Jona | Backpacking with a Book

July 24, 2018

HA NOI SHORTS: Lost in Translation

“It’s hard to find someone here that stays long enough that you can really fall in love,” I said to Simone, with a lit Kent in my right hand. The smoke circled, hovered a bit before it disappeared in Ha Noi’s bright summer sky. The day started gloomy, which made me ditch my initial plan of visiting Van Phuc, the silk village some 8 kms away from my place and came here at Oriberry Cafe instead to spend my usual me-time. The skin of the lake was smooth and looked like a mind that didn’t have any worries at all […]
July 4, 2018
Ways to Stay Well-Rested When Traveling

4 Ways to Stay Well-Rested When Traveling

So you’re away from home, traveling the world. You’re supposed to living the dream, having the time of your life, yet all you can think about is sleep. You my friend have a classic case of travelers fatigue! Don’t despair you are not alone. Sooner or later every road warrior wears themself out and needs a little recharge time. It’s inevitable. Travel is a tiring endeavour. All those sleepless night buses, airport layovers and bumpy tuk tuk rides take their toll. Fortunately there are a few things you can do to improve your odds of staying well rested when wandering […]
June 25, 2018
Cebu Travel Guide Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary

CEBU TRAVEL GUIDE 2019: 30 Things to Do in Cebu City and Neighboring Cities

I had lived for fifteen years in Cebu City. First to pursue my degree. Then I hopped from one job to another right after college. A part ot this travel guide was published Rappler on August 6, 2016 as an insider’s look on Cebu City. As you read through, you would realize that this is not the usual travel guide to Cebu City. It is a mix of the usual tourist attractions (Magellan’s Cross, Taoist Temple, and Tops) and the things I loved doing as a local. This is a mixture of walking destinations, trekking destinations, art and music scenes. I […]
June 11, 2018
Siargao Travel Guide 2019

SIARGAO TRAVEL GUIDE 2019 | 34 Things to Do on Siargao Island

EDIT (December 2018): Here is your most updated Siargao travel guide! Listed down 34 things to do in Siargao. Nothing is a must. 😉 I came back to Siargao last February 2017 (my fourth visit), this time around with Tobias (in case you’re new here, Tobias is my ex-beloved giant 😀 ). We did a lot of new things on the island. And Siargao, as a tourist destination, has rebranded itself. Six years ago, Siargao Island had this laidback and backpacker feel. Most of its shores were covered with towering coconut trees. Now, fancy hotels eat up a good amount of space. […]