March 28, 2016

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

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, budding trees, and culture, culture, culture. The mountains are as inviting as the ocean California is known for. Here are some tips and places to stay in your ultimate road trip through […]
March 16, 2016

We Are Not Invincible: A Travelogue

Much has been written about what it’s like to be young, wild, and free (there’s even a song about it). Like so many, I was infatuated with the idea that I was invincible. I used to believe that in this life, you had 2 choices: either you live life so […]
March 14, 2016

The Best Airports for Long (Unexpectedly Fun) Layovers

It’ not often you hear someone rave about his or her time at the airport. More often than not our layover is spent on our phones scrolling through emails or texts (or let’s be honest, Tinder) while trying not to overhear the conversation of the person next to us at […]
March 12, 2016

Experience Kawasan Canyoneering with This Ultimate Guide

I have a river for a writing muse. Almost every month, I bused to southern Cebu, dropped off Matutinao (Badian), walked beside the rushing madness, skipped the crowded first falls, and trekked up to the lagoon, where my muse ends and where another river starts. I sometimes took a dip, […]
March 8, 2016

Hipmunk Hotels: Enjoying the California Sun in Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Fresno, and More

California conjures images of endless summers and exhilarating and action-packed winters. Now spring is on its way, California is beginning to bloom into an ocean of wildflowers. This is the best time to hike, take a leisure walk, or enjoy the beach and the waves. This is the best time […]
March 4, 2016

Why You Should Stop Calling Us Exotic

He stands out like a sore thumb. He is 6’6″. I am 5’5″ taller than most Filipinas, but I stand like a dwarf beside him. He is white. I’m a dark-skinned Filipina with small eyes. A very odd couple. I know. We were walking around Borobudur (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) last December, […]
February 24, 2016

Filipinas Who Travel Solo | Alone, Not Lonely

Earlier last year, I was non-committed and happy with my single-blessedness. A day before Valentine’s Day, I bought a folding bike (from the unexpected teacher’s clothing allowance), rightfully named it Katorse, and biked two towns in southern Cebu on a sunny love day. Oh, yes, alone. READ: I’m too comfortable […]
February 19, 2016

Why I Felt Embarrassed Being Called a Travel Blogger

The eyes of the girl sitting beside me had tear marks. Before I entered the immigration office, I saw her through the glass window, answering the questions of the immigration officer. When I sat beside her to fill up the form, I heard her asking the immigration officer if the […]
February 16, 2016

On Punches and Beautiful Rainbows

“Indonesian???” asked a local who looked at me with a confused look in his own face. “No,” I would smile. “Japan?” “No.” “Thailand?” “No.” “Vietnam!” “Try harder!” “Philippine!” And he laughed, as if he won the lottery. This guessing game is one of the few constants on my trips around […]