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 […]
December 14, 2016

ASTORIA PALAWAN | What Makes It the Ultimate Staycation in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

This post first appeared on my column Down South on Interaksyon.com. I included more photos here to give justice to the beauty of this place. PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES—An egret ambled around my deck, peering through the glass wall of my own sanctuary. It must be looking for food. Someone said these egrets must be the new generation; the older ones reserved a safe distance from humans. The way it angled and craned its neck subsisted its curiosity. I was inside my spacious and creative room, looking at it on the sun-lit deck. This animal’s presence suggested that the surrounding remained peaceful […]
December 5, 2016

Hale Manna | Where Good Energy Is Nature-Sent

This first appeared on my column Down South on Interaksyon.com.  Moalboal Hale Manna Resort and Coastal Garden MOALBOAL, CEBU, PHILIPPINES—These past days, work—both self- and client-assigned—became overwhelming that I already entertained magic spells on how to grow another head, feet, and hands to finish everything on schedule.  Books to read, MA classes to attend, a wedding to shoot, places to visit, plants to water, writing deadlines to meet. Writing and photography assignments consumed the time intended for reading and diary writing. Guilt gnawed my gut. But such self-imposed busyness is treatable. Its perfect antidote is a place of good energy: […]