May 18, 2016

Dear Isa: It Is All Right to Not Travel

My name is Isa, I’m  also from the Philippines. I discovered your blog through your recent travel essay on leaving everything behind to travel the world. Consider me a new follower of your blog; while I envy that you have seen as much of the world as you possibly can (a goal that I’m setting for myself); I’m also thankful for the piece you wrote which echoes my own thoughts on the constant in-between-ness of indulging one’s wanderlust and the constraints that real life presents. I used to share the same mentality of filling one’s passport with adventure and what-not, […]
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.