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, without knowing it was a holiday season for locals as well. In almost every corner, a local Indonesian or a group of students would stop us and ask him for a photo. Most of the time, I played the photographer. Moments like this make him extremely uncomfortable. Yes, westerners are […]
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 to be dreaming. California is the state you want to be in right now.
March 12, 2016
Six Reasons Why Kawasan Canyoneering Rocks

Kawasan Canyoneering Travel Guide: Six Reasons Why Kawasan Canyoneering Rocks!

NOTE: Kawasan Canyoneering here refers to the tour company whose flagship tour is the canyoneering activity in Kanlaob River-Kawasan River system. We are please to inform you that effective September 1, 2016, the official rate for canyoneering + kawasan falls is now Php1,500 per person (regardless of nationality). This is inclusive of life vest, safety helmet, all government fee, aqua shoes, habal-habal ride to jumpoff station, tour guide fees, light snacks, bamboo rafting, and Kawasan Falls recovery meals (lunch). I have a river for a writing muse. Almost every month, I bused to southern Cebu, dropped off Matutinao (Badian), walked […]
March 14, 2016

The Best Airports for Long (Unexpectedly Fun) Layovers

It’s 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 the gate. But there is good news for all travelers expecting a longer airport wait this year: It turns out there is a lot of fun to be had when waiting for the next flight. We are talking everything from massages to jumping into in a rooftop pool. With fun […]