May 7, 2016
Kai Made for Adventure

KAI: How Is It to Wear Your Passion?

For years, I have been planning to come up with my own clothing brand that echoes my varied albeit related passions in life: coffee, writing, reading, cats, gardening, and traveling. Recent travel news affirms that traveling and cats can actually go together. I gushed out about t-shirts with quotes from geniuses like Virginia Woolf, Oliver Sacks, Orhan Pamuk, JM Coetzee, Toni Morrison, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, what-have-you in the world of sciences and arts. Of course, nobody would buy these t-shirts, okay maybe a select few of whimsical humans. But a shirt on coffee, cats, and traveling, a good number […]
May 6, 2016
Filipino food

MONEY TALK | Can You Really Save by Cooking for Yourself?

Some people at work were somewhat surprised to learn that I do not only do something domestic but I actually love doing them; say handwashing clothes (no, it is not a primitive way, just a matter of preference), interior designing my little place, and cooking. Once you start wearing the label feminist (or an independent woman who loves traveling), for some, it is like an instant dismissal of anything domestic. Truth be told, I hate the laborious and boring dish-washing. But most domestic responsibilities are rather meditative and creative, something I need when writing becomes toxic. I need something that […]
May 1, 2016
West New Guinean Liberation Monument, Jakarta

Why We Chose Jakarta as Our Entry Point

I come from a country that prides itself for having more than 7 107 islands, which has now increased to 7 407 after a mapping agency discovered four hundred islands more. It has been my quest to visit all 81 provinces in the Philippines before traveling abroad; but it was a tough task to comply, especially I preferred staying in one place longer to have a glimpse of how locals live. As of now, it is the extreme, the northernmost and southernmost parts of the Philippines that deem themselves elusive. BACKPACKING MALAYSIA | A week-long trip around Malaysia | Budget […]
April 18, 2016

Walls That Make Falling in Love Easier

A calm five-minute walk from my seedy neighborhood is the posh Cebu Business Park, where Ayala Cebu is located. Under the scorching heat of Cebu noon, I went out from my small place and I have noticed that skyrises gradually swallow the horizon before me, that they become higher, sturdy, disjointed walls of the city. I could see the elegant Calyx, beside it is the dominantly black-painted building, another condominium, I think. Chinabank building can be seen as well. And a skeleton of a building beside it. I know time will come that all spaces that I found dear will […]