The Rising Burma

Five years ago around this time, in one hot summer day in Singapore, I woke up to a good news from a dear friend that I’ll get a chance to tour Myanmar for free.  I was set to go back home in Manila after finishing a 10 month-contract in an F&B company, so I thought…

#Taiwanderlust: Discovering the Underrated Asian Dragon

It’s only been half a year since Taiwan has opened up and relaxed its visa rules for its Asia Pacific neighbors, and already we’re seeing a surge in tourists arrivals in Taipei. In 2016 alone, there was a 25% spike in the number of Filipinos who visited this island-nation barely the size of Luzon. These were 172,475…

8 Things I Learned in Kansai

Here are a few things worth noting when visiting what is dubbed to be the cultural and historical heart of Japan that is the Kansai region.

Exploring Myanmar: Smiles, Spirituality Shine in the Golden Land

Time is gold, as the popular saying goes. In the country known as The Golden Land, time is ticking, development is creeping in, and now is the time to pack your bags and witness its beauty. Myanmar, formerly named Burma was secluded under the military rule for more than 50 years. It was only five…

Horror Story in Denmark: ‘I think I just experienced racism’

Oct. 27, 2016 Dear Airbnb: A few weeks ago, I just experienced the worst Airbnb stay in my life. In just a span of three days and two nights, I have been humiliated, discriminated and talked down upon as a Filipino. I think I might have experienced racism too. Here’s my story. On October 7,…

If You Want to Study Abroad

International students bring in £10 billion to the United Kingdom each year, according to estimates from the British Council. I am part and parcel of that economic drive, thank you very much. It is what I remind myself everyday as an immigrant living in post-Brexit UK. I feel a sense of pride for five minutes…

Manobo: Dugo sa Lupaing Ninuno

“Mag-ingat kayo sa mga Manobo. Hindi edukado ‘yan. Lolokohin lang kayo ng mga ‘yan.” Iyan ang unang babalang natanggap namin sa muling pagtungtong namin sa Mindanao ngayong Agosto. Isang pa-retirong guro sa bayan ng Hinatuan ang nagpabatid sa amin nito — ang mga Manobo’y wala raw pinag-aralan at mga mandurugas. Hindi raw sila dapat pagkatiwalaan sa aming…

Madagascar: Brothers at Sea

It was a Sunday treat: a gentle tropical breeze skimmed over the glassy waters of Nosy Be, at the north-west tip of Madagascar; there was barely a cloud decorating the picturesque island. It was a good day to explore. I wanted to learn from locals about Malagasy reality and how they build their lives from…

Backpacking Bohol

I rarely go out of town during the Holy Week, as I grew up in a devout Catholic household. But my birthday coincided with Maundy Thursday this year. It’s been my tradition to travel on my birthday week partly to escape office pizza requests. But mostly, I find it romantic to turn in a new year on…

The Treasures of Turkey

Days ago, a suicide bomb blast killed 10 people at the heart of Istanbul. The attack targeted Sultahnamet Square, an old district flocked by thousands of tourists everyday. It was the latest in a series of bombings that rocked Turkey in recent months. I stayed in Turkey for 15 days last October to attend the United Nations Convention…