December 2, 2015

Changes! Changes!

It feels like April here in Cebu; for someone who brags about the seeming eternal summer in her country, I find the heat almost unbearable. And for someone who brags about having a life-work balance, here I am so caught up with revising Backpacking with a Book’s feel and content. […]
November 24, 2015

5 Easy Tips for Getting Amazing Sleep on the Road

This post, 5 Easy Tips for Getting Amazing Sleep on the Road, first appeared on Tailwind, Hipmunk’s blog, on November 15, 2015. If you find that your sleep quality decreases while traveling, you’re not alone. A National Sleep Foundation poll found that most adults prefer the comfort and calm of their […]
August 23, 2015

Why Now Is The Time To Visit These Landscapes Affected By Climate Change

This post, “Why Now Is The Time To Visit These Landscapes Affected By Climate Change,” was posted by thehipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on August 3, 2015.  Climate change is real, and it’s having a significant impact on some of the world’s most stunning, unique, and precious landscapes. Rising global temperatures, along with industrialization, […]
June 4, 2015

OUR SKIN DIARY: We Are also Invincible

Hello, I just read your article about your responses to being dark-skinned etc. My wife was born with dark skin as she is a Filipina Jamaican, born and educated in manila. Forty years ago, she migrated to Australia and worked there till we retired two years ago. Iam an Australian. We live in Manila permanently. […]
May 24, 2015

Sun.Star Cebu l A Pretentious Solo Backpacker Joined a Tour for the First Time

I forgot to bring a jacket. The air was thick with the distinct smell of an air-conditioned vehicle. A slightly smaller yellow bus, three vans, and some private Pajeros were in front of our bus, the biggest among the rest. I took the number of vehicles as premonitions and folded […]
May 18, 2015

Five Soulful Boutique Hotels in Seoul

Blog Post Type: Summary of a City Guide Seoul is a soulful city. Like most megacities in the world, Seoul is homogeneous, peopled, and future-oriented. For a discerning traveler, you can see the many contrasts around. What makes Seoul soulful then? It is this very reality: posh cars and motorcycles […]
May 15, 2015

Five Awesome Boutique Hotels in Amsterdam

Hipmunk City Love/Top Cities Project Best Of Hotels Arched bridges, passageways, and quintessential houses along canals and rivers are the instant images Amsterdam conjure.  For locals living in this city, it feels like being a detail in a painting. For the visiting nonlocals, it feels like looking at a living […]
April 18, 2015

The Other Anaheim and More

Anaheim – Hipmunk City Love/Top Cities Summary of a City Guide Blog Post #3 Anaheim’s image has long been judged as the home of Mickey Mouse and his cohorts, where everyone wears the brightest smile and the most colorful costumes. But Orange County is more than Disneyland. The real OC […]
March 17, 2015

On Content Writing and Travel Funding

  At this very moment, I am on a slow ship to Iloilo. It is quarter to eleven in the evening, and surprisingly the Internet connection still looks good. The last real entry on this blog was my narrative on “Whang Od and Her Village” that saw print on Sunstar last month. […]
February 27, 2015

5 Cheap Singapore Hotels to Choose from

  Blog Type Post – Best of List Acclaimed for its elegant architecture, manicured urban landscapes, and sumptuous dishes, Singapore attracts both oriental and western travelers. But some hesitate to venturing here; rumors have it that Singapore is only meant for posh travelers and can leave a big hole in […]
February 23, 2015

Four Absolutely Free Places to Visit in Paris

Blog Post Type: Planning a Trip to a CityIf Paris is a movie, undoubtedly it is a love story. You may deny it, but it sometimes crosses your mind that you play the leading role, and Paris is your beautiful partner in everything you long to do.Such romance can be […]
February 12, 2015

The Singapore That You May Not Know

A small city like Singapore risks being judged as dull and predictable. Sure, its sleek high rises like Marina Bay Sands can awe people for its architectural delight, especially at night. But what else can a tiny, highly urbanized city offer visitors? Contrary to popular opinion, small cities have charms that big […]