April 21, 2017

I’m a Southeast Asian Traveler, Neither Rich Nor a Begpacker

SA PA, VIETNAM | Yes, I’m Jona, a Southeast Asian traveler, neither rich nor a begpacker. These are my honest thoughts on the recent “white Begpackers in Southeast Asia” phenomenon.  EDIT: I’ve been called racist for pointing this out. I’ve been called anti-white. Hell no, I’m dating a white guy, by the way. Some of my friends are non self-righteous Westerners. What I find resenting though are those self-righteous, self-entitled individuals, regardless of race and religion. This article doesn’t cover all the geopolitics involved in traveling. All I want is a dialogue. And please read the epigraph thrice if the article […]
March 29, 2017
secrets pavilion urban boutique hotel review

9 Things I Love about Secrets Pavilion Urban Boutique Hotel

My year-long trip kicked off in Cambodia. I spent a total of nine nights ( 3 nights Phnom Penh, 3 nights Battambang, and 3 nights Siem Reap) before flying to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia (My Malaysia Travel Guide) to catch my flight to Sydney, Australia. I’m going to write it backwards. I would start it with a count down of the things I love about Secrets Pavilion Urban Boutique Hotel.  1. It is within walking distance of the lively Night Market, Pub Street, Old Market, and dining scenes. I stayed for three nights at Secrets Pavilion Urban Boutique Hotel, and everytime […]
February 25, 2017
Port Barton Travel Guide

DEEP MOON RESORT REVIEW | My Port Barton Travel Guide

In total, I spent 9 nights in Palawan: two nights in Puerto Princesa, five nights in El Nido, and two nights in Port Barton. Palawan is elongated in shape. I’ve only covered three destinations in the northern part. Since the flights are relatively expensive, it is better to explore and stay longer. Ideally, two weeks or so. Here is a short narrative on doing nothing in Port Barton but relaxing in Moon Deep Resort. This first appeared on my travel column Down South on Interaksyon.com I left El Nido with migraine pounding my temples and eyes that throbbed like an […]
February 18, 2017

The Best Coffee Shops to Check Out in Richmond, VA

Richmond is rich in culinary adventures and cultural attractions. There’s the Liberty Trail, a self-guided walking tour that connects all of Richmond’s historical delights. There’s also the foodies’ trail, which allows you to experience the city on a plate. In between sightseeing and dining, there are also other places worth exploring in Richmond, such as coffee shops. After settling down in your chosen accommodations, check out these five coffee shops that Richmond locals dearly love.     Brewer’s Café: A Small-Town Vibe