August 15, 2016

DOWN SOUTH | Of Trails and Traces in Chiang Mai

This post first appeared on my travel column Down South on interaksyon.com on June 12, 2016. Included more photos here. 😉 I grew up climbing trees, hunting wild guavas, assigning names to animals to pass them off as friends, and wishing there was a living river nearby. Life would have […]
June 22, 2016
Bantigue Beach, Malapascua Island, Cebu

How to Find the Best Flight Deals for Your Next Trip! Personally Tested Tips!

When I’m traveling abroad, finding the cheapest flight deals can be an ordeal. Flights take the biggest cut in overall travel expenses. And for a budget traveler like me, I sometimes cringe for the money I spend on flights. Here are some personally tested flight deal hacks! Best Flight Deals […]
June 12, 2016

Dear Kai, It Is All Right to Be a Tourist

Dear Kai, Some weeks ago, you asked me about your Southeast Asian trip. Is a three-day trip too short for three countries: Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh) – Cambodia (Pomp Penh) – Thailand (Bangkok)? I said that you’re such an addict—an expression I used when I did not know exactly what […]
June 11, 2016

Five Things Solo Filipina Travelers Have to Deal With

For most of my travels, I’ve been moving out and about on my own, which I love very much and makes me vulnerable to all sorts of weird quips and questions from people that I met on the road. A few days ago, a friend posted on Facebook about her […]
June 10, 2016
How to do your own laundry on your trips

Backpacking Makes You Wear Undies Two Days Straight! Wh-wh-what?!

Otherwise Known as Personally Tested Tips on Doing Your Own Laundry while Traveling One lesson you would learn from backpacking, according to an article I have read online (written by a western female backpacker, if that matters), is that undies could go for two days straight. The reason? Because of the […]
June 9, 2016
Affordable Hotels in Virginia Beach USA

There Is Nothing More Beautiful Than Getting Lost at La Jolla

Rugged cliffs overlooking the Pacific as it relentlessly hits the shore, empty beaches beckoning you to walk, sunny days warming not only your skin but also your soul and sole are three of the many things waiting for you in La Jolla, a coastal city in California. Its beach culture […]
June 6, 2016

It Is Fine to Fall in Love with Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara evokes images of sleek and tall palm trees dotting the road loyal to the coast. Adventure is at the heart of the city. Be it kayaking through the Channel Islands’ caves or trekking around Santa Ynez’s mountains, this quaint coastal city does not disappoint. Plus, there are beaches, […]
May 29, 2016
t 35 Eco Mountain Resort

West 35 Eco Mountain Resort Blog Review | A Dream Realized

This West 35 Eco Mountain Resort blog review first appeared on my column Down South on Interaksyon.com. Added some more photos here. CEBU, PHILIPPINES—This morning, it bloomed. Nothing could be happier for a gardener than to see a mere cutting from somewhere else flourish in her own garden. This fuchsia […]
May 27, 2016
Letter to My Passport

LETTERS | Dear Passport, We Will Go Far and Wide

Dear Passport, After my two-hour session with the fifteen-year-old, I transferred to the café’s al fresco area for my other personas to work—the content writer and social media manager, the other selves that must stay connected with the virtual and often fake world. Please remind me that these personas are […]
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.  […]
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. […]
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 […]