January 23, 2017

The Off-the-beaten Things to Do in Osaka, Japan

The second largest city in Japan, Osaka, is a stark contrast from Tokyo. The local themselves don’t mind a hearty laugh. There is even a joke among Japanese that you know someone is Osakan when the voice is boisterous and unrestricted. Like its lovely locals, Osaka itself has some interesting […]
January 18, 2017

Intercontinental Hotels Group’s Best Travel Tips for Your Next London Trip

These travel tips to London, curated by Intercontinental Hotels Group, was originally posted on IHG’s blog. London offers a wealth of art and culture, trendy shops and global dining opportunities on both sides of the River Thames. Its thriving entertainment scene ranges from theatres and concerts to clubs and comedy venues. […]
January 18, 2017

Women Travelers in Vang Vieng, Laos Be Warned: A Woman Traveler Got Free Whiskey, Drugged, and She Could Not Remember What Happened Next

A note from the blog owner, Jona: I haven’t been to Vang Vieng myself, but this was not the first time I heard about hostels offering free whiskeys to guests in aaos. We stayed in Luang Prabang, Laos for three nights, and we personally had a nasty encounter with the […]
December 28, 2016

Bored of Your Usual Beach Holiday? Visit These 4 Countries

Even with the world at your feet, it can be tempting to revisit your favourite places when you go on holiday. But if you’ve had enough of the same sea and sand, you can easily head to different places for a new adventure. To avoid the same tourist traps and […]
December 14, 2016

ASTORIA PALAWAN BLOG | What Makes It the Ultimate Staycation in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

JUMP TO Astoria Palawan Has Its Own WaterparkAstoria Palawan Provides Different Types of Fun EntertainmentAstoria Palawan Is a Zen-SpotAstoria Palawan Is Children-FriendlyAstoria Palawan Is an Architectural and Environmental DelightAstoria Palawan Is Run by Warm PeopleQUICK TIPS AND INFO This Astoria Palawan blog review first appeared on my column Down South […]
December 13, 2016

TEDxUSanCarlos Talk | How Traveling Shapes Me as a Woman and a Writer

It was TEDxUPCebu that invited me first to debunk the popular dictum [quit your job and travel the world] after some of the students read my open letter Dear Isa, It Is All Right Not to Travel here on BWAB. But I’m leaving Cebu to pursue a year-long trip abroad while fending […]
December 5, 2016

Hale Manna | Where Good Energy Is Nature-Sent

This first appeared on my column Down South on Interaksyon.com.  Moalboal Hale Manna Resort and Coastal Garden MOALBOAL, CEBU, PHILIPPINES—These past days, work—both self- and client-assigned—became overwhelming that I already entertained magic spells on how to grow another head, feet, and hands to finish everything on schedule.  Books to read, […]
December 1, 2016

Brokenhearted? Nine Remote Islands in the Philippines to Find and Grow Some Love for Yourself Again

To live in an archipelagic nation like the Philippines translates to leaving the island you call home and find yourself on a different island whose people speak the same (or an entirely different) language yet with a certain sing-song melody that is different from yours. That is how I live […]
November 7, 2016
Being a Brown Filipina

How I Saved Up Php180000 [$3700] for My Year-long Trip?

EDIT: As of June 2017,  my partner (boyfriend of two years) and I have campervanned  East Coast, Australia for a month, traveled to Papua New Guinea for two weeks, dived in Tioman Island Malaysia, revisited some places in the Philippines, exhaustively traveled around southern and northern Vietnam, had a quick […]
November 2, 2016

PHOTO ESSAY | What Makes Austria Beautiful

Tobi’s family is close-knit. Living within a thirty-radius from his parents, he and his two brothers are often invited for dinner at home. His parents, in their younger years, traveled exhaustively. They traveled overland from Singapore to Turkey. Despite the occasional paranoia Tobi felt in India over my safety [READ: […]
November 2, 2016

AUSTRALIA VISA GUIDE FOR FILIPINOS | How to Apply for Australia Tourist Visa Online for Filipinos

AUSTRALIA VISA GUIDE FOR FILIPINOS | I got mine within twenty-fours hours! True story! How to Apply for Australia Tourist Visa Online for Filipinos. EDIT: Tobias (my boyfriend) and I thoroughly enjoyed our one-month trip to Australia. We campervanned from Sydney all the way to Cairns. Look out for our detailed itinerary […]
November 1, 2016

DESTINATION WEDDING | #KenyaMeetsPinas in El Nido, Palawan

EL NIDO, PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES—I do not personally know them. I met them once in a Pinoy Travel Blogger-Cebu meetup for some barbecue, amarula, and karaoke. But I admire Reiza a lot; she is one of those rare self-actualized women I see on my Facebook feed, fighting for human rights. She […]