August 26, 2018
Backpacking with a Book

Celebrating the Old in Santa Cruz

Once people stop celebrating the old — be it buildings, history, or culture — they cease to exist. Many places are guilty of this disappearing act. But Santa Cruz is different. The city’s vibrant culture is centered on its past. Santa Cruz is liberated, liberating, accommodating, and hip. And true to its Californian spirit, this is the coast where eccentric personalities meet millionaires, where surfers and Rastafarians are friends with old-money locals. Here are five vintage destinations that celebrate the past in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz Harbor Walton Lighthouse: Where Light Guides
August 26, 2018

Going Mellow in Montebello

While Montebello directly translates to beautiful mountain, not everyone has the stamina and the time to spend a full day exploring trails. Sometimes, it’s all right to be mellow. Enjoy quiet moments. Lounge in your hotel terrace with your favorite drink in hand. Stroll the neighborhood park. Montebello, California, is a perfect destination if you have the three Rs in mind: relax, rejuvenate, refresh. The Huntington Desert Garden: Where You Desert Your Worries and Embrace Nature
August 24, 2018

Hiking Destinations in California

California charms dreamers: surfer kids rub elbows with the rich and famous. Hippies mind their own enclave away from the old money and nouveau rich. It thrives and flourishes in contradictions. Its varied landscape and terrain reflect the characters of the locals and visitors alike. It has the swells, the eclectic and fancy shops, and the beaches. It has everything, including the trails locals and visitors tread on — a necessary and quiet escape from a place that has everything. Robert Louis Stevenson State Park: Where the Wild Remains Wild It has been said that Robert Louis Stevenson State Park […]
July 28, 2018

Interview on Writing and Winning: Sun.Star Cebu

  I could say that Sun.Star has been a massive part of my writing life. I could still remember the thrill upon receiving Mayette Tabada’s email that my balak would be published on Sun.Star’s Weekend six years ago. Since that time, there has been two editors. Now, I’m under the care of Kristin Lerin, my supportive travel editor for the past three years. Despite writing for national paper and online media, I see to it that I send an essay to Sun.Star every month. I don’t know, but I love the fact that my editors are all female on all […]