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 […]
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 […]
May 10, 2017
Siquijor Travel Guide

SIQUIJOR TRAVEL GUIDE | Things to Do in Siquijor Island

THIS IS YOUR ULTIMATE SIQUIJOR TRAVEL GUIDE. How many times have I been to Siquijor? Does it even matter? Doesn’t really. Revisiting places allows the traveler to see a different side of the place. When I’m brokenhearted or when I don’t know what’s going on in my already chaotic life, I packed my bag in the wee hours of the morning, headed to South Bus Terminal, and just ride a bus down south without really knowing where I’m heading to until I reach the tail of Cebu. Then Siquijor would pop in my head. This is your Siquijor Travel Guide […]
May 29, 2016
t 35 Eco Mountain Resort

West 35 Eco Mountain Resort | A Dream Realized

This post first appeared on my column Down South on Interaksyon.com | November 1, 2014. Add some more photos here. CEBU, PHILIPPINES—This morning, it bloomed. Nothing could be happier for a gardener than to see a mere cutting from somewhere else flourish in her own garden. This fuchsia single-layered 9 O’clock bud reminds me of Louise Gluck’s “I speak because I am shattered” a line from her “Red Poppy,” a flower I have never set an eye on yet. This particular rose, just like the rest of the lives in my garden, brings me back to the place where I […]