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Trekking. Hiking. Spelunking. Food. That's Sagada.


Life is a wind. Get that in Ilocos Region.


If you think golden sand beaches are the only tourist spots, think again. Bolinao is falls too.


If you just want to see a sky-mountain-lake landscape, then head to Bokod, Benguet.


In this simple town of Dasol, Pangasinan lies an unspoiled island paradise sprinkled with white sands and a total half of mysteriously formed rock formations.


The Hundred Islands in Alaminos, Pangasinan is one of the many tourist attractions in Luzon Island. Give yourself a summer treat; enjoy island hopping, kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling.

Thursday, July 27

Baguio Suggested One-Day Itinerary (Balikan)

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For those who are “nagmamadali” or those who have other places to check out aside from Baguio City, one day itinerary will work for you. Although one day is not enough to see all the tourist spots in Baguio, it is already good for people who only have a day to taste the weather, food, and culture of Baguio City.

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How to Get to Baguio Attractions: Cemetery of Negativism and Bell Amphitheater

How to Go to Camp John Hay:

To go to Camp John Hay, please read my other post on how to get to John Hay.

How to Get to Cemetery of Negativism and Bell Amphitheater:

From the entrance of Camp John Hay, just walk straight, until you see signage going to Treetop Adventure. When you reach Treetop Adventure, Cemetery of Negativism is just nearby, and the Bell Amphitheater is beside it.

On going back, I do suggest you to ride taxi back to town since you are already tired. Otherwise, you can reach the entrance to Camp John Hay and ride a jeep back to downtown.

Monday, July 24

Warming Ourselves inside the Historical Core - Bell House (Baguio)

Inside the Historical Core - Bell House in Camp John Hay, Baguio
Bell House is more of a creepy house than a historical museum. It’s because we arrived there already in the evening and the pine trees outside plus the chilly air sum up the setting as something more mysterious. The historical house turned museum should not be missed—if you want more of what Baguio feels like in the time of its beginning.

Check Out the American Remnant—Bell Amphitheater, Baguio

At the Bell Amphtheater, Baguio City
After those fulfilling funeral of our worst nightmares and ill inflictions at the Lost Cemetery of Negativism in Camp John Hay, Baguio; we eagerly checked out the nearby Bell Amphitheater. It was already evening so we need to hurry up, leave the cemetery and take some more photos of ourselves in another historical tourist attraction.

Sunday, July 23

Bury Your Bitter Past in the Lost Cemetery of Negativism, Baguio

The Lost Cemetery of Negativism inside Camp John Hay, Baguio City
When you visit Baguio City, one of the usual spots is Camp John Hay. Surprisingly, many of us do not know that there is one becoming popular tourist attraction here which is kinda weird and unique at the same time since it is a cemetery, or a memorial park. But dead people are absent here, only the bitter past of everyone who dared to bury it in the Lost Cemetery of Negativism.

Strolling the Road to Ayala Technohub in Camp John Hay, Baguio

At the Ayala Technohub in Camp John Hay, Baguio City

Me and my friend enjoyed the cool morning in Baguio by just sipping some coffee, eating noodles and watching TV. It was a lazy morning after all, since we had an unplanned night tour that made us all awake until midnight of the previous day. Here I was in Loakan. We decided to do our tour in the afternoon and the best bet is to go to Camp John Hay. We met a friend in another house and did some fun chats and those undying “how’s life now” thing.

Saturday, July 22

Another Page in Baguio: From Session Road to John Hay and Loakan

Watching the nature at the Bell House, Baguio City
It’s been already years since we have left college. Those fond memories, they will forever be past. I will always remember all those kulitan with the gangs, the beautiful mishaps, the wonderful misadventures, the childishly serious conversations, the indefinable school assignments, the indescribable thesis, the unplanned road trips, the funny food tours and some beer nights in the cold, dreary night. Baguio has always been a part of our lives and will always be.

Tagaytay City Suggested Itinerary (Two Days-One Night 2D/1N)

Tagaytay City Itinerary for two days and one night

A two-day, one-night tour in Tagaytay City may not be enough especially if you want to experience more of the city tour, enjoy bulalo in a cool weather, kayak in the Taal Lake or simply stop time and believe the majestic message of the overlooking views.

