When you're in Taipei, you would never pass up seeing the Taipei 101 in real life, unless you've seen it a million times before. Since it was my parents and I's first time in the city, we didn't pass up on the opportunity to look up at this beautiful skyscraper.
This is the day when I fell helplessly in love with Taiwan. By this time, I've completely lost control of my feelings. This is the day when I wish I could freeze time for a moment and take it all in — the sights, sounds, and smells (yes even the stinky tofu haha)
It's 4AM and my phone's alarm has woken me from slumber. My eyes are still shut as I fumbled around my bed, looking for the damn thing so I could hit the snooze button. Then I remembered that we were going to see the sunrise in the Angkor Wat.
Dear Singapore, here's a confession: I don't exactly know how I should start writing this. Like a giddy lovesick girl writing to her high school crush, I'm choosing my words carefully. I even thought of not writing at all because I feel like words will fail me.
In the Philippines, there's no shortage of beautiful heritage sites. There's the Calle Crisologo in Vigan, the walled city of Intramuros, and Calle Real in Iloilo, to name a few. And of course, there are heritage sites in Negros Occidental that I think everyone should see for themselves.
Last night, I started to do some "spring cleaning" on my laptop's hard drive. It's been a while since the last time I did it and I needed a huge amount of space for more files. I went through my old folders and unearthed some photos I took of my city, Cagayan de Oro.
The month of April has been a busy one for me. Not only did I hustle twice as hard at work but I also explored (and re-explored!) places. This time, my feet took me to The City of Love, Iloilo City, and the mango capital of the Philippines, Guimaras Island, and I tagged my brother and sister along.
There are only a few places that are scored on my heart. One looks a bit like a tear drop and the other is barely even seen on a map. I know I haven't been to a lot of places yet, and there might be others whose beauty will surpass yours. But that time is still to come. I will write about what I know now.
The last leg of our backpacking weekend was San Juan, La Union. From Baguio city, it took us probably more than an hour to reach the town of San Fernando where we chartered a motorized tricycle to take us to the resort we stayed in.
After wandering the cobblestone streets of the old district of Manila — Intramuros, my friends and I went straight to the National Museum of The Philippines. Out of all the places that day, visiting the museum was the one I was most excited about. The place wasn't in our original itinerary.
The much-anticipated backpacking trip has finally happened. Last Friday, two of my high school friends and I flew the first flight bound for Manila to start backpacking around the metro, in Baguio, and in La Union.
Siargao Island is known for its huge waves and chill vibe. The place is probably on every surfer’s dream destination list. But for people who don’t see surfing as their “thing” or for people who want to try the sport but is too afraid to actually do it, there are still tons of places to go and things to do around the island.
The summer was long. There was still so many things my friends and I could do. There was still so many places that we could go before the season ends. We all know that after all this, when the tan lines fade and our skins go back to its natural color; when we trade our shorts and bikinis for black pants, crisp white blouses and blazers — several months will have to pass before we get to do this again. So we packed up and went.
Let me warn you: this post is definitely loaded with tons of photos, and these are already my “chosen ones”. I could have shared a whole lot more but it would take another post to do it. Before you check all of them out, I hope you’ll read this until the end.
“Uy, paghuman sa graduation adto ta ug Bohol ha!” (After graduation, we should go to Bohol!) Everything started with that line several months ago. Back then, there were eight of us who talked and dreamed about escaping to the beautiful island.
One of my blogging goals this year is to write more about my city, its surrounding cities and municipalities. There are quite a lot of cool places and fun things to do that do not get the kind of exposure they deserve. Just like the newly opened Sovereign Skate Park in Tambo, Macasandig
If there’s one period in time that I can go back to, one of those periods would probably be the 70s. I can picture it all in my head: waking up on a Sunday morning, wearing my best dress, listening to Bee Gees’ songs in legit vinyl record and turntable while sipping coffee in a music room. This is what I thought about when me and a few of my college friends went to La Castila Museumlast Friday.
Okay here’s a confession that I don’t frequently tweet about: I am still on a holiday hangover. Out of all the school breaks I’ve had (since god knows when), Christmas breaks are easily my favorite. There’s some kind of magic going on, you know. People are happier and the vibe is lighter. Plus, twinkling multi-colored fairy lights, and Christmas songs playing on the radio instantly puts me into a positive mood.
A day after my co-intern and I finished our duties in Cebu Daily News, we spent a day rewarding ourselves with art and history. Our first stop was supposed to be the Cebu City Public Library but unfortunately it was closed when we got there. So we went to our supposed to be second stop which is Museo Sugbo.
Anyway, during my friends and I’s six-week stay, the MV Logos Hope was also in Cebu City for one month. It is the largest floating bookstore in the world. According to what I’ve read in the internet, it is operated by the German Christian charitable organization GBA Ships. Christian and some classic books are being displayed and sold inside the ship.
Ever since I blogged about Albert and Pebbles’ engagement photos for work, I knew I needed to visit The Henry Hotel. Just by looking at their photos, it made me wish I could teleport to that place right then and there! And yeah... I wished that I’d have my pre-nup photos taken there too.
The first week of me and my co-interns’ stay at Cebu was spent on trying to adjust to the Cebuano lifestyle. We had to learn almost every route, every street, and even every jeepney number. Well it wouldn’t be possible to know all these things without getting lost.
It will always feel so good to visit Cebu. Just when you thought you've seen every interesting place or tried every food or did every activity that the city has to offer, turns out, there will be so much more.
I spent my Monday night and the entire Tuesday feeling like a tourist in my own city. I didn’t exactly went to rediscover some places of my city (though I wish I did) but I just de-stressed in a resort like most tourists do.
This is the third time that I visited the Queen City of the South and as always, Cebu has never failed to continue to amaze me with its high-rise buildings, faster-than-a-speeding-bullet development, good food and culture.
Planning a trip to one country can be overwhelming. You have to look for a place to stay in; book cheap flights; and research where to eat, what to do, and where to go. But planning a trip to three (or more) countries? It's a whole new level of crazy.
Out of all the cities I've visited in the Philippines, Iloilo City has got to be one of my favorites so far. Well for obvious reasons, it's a huge city but they still keep that laid back, small town vibe.
In my first post about Isla de Gigantes, I shared that my obsession with the island started last year. The need to visit the place at least once in my life was so strong that I couldn't stop myself from doing intensive research. It was a challenge to plan and create the itinerary.
A few weeks ago, two people sent me a message on Facebook asking for details about how my high school friends and I were able to visit Baguio City last year. It reminded me of the blog post that was buried in my drafts for months.
The start of every new year makes me feel a familiar kind of high. I'm overwhelmed with hope and excitement for all the experiences I'm going to have, regardless if it's good or bad. This is the same kind of good feeling that I get whenever I plan and go out on a trip.
Siargao Island is a gem. And to be honest, that’s pretty much an understatement. I find it a bit difficult to describe it in words because its beauty is something you can’t easily explain. It must be experienced.
Bohol is one of the 7,107 islands of the Philippines that you shouldn’t miss experiencing at least once in your life. It’s this super chill island located next to Cebu. Though the capital city, Tagbilaran, has huge malls, and popular fast food chains and restaurants, it still maintains it’s “island vibe”.
One of my favorite places to go back almost every year is what people call The Queen City of The South — Cebu. Every time I visit, I get that familiar feeling of comfort that only a home can make you feel.