Journeying Jonas’ Journal

Pico De YOLO InsTraverse: Do-It-Yourself Photohike

Pico De YOLO InsTraverse: Do-It-Yourself Photohike

It started with an invitation from my fellow Instagram enthusiast, Julio (@jdpanaligan) to hike the crowd-drawing Pico de Loro duo peak. After the conflicting schedules of his friends, his second attempt to plan a hike was responded with my yes. Coincidentally, another Instagram friend, Angelo (@angelotemp), is looking for an alternative to Pinatubo hike when […]

When in Cebu: Chasing Waterfalls

When in Cebu: Chasing Waterfalls

The Queen City of the South is known for Sinulog, its beaches, whale shark watching, and heritage sites holding history dated back to Spanish colonization. Even I have already completed those in my past visits, I found more and more reasons to go back to Cebu. I bet most of the travel enthusiasts won’t have […]

Worldwide Instameet La Union: Of Unity, Waves, Likes, and Instagram

Worldwide Instameet La Union: Of Unity, Waves, Likes, and Instagram

4 am call time in a Saturday morning was the first challenge of this meet up. So instead of leaving from home midnight, I marathoned and stayed awake for Cinderella and Insurgent in a movie house as my refuge. With excitement of catching up my friends who take Instagram seriously and potential sparks for new […]

Suddenly South Korea Again at Shrine of St. Andrew Kim

Suddenly South Korea Again at Shrine of St. Andrew Kim

It was that another Sunday where I haven’t decided yet where to go. Feeling lucky that I’ll find one near from home, I searched through the provincial tourism site of Bulacan. Under religious sites category, I found Shrine of St. Andrew Kim interesting. Because the place and even the patron saint is personally unheard of, […]

Awesomely Flamboyant Aliwan Fiesta 2014

Awesomely Flamboyant Aliwan Fiesta 2014

As early as 12 in the mid noon, I was already striding my way to Aliwan Fiesta in Quirino Grandstand from United Nations Avenue under the scorching heat of the sun. It was almost unbearable. I knew that program kicks off 4 in the afternoon. Yet because I wanted to score the best vantage point […]

Stunning Images of Sabtang Island

Stunning Images of Sabtang Island

Stunning Images of Sabtang Island is the last of the Because Beautiful Batanes series. We started our journey in San Jose de Ivana seaport. We were instructed last night to be on the dot so we would be at the Sabtang Island earlier than the other travel groups. The number of trips going to Sabtang […]

Savoring the Best of South Batan

Savoring the Best of South Batan

Savoring the Best of South Batan is the third installment of Because Beautiful Batanes series. I got a good night sleep. I only got a room ventilated by a fan but the breeze of Batanes makes the night comfortable still. There’s no networking signal in my room so I was totally disconnected to the world […]

Navigating the Beautiful North Batan

Navigating the Beautiful North Batan

Navigating the Beautiful North Batan is the second of the Because Beautiful Batanes series. I freshen up immediately after the exhausting DIY trip to the Naidi Hills. All of what I’ve eaten in Batanes Octagon Bed And Dine were burned up. Hungry but worried not be late, I just took a quick munch-for-lunch 2 baked […]

Braving Basco, Batanes

Braving Basco, Batanes

Braving Basco, Batanes is the first of the Because Beautiful Batanes series. Getting to Batanes used to be a luxury when the regular roundtrip tickets via SkyJet costed around PhP 20,000. So when I learned in 2013 that PAL Express, which was Airphil Express then, is having a direct flight to Basco, I’d waited for […]

Goal in the Works: Gatecrashing Weddings

Goal in the Works: Gatecrashing Weddings

Universe has its playful conspiracy to remind me that I’m still freakin’ single. When I went to Malaysia as part of my first solo backpacking trip, there were couples in Melaka posing for their pre-nuptial photoshoot. And I was like, ‘Why am I doing this trip alone again?’ I encountered such reminders from time to […]