July 15, 2019
APO ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE THINGS TO DO IN APO ISLAND PHILIPPINES

APO ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE 2019 | Top Things to Do in Apo Island, Philippinnes

JUMP TO PIN IT! READ IT LATERAPO ISLAND AT A GLANCEWHY ARE THERE SO MANY TURTLES IN APO ISLAND, PHILIPPINES?HOW TO PRONOUNCE APO ISLAND CORRECTLYHOW TO GET TO APO ISLAND, PHILIPPINES?From Dumaguete City, NegrosHOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GO TO APO ISLAND FROM MALATAPAYWHERE TO BOOK DAY TOURS TO […]
June 22, 2019
punta cana travel guide where to stay in punta cana

PUNTA CANA TRAVEL GUIDE | Where to Stay in Punta Cana

JUMP TO NO TIME TO READ IT NOW? PIN IT!PUNTA CANA AT A GLANCETHE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO PUNTA CANAPUNTA CANA TRAVEL ESSENTIALS6 PUNTA CANA TIPS TO KNOW BEFORE GOING THEREWHERE TO STAY IN PUNTA CANATOP 15 ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORTS IN PUNTA CANAEXCELLENCE EL CARMEN – ADULTS ONLY – ALL […]
June 21, 2019

CALIFORNIA TRAVEL GUIDE | Where to Stay in California

California Travel Guide covers one of the most important part of your trip: where to stay in California? We narrow down your options to the best CA hoods! NO TIME TO READ IT? PIN IT! A prison to visit? A gate to admire? Trails to choose from? Swells to ride […]
June 17, 2019
malapascua island travel guide

Malapascua Island Travel Guide 2019 | 11 Things to Do in Malapascua Island

JUMP TO No Time to Read It Now? Pin it!Malapascua Island at a Glance When Is the Best Time to Visit Malapascua Island?Are There ATMs in Malapascua Island?What Are the Languages Spoken in Malapascua IslandBasic Cebuano Sentences You Can Use on Your Trip HOW TO GET TO MALAPASCUA ISLAND FROM CEBU CITY Boat […]
June 10, 2019
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New HANOI TRAVEL GUIDE 2019 | 51 Things to Do in Hanoi, the Touristy, Local, and Expatish

JUMP TO A. Hanoi at a GlanceFun Facts about HanoiWhen Is the Best Time to Travel in Hanoi?Do I Need a Visa to Visit Vietnam?The following countries can enter Vietnam visa-freeThe following countries can apply for visa on arrivalAny Affordable Flight to Hanoi, Vietnam?What Are the Currency and Mode of […]
May 4, 2019

DOWN SOUTH | I’d Rather Eat and Try to Understand

This was written five years ago. There was Agness. Now there is Erik Matti. There were angry Filipinos. Now there are angry Cebuanos. Last week, I was on a boat of mixed races: Filipino, Chinese, Korean, French, Belgian, and perhaps other races that I overlooked or forgot to ask. It […]
April 29, 2019
I Dress Best When I'm with You

I Dress Best When I’m with You

You know me, I can get up from bed with my bird’s nest of a hair, prepare coffee in my underwear, don’t even bother to brush my teeth, and slump myself in front of the computer and check on the day’s tasks.   But I always look forward to seeing you.  […]
April 16, 2019
Being a brown Filipina

On Being a Brown Filipina: Righting What Is Not Wrong

Bet nila yong skin mo. Ganahan ang mga puti sa imong panit. They like your skin.I’ve been told countless times by many fellow Filipinas, both young and old.  Nila, They refers to white men, both young and old, who salivate over exotic creatures like me. And each time annoys the hell […]
April 6, 2019

At Almost 33, Letting Go Becomes Easier, But It Still Stings

TRANG AN, NINH BINH—I missed someone. I don’t know who exactly. It can be T whom I shared my first visit here with. It can be D, whom I cut communications for the past weeks. Or it can be anyone, someone I’m connected to. I missed the feeling of having […]
April 1, 2019

An Open Letter to My Fellow Travel Bloggers

Dear Fellow Travel Bloggers, In my list of daily chores to do, one task remained unfinished for the past four months: it says, “Japan, at least 1000 words, for god’s sake, Jona.” I am referring to my sponsored week-long trip to Onomichi City, Hiroshima, Japan last November. I have written […]
January 7, 2019
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Dear D, Don’t Blame Yourself for Dreaming Big

Dear D, It’s okay. You can open your eyes now. It’s all over. You can open your eyes again. Breathe. Come out from your covers now. It’s all over. You’re not alone. It’s not over for you yet. Come out of your covers now. It’s a new day, you’re back […]
September 22, 2018
exploring mai chau on my own being 32 and single

Being 32 and Single

I fell in love. I was five years old. I named him Bona, after Tatay Boni who raised his mom. Bona is a cat. We got a ginger cat and named him Kitty.I was seven years old when my paternal uncle told me you love cats so much you would […]