April 14, 2016

Malaysian Women Who Travel Solo: Be Bold and Independent

I am afraid of monsters like Manila, so it was a conscious decision to have Cebu as my point of departure and Kuala Lumpur as my point of arrival for my first trip abroad last June-July 2015 but was largely unwritten and unblogged. My trip to Kuala Lumpur was a lesson on efficient cities. It was a lesson on embarrassment and questions why my homecity did not have express trains and roofed walkways, why our rivers were as trashed as our streets? And I haven’t been to the neighboring Singapore yet. It was on a lesson on multiculturalism, something that cannot […]
April 18, 2016

Walls That Make Falling in Love Easier

A calm five-minute walk from my seedy neighborhood is the posh Cebu Business Park, where Ayala Cebu is located. Under the scorching heat of Cebu noon, I went out from my small place and I have noticed that skyrises gradually swallow the horizon before me, that they become higher, sturdy, disjointed walls of the city. I could see the elegant Calyx, beside it is the dominantly black-painted building, another condominium, I think. Chinabank building can be seen as well. And a skeleton of a building beside it. I know time will come that all spaces that I found dear will […]
April 19, 2016
Leave Everything Behind and Travel the World

Hoi An, Vietnam | Work. Save. Travel. Repeat.

The past two weeks or so have been like an exciting jigsaw of days and ideas and trial and error plans that have often turned out to be the worst decisions, but at other times have pleasantly surprised us. It’s been a detailed board game of buses and hostels and modes of transport and destinations we’ve set out and reserved for ourselves to find and reach. As each step of the journey is ticked off and achieved, each bus made in time, street navigated, and budget accomodation located without too much struggle, there’s a sense of achievement and autonomy akin […]
April 23, 2016
Affordable Hotel in Monterey

Marvel at Monterey’s Beauty

Home to one of the largest marine sanctuaries in the world, Monterey is a paradise for anything salty, romantic, artistic, and rustic. Aside from its beaches, there are many eccentric shops, art galleries, and acclaimed golf courses. It’s also a to-go place for good food and wine. Here are five lovely and affordable boutique hotels in Monterey  that match this city’s charming vibe. Photo by eddie vita via Trover.com Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay: Nautical Inspirations Staying at Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay equals premium relaxation by the splendid coast. The design of the 379 guestrooms reflects the beauty and serenity […]