Hey, Taipei!

Planning a trip to Taipei? Ask someone who’s been there and you’ll probably hear some of these: (1) The food is great! (2) You’ll love the food! (3) The food is great, you’ll love it! Get the idea yet? But more than the food, which surely is not overrated, there’s a whole lot more to…

Phuket Escapade

“I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for. Because it’s not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something. And if you find that moment … it lasts forever.” – The Beach, 2000…

Life in Siargao

Siargao Island – a place where smart phones are not a thing. In this day and age, you’d almost always expect people to be bowed down to their smartphones wherever there is a signal (even where and when there’s none, really) but in Siargao, locals seem very much content with a basic “call and text” kind…

Pause and Reset

I lost count how many times I’ve said I wanted a “reset”. Most of which were blurted out of mere ignorance, perhaps part of that sense of entitlement you feel as a juvenile, back when you knew less but thought you knew better, back when you had the audacity to think that the world owes…

Falling for Melbourne

Melbourne – what’s not to love? As I reach the end of my journey and reminisce my wonderful past few weeks, one of the things I gathered is my heightened thirst to learn and see more of Australia, all of its states and cities, which I have no doubt that all have unique compelling beauty and resounding rich…

Coffee Lovin’ in Melbourne

Coffee. Almost everyone who heard about my getaway to Melbourne told me I would absolutely enjoy the cafes in the city. Even as a child, my palate has always had the appreciation to the sweet and bitter taste of coffee, so this part of Melbourne is one of the things I’m most excited about when I…

Do You Wanna Build a…

I have been looking forward to this trip for months. I had it all planned out in my head. I will get enough sleep to have full energy for this day long “do you wanna build a snowman?” tour. But nope, this was scheduled on a Sunday, and naturally my friends and I had a…

Melbourne’s Yarra Valley

One of the places that I’ve always wanted to see in Sydney is the Hunter Valley. Unfortunately, I’ve gotta try and add that one again to my “to do” list on my next visit. Luckily, our friend who lives in Melbourne found this promising, fine looking half day tour – Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Tours….

Hello again, Sydney!

So this trip didn’t go exactly as planned when I booked my flight months ago. In fact I was not even able to use that flight at all. I had to come few days in advance to… Work. But hey, that was another fun story in its own way, however I won’t bore you into…

Cola

It’s been 17 days since the day you passed away. And half the time, I’m still not completely convinced that I won’t see you again. It’s ironic really. I’m often cynical about a lot of things, but even when you were starting to get weaker on your last days, somehow I believed deep down that you’ll…

Say A Little Prayer – A Glimpse of Abu Dhabi

When you see someone pray, do you wonder what that person prays for? When I travel, it’s thrilling to get the rare chance to have even just a tiny glimpse of various culture unfamiliar to me. Often, the difference with a certain culture is apparent through its spiritual belief and the deviation of its religious structure. While I’m always…

Mt. Pinatubo: Beauty Out of Catastrophe

This trip is part of our “Mission: Bring Back My Sunshine” The plan came about in the middle of a rant-jam-packed-dinner. See, no matter how yummy the pizza is, there’s nothing more of a downer than a night-long worth of stress talk, even if you have an ice-cold beer next to it. We kept on…