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.




July 15, 2019
APO ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE THINGS TO DO IN APO ISLAND PHILIPPINES

APO ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE 2019 | Top Things to Do in Apo Island, Philippinnes

This Apo Island Travel Guide covers all the top things to do in Apo Island, Philippines. It also covers all the travel essentials you need to make your stay more memorable. A little note: Apo Island is different from Apo Reef in Mindoro. Apo Island is a little island off […]
June 22, 2019
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PUNTA CANA TRAVEL GUIDE | Where to Stay in Punta Cana

Punta Cana Travel Guide which focuses on where to stay in Punta Cana lists down all the all-inclusive resorts and travel tips to make your trip memorable. NO TIME TO READ IT NOW? PIN IT! It is a resort town. No mistake for that. Located on the eastern tip of […]
June 21, 2019

CALIFORNIA TRAVEL GUIDE | Where to Stay in California

California Travel Guide covers one of the most important part of your trip: where to stay in California? We narrow down your options to the best CA hoods! NO TIME TO READ IT? PIN IT! A prison to visit? A gate to admire? Trails to choose from? Swells to ride […]
June 17, 2019
malapascua island travel guide

Malapascua Island Travel Guide 2019 | 11 Things to Do in Malapascua Island

This is the most updated Malapascua Island Travel Guide 2019 Snobbery is an unlikely character of a wanderlust. A traveler opens not only his heart but also his mind to the intricacies and complexities of a place. It is inevitable, however, that there are places I considered too exposed, too […]






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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