September 8, 2018
Backpacking with a Book

The Best Places to Witness Sunsets in La Mesa

A town in Southern California, La Mesa — some 9 miles from central San Diego — is known as the Jewel of the Hills. What used to be a small southwestern city is now a popular destination for its quaint character and lively downtown. One thing you absolutely must experience […]
September 1, 2018
Taipei Travel Guide Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall 1

TAIPEI TRAVEL GUIDE 2019 | The Top 35 Things to Do in Taipei

Taiwan is a rising destination for many of us who are curious of how is life in a developed country that doesn’t struggle against the chaotic and problematic public transport, uncollected heaps of trash along the streets, unlit alleyways, snatchers at gunpoint [I personally witnessed this], and all the daily […]
August 26, 2018
Backpacking with a Book

Celebrating the Old in Santa Cruz

Once people stop celebrating the old — be it buildings, history, or culture — they cease to exist. Many places are guilty of this disappearing act. But Santa Cruz is different. The city’s vibrant culture is centered on its past. Santa Cruz is liberated, liberating, accommodating, and hip. And true […]
August 26, 2018

Going Mellow in Montebello

While Montebello directly translates to beautiful mountain, not everyone has the stamina and the time to spend a full day exploring trails. Sometimes, it’s all right to be mellow. Enjoy quiet moments. Lounge in your hotel terrace with your favorite drink in hand. Stroll the neighborhood park. Montebello, California, is a […]
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? […]