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
“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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Europe has always been a place of wonder and romance for me--a place from dreams of a little child. I thought I've read enough books seen enough Downton Abbey to prepare myself on what Europe is like. But, just like marriage, you can never be fully prepared for what's to come. Here are 10 moments of culture shock you'll likely experience as a Filipino traveler!
Applying for a UK visa doesn't need to be stressful. You just need to be prepared and do ample research far ahead. If you're reading my blog right now--good job! You just aced the research part. I have divided the UK tourist visa application process in four steps: 1. Preparation, 2. Online Application, 3. Appointment and 4. Waiting Period.