November 22, 2015

PRODUCT REVIEW | Sky Travel Luggage Review

Sky Travel Luggage Review is an honest, personal (yes, not a sponsored post) review.  I know how important a good bag is for month-long trips. I know I could not use my old and well-used Jester for this trip. So I kept on checking the outdoor shops to look for that perfect love. I intended to buy a backpack, because you know, I consider myself a backpacker. But a high-quality backpack ironically is not cheap; it can cost P8, 000 or more. Another thing to consider is my problematic lower back, which refrains me from carrying heavy load for long. I have no plans of […]
November 15, 2015

PHOTO ESSAY: Why I Did Not See the Petronas Towers

It takes time to love big cities. Its character is not fixed, its face varied, it is or can be unpredictable. To love a city is to linger, to stay for months or years perhaps. It is not meant for place sniffers, those who can only afford to stay for three days, a week utmost: visit the Petronas Tower on the second night, go to Batu Caves in the morning, haggle at Chinatown in the afternoon. To fully love a city is to abandon the self’s restlessness, the self’s hunger for the places one has never been to. To love […]
November 13, 2015

OUR SKIN DIARY | Equating the Filipina to Prostitutes

Equating the Filipina to Prostitutes?  Such a horrendous image.  This post by AERA R is a comment on my Rappler article: On Being a Dark-Skinned Filipina Traveling Around the Philippines. With a new partner in a country where they equate a Filipina to a prostitute or gold digger, I told him flatly never add me to the stereotypes his folks categorized us.   I can totally relate with the part of having an older partner, 3x my age, not a Westerner though, a Middle Eastern one. Oh the look we got from the hotel staffs and from others, how they followed us […]
November 10, 2015
OLD BAGAN, MYANMAR

PRODUCT REVIEW: Rubber Mini Flexible Portable Tripod

How portable rubber mini flexible portable tripod is? I rarely take selfies, and by selfie, I mean holding the phone or the camera and pointing it to my face. I find the act lazy and uncreative. But I love taking travel portraits of myself, of making myself the subject of many beautiful sceneries. Perhaps it is my way to really convince myself that yes, you are here, Jona, you have traveled here, you have seen the pagodas and the temples in Old Bagan, Myanmar, yes, you have walked through the tea plantations in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia, yes, you have trekked Chiang […]