August 17, 2017

ONOMICHI TRAVEL GUIDE | Things to Do in Onomichi 2017

ONOMICHI, JAPAN | ONOMICHI TRAVEL GUIDE | While Pim stood by the baywalk’s railing, an old woman, all smiling, passed by and said something in Japanese and gestured towards the camera. With my poor Japanese vocabulary bank: suka, honto ni, wakaranai, kawaii—words I learned from years-long of reading manga, watching anime, and interacting with the Japanese on Skype, I reckoned she was asking if we wanted her to take our photo. I smiled and uttered thank you; and she went on, all smiling. I did not expect her friendliness. Crumbs of details on places from my previous conversations with the Japanese stuck in […]
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 […]
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 2, 2016

PHOTO ESSAY | What Makes Austria Beautiful

Tobi’s family is close-knit. Living within a thirty-radius from his parents, he and his two brothers are often invited for dinner at home. His parents, in their younger years, traveled exhaustively. They traveled overland from Singapore to Turkey. Despite the occasional paranoia Tobi felt in India over my safety [READ: Five places I could recommend to my fellow women travelers], the India his parents had been to was way more misogynyst. His dad tied a rope from the door knob and tied the other end on something that would cause a a lot of ruckus. Nowadays, they sometimes go for […]