Philippines

Seven Thousand Isles

Seven Thousand Isles

♥ ♥ I’ve never seen snow. My city has no trains. It’s always summer where I live. Except on rainy days. And so trains fascinate me; autumn, winter, spring. Cobblestone, padded coats, foggy mountains, glens. I try when I travel to live a different life. But […]

The Sumilon Island Bucket List

The Sumilon Island Bucket List

SGMT | Sumilon Island — Sumilon Island is one of my favorite places in my home province of Cebu. It’s nearly 4 hours away by bus — plus a short boat ride courtesy of the resort that operates the island — but the experience has […]

Mount Hamiguitan: The Philippines’ Newest UNESCO World Heritage Site

Mount Hamiguitan: The Philippines’ Newest UNESCO World Heritage Site

SGMT | Mount Hamiguitan — It’s Monday and you probably have a million things on your to-do list, but here’s one thing you absolutely must make time for: exclusive photos of Mount Hamiguitan, the Philippines’ newest UNESCO World Heritage Site, by Jacob Maentz. Exclusive because […]

How Much to Budget for El Nido (6 days, 5 nights)

How Much to Budget for El Nido (6 days, 5 nights)

How Much to Budget for El Nido (6D/5N)) | SGMT  — An El Nido vacation can cost as little as ₱5,000 to as much as…I don’t know…₱5,000,000 or more. This budget, which we used for our Palawan trip last June, is somewhere in between. It’s […]

List of Philippine Holidays 2017

List of Philippine Holidays 2017

List of Philippine Holidays 2017 | SGMT  — Time to start planning your travels next year! Here’s the list of regular holidays and special non-working days for 2017, as decreed in Proclamation No. 50, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last August 16 and released by Malacañang […]

Anti-Offloading Tips from an Immigration Officer

Anti-Offloading Tips from an Immigration Officer

Anti-Offloading Tips from an Immigration Officer | SGMT — Plus guidance straight from the Bureau of Immigration and the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT). I recently had the chance to put a few questions to an Immigration officer and he kindly agreed to give me […]

Pinoy Abroad: List of Documents Required by Immigration for International Travel

Pinoy Abroad: List of Documents Required by Immigration for International Travel

SGMT | List of Documents Required by Immigration —  In 2014, I wrote a post titled “What Filipinos Need to Know About Traveling Abroad: Guidelines from the Bureau of Immigration” and since then, I’ve had a lot of people writing to me and asking for advice […]

Dolphins are always a good idea

Dolphins are always a good idea

Dolphin Watching in Puerto Princesa | SGMT  —  Who doesn’t love dolphins? (No, seriously, who doesn’t?) We had the chance to go dolphin watching on our last day in Palawan and it was absolutely one of the highlights of our 6-day Puerto Princesa/El Nido itinerary. Our flight […]

Nacpan Beach: To Go or Not To Go (and Spend P1500)

Nacpan Beach: To Go or Not To Go (and Spend P1500)

SGMT — I’ll be honest: if the tricycle driver hadn’t offered to take us to Nacpan Beach for P1000 — instead of the usual P1500 — I might never have gone. Nacpan Beach has been described in superlatives ranging from “the best beach in El […]

Sunset at Marimegmeg Beach

Sunset at Marimegmeg Beach

SGMT | Sunset at Marimegmeg Beach —  Do yourself a favor. If you’re going to El Nido, set aside at least one day for beach bumming. Spend a lazy afternoon at Marimegmeg Beach and stick around for the sunset. You won’t regret it. * * […]