Somewhere over Alaska

Went to the Philippines for a short family visit. Woke up mid-flight to capture this beauty. It’s always boggling to see enormous mountains in miniature form. Perspective. That’s a metaphor I think đŸ€” 

Pastel

Visited some friends in the DR after two weeks of backpacking in Peru and Bolivia. Luggage got misplaced at the airport and arrived one day late. Thankfully, my friend penciled in two days of our schedule in the capital, Santo Domingo. While waiting for my luggage, we took a guided city tour. Visited several beautifully…

Caught My Breath…

Took a midnight bus from Seoul to Deogyusan National Park. Started hiking at 4 am to catch the sunrise. There was mention of a shelter at the summit which offered noodles. My friend and I were more than excited, we were starving. Our last “meal” was actually more of a snack at the bus station before…

When your obsolete GPS stops working-

Quarter tank of gas. Should’ve filled up in the last town. Should’ve made that last left turn.. or was that a right. GPS stopped working due to outdated hardware, software, and most likely, user error. Spotty cell phone reception. Anxiety started to creep. Driving alone at this point, so there’s no one else to blame,…

Somewhere between Seattle and Portland

Sometimes the best destinations are in-between destinations. On the way to Cannon Beach, we pulled over to check out a glistening grassy field near the water. We descended a ledge, and navigated through puddles. We tried our best to ignore the fact that the tall grass was the ideal habitat for some kind of slithering creature….

Lakes and Craters

Explored the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Almost 3000 km of driving, just under a week. Hours on the road flew by with the coastal scenery, breathtaking mountains, and majestic forests. Brief stop at Seattle’s charming Pike Place Market, an afternoon at Cannon Beach, and brunch in Portland. Hiked some waterfall trails east of Portland, camped and hiked…

Somewhere beyond the sea..

Summer. Random message from a friend. “Hey, wanna go sailing?” Went Sailing. Couldn’t believe how peaceful and serene it felt just 20 minutes away from downtown Toronto. Warm breeze. Sunshine. Gentle rocking. Worries melted away.. at least for the afternoon.

Jungles, mountains, citadel

One of the first things you’ll notice at Machu Picchu is the incredible view of the surroundings. Looking down on the lush, heavily forested, valleys and mountain ridges. About 45 minutes into hiking  the adjacent Machu Picchu Montaña, I looked down on the very spot that I was looking down from. Tourists turned into specks, majestic ruins…

Rise above rain clouds

Not a drop in the sky. At least for the first half hour. Then it sprinkled. Drizzled. All other descriptive words for rain. Not quite a downpour, but steady enough to soak through a rain coat/pants, and permanently damage a camera. Winds started to howl. Stopped on occasion to avoid getting tipped over. It continued…

First Things First: Hike

2011. Mt. Balagbag, Philippines. Personal gear: t-shirt, shorts, sandals. 2 hour hike, started at 10 pm, summit by midnight. Started raining at the top. Borrowed tent had serious leakage. Moved to a different tent with two others, shoulder to shoulder, and shivering. Fell in love with hiking and misadventures.