February 11, 2016

Ten Philippine Destinations Where Your $100 Can Go Far

Said the overly quoted Pico Iyer, “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” Travelers are the most amorous. They fall in love with places way too easily. Or […]
February 13, 2016

Hipmunk Hotels: California Dreaming in Escondido, San Luis Obispo, and More

A prison to visit? A gate to admire? Trails to choose from? Swells to ride on? History lessons on the go? Yes to everything! California has it all. Adventure seekers love exploring Yosemite National Park, and Golden Gate Bridge must be one of the most iconic bridges in the world. These are just some of the hundreds of destinations you can enjoy in California. Check out these affordable hotels as you realize your dream vacation.
February 15, 2016
Poor but Wants to Travel Abroad

Yes! Not Everyone Can Quit Their Jobs to Travel Abroad

Some years ago, I handed half of my salary to my mother. I am single, have the highest-paying job among my working, familied older siblings. And culture dictates, it is my responsibility to help my parents and younger siblings. A year or two had passed; the half became a quarter because places around the Philippines left me more curious and held me captive of their sheer beauty. There were months I did not give anything to Mama except hugs. Because traveling around the Philippines became traveling around ASEAN. I am frowned upon by neighbors and relatives for having this stand. It […]
February 16, 2016
Manny Pacquiao and Rainbow

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 Southeast Asia. “Kyaw!” he exclaimed. It was my turn to look confused. “Hekyaw!” he tried once again and then punched the air. “Aah, Pacquiao!” “Ya-ya-ya!” Hearing the word Pacquiao is one of the few constants on my trips around Southeast Asia. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao single-handedly held the image of the […]