Flight chronicles of the backpacker Tutubi, with travelogues, pictures/photos/videos, travel guides, independent and honest reviews, affordable, recommended resorts and hotels (including inns, guesthouses, pension houses, lodges, hostels, condotels, bed and breakfast and other cheap accommodations), commuting guides, routes (sometimes street maps and GPS coordinates/waypoints) and driving directions to answer "how to get there" questions, information and tips on tourism, budget travel and living in Philippines, Exotic Asia and beyond!
Backpacking, independent travel, and flashpacking are cheaper than the "cheapest package tours" and promotional offers around but you can also use travel information for family vacations, even romantic honeymoon destinations.
More than the usual tourist spots and "places to see," this blog advocates heritage conservation, environmental protection, and history awareness for Filipinos, foreigners, and ex-pats wishing to explore Paradise Philippines and Exotic Asia!
In just another trip, Tutubi went on a planned trip, not a backpacking one since he has a car and a driver, to San Mateo town in Isabela for a work assignment and made stops to various attractions and restaurants along the way, mostly unplanned based mostly on Tutubi's scant knowledge of the place since it's his first time to visit Nueva Vizcaya and Isabela provinces of Cagayan Valley.
"Isabela, Thy Will be Done" welcomes visitors to the Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya Boundary (picture taken inside a speeding vehicle that's why it's slightly blurred and color skewed)
Tutubi will share his usual stories and photos chronologically as he passed by places including Cabanatuan City's historic cathedral where Antonio Luna was murdered, a former concentration camp of WW II where "Ghost Soldiers" successfully made "The Great Raid" and rescue of American POWs, drove and shot pictures of Science City of Munoz and San Jose City in the province of Nueva Ecija. Commemorated heroic deeds of soldiers long gone in a historic pass at the boundary of Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya. Witnessed everyday images of Bambang and Solano, Nueva Vizcaya, sampled a famous buko pie stand and pancit cabagan on Maharlika Highway (now called Cagayan Valley Road). Traveled back in time at a museum in Santiago City. Wondered at the immensity of a dam and hydroelectric power plant between the towns of Alfonso Lista in Ifugao and Ramon, Isabela and indulged to his stomach's content at an "all you can eat" restaurant in Cabanatuan City for a measly P100.00
two children resting in the shade of a large World War II memorial somewhere in Nueva Ecija
Pictures and funny street signs coming up with a mostly unplanned tour of Cagayan Valley!
I'd been to Solano several times in the mid-1990's. That was when I was still on film photography. Unfortunately, the film use prohibited me to take photos (or at all to bring my camera) in most of my road trips. Hayyy, sarap balikan ang mga lugar na previously napuntahan...