Oh, the places that I go.

I am Dindin San Juan, 23, Filipino, wanderer and aspiring world explorer. I pretty much take pictures of everything, wherever I go and so this blog will take you to those places too, the way I see them. :)
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Tagum City, Philippines

Tagum City is a little town located in Davao del Norte, Mindanao and is a 2-hour ride from the famous Davao City. My buddy Haven and I went there to search for donors for WWF-Philippines. What I liked about this town is that its local government chooses to aware about the dangers that our environment is currently and will be experiencing. On our way there, we saw an array of little mangrove trees planted on each side of the river sandwiching the road just before the entry to the city and later on learned from our conversations with the people in the Tagum City Hall that it is one of the projects headed by the mayor of Tagum. As I searched the city’s website, I found out that the mayor, Rey Uy, is a member of PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) for 17 years now. How awesome is that? No wonder we got a lot of signees in Tagum City.

From our short roam around the city, I noticed that it is very clean and organized in a way that each street would be easy to go to and remember. It is not crowded like Davao City (or at least for now, but I hope it stays that way). Their main mode of transportation is tricycle which is pictured above which I liked not only because it is cute but it can take you wherever you want within the city for only 8 pesos, just like jeepneys in Manila but more fun. Also, fruits are more affordable in Tagum City. I bought a kilo of Ripe Mangoes for 40 pesos and it was the sweetest batch I have ever tasted, perhaps the fact that they were inexpensive added to the quality. :p    



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Laoag-Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

After spending time in gorgeous Vigan, we then went off to travel to Pagudpud and see the Bangui windmills, via Laoag. Although we did not actually roamed around Laoag, I can tell that it would be another great adventure. On our way to Pagudpud, we rode a non-aircon bus but it did not seem so because of the fresh and cold air coming from outside. It’s funny how we did not know that Pagudpud is actually a mountain and how the weather there is like that in Baguio/Tagaytay. 

It was raining when we arrived in Pagudpud, non-stop. And so our dreams of swimming in a stream, Kabigan falls, were shattered. But we still went to see the Bangui windmills (the wind was literally blowing us away when we went there) and the Lighthouse of Cape Bojeador, so it was all good. :) Sights and the climate in Pagudpud are great but I’d say the food is not so special, unlike in Vigan. (Or maybe we were just not able to search for good food because of the rain)



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Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Vigan, Vigan, Vigan…Where to start?! I have wanted to go to this place since I heard that it’s a sanctuary of preserved Spanish-era buildings. And now that I’ve been there, all I can say is that the excruciating 12-hour bus ride was completely worth it. 

Vigan culture is very rich: a mixture of traditional aesthetics and a modern way of living.   



+ Claude’s le Cafe de Ville, Davao City, Philippines
I wanted to include this picture separately because I have an inclination for old things. We were walking about the city after a day’s work and after rows of commercial concrete buildings popped this elegant infrastructure. It is an old house built in the 1920’s which was preserved and converted into a fine dining restaurant with a European cuisine. Unfortunately, we were not able to try out the food as we did not have enough budget but we were able to meet the great grandchild of the house’s owner who informed us that we have to allot at least 1,500 to eat at the restaurant. :p

Claude’s le Cafe de Ville, Davao City, Philippines

I wanted to include this picture separately because I have an inclination for old things. We were walking about the city after a day’s work and after rows of commercial concrete buildings popped this elegant infrastructure. It is an old house built in the 1920’s which was preserved and converted into a fine dining restaurant with a European cuisine. Unfortunately, we were not able to try out the food as we did not have enough budget but we were able to meet the great grandchild of the house’s owner who informed us that we have to allot at least 1,500 to eat at the restaurant. :p



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Davao City, Philippines

Last October, I went to Davao City. It was AWESOME. :p

I worked as a fundraiser for WWF-Philippines (Worldwide Fund For Nature/World Wildlife Fund) and we were sent there to gather donors for the organization. My experience of the city was great. In my search of people with a heart for the environment, I got to talk to the locals and I have come to the observation that most Davaoeños are sincerely polite. Not to put in a bad word for Manila/Makati guys and gals, but I noticed that they are really more accommodating and generally nicer. Also, they are obedient citizens and abide to the rules of their local government to the extent that even pedicabs stop on red light at 2:00 in the morning. 

