January 29, 2017

DOWN SOUTH | I Travel, I Eat, I Got Diarrhea

Last week, I was on a boat of mixed races: Filipino, Chinese, Korean, French, Belgian, and perhaps other races that I overlooked or forgot to ask. It was a happy, odd mix, I would say—a boat of strangers that sometimes ended up as Facebook friends or more often than not, started and ended as strangers. Our boat crew was admirable: they took our pictures, provided a rough course on swimming for those who could not swim, complimented us when needed, taught us Coron’s history, and fed us. Adobo at Malapascua Island, Cebu, Philippines Aside from maneuvering the boat, our captain […]
November 5, 2016
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

How to Pack for Your Next Long Trip without Checking Your Luggage in

It took longer than necessary: the packing. Although years of trotting, hopping, and traipsing—often half-wittedly and recklessly—around my archipelagic Philippines, preparing for the first trip abroad proved to be unnerving. The arrogance to skewer five Asian countries at once—a week a country, five weeks living in a backpack—perhaps was the reason behind this jittery feeling, like there were tiny roots that kept on growing in my chest as the trip got nearer and nearer. These tiny roots named what ifs; they did not lull me to sleep rather shook me up from my ever light sleeps: what if atms did […]
August 19, 2016
Right Motorbike For Vietnam Road Trip

DOWN SOUTH | I’m Sorry for Being a Spoiled Traveler

This post first appeared on my travel column Down South on Interaksyon.com last July 2, 2016. I refined it a bit and added more photos. Please, I would love it if say something about this. “I’m not comfortable taking their photos,” said T. We were on our way back to the dirt road where we parked our rented motorbike. We waved goodbyes to the rice farmers whom we shared a brief moment of fondness and unadulterated laughter. Our encounter was the welcome unpredictability traveling is known for. A few minutes ago, we saw them beyond the tall shrubs fencing the […]
June 12, 2016
Wat Chiang Man

DOWN SOUTH | Creating Our Own Chiang Mai

This first appeared on my travel column DOWN SOUTH on interaksyon.com. I added a lot of photos here. Enjoy reading through! This is our love story.  Hahaha! Thank you! I’m going to wrap up our Thailand trip pretty soon with accommodation, itinerary, and budget in it. After writing about Chiang Rai. Our Chiang Mai story started with a petty fight: we did not know where to stay. T was used to have things planned; I was not. If I were traveling solo, I would have just winged it. After stretching our limbs weakened by a ten-hour bus ride from Bangkok, […]