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 […]
March 28, 2016
12 Characters of a Good Traveler in Southeast Asia

12 Characters of a Good Traveler: Do You Have What It Takes?

I find it odd to write about this. Who am I to say that these are the characters that make a good traveler? After all, I am a flawed traveler myself, who bend rules once in a while—not wearing shoes when advised to wear one, for example. But with the boom of mass tourism, I feel that there is a need to remind ourselves that indeed there are responsibilities tied in the label “tourist,” “traveler,” “backpacker,” and what-have-you. What separates a responsible traveler from an irresponsible one? There are many factors to consider, but I think the following are the […]