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

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2016 Cebu nightlife guide

This blog post was written on 2016. 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 and travelers to … Continue reading 2016 Cebu nightlife guide

What if I lose my Philippine passport?

This blog post was written on 2016. 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 … Continue reading What if I lose my Philippine passport?

Jiufen & Shifen: Japanese spirits in Taiwan’s old towns

Did you know that Taiwan was actually Japan's first colony? You can still feel it, once you step on the shores of Taiwan--you can feel a little bit of China, and a little bit of Japan... but don't tell the Taiwanese that. Japan wanted to show off to the world that they can also do the imperial colonizing … Continue reading Jiufen & Shifen: Japanese spirits in Taiwan’s old towns

Taipei, Taiwan and what to expect

For Filipinos, Taiwan isn't something we typically think of as a 'tourist destination'. When it comes to traveling abroad, we dream of going to Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore or Thailand--we often forget about visiting Taipei, Taiwan, which is only 1,000 km from the Philippines. This is why Taipei is so beautiful in its own way--an … Continue reading Taipei, Taiwan and what to expect

How to Score Cheap Flights to Europe

  'You must lead a very glamorous lifestyle, traveling to Europe a lot.' One of the biggest misconceptions of my life. I wish I had Blair Waldorf's problems, but sincerely, I don't. The truth is, I'm just very resourceful. You can score tickets to Europe for as low as PHP 20,000 round trip, if you … Continue reading How to Score Cheap Flights to Europe

How to Travel Green: Responsible & Sustainable Travel

We travel for a number of reasons: to escape, to live, to love. We travel to be reunited with nature, to rekindle my hope in humanity, to get in touch with the world. It's all for the sake of love for self, for mankind and for planet. Personally, this connection is priceless: hence I will always … Continue reading How to Travel Green: Responsible & Sustainable Travel

Travel quotes to inspire you to see the world

I'd like to share with you some of my favorite travel quotes that inspire me every day to go out there and appreciate the world. Enjoy, and share your favorite quotes too! “Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” – Babs Hoffman … Continue reading Travel quotes to inspire you to see the world

Hong Kong Disneyland for Babies

Caleb had his first Disneyland experience as a baby, at 18 months old. Many would argue he was too young for Disneyland. Sure--he'll probably never remember most of it. Yes--maybe I could have waited when he was a little older. But if you have the opportunity, I'd still recommend parents to take their babies to Disneyland. I didn't care; Caleb … Continue reading Hong Kong Disneyland for Babies

Siargao guide for non-surfers

Siargao is paradise for surfers--- and non-surfers, too. If you don't surf, there's more to Siargao then just surfing. Of course, I would highly recommend that you make 'learn to surf' a top priority on your itinerary, but if it's really not your thing, here are some activities you can do beyond surfing.