Country, macau, News

WHAT TO EXPECT: MACAU

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.

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Country, Europe, france, Published Essays, Published Stories, Travel Column

That Time I was Robbed in Europe

I didn’t have a very good experience on my arrival in my first time in Paris. Quite literally I was robbed on my first day . . . of a box of pizza.

Philippines, Published Stories, Travel Column

The Filipino Identity Crisis

Spotify Anchor Support During my travels, I’ve been constantly approached and asked where I come from. For fun, I make a game out of it to let them guess. Most commonly, I’ve been perceived to be Thai. I’ve also been thought to be: Singaporean, Nepali, Kazakhstani, oddly Russian, and on rare occasions, Chinese or Japanese.… Continue reading The Filipino Identity Crisis

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, Philippines

COVID Diary Day 8: WTFs Emergency Powers?

From the lawmakers of the House of Representatives: 'TOGETHER WITH DOCTORS AND FRONTLINERS, WE WENT TO WORK FOR YOU, SO PLEASE STAY AT HOME FOR US'

cebu, COVID, Musings, Philippines

COVID Diary Day 2: How to be Productive rn

Isaac Newton had to stay at home during the Black Plague, too. While quarantined, he used the time to develop his greatest work, including the theory of gravity and the basis of calculus. (College students, thank the pandemic for the birth of calculus.)

Country, COVID, Musings, News, Philippines

COVID Diary Day 4: Philippine Stock Market Closes (…and Reopens)

On Tuesday, March 17, 2nd day of imposed lockdown, I woke up to the news that the Philippine Stock Exchange is closed 'until further notice'. Pin needle drops. I've heard a lot of COVID-19 news over the past months, but this is the moment I knew that shit just got real. I don't know a… Continue reading COVID Diary Day 4: Philippine Stock Market Closes (…and Reopens)