April 4, 2016
Being a Brown Filipina

A Traveler’s Honest Talk on Money

A big part of me hesitated to do this. After all, our society thrives in paradox: post instagrammable photos of your travel but be mum about your travel fund. We are built on, built in the nondiscussion of taboos: sex and money. A supposed “responsible social media user” must not talk about three things online: salary, love (and sex) life, and family problems. But how am I supposed to honestly answer my fellow aspiring travelers whose primary dilemma is money? So many things have been written about it. So many travel bloggers anchored their traffic on how-tos: how to travel long-term […]
April 8, 2016
Travel Guide to Apo Island Negros Oriental

The Philippines: Good or Bad?

Last week I went for acupuncture. A friend suggested me to give it a try in order to alleviate the pain on my left ribs, an old injury that had returned while surfing in Siargao. The origin of that pain is Singapore, on the night of June 23rd, 2013 after 10 Chinese guys decided to attack me, broke almost all my ribs and left me with my skull exposed. Not a nice experience for sure as you all can imagine. After the attack I needed psychological assistance to cope with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and the acupuncturist asked me if […]
April 9, 2016

Hipmunk Hotels: Thrill and Adventure in Flagstaff, Saint George, Billings, and More!

The beauty of the U.S. mountain states lies in their diversity. Imagine climbing some of the highest mountains in the country or driving through a wide expanse of desert lands — or hiking through beautiful canyons and jumping into a blue lagoon. You’ll fall in love with the beauty. Here are some destinations in both the northwest and southwest regions of the mountain states. Photo by Annette Kirk via trover.com Flagstaff, Arizona: Base of Your Adventures Flagstaff is a city graced with diverse landscapes: picturesque deserts, serene  mountains, and pine forests. It is the entry point for your Humphrey’s Peak adventure and […]
April 11, 2016

The Forever Young New York

New York is a city that needs no introduction. It is largely romanticized, serves as a background for a lot of movies, and is the ultimate dream destination for many people. It makes you wonder if it offers something new. But what makes New York New York is that it is restless and keeps on evolving, not for the sake of its travelers and locals, but for its own sake. It is a city that is bound to change no matter what. And here are boutique hotels, five among the many affordable hotels that endure and thrive in New York.