Saturday, June 18, 2016

Photo Diary: Vietnam

Vietnam will always have a special place in my heart. It all started with my penchant for Miss Saigon. I would always listen to all of its songs whenever I'm bored and I got more curious about this country after studying its history back in high school and college (see, I was really a nerd). Two years ago, I got the chance to visit Vietnam twice on the same period. I was in awe. Saigon is beautiful. It's actually a beautiful mess - motorcyclists who were ready to bend traffic rules, buildings haphazardly built in the central district of the city, and huge sequoias beautifully lined up along the city's narrow streets and public parks.

Okay, I'll just keep this short, Here's my Vietnamese photo diary. Places visited: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), and Mui Ne. I am hoping to explore Hanoi, Hue, and Da Nang in the near future.

Photo Diary: MNL, PH

There is something about Manila. As much as I hate experiencing its notorious gridlock traffic, I will always keep on coming back to Manila. Heck, I wasn't even born and raised there! My recent trip in Manila wasn't really part of my original plan but, yeah, you figured it already. Talking about spontaneity.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Necessary Ski Gear for Any Wannabe Professional

As with any sport, you need the right gear if you want to practice it safety and correctly. Skiing is no different and if you’re thinking about hitting the slopes anytime soon, you’ll need to be outfitted correctly. Would Batman fight the Joker without his suit? No. Will you tackle the Matterhorn without your helmet? No, you will not. Here’s what you’ll need.

The Best Alternative Beach Holidays

I love beach holidays as much as the next person, but you have to agree that they aren’t always the best holiday. They are the easiest and most relaxing, sure, but maybe it’s time we broaden our choices a little? Maybe instead of picking up the battered copy of “Best Mediterranean Beach Holidays”, you pick up my guide (you’re already reading it, this is just metaphorical) “The Best Alternatives to Mediterranean Beach Holidays (or Any Beach Holiday for that Matter)”. The title’s a bit long, but I’m working on it.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

10 Telltale Signs You’re Actually a Davaoeño

Believe it or not, this paradise is only 15 minutes away from Davao by boat.
See also: Another unrelated cover photo but this looks beautiful.

Everywhere you go, you’ll encounter this formidable creature *ehem*. Well for one, you won’t hardly notice that they’re around until they start talking about their preferences in food or anything about their local pop culture. If you’re unsure you’ve met one, here are the 10 signs that your officemates, housemates, or your friends are from Davao. Or maybe you're starting to become one.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Photo Diary: Wonderful Indonesia

I'm itching to travel again and I can no longer contain my excitement for my upcoming birthday trip! And for my photo diary series, I'm going to feature our neighboring archipelagic country - Indonesia. This country is more than just a chain of active stratovolcanoes with exotic animal and plant species thriving around it. Like the Philippines, it is home to millions of multicultural communities, historical architectures, local languages, and local cuisines. Last year, I explored Jakarta, Bandung, Bogor, and Yogyakarta.

Here are some of photos that I truly love from my Indonesian adventure last year. Weapon of choice: Canon EOS 1100D.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Perfect the Art of Traveling Light

The thrill of traveling to exotic places and experiencing new adventures appeals to most people, but the hassles and headaches of getting to these locations is daunting. If you ask world travelers, they will tell you that traveling light and minimizing your packing is by far the best way to go. Airline baggage costs keep getting higher and the last thing you want is to pack, unpack and repack a 50-pound bag at every stop along the way. Use the following tips to perfect your packing like a pro and travel lighter and happier.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Last Day in Taipei, Taiwan

Our last day in Taipei was indeed bittersweet. We were scheduled to leave Taipei at around midnight so we still had 12 hours to make the most out of it. Haha! We're talking about last minute shopping at Ximending and Shilin Markets, a quick tour in one of the capital's contemporary museums, and digging ourselves with their best xiao long baos and pork buns.

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