Wednesday, July 19

The Picnic Grove, Taal Lake View, Leslie’s Bulalo and Coffee Time in Tagaytay

The view of Taal Lake at the Picnic Grove, Tagaytay City
After visiting the Crosswinds in Tagaytay where we had experienced a lush of nature, pine trees, Swiss inspired architecture and Christmas houses; we visited next the Picnic Grove. It is one of the most popular Tagaytay tourist attractions where there are so much activities to enjoy such as horseback riding, picnicking, riding a zipline and buying pasalubong.

Tuesday, July 18

Christmas Houses in Tagaytay City

Magazine photo op in Tagaytay Crosswinds (Christmas houses)
The Christmas houses in Tagaytay are well decorated and according to visitors and Crosswinds staff, some of the houses are opened for public viewing during Christmas season. The Crosswinds complex alone is a beautiful piece of land development in Tagaytay City and these Christmas houses adorn it more.

Monday, July 17

Swiss Architecture and Pine Trees in Tagaytay Crosswinds

Feel the pine trees and Swiss architecture inside Crosswinds in Tagaytay City
It was pretreat before summer time that our team visited one of the most popular tourist towns in the country—Tagaytay. It is the second most popular hill station after Baguio City and most people and yuppies from Manila do a short weekend trip in this city because of its proximity to the nation’s capital. Tagaytay City has still the charms.

Baguio Suggested Itinerary: Three Days, Two Nights (3D/2N)

More tourist spots in Baguio for a three-day tour.

Previously, I sampled a Baguio itinerary good for two days and one night. This time, I’ll be posting more sample itineraries including the other tourist spots in Baguio. Three-day tour is the most ideal Baguio trip because you have to incorporate both fun and relaxation. You went Baguio for the cool winds, and thus you must not exhaust yourself into hiking and walking and everything or else you will get sick after your trip.

Sta. Ana-Cagayan Itinerary (Two Days-One Night 2D/1N)

Different tourist attractions in Santa Ana, Cagayan for 2 days and 1 night itinerary.
A two-day, one-night tour in Sta. Ana, Cagayan may not be enough especially if you want to experience more of the town setting plus the island hopping, beach frolicking, kayaking or even scuba diving. However, two days in Sta. Ana is already enough if you just want to keep some memories for future Facebook posts.

Cagayan Suggested Itinerary (Three Days-Two Nights 3D/2N)

Different tourist spots in Cagayan for your itinerary (3 days, 2 nights).
A three-day, two-night tour in Cagayan province may not be enough especially if you want to visit so many places from Tuguegarao, up to the old churches in the province, the caves, the beaches and the islands. But if you are like us who want a taste of this province, this itinerary might work for you.

Sunday, July 16

How to Go to Sta. Ana, Aparri, Tuguegarao, in Cagayan (with Maps)

Map of Luzon and its cities and towns in comparison with Santa Ana and Aparri, Cagayan


Reaching Tuguegarao from Baguio City will take approximately 10-12 hours while if coming from Manila, will take about 11-12 hours. To reach Tuguegarao from other cities, it will probably take you 8 hours if coming from Urdaneta, 8 hours from Clark area, and 9 hours from Subic.

Thursday, July 13

The Secluded Gotan Beach in Sta. Ana, Cagayan

The jetski is waiting in Gotan Beach, Santa Ana, Cagayan
To get to Gotan Beach in Sta. Ana, Cagayan, you just need to go straight ahead passing by the side of Anguib Beach. You will get to see the entrance of Anguib Beach on your right side, but do not stop, instead drive straight ahead until you see a forest of aguho “pine” trees in the vicinity. However, if you do not have the pass to visit the area, you won’t be able to see Gotan Beach because the beach is not accessible to general public.

Wednesday, July 12

Sta. Ana’s Anguib Beach—A Must Visit White Sand Haven

Frolick in the ever white sands of Anguib Beach in Santa Ana, Cagayan
Did you know that Anguib (or Angib) Beach in Sta. Ana, Cagayan is not really a public or a “no-one-is-owning” white sand beach but a semi-private venture in the island? Did you also know that Anguib Beach can be reached by land via private vehicle, by passing through fields of rice crops and greens of mountains, as opposed to other tourists who say that it can only be reached by boat when coming from Port of San Vicente also in the town of Santa Ana? Did you also know that there is also an adjacent secret beach called Gotan Beach which is exclusively only for elite visitors and casino gamers? Did you also know that other than Anguib Beach, there are also other coves with white sands, accessible by local tourists and some are still pristine because of their difficulty in accessibility? Did you also know that Santa Ana is also a place for scuba divers, kite flyers and adventure lovers? And did you also know that as opposed to the usual etymology of town’s name, Santa Ana was not named after a saint nor the name “Santa Ana” is religious of any sort?

