November 21, 2013

Project Rebuild for Haiyan Survivors

To donate, click here or directly deposit it  through Paypal under the email backpackingwithabook@gmail.com. More than food, survivors need shelter and livelihood to start their life anew—after Haiyan claimed and orphaned thousands of lives, damaged billions-worth of properties, left thousands homeless and jobless, traumatized those who survived. We will help them in building their life and we will start with their livelihood. The donation will be used in repairing fishermen’s boats in different towns in northern Cebu. We will also conduct art therapy for kids. We have coordinated with reputed organizations in different towns and photos will be posted here. You […]
January 15, 2014

DOWN SOUTH | Who Did You Spend 2013’s Last Sunset with?

Inside the tunnel-like tent, it was hot. So Nanay in her 70s chased the shade running scarce in the treeless lot at Cebu South Road Properties. She sat on a kid’s stool in the tent’s shade with her sunglasses on. The younger ones huddled at the big tent in the center of the city of temporariness and karaoked. A man announced there would be a mass later on. The altar, to my personal amusement, would be the very place where the TV and speakers were. A foreign visitor sang “Find light in the beautiful sea, I choose to be happy,” […]
January 26, 2015

GADGET REVIEW: Star Mobile Diamond V7

January, despite its awesomeness, was kinda pain in the ass, gear-wise. Now, my year-old netbook would not function unless plugged, my two-year-old Android phone, Cherry Mobile Omega HD’s screen froze. Well, I dropped it at least ten times in December alone. I used it as a hotspot and placed it by the kitchen hanging cabinet. Now, I am not really techie. I just need a phone that is receptive to Internet and has a good camera. After two days of visiting a phone shop, I decided to get another locally made smart phone: Star Mobile Diamond V7. Its mobile Internet data […]
February 5, 2015

Things to Do in Singapore

You have been warned: Singapore City, unlike its neighboring Asian cities, can cause fatal damage to your travel fund, especially if you are set to travel long-term. It is expected that a city as neat, organized, and safe as Singapore, a complete opposite of its neighbors, comes with a price. After all, a good night’s sleep and a relaxing trip require more than a comfortable bed. But fear not—there are many affordable hotels in Singapore. But not everything in this city is expensive. Contrary to the rumors you may have heard, there are actually awesome destinations that you can experience […]