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November 22, 2017
Philippines Travel Guide

EL NIDO TRAVEL GUIDE 2019 | Things to Do in El Nido, Palawan

An Updated El Nido Travel Guide 2018. Things to do in El Nido 2018 (Written in February 2017. Edited December 2018) PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES | Some years ago, I traveled solo to Coron, Palawan with the intention of meeting and interviewing the Tagbanuas. I did meet the chief, some of the rightful owners of the place, but I did not make it to Calamian Island. A woman traveling solo to their place would mostly likely got married off with a Tagbanua, and it would be next to impossible to leave the island, I have been warned. If I were not in […]
November 17, 2017
Ultimate Travel Guide to Southern Cebu Philippines 2016

South Cebu Travel Guide 2019 | 20 Things to Do in South Cebu 2019

EDIT: December 2018 | I included a frequently asked questions section at the bottom of this South Cebu Travel Guide | Things to Do in South Cebu post. If you got a question, fill free to leave a comment below. I check my blog all the time and answer questions. 🙂 I have lived all my life here in Cebu. It is the Point A for all destinations I have been to. It is where I live. It is the place I often leave. But it is also my point of departure, the point I return to. [READ: 12 months […]
October 29, 2017
hanoi expat lifestyle expenses

Shocked That Hanoi Is Waaaaaaay More Expensive Than Cebu

Dear, I’m tired. Work-wise, I haven’t done anything today. Sikkim. Preston. Taichung. Sunday rambling. WikiHow exam. They all remained unchecked on the back of a credit card receipt from yesterday. The THINGS TO DO is paperclipped on the white metal grid I bought today. Among many other things. Ten plants. Five pillowcases. Craft papers. Knife. Three Ocean glasses. Two white Luminarc plates. A blender. Wooden ladles. Two sets of spoons and forks. Two fake rattan stools. A mat. Four small industrial containers. Three pop-up jars. A frying pan I just found out I could not use. Two mugs. Two trash […]
October 22, 2017

As Travelers, What Do We Leave Behind?

Dear, It is Sunday. I’m seated at the open patio outside our room. Tobi is inside, watching something German. Gags, he said. Across the narrow alleyway that is wide enough for a car to pass through, the caged birds sing these lovely melodies. Caged and singing. Odd, like Vietnam’s. The next-door villa’s dog barks. The leaves of the bananas, plumeria and young coconut tree in the yard rustle with the breeze. Widi’s kids are talking about something in their local language. The boy passes by our gate in his bicycle. He gives me this questioning look upon seeing me smiling […]