Philippines

That time when we took a 'basic' tour of Coron

Coron is part of the Calamian Group of Islands, which serves as a jumping point for island-hopping adventures to other islands in the area as well as for the wide-range of exciting activities Palawan has to offer: snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking and trekking, and so much more. 

Despite the generic itinerary template arranged by our tour operator, nothing about our three-days-two-nights package was a basic experience. 

That time when we took a 'basic' tour of Coron

GTGL Snippets: Coron, Palawan, Philippines

Conde Nast Traveler's Reader's Choice Award for Best Island in the World in 2015 went to Palawan, Philippines. How serendipitous was it that my family not only paid the Motherland a visit for the first time in five years, but also got to experience the majestic beauty of Coron, Palawan in the same year? 

GTGL Snippets: Coron, Palawan, Philippines

GTGL Snippets: Santa, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Our dad has told me countless times how often he would bring me to this beach as a kid; not just for the view or the opportunity for father-daughter bonding, but to help me with my breathing. When I was young, I suffered some respiratory problems, and the sea, it is believed (by those who lived in this part of the globe, at least), has curative powers.

GTGL Snippets: Santa, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

The Antidote to Post-Travel Blues

Bianca: So, did you find one? An antidote? 

Me: No. 

It's been almost three weeks since we came back from our family vacation to the Philippines, and I haven't written a single word about it. Aside from this trip being the highlight of our summer, with so much anticipatory joy surrounding the weeks (or maybe even months) leading to it, it was also our first time back to our home country since moving to the United States five years ago. So, for us, our downer mood isn't just brought about by having to transition back to the real world, it's also due to having to get used to not being surrounded by the love and care of family and longtime friends.

The Antidote to Post-Travel Blues