August 24, 2018

Hiking Destinations in California

California charms dreamers: surfer kids rub elbows with the rich and famous. Hippies mind their own enclave away from the old money and nouveau rich. It thrives and flourishes in contradictions. Its varied landscape and terrain reflect the characters of the locals and visitors alike. It has the swells, the […]
July 28, 2018

Interview on Writing and Winning: Sun.Star Cebu

  I could say that Sun.Star has been a massive part of my writing life. I could still remember the thrill upon receiving Mayette Tabada’s email that my balak would be published on Sun.Star’s Weekend six years ago. Since that time, there has been two editors. Now, I’m under the […]
July 24, 2018

HA NOI SHORTS: Lost in Translation

“It’s hard to find someone here that stays long enough that you can really fall in love,” I said to Simone, with a lit Kent in my right hand. The smoke circled, hovered a bit before it disappeared in Ha Noi’s bright summer sky. The day started gloomy, which made […]
July 4, 2018
Ways to Stay Well-Rested When Traveling

4 Ways to Stay Well-Rested When Traveling

So you’re away from home, traveling the world. You’re supposed to living the dream, having the time of your life, yet all you can think about is sleep. You my friend have a classic case of travelers fatigue! Don’t despair you are not alone. Sooner or later every road warrior […]
June 25, 2018
Cebu City Travel Guide

CEBU TRAVEL GUIDE 2019: 30 Things to Do in Cebu City and Neighboring Cities

LAST UPDATE: JUNE 2019 This is your Cebu Travel Guide from someone who lived there for fifteen years.  I had lived for fifteen years in Cebu City. First to pursue my degree. Then I hopped from one job to another right after college. A part ot this travel guide was […]
June 23, 2018
Things to Do in Samar Lulugayan Falls

#SPARKSAMAR THINGS TO DO IN SAMAR | A Couch Potato Traveling to 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
Samar Travel Guide

SAMAR TRAVEL GUIDE #SPARKSAMAR | A Couch Potato Traveling to Samar

SAMAR TRAVEL GUIDE | Or a personal narrative of doing it |  A NOTE FROM JONA THE WITCH: I’ve been away from the Philippines longer than my heartbreak. Yet, this modest of a digital space for ramblings still got some  media trip invitations. With Ha Noi, Viet Nam as my current […]
June 9, 2018
Myanmar Travel Guide

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? […]
June 6, 2018
Everything You Need to Know About the Underwater River Tour in Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa Underground River Travel Guide: Everything You Need to Know

Puerto Princesa Underground River Travel Guide covers everything you need to know fully enjoy  one of the seven wonders of the world! This gorgeous underground paradise is a place that you can actually visit. What’s commonly known as the Puerto Princesa Underground River is an 8.2-km (5.1-mile) section of the […]
May 9, 2018
Lorrie Moore A Gate at the Stairs Review 1

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 Borobudur Temple

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 2018 | 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.  […]