Movies and Shows to Binge During No Travel Period

Streaming services have a wealth of international movies in their library, and give you a very clear glimpse of culture of the country, and maybe you can even learn a few words too--I've learned 'tranquilo!' from Money Heist and 'itadakimasu' from Terrace House. Here are some of the movies, shows and books you can consume if you feel like traveling rn.

Published Stories, Travel Column

Filipino’s Obsession with Bathing

Filipinos are known to love bathing. We do it as frequently as possible, normally twice a day. Some people I know even go as far as bathing thrice daily during the summer! We have more shampoo and soap products and commercials than any other culture (that I know).

COVID, Musings

This Pandemic has Unleashed my Inner Grouch

I could not stand quarantine overachievers. I couldn't stand people who are being productive during this time: doing daily pushups, enrolling online classes, doing meditation or taking up calligraphy. The nerve, people are bettering themselves while here I am, just doing my bare minimum to get through the day!

Country, macau, News


Macau (or sometimes Macao) is a city and special administrative region of China and a former colony of the Portuguese Empire. It is best known, however, for its glitz and glamour: known as the Las Vegas of Asia, in fact bigger and with more money. Do you know that there is a direct Cebu to… Continue reading WHAT TO EXPECT: MACAU

Country, US, what to expect

5 Things that Surprised Me About Living in the USA

Many, many things surprised me about USA when I lived there for a few months on exchange. I could start with guns and politics but let's deviate to more politically correct things, so here are some of the five: Doing chores is super easy! Doing chores is a lot easier in a developed country where… Continue reading 5 Things that Surprised Me About Living in the USA

Country, Food Guide, Philippines, Travel Tips and Guides

Language Classes in the Groceries, Culture Lessons on the Dinner Tables

I HAVE a weird kink that I want to confess: I get super excited with every opportunity to go grocery shopping abroad. It seems like a very mundane thing, but the grocery store is always a potential cultural lesson.

cambodia, Country

Why Westerners are more ‘Independent’ than Asians

One night, I found myself in a hostel bar with other backpackers along the Banana Pancake Trail13 in Southeast Asia. I couldn’t remember exactly where, but I did remember drinking a beer alone in a bar called “Happy Monkey” or “Smelly Pig” or some cheesy name with an animal. Backpacker's Haven I was drinking alone,… Continue reading Why Westerners are more ‘Independent’ than Asians

COVID, Musings, News

COVID Diary Day 6: Boomers Adapt

I'm proud of our boomer and how he is able to adapt to these times. Over the course of six days, I witnessed my 'rents and my friends' rents adapting to technology fairly quickly and well; getting a crash course in remote work via Zoom, media streaming via Netflix, food delivery via Grab and Foodpanda,… Continue reading COVID Diary Day 6: Boomers Adapt

COVID, Musings, News

COVID Diary Day 7: The Rules of Love Have Changed

This is an interesting shift in Tinder's use case, where users previously use Tinder as a meat market for warm bodies within close distance range. Now Tinder could pivot to become a platform for soul connections and worthwhile conversations (after you pass the first and vital visual round mutually, of course.)