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 6, 2017

SUN.STAR | In Praise of Onomichi’s Slowness

  Not to include photos in this essay is intentional. I wonder who would read through everything and leave a feedback; say, it is long and boring. For listicle kind of reading, read “Why I Can’t Stop Raving about Onomichi” on my travel column on TV5’s Interaksyon.com. If you can find Cruising: Going Places, I wrote about Onomichi’s food scene in their July issue.   I fixed the hood of my jacket and made sure my ears were covered. I balled and pocketed my left hand. My right held the ninety-peso pack of sanitary pad—the cheapest I could find on […]
December 13, 2016

TEDxUSanCarlos Talk | How Traveling Shapes Me as a Woman and a Writer

It was TEDxUPCebu that invited me first to debunk the popular dictum [quit your job and travel the world] after some of the students read my open letter Dear Isa, It Is All Right Not to Travel here on BWAB. But I’m leaving Cebu to pursue a year-long trip abroad while fending for myself through jobs online, so I declined their offer. Another opportunity knocked on my door, this time  around from the University of San Carlos. Here is the piece I shared to a very attentive crowd. “Wa ka mahadlok maglaag-laag nga ikaw rang usa? (Are you not scared traveling alone?)” I […]
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 […]