Jona | Backpacking with a Book

May 1, 2016
West New Guinean Liberation Monument, Jakarta

Why We Chose Jakarta as Our Entry Point

I come from a country that prides itself for having more than 7 107 islands, which has now increased to 7 407 after a mapping agency discovered four hundred islands more. It has been my quest to visit all 81 provinces in the Philippines before traveling abroad; but it was a tough task to comply, especially I preferred staying in one place longer to have a glimpse of how locals live. As of now, it is the extreme, the northernmost and southernmost parts of the Philippines that deem themselves elusive. BACKPACKING MALAYSIA | A week-long trip around Malaysia | Budget […]
April 18, 2016

Walls That Make Falling in Love Easier

A calm five-minute walk from my seedy neighborhood is the posh Cebu Business Park, where Ayala Cebu is located. Under the scorching heat of Cebu noon, I went out from my small place and I have noticed that skyrises gradually swallow the horizon before me, that they become higher, sturdy, disjointed walls of the city. I could see the elegant Calyx, beside it is the dominantly black-painted building, another condominium, I think. Chinabank building can be seen as well. And a skeleton of a building beside it. I know time will come that all spaces that I found dear will […]
April 11, 2016

The Forever Young New York

New York is a city that needs no introduction. It is largely romanticized, serves as a background for a lot of movies, and is the ultimate dream destination for many people. It makes you wonder if it offers something new. But what makes New York New York is that it is restless and keeps on evolving, not for the sake of its travelers and locals, but for its own sake. It is a city that is bound to change no matter what. And here are boutique hotels, five among the many affordable hotels that endure and thrive in New York.
April 9, 2016

Hipmunk Hotels: Thrill and Adventure in Flagstaff, Saint George, Billings, and More!

The beauty of the U.S. mountain states lies in their diversity. Imagine climbing some of the highest mountains in the country or driving through a wide expanse of desert lands — or hiking through beautiful canyons and jumping into a blue lagoon. You’ll fall in love with the beauty. Here are some destinations in both the northwest and southwest regions of the mountain states. Photo by Annette Kirk via trover.com Flagstaff, Arizona: Base of Your Adventures Flagstaff is a city graced with diverse landscapes: picturesque deserts, serene  mountains, and pine forests. It is the entry point for your Humphrey’s Peak adventure and […]