April 21, 2017

I’m a Southeast Asian Traveler, Neither Rich Nor a Begpacker

SA PA, VIETNAM | Yes, I’m Jona, a Southeast Asian traveler, neither rich nor a begpacker. These are my honest thoughts on the recent “white Begpackers in Southeast Asia” phenomenon.  *** That the native does not like the tourist is not hard to explain. For every native of every place […]
March 29, 2017
secrets pavilion urban boutique hotel review

9 Things I Love about Secrets Pavilion Urban Boutique Hotel

My year-long trip kicked off in Cambodia. I spent a total of nine nights ( 3 nights Phnom Penh, 3 nights Battambang, and 3 nights Siem Reap) before flying to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia (My Malaysia Travel Guide) to catch my flight to Sydney, Australia. I’m going to write it backwards. […]
February 25, 2017
Port Barton Travel Guide

DEEP MOON RESORT REVIEW | My Port Barton Travel Guide

In total, I spent 9 nights in Palawan: two nights in Puerto Princesa, five nights in El Nido, and two nights in Port Barton. Palawan is elongated in shape. I’ve only covered three destinations in the northern part. Since the flights are relatively expensive, it is better to explore and […]
February 18, 2017

The Best Coffee Shops to Check Out in Richmond, VA

Richmond is rich in culinary adventures and cultural attractions. There’s the Liberty Trail, a self-guided walking tour that connects all of Richmond’s historical delights. There’s also the foodies’ trail, which allows you to experience the city on a plate. In between sightseeing and dining, there are also other places worth […]
February 17, 2017

SUELAS FLATS REVIEW | Suelas, the Soles’ Soulmate

I walk. Often slow. With my eyes processing the sceneries, the ears listening to the conflicting sounds and noises around. I take my time until I could feel my leg muscles silently speaking the language of exhaustion and pain. Walking is the soul of my trips. It deepens my understanding […]
February 7, 2017
Malaysia Travel Guide Tioman Island Malaysia

MALAYSIA BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE | Budget, Itinerary, and Accommodation

UPDATED DECEMBER 2017 | MALAYSIA BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE | Hello there! A version of this guide is posted on Rappler. You see, Malaysia is often my jumpoff point for my past trips (Indonesia, India, Australia). I’be been there five times already. During my recent 12-day trip, my partner and I […]
February 5, 2017

Designer Cafes in Singapore Worth Checking Out!

Small countries like Singapore have this certain charm that big countries lack. For a young nation like Singapore, its economical growth is incredibly rapid. In fact, it is one of the most expensive countries to travel to. But that does not there is no room for budget travelers. Travelers can save […]
January 28, 2017

We’ve Been Warned about a Misogynyst and Poor India, But We Found a Different Country

Before traveling to India, I braced myself for the possible unpleasant encounters with misogyny and utter poverty I often heard from news. Some said, expect people to poo by the road. Yeah, we saw that. Even stepped onto one in Old Delhi. Expect to be tailed. Yes, we experienced that. Expect […]
January 23, 2017

The Off-the-beaten Things to Do in Osaka, Japan

The second largest city in Japan, Osaka, is a stark contrast from Tokyo. The local themselves don’t mind a hearty laugh. There is even a joke among Japanese that you know someone is Osakan when the voice is boisterous and unrestricted. Like its lovely locals, Osaka itself has some interesting […]
January 18, 2017

Intercontinental Hotels Group’s Best Travel Tips for Your Next London Trip

These travel tips to London, curated by Intercontinental Hotels Group, was originally posted on IHG’s blog. London offers a wealth of art and culture, trendy shops and global dining opportunities on both sides of the River Thames. Its thriving entertainment scene ranges from theatres and concerts to clubs and comedy venues. […]
January 18, 2017

Women Travelers in Vang Vieng, Laos Be Warned: A Woman Traveler Got Free Whiskey, Drugged, and She Could Not Remember What Happened Next

A note from the blog owner, Jona: I haven’t been to Vang Vieng myself, but this was not the first time I heard about hostels offering free whiskeys to guests in aaos. We stayed in Luang Prabang, Laos for three nights, and we personally had a nasty encounter with the […]
December 28, 2016

Bored of Your Usual Beach Holiday? Visit These 4 Countries

Even with the world at your feet, it can be tempting to revisit your favourite places when you go on holiday. But if you’ve had enough of the same sea and sand, you can easily head to different places for a new adventure. To avoid the same tourist traps and […]