Pacsafe | The World’s Most Secure Backpack

Have you been victimized by thieves? If yes, you’re not alone, and I personally hate it! Having your stuff stolen while traveling is a misadventure and it’s should not be (at any point) included in your experience. It will definitely ruin your vacation. So, how can we travel in a worry-free adventure? Well, here’s a dedicated gear creating smart new ways to keep your stuff secure!


Meet Pacsafe, a brand with a mission is to empower people to travel with confidence and peace of mind. Pacsafe is a high-quality smart travel gear with built-in innovative anti-theft technology.

It was born in 1998. It was established in Hong Kong by two Australian travelers, Rob Schlipper and Magnus McGlashan, who sailed most of the world’s oceans and clocked up visits to more than 80 countries.

Pacsafe is also now in the Philippines! Making it the first and only anti-theft bag and travelware in the country.

Ultimatesafe 32L Anti Theft Backpack

Here’s the official backpack of ‘Hari ng Lakbay‘, the award-winning Ultimatesafe 32L anti-theft adventure travel pack. It is the world’s most secure backpack. Not only does it meet international maximum carry-on standards, it’s ideal for long “weekend get-aways” and is large enough to store all your gear and stuff. Personally, this is the best backpack I’ve ever seen! It’s totally amazing!


The Ultimatesafe™ 32L won the OutDoor Industry award in Germany, 2011 for innovation and quality. It was also the recepient of Gearjunkie’s ‘Best in Show‘ 2011 award, as a stand-out product in innovation. In 2012, the Ultimatesafe 32L was listed on the Best Rated Reviews site as a recommended item.

The Ultimatesafe 32L is packed with outstanding anti-theft features, such as the portable Travelsafe 20L, removable laptop sleeve, eXomesh® cage system, slashproof staps and RFIDsafe™ blocking pocket keep an eye on your valuables and electronic gear, allowing you to keep your eyes on the things that really matter.

The Travelsafe 20L

Worried about your stuff everytime you leave the hotel? If your hotel doesn’t have a safe/locker (i.e youth hostels, guest houses, campsites and B&B’s) it would be wise to use this portable Travelsafe™ 20L to protect your belongings. It can store all your valuables and can be locked and left to a secure fixture to deter opportunistic thieves. It’s large enough to stash a 17″ laptop, DSLR camera and other valuables, yet it can be folded down small to make travel easier.

It has Smart eXomesh cage system. eXomesh is a protective slashproof wire mesh product that has been woven together using stainless steel cables and crimps. Their inspiration behind the original Pacsafe product and travel security products came while travelling in South …

Negros Chronicles | Home of the Best Chicken Inasal

Grilled Chicken. More Fun in the Philippines!

Bacolod City, Negros Occidental – The Chicken Inasal of Bacolod spreads like wildfire around the Philippine archipelago. It even rank top five in CNN’s List of 50 delicious Filipino Dishes. A list of foods that defines the Philippines.Chicken Inasal is a special grilled chicken. This dish uses unique ingredients for its marinade and basting sauce that create an extraordinary flavor.Today, restaurants that are serving Chicken Inasal seem to be everywhere. So where did this famous Visayan Chicken barbecue started?   In August last year, we traveled to Bacolod, the city of smiles and the place where Chicken Inasal originated. There’s nothing like Inasal in Manokan Country, home of the authentic and ‘Aida’s Chicken got the best Chicken Inasal ever! Every part of the chicken is grilled. Well, my favorite part is pecho (breast). I’m tellin’ you, it’s the best-tasting chicken in the world! For me, it’s best eaten with garlic rice topped with basting sauce. It’s perfect to eat with your hands! But always remember to wash your hands first.Make sure to include Manokan Country to your itinerary and check-out Aida’s Chicken. It’s highly recommended.

