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Our Weekend Hike Adventure at Pinnacles National Park in California

Weekend Hiking Adventure at Pinnacles National Park in California

After months of waiting, the day finally arrived! Our friends were visiting from Portland, and they wanted to explore their favorite park, Pinnacles.

Pinnacles is famous for the California Condors and its rock formations. Our crew of eight met up on a rainy Friday at our campsite, spent the night getting ready for our next day hike. Our target was to do the trail loop – reach the High Peak and check the Bear Gulch Cave. […]

Our Anniversary Celebration on the Big Island in Hawaii

Lava Love

For our wedding anniversary, we traded our warm clothes and went to the sunny island of Hawaii. We spent nine days exploring the Big Island, discovering its beaches, mountains, communities, and culture. […]

Permaculture on Hawaii’s Big Island

La’akea Community is an intentional permaculture community near Pahoa, on the Big Island of Hawai’i. On our recent trip to the Big Island, we had a chance to visit La’akea and spend a night there learning about some of the farming techniques used in the community, as well how the community structures itself. […]

Coron is Not Your Bikini Bottom

By now, you probably know about Viacom International Media Network’s plan to develop a Nickelodeon Resort and Attraction in the Philippines. The attraction is part of the 400-hectare undersea-themed Coral World Park to be developed (no, they won’t!) in Coron, Palawan, and is expected to open in 2020. […]

Things to Do in Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is a beautiful city along the Pacific Coast in San Mateo County, California. If you live in the Bay Area, and want to get a feel of the scenic Big Sur, or the Morro Bay ambiance, without having to travel too far, this is the place to go. The city is super charming, it offers more than what meets the eye. […]

Getting Around to Improving Public Transport

What is the best way to get around?

We are fortunate enough to live at a spot in the Bay Area where many modes of public transportation are available. From Oakland, we take the train or the ferry to get to and from San Francisco, even to and from the airport, or take the bus or walk to go do groceries or meet up with friends nearby. We only use the car when we are going out for a far hike, or when we have to travel somewhere really remote. I would say we are truly lucky to live where it’s convenient. […]

Sweet Destinations You Will Love in the Philippines

Sweet Destinations You will love in the Philippines

There’s no place more beautiful than home.

We have been to quite a lot of places in my home country, the Philippines, and there are still a lot to see. It will take a lifetime to visit each of its over 7,000 islands.

Here are our six picks for our most-loved places in the Philippines. […]

Desolation Wilderness

The Desolation Wilderness has been a favorite spot among backpackers since it was founded in 1969. It’s all for a great number of reasons — it is seemingly untouched; photos don’t do justice to how beautiful the area really is; backpackers you would meet (if you see them at all, as there’s not a lot) are friendly; its plentiful wildlife; the cold refreshing waters you bathe in after hours of endless hikes; the night sky… this list could go on and on. […]

CNN International Puts the Green Agenda Centre Stage Through New Series ‘Eco Solutions’

Air quality, polluted oceans and energy production: these are just some of the environmental issues blighting our planet today. Who has the answers? What has been proven to work? Starting on July 23, each month CNN’s new TV and digital series ‘Eco Solutions’ will tell the stories of people around the world creating innovative solutions to preserve the planet. Hosted by CNN international correspondent and anchor, Isa Soares, the 15-minutes show will take viewers from the cities improving the air they breathe to the countries running on renewable energy. […]

Wanted: Good Food


Food. Shelter. Clothing. I remember growing up learning from school that these are our three basic needs. In this trinity, food is king for the very obvious reason that we will die without it. However, these days, with the proliferation of genetically-modified, chemically-manufactured, and highly-processed food, we can no longer say that what we are buying at the stores, and have been putting in our mouths, is safe. […]

Saving Manila

Early this week, news about the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) teaming up with the Office of the Ombudsman to file charges against barangay officials who would allow the waterways to be polluted again after their Estero Blitz clean-up operation came out. I would say this must definitely be out of frustration on the part of the MMDA after ‘possibly’ realizing that clean-up drives are futile when communities do not have the will — and the local governments too, do not really have the political will, to put into effect policies that should have been implemented over a decade ago. […]

Bucas Grande Island, Philippines

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have your own private island beach? I’m a lucky wife because for our anniversary, Larry booked us a private island cove at my father’s hometown, Surigao. If you are the nature-loving quiet type who enjoys the quiet serenity of being really far from the city (and with this, I really mean too remote you can’t leave because you really are on an island), then, Bucas Grande is perfect for you. […]

Reusable Menstrual Pads, Anyone?


Fact: I am old enough to remember the days when my older relatives would use a pasador whenever they have their period. A pasador is a piece of white cloth women would fold and line their panties with when its the time of the month, which they would wash and dry after every use. […]

Chocolate Oatmeal Porridge


Cooking and preparing food is an art to many.

However, there are people like myself who are not that talented in the kitchen, but who would want to prepare something healthy, quick, and easy. […]

Island Hopping Fun at Hundred Islands


Since we are flying to the Philippines soon, what better way to get even more excited than to share with you one of my favorite adventures there — Island Hopping! One of the most loved nature tourist destinations in the Philippines is the Hundred Islands in Alaminos, Pangasinan. It’s a 1,844-hectare national park and protected area consisting of 123 islands. […]

Nature Walk at Hudeman Slough


We were in Sonoma on a rainy weekend in the middle of January, and while there, we went to check out Hudeman Slough. It is a 57 acre of natural seasonal freshwater marsh that’s being restored for the wildlife of the San Pablo Bay Region. […]

Red Cabbage Salad


We have a delicious treat! We are all foodies by nature, and starting today, we will be sharing with you some new recipes we have invented, or found and tried (and liked!) here at Greenphils so we could all share a tasty journey to becoming even more fit and healthy. Remember, we may not be chefs but we definitely love and could mix up some good food! […]

Hiking Basics for the Clueless Girl

Hiking Essentials ( what to bring when hiking ) include sunscreen, comfortable footwear, water bottle, energy bars, first aid kits, and a trucker's hat.


First, I just want to say that I am not a hiking expert. I have been hiking for a few years now though, and have been doing more the past year.  This makes me feel that I am no longer as clueless as I used to be. For the ladies out there who would want to explore and try hiking, here’s a list of hiking essentials (what to bring when hiking) to make sure you would have a fun, stress-free nature trip. […]

Urban Hiking in Oakland

Tucked in the middle of urban Oakland are hiking trails and to start our year, we went off and explored these hidden gems. […]

Nature Tripping in Los Angeles, California

Mount Hollywood

A lot of people visit Los Angeles for the many bright things it offers — Hollywood and all its grandeur, the beaches, beautiful people, museums, food, culture, Rose Bowl — but if you happen to get the chance to go there for a quick trip, don’t forget to take your hiking shoes with you as the city has so many lovely nature destinations to enjoy as well. […]

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