tomas, Batangas: The Coffee Adventure at Mount Manabu

Mount Manalmon, San Miguel, Bulacan

Sitio Madlum: Another Bed of Adventures at the North

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra

Mount Marami, Maragondon, Cavite: 

Mount Mariveles (popularly known as Tarak Ridge), Mariveles, Bataan

The Playground of Demigods and Nephilims: Tarak Ridge

Mount Pico De Loro, Ternate, Cavite: Meeting a Kindred Spirit at Mount Pico de Loro and The Quest for The Beautiful Rockies

Mount Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales: Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains

Mount Tagapo, Talim Island, Binangonan, Rizal: Mount Tagapo and the Famous “Balaw-Balaw” Restaurant

Mount Timbak, Atok, Benguet

Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag

Mount Tirad Pass, Candon, Ilocos Sur: Tirad Pass’ Historical Trails in Ilocos Sur

“OTHER PHILIPPINE DESTINATIONS-HUMBLE BEGINNINGS”

Anilao Beach, Anilao, Batangas (Trekking the Enervating Trail of Mount “Gulugod Baboy”)

Baguio City, Benguet (Outreach to Mount Timbak)

Balaw-Balaw Restaurant, Antipolo, Rizal (Mount Tagapo and the Famous “Balaw-Balaw” Restaurant)

Bayucboc Cave, San Miguel, Bulacan (Sitio Madlum: Another Bed of Adventures at the North)

Capones Island, San Antonio, Zambales (The Pristine Water Around Capones Island)

Gubat sa Ciudad Resort, Quezon City

Isarog Falls, Naga City, Camarines Sur (Mount Isarog: The Gateway To My Backpacking)

Kamay ni Jesus, Lucban, Quezon

Manila Zoo, Malate, Manila (Manila Zoo, I Can Talk To Animals)

Our Lady of Piat, Lallo, Cagayan

Pansol, Calamba City, Laguna

Pyramid of Asia–Healing Center, Manaoag, Pangasinan

Rainforest Park, Pasig City (Four Treasures at the Back [Rainforest Park, Pasig City] of Our School)

Sabang Beach, Sabang, Camarines Sur

Sagrada Familia, Sagrada, Camarines Sur (Chasing the Emerald Tree Skink)

San Vicente Port, Boguey, Cagayan (1997)

Taal Volcano, Talisay/San Nicolas, Batangas (A Romantic Weekend Getaway to Taal Volcano in Talisay, Batangas)

University of the Philippines Los Bańos, Laguna

Zoobic Safari, Subic Bay, Pampanga

AND COUNTING… 

10 thoughts on “Travelogue: The Philippines, K.S.A., & Beyond

  1. Thank you for sharing the photos of Abra, Sony! It was really nice to revisit Abra once again! We rode with a pastor friend from Binalonan to Bangued in Dec. 2008, did some mission work there, visited and prayed with Gov. Takit Bersaimin in the Provincial Capitol, and I gave a whole bunch of kids firecrackers (the kind you pop on the ground) in the Town Plaza. ~Liz

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    • Bersaimin is, of course, a popular name there. I’ve heard stuff about him from politicians and lawyers.

      Anyway, I’m so glad you and your team are extending a helping hand to our less fortunate siblings in various parts of the country. That is just exemplary. I would love to do that again too one day.

      Liz, sorry for thr delay in replying.

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  2. Aloha, Sony! Me again writing a second comment here about St. Philomena Church. Here in Honolulu, Hawaii we have a St. Philomena Church. In 1978 I was co-founder with the parish priest and started the first all-day Montessori child center with a hot lunch program on the premises of the St. Philomena Church. I helped to design and build the school, hire and train staff and educate 120 preschool and kindergarten children back then. Today it is still operating in expanded facilities with a higher enrollment. You can also google and see a St. Philomena Church on the island of Molokai where Father Damien de Veuster lived out his life serving lepers. When I was a young teacher I hiked the Kalaupapa trail with the priest of St. Joseph School and several other teachers. It was 3 miles and 26 switchbacks, a glorious, but killer trail down to the leper settlement and back up! ~Liz

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    • What an experience, Liz! 3 miles is something. Didn’t even come close to that distance when I was in the mountaineering world. Adding to the dig the altruism embedded in the endeavour makes me cringe with what I did for our constituents back then. You just so inspired me with that story, Liz. Thank you for making me realize that there’s more to life than what I know.

      Your, I may say, advocy is larger than life. I will do what I can to turn the inspiration I now have to action one day.

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