Sunday, July 9

Years of Online Blogging, Travex Travels and Beyond!

Travex Travels header since May 2016 - present
Maintaining a blog isn’t really that easy. It takes time to nurture this entity and let it grow with several knowledge honed with the articles the writer fed up on the URL. It takes years of life experiences before you can say, “Wow, this blog has already grown up.” Well, that is just my point of view of somebody who is not even a writer by profession, not even a traveler by default and not even an IT or webmaster specialist by passion. BUT—I love writing, discovering, learning and living. These four words are enough to put up an online journal that crosses borders between travel stories and experiences; life learning and information; and reality and imagination.

Jeff’s Pancit Batil Patong and Nueva Vizcaya’s G&B Buko Pie are the Best!

Jeff's Pancit Batil Patong as pasalubong
We only spent two days and one night in Aparri, Cagayan. After that Aparri leg of our Cagayan motorcycle diaries, we headed back to Tuguegarao just in time for dinner. It will be the last time I will spend my Cagayan time with my friend and colleague because tomorrow is another day, and that another day will be spent again in the longest ride from Tuguegarao to Villasis (Pangasinan), then Pangasinan to Tarlac. It’s time to go home. But save the best for last truly!

Aparri Beach, The Park, and Sigay (Fishing in Cagayan)

The waves are crashing onto the walls in Aparri Beach, Cagayan
After our motorcycle episode from Tuguegarao, we finally arrived in this far town of Aparri, still in the province of Cagayan. Although it took us hours to reach my friend’s uncles, I did not feel the long back ride trip because of the laid back sceneries and the “doon po sa nayon” feels of the vast and long fields of rice, corn and crops. Although the time passed by in the hours, I felt as if the trip from Tuguegarao to Aparri was just in a matter of seconds.

Thursday, July 6

Castle, Cagayan Churches and Suspension Bridge—A Prelude to Aparri

One of the oldest churches in Cagayan Valley, the Lalloc Nueva Segovia Church
Our plan a day after we toured Callao Caves, and its river, is to visit my friend’s uncle in Aparri—a town at the tip of northern Luzon. It is one of the farthest destinations by bus when coming from Manila. Our motorcycle diary from Tuguegarao, Cagayan’s Capital up to Aparri is an innate experience I felt because we thumped a chain of churches in Cagayan, a “castle” and the oldest suspension bridge in the Philippines.

Braving the Cold Waters, Swimming in Cagayan River

Clean river in Cagayan you can go for swimming
The not so good part in swimming activities in the months of December, January and February in the northern part of the Philippines, is the cold temperature of the natural waters. It is because the northeasterly winds blow and lower down the temperature in the region. Of course, Cagayan river is one of these natural waters. It really gets cold during these months I’d rather swim in a bathtub with the water heater on.

Short (But Worth It) Mororan River Cruise, Callao, Cagayan

Tour one of the cleanest rivers in Cagayan, Philippines.
This part in Cagayan is actually one of the cleanest rivers in the country. It is also one with the most spectacular views of nature. Mororan river tour, as the locals call it, is definitely worth the try when you are in the Callao Ecotourism Zone in Penablanca, Cagayan.

Saturday, July 1

Of Chambers, Light and Darkness: Callao Cave, Cagayan

Inside the not-so-creepy cave Callao in Penablanca, Cagayan
Fossilized remains were discovered inside Callao Cave in 2007 by Armand Mijares. The discovery was of a single 6 centimeter metatarsal which when dated using uranium series ablation was found to be at least about 67,000 years old. If definitely proven to be remains of the Homo sapiens, it would antedate the 47,000 year old remains of Tabon Man to become the earliest human inhabitant remains in the country, and one of the oldes in the Asia Pacific region. Researchers note that the remains was about under four feet high and a possibility that the descendants were the Aetas. Meet the “Callao Man” of Callao Cave, Penablanca, Cagayan.

Tuguegarao Breakfast: Dodie’s Pansit Batil Patung

Taste the complex noodle dish--pansit batil patung in Cagayan
The curiosity of my mind drove me to this far end province in the Philippines. Unlike the other places that I have already visited such as the golden beach in Pangasinan or the quietness of Camotes Island in Cebu where the tourist destinations pushed me through, it was the food—that famous noodle dish, pansit batil patung that made me crave for it and visit Cagayan and its capital city of Tuguegarao.