Amusing Philippine English Expressions Filipinos Say

Oh, the things Filipinos say! What are your favorites?

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Let’s talk about money

The Bank of the Philippine Islands or BPI has had a long banking history in the Philippines. As the oldest bank in the Philippines and also the oldest in Far East Asia, no bank paints a clearer historical picture than the Bank of the Philippine Islands.

Must Try Eats in Siargao *Updated 2019*

Siargao is (so far) my favorite island in the Philippines, and is considered as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines. Most of the tourist activity is centered in General Luna in Siargao, and there are plenty of gems in the area to dine, party, and do activities. If it's your first time to visit the beautiful island, this blog will help you identify the must-sees.

Amazing Cebu Drone Reel by Abigail Aquino

Talk about girl power. I am a big fan of this young, bright and talented woman from Cebu: Abigail Aquino. She was a former student of mine when I taught in the University of San Carlos - School of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design a few years back. Now, I have seen her work online … Continue reading Amazing Cebu Drone Reel by Abigail Aquino

What to Expect: Flying as a Million Miler

Is flying million miler really worth the experience? I'll tell you. I have two travel personas. The first is when I travel alone or with my usual travel buddies. We backpack, stay in hostels, economy seats, eat in food carts and fly budget airlines, trying to get the most out of our buck. The second, … Continue reading What to Expect: Flying as a Million Miler

10 Moments of Reverse Culture Shock in the Philippines

A few years back I had written an article entitled 10 MOMENTS OF CULTURE SHOCK IN EUROPE AS A FILIPINO that had gotten widely popular. What happens though when you lived overseas for a while and come back to your home country? 'Reverse Culture Shock', according to my quick search in Google, is the emotional & psychological distress suffered by … Continue reading 10 Moments of Reverse Culture Shock in the Philippines

Ultimate Cebu Nightlife Guide for Travelers *Updated 2018*

THIS BLOG POST HAS BEEN RECENTLY UPDATED ON SEPTEMBER 2018. For a lot of travelers, nightlife is ineluctably part of their itinerary. Sure, sightseeing and tours are a great way to see the city–but how do you truly know a city unless you’ve seen the night lights… unless you’ve mingled with the locals? To upcoming tourists … Continue reading 2018 Cebu nightlife guide

What if I lost my Philippine passport?

Help! I lost my Philippine passport! Losing a passport is one of the most stressful things that could happen to a traveler, especially when abroad. In fact, it is also one of my biggest fears (gasp!)--I can imagine the headache and the hassle you have to go through, as well as the change of plans and expenses you will … Continue reading What if I lost my Philippine passport?

The Filipino Identity Crisis

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, and on rare occasions, Chinese or Japanese. But never Filipino. When I tell them my real identity (like Batman), two reactions … Continue reading The Filipino Identity Crisis