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, […]
April 14, 2016

Malaysian Women Who Travel Solo: Be Bold and Independent

I am afraid of monsters like Manila, so it was a conscious decision to have Cebu as my point of departure and Kuala Lumpur as my point of arrival for my first trip abroad last June-July 2015 but was largely unwritten and unblogged. My trip to Kuala Lumpur was a lesson […]
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 […]
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 […]
April 8, 2016
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The Philippines: Good or Bad?

Last week I went for acupuncture. A friend suggested me to give it a try in order to alleviate the pain on my left ribs, an old injury that had returned while surfing in Siargao. The origin of that pain is Singapore, on the night of June 23rd, 2013 after […]
April 4, 2016
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A Traveler’s Honest Talk on Money

A big part of me hesitated to do this. After all, our society thrives in paradox: post instagrammable photos of your travel but be mum about your travel fund. We are built on, built in the nondiscussion of taboos: sex and money. A supposed “responsible social media user” must not talk […]
April 2, 2016

Five Hidden Places in Chicago that Can Make You Say Oh

  Interesting would be too weak an adjective to describe the architectural delights, both imaginative and historical, running aplenty in Chicago. Imagine yourself walking around, stumbling across place after place that surprises and awakens your senses — places that can make you giggle, smile like crazy, laugh, squeal, or jump. […]
March 31, 2016

How to See the Rainforest on a Budget

This post titled “How to See the Rainforest on a Budget” first appeared on Tailwind on March 31, 2016. Most people hear the word “rainforest” and immediately picture the Brazilian Amazon or the lush jungles of Costa Rica. Not surprisingly, trips to these rainforest destinations are priced accordingly: Everybody knows […]
March 28, 2016
12 Characters of a Good Traveler in Southeast Asia

12 Characters of a Good Traveler: Do You Have What It Takes?

I find it odd to write about this. Who am I to say that these are the characters that make a good traveler? After all, I am a flawed traveler myself, who bend rules once in a while—not wearing shoes when advised to wear one, for example. But with the […]
March 26, 2016

El Paso: Where the Sun Keeps Shining

In the afternoon, when the light is getting softer, ride the Wyler Aerial Tramway and experience El Paso transformed into a place of magic and charm. Or drive through the city’s view deck on early evening to have a constellation-like view of El Paso. Relax for a bit and consume […]
March 22, 2016

Wandering Through Virginia Beach

Picture yourself like this: walking barefoot on the sand, the Atlantic air breezing through your hair and the hem of your dress. This is the kind of life in Virginia Beach, an independent coastal city in Virginia. It is a resort city that captivates thousands of hearts. If you find […]
March 18, 2016

Hipmunk Hotels:The Ultimate Road Trip Through Annapolis, Louisville, Durham and More

A road trip in spring to the Southern states promises blooming flowers, rejuvenated rivers flowing to the Atlantic, and budding trees. The mountains are as inviting as the ocean. Here are some tips and places to stay in your ultimate road trip.