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  • Going the Distance – Batanes

    The nightmare of every traveler stared us in the face. CLOSED, said the sign at the check-in counter in Manila. Our 6:15 a.m. flight had been bumped up half an hour. The woman at check-in made a call and, after some tense discussion, she waved at us to run to […] read more

  • A Weekend of Indulgence – Tagaytay, Philippines

    [caption id="attachment_6358" align="alignnone" width="395" caption="One of Sonya's Garden's greenhouse-restaurants"][/caption]For those looking for a quick getaway from Manila, Tagaytay is probably the best option. Just an hour south of the […] read more

  • Surfing Cloud Nine

    [caption id="attachment_6110" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Photo by Edsel Ochoa"][/caption]Halfway through the 45-minute drive to Tuason Point from the airport, Chito, the driver who came to pick me up, broke my Air Supply-induced torpor. “Why […] read more

  • The Best Dining outside of Manila

    What Anthony Bourdain said about crossing the road in Manila can also be said about lunch at Claude Tayag’s Bale Dutung: It takes momentum and commitment.My brother Che and I were in Angeles, Pampanga to sample Claude’s much touted lunch.The meal is […] read more

  • 4×4 Sand Dunes in the Philippines

    I was in Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, 300 miles north of Manila, reveling in the province’s old churches and well-preserved Castillan homes, when I received a most unexpected invitation from Pam Aragoza, owner of La Preciosa restaurant. Pam asked if I wanted to […] read more

  • 48 Hours in Madrid: Thank You, tripwolf

    Last week, while en route from New York to Rome, I found myself with a layover in vibrant, cosmopolitan Madrid. But this was no ordinary layover, friends - no; in general, my layovers are of the "lots of time in places I have no interest in" or "awesome places […] read more

  • Beer Below Zero – now that’s a Cold Brewski

    [caption id="attachment_5401" align="alignnone" width="392" caption="Local brew San Mig Light getting the cold treatment"][/caption]If you ask Manilenos how they want their beer, they will give you a single resounding answer: below zero. They’d be referring […] read more

  • Swimming with Giants

    [caption id="attachment_5144" align="alignnone" width="462" caption="The butanding, up close and personal "][/caption]It was all too sudden. Jim, the Butanding Interaction Officer in my boat, told me to jump and, like a real trooper, I did. He asked me to […] read more

  • Where to Eat: Badjao Seafront Restaurant, Puerto Princesa

    From the parking lot, all I could see was a bamboo and wood-planked bridge, practically swallowed whole by creeping mangroves. Sure, the sign said "Badjao Seafront," but it was hard to believe that there was a restaurant somewhere in the midst of all that […] read more

  • Get to know your tripwolf bloggers – Cristina (maglayas)

    [caption id="attachment_2118" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="On the way to the San Blas Islands, Panama"][/caption]We've got some strong personalities here at tripwolf, but we all have one thing in common - our love and desire to explore the world! […] read more

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