FOOD. It is said that a place’s culture could be experienced in their food. Well, we certainly did have a taste of Davao. Street foods are everywhere in the city so we did not starve walking the streets searching for donors. Plus, the omnipresent, thirst quenching, 5-peso Buko Juice is one of my favorite things about Davao; 1, because it’s refillable and 2, because it’s mixed with evaporated milk. As for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Barbecue Boss became a hotspot for our hungry selves because of the 6-peso-per-stick BBQ which is delicious and also their mouth-watering and tongue-firing sizzling Davao Express. Fruits are also a LOT cheaper and more fresh as they come from the city itself or nearby cities. In fact because of this, about 30% of my trip was spent on fruit shopping. :p 



+ Wright Park, Baguio, Philippines
This image is of the long artificial water pond in Wright Park, Baguio. Even if it was raining, the park looked beautiful. I personally felt like we were walking in a rainforest. :)

Wright Park, Baguio, Philippines

This image is of the long artificial water pond in Wright Park, Baguio. Even if it was raining, the park looked beautiful. I personally felt like we were walking in a rainforest. :)



+ Baguio, Philippines
Those are PMA (Philippine Military Academy) cadets marching around a huge field. I do not exactly know why they are marching but they were most probably practicing for an event, maybe a graduation or welcoming one of their higher officials. What I am definitely sure of is that they are fascinating to watch. :D

Baguio, Philippines

Those are PMA (Philippine Military Academy) cadets marching around a huge field. I do not exactly know why they are marching but they were most probably practicing for an event, maybe a graduation or welcoming one of their higher officials. What I am definitely sure of is that they are fascinating to watch. :D

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+ Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Philippines
Mother and daughter waiting for their plane. Oh…our plane. :)

Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Philippines

Mother and daughter waiting for their plane. Oh…our plane. :)



+ Sta.Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
Sunset by the road. :)

Sta.Rosa, Laguna, Philippines

Sunset by the road. :)



+ Bantayan Island, Cebu, Philippines
The man in the picture is a local of the island and was resting from work (chopping wood, perhaps for fire-making purposes). Yes, Bantayan Island is a beach…a beautiful one at that. But I like this picture because it shows how the island shelters those that come to it for repose, how it is an ease to the pains of the commercial world. 

Bantayan Island, Cebu, Philippines

The man in the picture is a local of the island and was resting from work (chopping wood, perhaps for fire-making purposes). Yes, Bantayan Island is a beach…a beautiful one at that. But I like this picture because it shows how the island shelters those that come to it for repose, how it is an ease to the pains of the commercial world. 



+ Sofitel, Manila, Philippines
Sofitel is one of the Philippines’ finest hotels. This is a picture of the breathtaking view of the pool from one of their rooms’ balcony. 

Sofitel, Manila, Philippines

Sofitel is one of the Philippines’ finest hotels. This is a picture of the breathtaking view of the pool from one of their rooms’ balcony. 



+ Camiling, Tarlac, Philippines
Tatang (noun) Filipino slang for an old man being his old, mysterious, wise self.
(Disclaimer: this is my definition.)
I have always dreamt of taking pictures in a rice field, especially when driving along highways in the Philippines, where there is an abundance of rice fields that will welcome your eyes. I am fortunate I have a best friend with this in her backyard. AWESOME. By the way, that old man in the picture, Tatang as we refer to him, is a farmer and that day he was checking/tending his rice crops. We chatted with him for a while since we had a project about their water system and learned that he has been farming for more than half of his life. He’s 90 years old, if I remember correctly. 

Camiling, Tarlac, Philippines

Tatang (noun) Filipino slang for an old man being his old, mysterious, wise self.

(Disclaimer: this is my definition.)

I have always dreamt of taking pictures in a rice field, especially when driving along highways in the Philippines, where there is an abundance of rice fields that will welcome your eyes. I am fortunate I have a best friend with this in her backyard. AWESOME. By the way, that old man in the picture, Tatang as we refer to him, is a farmer and that day he was checking/tending his rice crops. We chatted with him for a while since we had a project about their water system and learned that he has been farming for more than half of his life. He’s 90 years old, if I remember correctly. 



+ Nagsasa Cove, Zambales, Philippines
This picture is from a memorable camping trip with my friends to Nagsasa Cove. Nagsasa is a remote island located in Pundaquit, Zambales, which is surrounded by vast waters. It is still unindustrialized and though the island is gradually increasing popularity, I hope it stays that way.
This has got to be my favorite spot that we went to in that island. It’s just so serene.

Nagsasa Cove, Zambales, Philippines

This picture is from a memorable camping trip with my friends to Nagsasa Cove. Nagsasa is a remote island located in Pundaquit, Zambales, which is surrounded by vast waters. It is still unindustrialized and though the island is gradually increasing popularity, I hope it stays that way.

This has got to be my favorite spot that we went to in that island. It’s just so serene.




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