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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The multilingual Filipino

“Hey, what language was that?” Nico, my German friend, asked the moment I put my phone down. I just finished a conversation was with my girlfriend from back home, while Nico and I were sat outside the benches in the Fisher Fine Art, where him and I normally studied. (Also, I just wanted to write … Continue reading The multilingual Filipino

How to Apply for DSWD Minor Travel Clearance in Cebu

I remember the feeling of traveling alone when I was only 16. Well it wasn't technically a solo trip--the rest of the family were already in Hong Kong and I had to follow after my finals--but I still remember the thrill of going to the airport, checking in my luggage, going through immigrations and finally … Continue reading How to Apply for DSWD Minor Travel Clearance in Cebu

2018 Cebu nightlife guide

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

The Filipino Traveler 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 … Continue reading The Filipino Traveler Identity Crisis

Suggested itinerary: 4 days in Siargao, Philippines

Siargao is just one of the 7,000 islands in the Philippines, but it is quite well-known around the world for one thing: surfing. Siargao has now become synonymous to surfing, attracting an international crowd of surfers during surfing season to experience the island's acclaimed large, smooth and hollow-tubed waves. Siargao is best known as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, and the … Continue reading Suggested itinerary: 4 days in Siargao, Philippines

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.

10 best eats in Siargao

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.

10 Things That Changed Since I’ve Become a New Mom

Three weeks ago, I received a message from the awesome Fiona of Sunstar Weekend, asking if they could feature me and Caleb for their Mother's Day Issue. It never really dawned on me until that point: Oh right. I am a mom! I can't believe I forgot.