The second largest city in Japan, Osaka, is a stark contrast from Tokyo. The local themselves don’t mind a hearty laugh. There is even a joke among Japanese that you know someone is Osakan when the voice is boisterous and unrestricted. Like its lovely locals, Osaka itself has some interesting places and local culture that have escaped the radars of most travelers. If you find yourself in the city up north, indulge in some Osakan comforts, and try doing something new and whimsical. Experience a different and more authentic Osaka.
Before traveling to India, I braced myself for the possible unpleasant encounters with misogyny and utter poverty I often heard from news. Some said, expect people to poo by the road. Yeah, we saw that. Even stepped onto one in Old Delhi. Expect to be tailed. Yes, we experienced that. Expect to be groped. Hmm, that I did not experience, but I experienced my boob being elbowed, my butt touched. Intentionally? I would not know. We expected and prepared for the worst. But surprise, surprise! There are actually many places in India that are women-friendly, places that make you feel comfortable […]
Small countries like Singapore have this certain charm that big countries lack. For a young nation like Singapore, its economical growth is incredibly rapid. In fact, it is one of the most expensive countries to travel to. But that does not there is no room for budget travelers. Travelers can save when booking their Singapore hotel early and by planning your trip before you go. One curious fact about this tiny country is its widespread café culture. There is obviously a huge demand for it, especially among university students and young professionals. Indeed, you can explore the city through its cafes. Here […]
UPDATED DECEMBER 2017 | MALAYSIA BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE | Hello there! A version of this guide is posted on Rappler. You see, Malaysia is often my jumpoff point for my past trips (Indonesia, India, Australia). I’be been there five times already. During my recent 12-day trip, my partner and I spent most of our days in Kuala Lumpur, Mersing, and Tioman Island. That being said, if there are places in Malaysia you plan to visit, shoot me a comment below, I might have a word or two suggestions for you. I do not know if I should be proud of […]