January 31, 2016

Taiping Travel Guide | Things I Loved in Taiping, Perak, Malaysia

It was my first trip abroad, and going somewhere that was rarely traveled to appeal to the rebellious and the reckless in me. A week in Malaysia would mean a selfie with the Petronas Tower at the least, a walk around Penang, a glimpse of Melacca culture, and a trek around Cameron Highlands. In a world of independent travel itineraries provided by travel bloggers—which were helpful in many ways—I wanted to do something random, going somewhere that does not appeal to many travelers. READ: One-Week Trip to Malaysia for Php8000.00 (USD170)! After checking Malaysia’s map, I found several places that […]
November 15, 2015

PHOTO ESSAY: Why I Did Not See the Petronas Towers

It takes time to love big cities. Its character is not fixed, its face varied, it is or can be unpredictable. To love a city is to linger, to stay for months or years perhaps. It is not meant for place sniffers, those who can only afford to stay for three days, a week utmost: visit the Petronas Tower on the second night, go to Batu Caves in the morning, haggle at Chinatown in the afternoon. To fully love a city is to abandon the self’s restlessness, the self’s hunger for the places one has never been to. To love […]
August 13, 2013

Sun.Star Cebu | The Capital According to a Cebuana (1 of 3 Parts)

FROM above, Manila was a galaxy of pulsating veins—wide awake, working, bright in the wee hours of the morning while the moon creeping on the lower horizon looked nearer and more orange than Cebu’s. As the plane was about to land, the capital seemed romantic and vulnerable at four in the morning. Such delusion that the metropolis was fragile disappeared the moment the taxi driver outside the airport teased “Taxi, ma’am, mura lang para sa inyo,” in his fraudulent baritone. More than encountering unfamiliar terrain, visiting Manila—which takes an hour by plane from Cebu—is more about confronting a language we […]