September 1, 2017
Apo Island Travel Guide

APO ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE | Swimming with the Turtles in Apo Island, Negros Oriental

APO ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE | A little note: Apo Island is different from Apo Reef in Mindoro. Apo Island is a little island off the coast of Malatapay in Dauin, Negros Oriental. This is entry started with a little narrative, which I encouraged you to read. If you are impatient to read the travel guide, jump to the bottom of this entry. Oh yeah, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram. Some said the first first can make you either want to come back or forget the place altogether. But the first, the gloomy first visit was the reason I […]
August 19, 2017

THAILAND BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE | Itinerary, Budget, and Accommodation

In my  five-week trip across five ASEAN countries, the Thailand leg was the most comfortable. Perhaps because I was traveling with Tobi. The discomforts a solo traveler had to endure were replaced with the comforts of a pampered traveling couple. Another reason is the food: Thai food is the closest to the rich taste of home, is cheap, and is photographable. Plus, our bus trips were well-planned, and going around was much easier because we rented a scooter. This 9-day itinerary covers Bangkok (3 nights), Chiang Mai (2 nights), and Chiang Rai (3 nights). On our last day in Thailand, we […]
July 31, 2017

SUN.STAR | Those Women, Mt. Talinis and Jeanette

This narrative first appeared on Sun.Star Cebu’s travel section some years ago. This is my entry for August 2017 Blog Carnival hosted by Sheila and Gian of Adrenaline Romance. How about you? Have you encountered an interesting person in your adventures? Do share your stories. I love listening to them. *** She arrived. She positioned her backpack beside her. It was almost as tall as her and perhaps as heavy. This would be our second climb together, and somehow, I expected her bag would be as interesting as the one she brought to Kan-Irag. About 30 meters from the jump-off, her […]
July 30, 2017

CEBU CITY TRAVEL GUIDE 2017: Some New Things to Do in Cebu City

I had lived for fifteen years in Cebu City. First to pursue my degree. Then I hopped from one job to another right after college. I wrote this travel guide for Rappler on August 6, 2016 as an insider’s look on Cebu City. As you read through, you would realize that this is not the usual travel guide to Cebu City (Magellan’s Cross, Taoist Temple, and Tops). A travel guide about these places must already exist somewhere else. What I have here instead are the things I, a resident of the city, loved doing. This is a mixture of walking […]