Posts from the “travel” Category

05/21/14 – baybay

Posted on May 22, 2014


a collection of shots from my mother’s hometown in the philippines.


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DF9A4633-2this is FCIC, the school where my mother and her 7 other siblings went to grade school and high school.

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DF9A4687-2Jorelle, my local tour guide.

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DF9A4758-2it’s hard to find another sunset as naturally stunning as the one here. baybay’s is particularly colorful.

05/18/14 – Cuatro Islas

Posted on May 19, 2014


One of my trips within Leyte was to Cuatro Islas, a grouping of four tiny islands off the coast of Leyte. They’re only accessible by small banana boats, and they’re pretty much uninhabited. The islands are beautiful, though, with white sand and sandbars that go way out into the sea.


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DF9A4566-2The most delicious lechon I have ever had.

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05/17/14 – agas-agas bridge

Posted on May 18, 2014

DF9A3987-2This is the Agas-Agas Bridge in Southern Leyte. It’s the tallest bridge in the Philippines, with a zip line that crosses overhead. Its name “Agas-Agas” translates to “falling” or “dripping” like rain, because the old mountain road it replaces used to be plagued with landslides.

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DF9A4028-2Really dope sunset on the way home.

05/11/14 – mother’s day in southern leyte

Posted on May 12, 2014

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This Mother’s Day, I was lucky enough to spend it on the beach in the Philippines with this lovely lady. We spent the day hopping from beach to beach in the southern most tip of Leyte.
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DF9A3910-2Our first spot– a secluded private beach in Joaquin.

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DF9A3911-2Our second spot– Padre Burgos, the southern most point in Leyte.

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DF9A3967-2It was an exhausting day!

DF9A3976-2I’m so incredibly blessed to have such an amazing woman to call my mom. It was even more incredible to spend the holiday in her home country, surrounded by family and such idyllic landscapes. The only way this day would have been perfect is if my sister and dad were with us– we missed them so much!

05/10/14 – philippines: first few days

Posted on May 10, 2014



After over 24 hours of traveling, my mom and I finally made it to Cebu. After Cebu, we took a ferry to her home island, Leyte.

DF9A2215-2Our ride from the airport.

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DF9A2224-2My mother’s home she grew up in on the island of Leyte.

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DF9A2235-2Our ride to the jungle.

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DF9A2258-2We had a picnic at a little camp on the San Agustin river.

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DF9A2267-2 (1)Our picnic site, right next to the bank of the river.

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DF9A2283-2There are few things better than this super fresh grilled fish.

DF9A2287-2Also there’s real coke, another reason why the Philippines is number one in the food game.

DF9A2276-2Grilled pork (lechon)

DF9A2294-2“Free range” chicken that roamed the jungle– doesn’t get more organic than that.