Hi there, I’m Jona!

Ha Noi, Viet Nam

This blog is problematically named. What you see and read is not a lifestyle. It is a life well-lived and well-loved

BWAB is my attempt to document and write down my ways of living this one precious life.

For real-time stories, puns, self-deprecating awkwardness, find me somewhere else.




November 5, 2019
Philippines Travel Guide

EL NIDO TRAVEL GUIDE 2019 | Things to Do in El Nido, Palawan

An Updated El Nido Travel Guide 2019. Last update is June 2019 PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES | Some years ago, I traveled solo to Coron, Palawan with the intention of meeting and interviewing the Tagbanuas. I did meet the chief, some of the rightful owners of the place, but I did not […]
October 6, 2019

Pamper Yourself with Cancun Luxury Retreats

It’s easy to see why Cancun is one of the most popular vacation spots in the world. While it used to be known mainly as an area where the younger crowd went to have fun during spring break, the area has transformed into a top luxury travel destination. It has […]
September 10, 2019
Top 15 Filipino Restaurants in Cebu Hukad Restaurant

WHERE TO EAT IN CEBU? The Top 16 Filipino Restaurants in Cebu to Try

LAST UPDATE JUNE 2019 Wondering where to eat in Cebu? These top Filipino Restaurants in Cebu are based on personal experience and preference. It’s totally not unheard-of that Cebu is one of the leading tourist destinations in the Philippines. Centrally located in the Philippine archipelago, Cebu, dubbed as the “Queen […]
July 24, 2019

WHERE TO STAY IN SIARGAO 2020 | THE TOP RESORTS IN SIARGAO 2020

Where to Stay in Siargao 2020 covers all the different accommodation found in the island. They are divided into different locations and prince range and preference.  Well, the secret that is Siargao Island is pretty much out. But compared to the world-renowned Boracay Island or Cebu, Siargao still has that […]






Some years ago, I had an altar of “when you’re broken” reading list. They comprise of Michael Ondaatje’s "The English Patient," Alice Munro’s "The Progress of Love," and Andre Aciman’s "Call Me By Your Name." And the staple Mary Oliver’s “In Blackwater Woods,” Jack Gilbert’s “Failing and Flying,” Derek Walcott’s “Love After Love,” and the pseudo-poem of Jorge Luis Borges’ “After A While You Learn.” I read them. Again. And again. Cried. And cried. Soothed myself. Healed myself through their words again. Cried again. Read them again. This predictable yet painful cycle of breaking and mending. Each pain is different. Each healing is different.

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Jona of Backpacking with a Book



Jona of Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at backpackingwithabook@gmail.com. Find me somewhere else!

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