August 3, 2017

I Left the Philippines December 2016 for My Year-long Trip. I Don’t Think I’m Coming Back Anytime Soon

KATHMANDU, NEPAL | I’m typing this at Ace Cafe, a newly opened restaurant and cafe here in Kathmandu. I thought our trip in Nepal would only last for two weeks, knowing Tobias (my boyfriend and travel buddy of two years or so) had stayed for a month here already, trekking the Annapurna Circuit. But the two weeks lasted for a month. We did our own unguided ten-day trek in Khopara Danda, explored Phokara and Kathmandu, and stuffed ourselves with dal bhat. (If you’ve been to India, it is a simpler version of tali). It was more than enough for an […]
April 21, 2017

I’m a Southeast Asian Traveler, Neither Rich Nor a Begpacker

SA PA, VIETNAM | Yes, I’m Jona, a Southeast Asian traveler, neither rich nor a begpacker. These are my honest thoughts on the recent “white Begpackers in Southeast Asia” phenomenon.  EDIT: I’ve been called racist for pointing this out. I’ve been called anti-white. Hell no, I’m dating a white guy, by the way. Some of my friends are non self-righteous Westerners. What I find resenting though are those self-righteous, self-entitled individuals, regardless of race and religion. This article doesn’t cover all the geopolitics involved in traveling. All I want is a dialogue. And please read the epigraph thrice if the article […]
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 […]
January 18, 2017

Women Travelers in Vang Vieng, Laos Be Warned: A Woman Traveler Got Free Whiskey, Drugged, and She Could Not Remember What Happened Next

A note from the blog owner, Jona: I haven’t been to Vang Vieng myself, but this was not the first time I heard about hostels offering free whiskeys to guests in aaos. Tobias and I stayed in Luang Prabang, Laos for three nights, and we personally had a nasty encounter with the police. Rape and victim blaming/shaming culture is terribly strong everywhere and even institutionalized in poor countries like Laos. So travelers, especially my fellow women out there, please be warned.  Keshi who recently traveled to Laos originally posted the following in a travel group on Facebook. I asked her permission […]