June 23, 2018

#SPARKSAMAR | The Top Things to Do in Samar

NOTE FROM JONA THE WITCH | This is the second installation of Danielle Balanga’s field notes from her sponsored trip to Samar for Backpacking with a Book. She represented this humble blog. You can read the first part of her Samar Travel Guide on BWAB. Here are three more interesting […]
June 9, 2018

MYANMAR TRAVEL GUIDE | Four Reasons to Visit Myanmar

Myanmar Travel Guide | Few places still have a certain magic and mystique around them the way Myanmar does. Steeped in history and culture, and having only opened its doors in recent years, it remains relatively unexplored by the rest of the world compared to neighboring Cambodia or Vietnam. Still unconvinced? […]
May 9, 2018

We Loved Our Lives More Than We Ever Knew | Lorrie Moore | A Gate at the Stairs |

MISREADINGS: We Loved Our Lives More Than We Ever Knew | Lorrie Moore | A Gate at the Stairs Let me start with a confession. Lorrie Moore was a bandaid after my bedtime attempts and failures on reading and understanding Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, which absurdly became strings after strings […]
February 1, 2018

YOGYAKARTA TRAVEL GUIDE 2019 | 30 Things to Do in Yogyakarta 2019

LAST EDIT: DEC 2019 YOGYAKARTA TRAVEL GUIDE 2019 | Things to Do in Yogyakarta | All right, let me start this with a little narrative that requires your five-minute attention span. If you can’t stomach a little storytelling, you can simply skip the first part and proceed to the next […]
December 10, 2017

Camotes Island Travel Guide | Things to Do in Camotes

CAMOTES ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE | Camotes Island is a less known island destination in northern CeThese past few months, I was alienated from mountains because of stupefying vertigo attacks—a migraine aftermath, I hope, and not something life-threatening such as brain cancer or tumor. Vertigo made me incoherent—or to put it bluntly—plain stupid.  […]
October 29, 2017

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. […]
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 […]
October 18, 2017

The Complete Colorado Travel Guide

No matter which part of the world you stay in, make at least one vacation trip to Colorado, if not more, in order to feel and experience something quite out of the ordinary. This is the one special holiday spot where you can spend time marvelling at the exotic wildlife, […]
September 25, 2017

Quaint Neighborhoods That Define Parisian Life

Parisians live well, as the adage le savoir vivre perfectly captures. This must be one of the reasons the city receives quite a high volume of tourists every year. Popular destinations can jade you, especially when bumping upon fellow travelers is inevitable. So how can you experience the authentic and peaceful […]
September 25, 2017

Houston Parks to Enliven Your Love for Nature

Its perpetual love and support for astronomy gave birth to its endearing moniker: Space City. Indeed, Houston is home to Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston—the places where the geek in you is most welcome. But labels and nicknames can be empowering and at the same time, […]
September 20, 2017

Taal Vista Hotel: A Story of My Sunday

TAAL VISTA HOTEL REVIEW | I lost my favorite Philips earphone that day. I may have let go of it during the hustle of arriving. Receiving a gift for me has always been akin to meeting angels: such is the beauty because it comes with a terrible loss. I’ve always […]
September 2, 2017

Northern Vietnam Travel Route | How to Road Trip Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Ha Long Bay, Sa Pa, Cao Bang, and Lang Son

NORTHERN VIETNAM TRAVEL ROUTE| My partner and I spent more than a month of exploring and motorbiking the northern reaches of Vietnam. And we did not regret our decision one bit, rather I personally wished we stayed longer in northern Vietnam. Some of the places we’ve been to don’t have […]