WELCOME! You’ve just come across a travel journal of Traveling Nomad that hopes to chronicle series of humble travels and exciting journeys to the best kept secrets of the 7,107 Island of the Philippines and perhaps the world. My name is OLAN and I am your humble “Travel Teller”.

The Travel Teller is also a Shutter Bug.

Cliché, life is a journey. A voyage. So does mine. I believe there is a “traveler” in all of us waiting to be ignited. Waiting to be pushed. But once it fired up, it is incredibly unstoppable. The travel continues. The travel goes on and on. And on. Believe me, I’ve experienced all these.From islands to highlands, from the plains to the hills, from rural to urban, from home and to the places I’ve never imagined to see. These are my humble travels. My humble experiences.

Sunset at the Sunken Cemetery, Camiguin Island

The BEACH becomes my favorite sanctuary and beach lounging becomes my preferred past time. At times I think my father is Poseidon and I am the son of the beach. Funny but true. I’ve been to many beautiful beaches in the Philippines but still longed to visit more.

The White Island, Camiguin Island

Experiencing grandiose WATERFALLS are therapeutic escapades to me. Its beauties are magical and undoubtedly breathtaking. Its mists are curative and its cascading sound is melodic. Waterfalls, oh, how I love thee. I’ve been to many magnificent waterfalls in the Philippines but still longed to visit more.

One of the Seven Falls of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Climbing MOUNTAINS are godly experiences, I consider. The trek is a no joke and ascending heights are never easy. But once the summit is reached, the feeling of fulfillment will immediately take all the weariness away. Indeed, rewarding. I’ve been to some majestic mountains and volcanoes in the Philippines but still longed to visit more.

The Majestic Mount Apo – Philippine’s Highest Peak

Learning CULTURE and HERITAGE from every travel I have is a great experience. It is like opening my doors to the windows of the other world. Something substantial and educational. Eye-witnessing to the different amazing worlds apart from mine.  I’ve seen and witnessed some in the Philippines and beyond but still longed to see more.

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, the second biggest mosque in the Sultanate of Brunei.

My itchy feet have brought me to the different parts of my Island Philippines and let me experienced the splendor of my country. Each of the places I see has beautiful stories. Gorgeous landscapes and breathtaking sceneries. Selfish, I am not; sharing these beautiful stories showcasing picture perfect photographs of each place I visit will make each of my travel worthy and meaningful. Besides, these photos are worth sharing than being kept in a dormant hard drive.

The Enchanted Lagoon of Manukad Island, Caramoan Peninsula, Camarines Sur

From here, I start my TRAVEL TALE. Let me be THE TRAVEL TELLER that hopes to share my travel stories and experiences about several destinations in my Island Philippines and perhaps the world, some known, some never heard of and some you don’t know much about.

Kadayawan Festival of my home City of Davao.

TRAVELING has certainly made my life’s journey truly rewarding and chronicling every single worthy travel I make is undeniably gratifying.

Two boys of Kapatagan Hills give me one of the best smiles I’ve seen in my life.

WELCOME to these travels! I am your Travel Teller and I am ready to tell!


  1. Just a shout out from a fellow travel enthusiast and shutterbug 🙂

    Keep traveling and keep sharing with your readers the stories of your journey. Hope you can also explore my province, Northern Samar, someday.

    Good luck on your new blog. See yah around 😉

  2. I love this! I remain continually envious more of your local Philippine travels which is utterly enriching, informative, thrill packed, full of laughs as well as give you a roomful of introspection one can only taste from living and experiencing it as you have. Continue to infect, affect as well as draw inspirations from the actuality of travel (either local or abroad) that leads to a life fully lived. To hopefully not cease on expanding the mind and imaginations as well as challenging oneself to be tested. Ever growing from the many possibilities travel may bring forth…. Proud of you 🙂

  3. It’s really a nice and helpful piece of information. I’m glad that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you for appreciating! 🙂 like you, i wish this blog will be a venue for information and know-how for travelers goings to places I have been. 🙂

  4. Thanks for dropping by at my blog ♥

    Your travels were great. I’m envious of your photos. I’ve been to Caramoan din, but I didn’t climb those sharp rock formations in Manukad, boyfriend is so strict. Baka daw mapeklatan ako. Hehehe!

