March 25, 2024

Where to Stay in Lugano, Switzerland for First-time Visitors

As someone who grew up surrounded by waters, I found my first Switzerland experience more than a pleasant experience. My German-Swiss partner chose this destination as part of our week-long road trip that started from home (Munich) then to Jesolo, Venice, Lake Como, and then Lugano. I didn’t expect much, […]
March 24, 2024

Everything You Need to Know about Megali Ammos Beach

Picture this: you want to be close to the buzz of Skiathos Town but also crave that laid-back resort vibe. Well, Megali Ammos is your jackpot. First off, let’s talk about the name – Megali Ammos means “large sand” in Greek, and boy, does it live up to its name! […]
March 24, 2024

Your Ultimate Guide: Where to Stay in Skiathos

As an island enthusiast based in Munich, Germany, I understand the profound yearning for the sea. Skiathos, Greece, has become my cherished refuge, offering boundless beaches and the calming presence of the ocean. Fun fact: Did you know that Skiathos is part of the Sporades island group, named after the […]
March 14, 2024

A Guide to the Best English Bookshops in Vienna

Vienna is a beautiful city. Of course, that’s the perspective of a traveler, hmm, scratch that, a tourist whose eyes are glued at these Gothic and Baroque architecture, marveling at the preserved beauty of the bygone years. But there are other Vienna quirks that I find appealing. The subway drunkies […]
March 14, 2024

Moalboal Sardine Run: Your Ultimate Guide from a Local

The Philippines, an archipelagic country facing the Pacific, never runs out of ways to surprise the curious and the wandering. My home island Cebu, for example, has piqued the interest of fellow Filipinos and foreign travelers alike for its incredible and jaw-dropping underwater ecosystem. On top of my list, regardless […]
March 14, 2024

Your Ultimate Guide: How to Get from Cebu City to Moalboal

Living in Cebu City for almost ten years, I tagged Moalboal and Badian as my personal retreats, away from my metropolitan woes and responsibilities. But Moalboal, for its many conveniences and locals, draws me more. I made several friends here and saw some kids grew up. And while I left […]
March 13, 2024

The Best Things to Do in Skiathos, Greece

You’ve probably heard the saying: “You can take the person out of the island, but you can’t take the island out of the person.” For me, born and raised in the tropics, this rings especially true. Since relocating to Munich, Germany, one of my greatest challenges as an island creature […]
February 22, 2024

PUNTA CANA TRAVEL GUIDE | Where to Stay in Punta Cana

Punta Cana Travel Guide which focuses on where to stay in Punta Cana lists down all the all-inclusive resorts and travel tips to make your trip memorable. NO TIME TO READ IT NOW? PIN IT! It is a resort town. No mistake for that. Located on the eastern tip of […]
February 21, 2024

Astoria Palawan Personal Review: An Irresistible and Amazing Staycation in Puerto Princesa

This Astoria Palawan blog review first appeared on my column Down South on I included more photos here to give justice to the beauty of this place. PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES—An egret ambled around my deck, peering through the glass wall of my own sanctuary. It must be looking for food. […]
February 20, 2024

How To Have A Better Road Trip Experience

One idea if you’re looking to get away is to head out on a road trip. It’s a great opportunity to explore new places and have some quality time with your passengers. It doesn’t mean you should just hop in your car and wing it. Instead, there are actions you […]
February 3, 2024

Pokonji Dol Beach: A Little Gem near Hvar Port

All four of us, all girls, coincidentally stayed in the same hostel. One is a courageous young Filipino-American woman, one is from Germany, who has a friend joining her, and this friend happens to Filipino-Swedish. What are the odds to have three Filipinas in a dorm by a coast in […]
January 18, 2024

Paradise by the dashboard light from Bangkok to Koh Tao

One of the world’s best regions for scuba diving and paradisiacal beaches is to be found amongst the Thai islands, specifically the Chumphon Archipelago off the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand. In that cluster of azure-watered coconut-palm fringed beaches lies the island of Koh Tao – a mecca […]