November 5, 2019
Philippines Travel Guide

EL NIDO TRAVEL GUIDE 2019 | Things to Do in El Nido, Palawan

An Updated El Nido Travel Guide 2019. Last update is June 2019 PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES | Some years ago, I traveled solo to Coron, Palawan with the intention of meeting and interviewing the Tagbanuas. I did meet the chief, some of the rightful owners of the place, but I did not […]
July 21, 2019
Cameron Highlands Travel Guide

CAMERON HIGHLANDS TRAVEL GUIDE | Things to Do, Where to Stay, What to Eat

Cameron Highlands Travel Guide covers all the essential information you need to make your stay memorable.  I was the only Asian in the 4×4 jeepney. An Israeli couple traveling with their little girl Luna was an endearing sight. The morning air was cool. Everyone donned their cardigan or jacket. I […]
June 1, 2019
Siargao Travel Guide 2019

SIARGAO TRAVEL GUIDE 2019 | 38 Things to Do in Siargao

Last Updated June 2019: This Siargao Travel Guide 2019 covers all the things to do in Siargao. It covers all the essentials you need to know to fully enjoy your trip! No Time to Read It Now? Pin it! Siargao, as a tourist destination, has rebranded itself. Some years ago, […]
April 1, 2019

An Open Letter to My Fellow Travel Bloggers

Dear Fellow Travel Bloggers, In my list of daily chores to do, one task remained unfinished for the past four months: it says, “Japan, at least 1000 words, for god’s sake, Jona.” I am referring to my sponsored week-long trip to Onomichi City, Hiroshima, Japan last November. I have written […]
February 7, 2017
Malaysia Travel Guide Tioman Island Malaysia

MALAYSIA BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE | Budget, Itinerary, and Accommodation

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 […]
January 28, 2017

We’ve Been Warned about a Misogynyst and Poor India, But We Found a Different Country

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 […]
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 […]
April 19, 2016
Leave Everything Behind and Travel the World

Hoi An, Vietnam | Work. Save. Travel. Repeat.

The past two weeks or so have been like an exciting jigsaw of days and ideas and trial and error plans that have often turned out to be the worst decisions, but at other times have pleasantly surprised us. It’s been a detailed board game of buses and hostels and […]
March 4, 2016

Why You Should Stop Calling Us Exotic

He stands out like a sore thumb. He is 6’6″. I am 5’5″ taller than most Filipinas, but I stand like a dwarf beside him. He is white. I’m a dark-skinned Filipina with small eyes. A very odd couple. I know. We were walking around Borobudur (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) last December, […]
February 24, 2016
Filipinas Who Travel Solo

Filipinas Who Travel Solo | Alone, Not Lonely

Earlier last year, I was non-committed and happy with my single-blessedness. A day before Valentine’s Day, I bought a folding bike (from the unexpected teacher’s clothing allowance), rightfully named it Katorse, and biked two towns in southern Cebu on a sunny love day. Oh, yes, alone. READ: Twelve Months of […]
February 11, 2016

Ten Philippine Destinations Where Your $100 Can Go Far

Said the overly quoted Pico Iyer, “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, […]
February 7, 2016

Wanna Make Your Blog Popular? Travel the Philippines and Praise or Bitch It

Here in Cebu, local travel bloggers often meet fellow travel bloggers from Luzon or Mindanao for dinner or beer. We would talk about places, travel plans, and other fellow travel bloggers who succumbed to click-bait articles and listicles such as “Five Reasons I Hate Davao City” or “20 Photos from the Philippines, […]