    Keep blogging and inspiring people to travel!

    1. Hahahaha. 🙂 my Caramoan Experience is truly one of the best. 🙂 i would love to do it again, climbing those sharp limestone rock formations of Manukad. 🙂 ganda ng lagoon nun. 🙂

  5. This is definitely inspiring! Makes me realized I still have a lot of places to visit and discover in the Philippines.
    Awesome blog – thanks for sharing your thoughts and visual notes!

    1. Hi Yodi. 🙂 i feel always humbled whenever i read comments like yours. 🙂 it has been my passion to showcase the beauty of the Philippines and glady it is gradually reaching many people. 🙂 thank you. 🙂

  6. I’ve read your Olanology blog before and i chanced on this website while googling about Aliwagwag falls. I’m planning for a road trip across Mindanao with friends next year and im crossing my fingers we’d get to see Aliwagwag and Dahican beach. Keep on traveling and blogging, Olan! May you always heed the call of wanderlust and adventure. Try to visit Negros island someday. You should see Twin lakes, Lake Balanan, and Mag-aso falls.

    1. Hi Dezzy. Thank you for appreciating my work. Truly inspiring. Mindanao is such a huge beauty waitung to be savored and worshipped by brave travellers like you. Travel now to our Islands and bring home a great travel stories.

  7. hey…you’re doing the thing which I love and longed to do…travel, explore and share.
    great blog…Proud to be a fellow Davaoeño, from Cebu..

  8. Hi Olan,

    Your fantastic, amazing, great and truly one of the best promoter of Philippines natural beauty.
    I would like to express my gratitude for your effort in sharing your experience and great photos. You have touched, move and inspire your viewer. To stand on that value you’ve already created for yourself
    and look out at the possibility for being alive that opens up, like a freedom, in front of you.

    Wishing you an enjoyable travel experience,


    1. MARLO, reading your very touching comment is such a great day-ender. 🙂 Thank you. 🙂 I juts love our PH and there is more to see here, more to discover. 🙂 Whenever i read message like yours saying I have moved and touched your lives is truly a grateful honor. 🙂 Thank you and hope you too will explore the many beautiful WONDERS of our island Philippines!

  9. I’m a nature-road trip-travel enthusiast as well yet I haven’t really visited different places with my own means. I would also like to unravel the beauty of our country through the lens and on top of my list is the living museum– Vigan! Making those travels into writing is also one of my dreams. And, this post of yours really inspire a dreamer like me. 😉

    1. THANK YOU very muhc for appreciating my blog. I am very happy to realized that somehow I become an inspiration to you! Always remember, everything starts in a dream. 🙂 dream of traveling, it will surely happen.

  10. man, i am soooooo amazed by you, your blog and all these travels u had… sana maka travel din ako nang kagaya neto ^.^ may u have a safe travel always 😉

    -blogwalking 😉

      1. I also love travelling but right now Im busy with my graduate study. Hope I can travel with you even just once. Haha! Looking forward of your next travel story. God Bless!

  11. Hi, Sir Olan. Ive just found your blog while i was googling about Baganga and Cateel, Dvo Oriental because for some reason, my gay friend, while we were in Puerto Princesa, keeps on telling me and my friends, “mura jud ka ug taga Cateel teh!” and sometimes he just shouts “cateel department, baganga department!”.

    i am from Maco, so murag silingan lang ta and like you, i am fond of traveling but I’m sure mas daghan pa ka ug naadtuan nako. Ask lang ko Sir, asa imong next destination? Pwede mokuyog? Hahaha. Anyway, great blog! love the pictures! will definitely bookmark this and visit Cateel and Bagangga and other the places that you’ve featured soon. God bless. 🙂

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