May 20, 2016
Hipmunk Hotels: Deep South Delights

Hipmunk Hotels: Deep South Delights in Lafayette, Louisville, Durham, and More

This post, “Hipmunk Hotels: Deep South Delights in Lafayette, Louisville, Durham, and More,” appeared on Travel Tweaks, on April 15, 2016. Exploring the American Deep South is a delight for all types of travelers. Civil War and antebellum attractions draw hordes of history buffs each year, while the Cajun, Spanish, and African influences in areas such as Lafayette make foodies everywhere drool a little. Add a few science centers, annual events like the Kentucky Derby, or a few casinos, and you get the full flavors of this region of the American South. Here are a few destinations for you to explore, […]
May 20, 2016

Jubilant | Creatures That Can Make You Squeal

I remember it well: I was busy writing a travel assignment on my phone. Nassefh—a handsome poet from Mindanao and my guardian during my drunk nights in the 54th Silliman University National Writers Workshop, the most sought-after writer workshop in the Philippines—approached me and said that I was not enjoying the moment at all. Indeed, he was right. We were aboard a big boat on our way to Manjuyod Sandbar as our midweek escape from the slaughtering called writing workshop. And there I was glued on my phone, finishing a deadline! Writing a 1000-word travel article on my phone was […]
May 21, 2016

SeaTac: When Affordability Meets Convenience

What comprises a great vacation? It’s the simple things, such as sipping your coffee in a café downtown. Or gazing upward and seeing how the spires of Chateau Ste. Michelle graces the horizon. Or walking around Gig Harbor in early morning or late afternoon and indulging in the bay breeze. Or admiring the magnificence of Mount Rainier. The places that connect Seattle and Tacoma are more than enough to keep interested and excited. To up the thrill, here are some boutique accommodations, five among the affordable hotels in SeaTac area. 
May 22, 2016

Do I Have the “Yellow Fever” Fetish?

The author of this article does not want to be named. This is his response to my article “On Being a Dark-Skinned Filipina Traveling around the Philippines.” Far from being an issue specific to the Philippines, this is a problem everywhere, mostly in places that money is an issue, I think.  When I say “you” below, I don’t mean YOU, the blogger.  Just the general you, as in everyone. I live in New York City, and it’s basically a way of life here that we all complain and think about.  People date based on wealth, apartment location, career advancement…basically any cynical […]