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
punta cana travel guide where to stay in punta cana

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 […]
June 10, 2019
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New HANOI TRAVEL GUIDE 2019 | 51 Things to Do in Hanoi, the Touristy, Local, and Expatish

UPDATED HANOI TRAVEL GUIDE 2019 | In a tail-end of a long-term trip and long relationship, I arrived in Hanoi in cool October 2017 with a heavy heart and wheeled backpack, ballooning body and credit card bill, and a very light savings barely enough to cover rent and essentials for […]
June 1, 2019
Siargao Travel Guide 2019

SIARGAO TRAVEL GUIDE 2019 | 38 Things to Do in Siargao

Last Updated June 2019: This Siargao Travel Guide 2019 covers all the things to do in Siargao. It covers all the essentials you need to know to fully enjoy your trip! No Time to Read It Now? Pin it! Siargao, as a tourist destination, has rebranded itself. Some years ago, […]
May 4, 2019

DOWN SOUTH | I’d Rather Eat and Try to Understand

This was written five years ago. There was Agness. Now there is Erik Matti. There were angry Filipinos. Now there are angry Cebuanos. 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 […]
April 29, 2019
I Dress Best When I'm with You

I Dress Best When I’m with You

You know me, I can get up from bed with my bird’s nest of a hair, prepare coffee in my underwear, don’t even bother to brush my teeth, and slump myself in front of the computer and check on the day’s tasks.   But I always look forward to seeing you.  […]
April 16, 2019
Being a brown Filipina

On Being a Brown Filipina: Righting What Is Not Wrong

Bet nila yong skin mo. Ganahan ang mga puti sa imong panit. They like your skin.I’ve been told countless times by many fellow Filipinas, both young and old.  Nila, They refers to white men, both young and old, who salivate over exotic creatures like me. And each time annoys the hell […]
April 6, 2019

At Almost 33, Letting Go Becomes Easier, But It Still Stings

TRANG AN, NINH BINH—I missed someone. I don’t know who exactly. It can be T whom I shared my first visit here with. It can be D, whom I cut communications for the past weeks. Or it can be anyone, someone I’m connected to. I missed the feeling of having […]
April 1, 2019

An Open Letter to My Fellow Travel Bloggers

Dear Fellow Travel Bloggers, In my list of daily chores to do, one task remained unfinished for the past four months: it says, “Japan, at least 1000 words, for god’s sake, Jona.” I am referring to my sponsored week-long trip to Onomichi City, Hiroshima, Japan last November. I have written […]
January 7, 2019
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Dear D, Don’t Blame Yourself for Dreaming Big

Dear D, It’s okay. You can open your eyes now. It’s all over. You can open your eyes again. Breathe. Come out from your covers now. It’s all over. You’re not alone. It’s not over for you yet. Come out of your covers now. It’s a new day, you’re back […]