Corregidor |Filipino – American Friendship Park

In the Philippines, July 4 is Filipino-American Friendship Day celebrating the long-standing relations between the two countries. President Fidel V. Ramos designated July 4 each year as Philippine-American Friendship Day since 1996, formerly the Philippine Republic Day. A day in the Philippines designated to commemorate the official recognition of Philippine independence by the United States of America.The Philippines was a U.S. territory from 1898 to 1946. Between 1941 and 1946, during World War II Japanese occupation, it remained a U.S. territory with a government in exile headed by Manuel Quezon initially located in Australia and later in the United States. A campaign to retake the country began in October 1944, when General Douglas McArthur landed in Leyte along with Sergio Osmena who had assumed the Philippine presidency after Quezon’s death. The battles entailed long fierce fighting; some of the Japanese continued to fight until the official surrender of the Empire of Japan on September 2, 1945. The country gained complete independence on July 4, 1946.

Initially, the Philippines observed Independence Day every July 4, to coincide with the Independence Day celebration of the US. It did this from 1946 to 1964 when President Diosdado P. Macapagal signed Republic Act 4166, changing the date of Philippine Independence from July 4 to June 12, when General Emilio F. Aguinaldo proclaimed Philippine Independence in Kawit, Cavite in 1898. July 4 was called Philippine Republic Day.


Last year, Carl and I went to Corregidor, an island is tadpole-shaped, about three miles long, and in the entrance of Manila Bay in southwestern part of Luzon Island. It faces the West Philippine Sea and is sandwiched by the provinces of Bataan and Cavite.
During World War II, Corregidor played an important role during the invasion and liberation of the Philippines from Japanese forces. Heavily bombarded in the latter part of the war, the ruins left on the island serves as a military memorial to several American, Filipino and Japanese soldiers who served or lost their lives on the island.

The Filipino-American tandem during the World War II is being commemorated in this park. Its main feature is the ten-foot high statues of a Filipino and American soldier which symbolizes the two races’ unity in times of war.

Today, Corregidor Island is one of the favorite spots of tourists who have thirsts for Philippine history, particularly for relics of war. Today, what was left of the island are the silent witnesses to its bloodiest and most ferocious events – the national treasures, the ruins of the war.


Sun Cruises, Inc. (SCI) provides daily guided trips to the historical island of Corregidor. Sun Cruises traces its beginnings in August 1988 as a ferry service to the historical island of …

The Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park


First Level – Unity in Diversity
At this floor, we saw traditional Indonesian musical instruments such as gamelan, different types of Wayang and local costumes of each 27 provinces of Indonesia. The exhibit shows how rich the diversity of Indonesian People and its culture, tradition and customs.

Second Level – People and Environment
Various traditional houses and religious buildings are featured at this exhibit.

Third Level – Arts & Crafts
The Traditional textile crafts such as traditional weaving and Batik are showcase in this room as well as metal and wooden crafts.

My Bay Kitchen by Rene Astudillo

René Astudillo, a journalist, nonprofit manager and community advocate is launching his book “My Bay Kitchen: Memories of my homeland, travels and more…” on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 3:00pm in Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission St. (& 6th) San Francisco, CA 94103.

A San Francisco Bay Area author’s collection of his favorite recipes learned from his Filipino mother’s kitchen, picked up from his world travel, and developed from his association with other food enthusiasts. With each pictured recipe comes a personal story, a pinch of trivia and a dash of humor — all meant to engage the reader in some exciting kitchen talk or dinner conversation. Come in for the stories. Stay for the recipes.It is my pleasure to have a contribution in this marvelous book. You will see my photo collage of Pahiyas Festival featured on Page 10. The book has awesome recommendations for self-cooking with mouth-watering recipes. You’ll be impress with what amazing dishes from the Philippines and all over the world you can have on your own plate.


  • SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: Saturday, December 1, 2012, 3-5 pm, Arkipelago Bookstore (Bayanihan Community Center), 1010 Mission Street @ 6th St.
  • BAGUIO CITY, PHILIPPINES: Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 6-8pm, Brian’s Tutorship Center, 23 Malvar Street, Trancoville
  • MANILA, PHILIPPINES: Friday, January 11, 2013, 7-9pm, Lemon Tree Inn, 18 Scout Magbanua Street,  (corner Quezon Avenue, across from Capitol Medical City)
  • HONOLULU, HAWAII: Sunday, January 13, 2013, 3-5pm at the Courtyard Marriott, 400 Royal Hawaiian Avenue

Order NOW! $1 of every book sale will be donated to the Lupus Foundation of Northern California.

