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Bewitching Balay-Anito Falls

There are really no falls included in our itinerary when I and the flock went to Santol, La Union last December 2014 – we just went there to visit our fellow sheep. I was intrigued to the town because Santol...

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Paoay Lake: Discovering the Legend

After going to Paoay Church, the flock and I went to the Paoay Lake and ate some lunch there. We prepared food beforehand (that’s how Tupang Gala survive inexpensive travel) and there are no restaurants nearby, just cottages and a...

Caoayan Fish Farm 1

Tumulay sa Kawayan sa Caoayan Fish Farms

When I was staying in my friend’s house in Barangay Tamag, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, I decided to go to Caoayan, a neighboring town of Vigan. Caoayan is part of the “Metro Vigan” along with the cities and municipalities of Bantay,...

Majestic  work of nature 3

Kapurpurawan Rocks!

We’ve been always visiting Kapurpurawan Rock Formation for almost 6 years, yet I always revel in that wonderful art of nature. The white rock (probably that’s why its name comes from puraw in Ilocano which means white) is the pride...

Abra river valley. Taken from Bucay before entering the town of Manabo 2

Exploring Manabo, Abra

We have been visiting Abra several times before, but our trip to the province is not complete without reaching the town of Manabo, because of Raquel, one of the Tupang Gala, came from here (and proud Itneg). The town is...

Nipa huts  dotted the river in San Juan 2

River Resort of San Juan, Abra

Since Abra River has many tributaries, it is often been utilized as river resort. One of the towns that benefited this kind of tourism is San Juan, a quaint, little municipality situated at the northernmost part of Abra. The makeshift...

Colorful pebbles of Luna 7

Pebble Beach of Luna

When we went to the Municipality of Luna, La Union, we noticed that most of the townsfolk there were busy sorting pebbles inside their garages and placing the carefully handpicked ones to a plastic bag with Japanese characters on it....

Luna Watchtower, Baluarte, Luna, La Union 0

Luna’s Leaning Watchtower (Baluarte)

As the flock and I went along the Pebble Beach of Luna, La Union, we noticed there a very old spherical fort. Named as Baluarte (watchtower), it is said that Spaniards built the stronghold using reddish bricks to prevent threats...

Universal Studios Japan ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン (Osaka, Japan) 0

Theme Park Thrill: Universal Studios Japan

Located at the Osaka Bay Area, the Universal Studios Japan (ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン Yunibāsaru Sutajio Japan) is just one of the four Universal Studios theme parks in the world and the first one in Asia. Opened in 2001, it is said to have...

Hamamatsu Castle (浜松城 Hamamatsu-jō), Hamamatsu, Japan 2

Hamamatsu Castle (浜松城)

Another hilltop castle (浜松城 Hamamatsu-jō) can be found standing on a small park accessible by a short bus ride from Hamamatsu Station. One of the most distinguished feature of the castle is the black paint on the castle keep. Though it...

Kakegawa Castle (掛川城, Kakegawa-jō), Shizouka, Japan 1

Kakegawa Castle (掛川城)

The Kakegawa Castle (掛川城, Kakegawa-jō)  is a hilltop castle that can be found in Kakegawa City, at Shizouka Prefecture. Unlike most castles in Japan, the Kakegawa Castle is slightly smaller in size. But despite of its build, this castle can...