You can also grab a copy from ARKIPELAGO BOOKSTORE located at Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103…

Negros Chronicles | The Story Behind The Ruins

Negros Chronicles

Part 1

Talisay City, Negros Occidental – Our trip to Negros brought us to The Ruins. The part I really enjoyed the most was the story behind this fascinating structure.Balay Daco, Simento nga Balay, Mansyon, Palasyo, Lacson Mansion, Balay ni Anoy, these were just a few of the names used to refer the former mansion of Don Mariano “Anoy” Ledesma Lacson when it’s still unknown to the public and the world.It was abandoned for 63 years. Before it opens to the public in 2008, this place was used to be a garbage, a latrine for squatters, a rest area for sugarcane farmers, as well as shack for their carabaos, goats and cows. But thanks to the great determination of Raymundo Javellana, now we call it ‘The Ruins‘. Mr. Javellana said that in Europe, they are preserving the ruins, so why not do the same. Then he pursue his very ambitious dream and that is to transport the shack into a tourist attraction and to give justice to the place.And Today, because it’s structural integrity, the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) awarded or declare it as one of the best landmark in the Philippines. They made this location a site for PICE Landmark.

The Past

The magnificent structure of the mansion of Negros’ sugar baron, Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson is of Italianate architecture with neo-Romanesque columns.
It’s was created in loving memory of his wife, Maria Braga after her death in 1911. It is the reason why it is also called as the Taj Mahal of Negros. She passed away bearing their 11th child. It served as the residence of the sugar baron and his unmarried children.
Jose Maria Braga, the father of his wife, who was a captain of his own ship, believed had much influence in the design and architecture of the mansion. If you will notice the shell-like crowns around the top of the mansion, in New England, this represents the home of a ship’s captain.It was the largest residential structure at that time. Unfortunately, it met its sad fate during World War II, the mansion was burnt by the American troops, after they found out that the Japanese forces were planning to use it as one of their headquarters. Its roof went down, but despite the inferno, it took 3 days in flame because of finest concrete and wood frame.

The Present

Today, the mansion stands as an evidence of it’s great past. The concrete frames were as smooth as marble. You’ll notice the two inverted M’s on the frames which signifying the names of Mariano and Maria.Its owner, Raymund Javellana is continually adding improvements in the place. A café/souvenir shop is set-up across The

Trinoma Clark International Airport Shutter Bus

Good News fellow travelers! Since January 15, 2013, the TriNoma-Clark Airport Lounge started its operation providing connection between the Clark International Airport and TriNoma Mall. Passenger traffic from Metro Manila and the rest of the South is expected to further increase.

The 24/7 TriNoma-Clark Airport Lounge is fully furnished located at the ground Level between Mercury Drug and Medical City of TriNoma Mall. Passengers would have a taste of the first class amenities of the lounge but an affordable bus fare of only  P200 ($5 USD) per person, cheaper than other bus services to/from DMIA. The approximate travel time is 90 minutes. The lounge also features a comfortable waiting area, secured baggage counter, and real-time flight Clark Airport status updates.

TriNoma (A) to Clark International Airport (B)

February last year, The airport has been renamed back as Clark International Airport, however, the passenger terminal will continue to bear Diosdado Macapagal’s name. It has been ranked third best airport in the world by the London-based Financial Times Business Group last August. Also, it has achieved an historic five-millionth passenger on November 21, 2012 since commercial flight operations started in 2003. Among the airlines operating are AirAsia, Cebu Pacific Air, Seair-Tiger Airways, Airphil Express, Jin Air, Zest Air, Asiana Airlines and Dragonair.Want to know the latest bus schedule? Call their telephone hotline number at 621-3673.

The Sole Sister Project

Out of 22 entries, then down to three finalists, until the new Sole Sister was chosen via online voting. Congratulations to Madz Rausa, the newest Sole Sister!

‘Hari ng Lakbay’ was there when Lois Yasay met her newest Sole Sister Madz for the first time. I’m excited for these girls and for their upcoming projects.

Just so you know, We Are Sole Sister was awarded 2011 Best Travel Blog from Philippine Blog Awards. :)



The video below shows the first time Sole Sister Lois met het newest Sole Sister Madz. What was their first impression to each other? Watch the video now!

So, what do you think of the newest Sole Sister? Share your thoughts, leave a comment.…