When Travel Becomes An Escape

When Travel Becomes An Escape
I’ve always wanted to escape my reality. I hated routine. I hated my job. I hated that I’m not skilled enough to have a career out of my passion. I hated the fact that I seem to be forever financially dependent on my 9 to 5 job. I was getting sick and tired of my...

Turkey: Stories from Ephesus and Hierapolis

Turkey: Stories from Ephesus and Hierapolis
The sleepy town of Selcuk was my first stop in Turkey. I wanted to see the ancient Greek city of Ephesus. After my 12 hour direct flight to Istanbul, I hopped on another 1 hour flight from Istanbul to Izmir. I waited for almost 2 hours at the train station because their train time intervals...

Cancelled Flight: Cappadocia Part II

Cancelled Flight: Cappadocia Part II
Since all the air balloon flights were cancelled on my second day in Cappadocia, I planned a sunrise hike instead. I set my alarm at 6am and actually woke up before the alarm went off, but my legs won’t move. I just lied awake on my comfortable bed for an hour before I actually got...

Endless Hike: Cappadocia Part I

Endless Hike: Cappadocia Part I
I woke up for the nth time to shift to another position. My bum usually gets sore if I sit in one position for way too long. I was on a ten hour bus ride from Pamukkale to Cappadocia. My watch tells me its 5am. The morning light was slowly starting to creep in to the night sky....

Field Guide: Tokyo to Osaka

Field Guide: Tokyo to Osaka
If you are visiting Japan anytime soon and you want to travel to different cities from Tokyo to Osaka, you can refer to this sample itinerary guide. We stayed for 10 nights in Japan and we visited 6 cities/towns. I’m not gonna lie, Japan is expensive, but totally worth it. I have listed the must...

10 Things I wish I Knew Before I Went To Japan

10 Things I wish I Knew Before I Went To Japan
 1. Japanese people love stairs. Their metros don’t have escalators. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating. But one thing you need to understand about Japan’s metro especially Tokyo is that, it’s a complex maze of lines and exits. The most important thing that you need to find to get to your destination quickly is the correct line...

India: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

India: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
The reaction that I got when I told some people that I was going to India was hilarious. They were so surprised that out of all the countries in the world, I chose India as my next destination. The usual question was “What’s in India?” followed by “Are you trying to find an Indian husband?” which...

Field Guide: South Korea

Field Guide: South Korea
South Korea was surprisingly an easy destination. There were a lot of cheap and great options for accommodation, the food was good and inexpensive, and the places and the entrance fees were not unreasonably priced. Word of advice though, properly time your visit during spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. You can check the cherry...

The Rugged Beauty of Itbayat, Batanes

The Rugged Beauty of Itbayat, Batanes
Few months before our Batanes trip, my delusional friend aka Tahimik Na Manlalakbay has been telling me that we should explore the northernmost, UNinhabited island of Batanes, which is Mavudis. We had 10N/11D to spend in Batanes, we had plenty of time. But as much as I love off the beaten paths, I would never brave the crashing...

First Impressions On South Korea

First Impressions On South Korea
Listen to me read this piece by clicking the play button. I went to South Korea with very low expectations. I’m not a KPop fan, I don’t watch Koreanovelas, I’m not a fan of their cosmetics or Korean fashion. I cant even remember studying their history. When a housemate asked me to take a photo...

3 Things I Learned As An Introvert Traveler

3 Things I Learned As An Introvert Traveler
I had one reason why it took me so long to try traveling solo.  I’m not worried about getting lost or getting mugged and starved to death. No, what worried me most is getting out there and be with strangers. I consider myself as an introvert traveler. I’m the most socially awkward person on earth. I don’t...

A Place to Slow Down and Breathe: Cameron Highlands

A Place to Slow Down and Breathe: Cameron Highlands
Here’s the truth about chasing one’s dream, sometimes it can be really exhausting. This is not to discourage you or anything, that’s the last thing that I want to happen. I just want to be honest with you. Not everyday is easy and inspiring. Sometimes I want to cry out of frustration because I’m still not...

Tourist Vs Traveler, Which One Are You?

Tourist Vs Traveler, Which One Are You?
I came across a series of illustrations from the internet about the ways of traveling of a tourist vs a traveler. As I go through it, I cant help but get annoyed at how shallow and pretentious it was. It somehow suggests that one is better than the other based on their traveling style. It’s stupid, surfaced-level and plain...

Gratitude Launch Giveaway

Gratitude Launch Giveaway
Today is a huge deal. When I bought my domain, I didn’t know what to do with it. I just started writing posts and slowly develop this website into what it is now. I didn’t realize how hard it is to start a serious blog. All the technical details made me want to pull my hair...

Handwritten Words

Handwritten Words
When was the last time you gave a handwritten note to someone? Or the last time you wrote in your journal? You probably can’t remember. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We live in a technology obsessed world and hand writing is clearly a dying platform. I have always been an advocate of handwritten words. I don’t exactly...

Using Google Flights

Using Google Flights
Hey dear friends, have you tried using google flights yet? I think it’s the best tool for travelers in the web right now. I’m so happy I found out about it. I usually spend my idle times searching for flights even when I’m not going anywhere. Keeping an eye for cheap flights have sort of become a...

Traveling With X100s

Traveling With X100s
“Is that analogue?” asked by a good looking guy that I just met while pointing at my camera. We were on our way to Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang, Malaysia. He was a solo backpacker from Manila, he decided to tag along with us since we were all going in the same direction. I...

No, Don’t Dare to Dive

No, Don’t Dare to Dive
“Breathe in through your mouth and breathe out through your nose, so you can clear the water in your mask.” Our dive instructor have to repeat this countless times until I finally learned how. It was my first time to dive and I was nervous as hell. Two years ago, I was on a 6 day...

You Don’t Have to Quit Your Job to Travel

You Don’t Have to Quit Your Job to Travel
Have you ever heard of the Travel Blogger Cliche: Quit your job to travel? Im here to prove otherwise. Clearly, quitting jobs to travel is not for everyone. Sure, I can save a certain amount of money that will last me for months on the road but what about my financial responsibilities. There are people who depend on...

The Many Faces of Batanes

The Many Faces of Batanes
Batanes is one of my ultimate dream local destinations. I used to google and daydream so much about this place. Now that Ive actually been to this province, I cant believe that I still find myself daydreaming about Batanes. I can give you a hundred reasons why you have to visit this place but I will let my photos...

Borobudur Sunrise Hangover

Borobudur Sunrise Hangover
My alarm went off at an ungodly hour of 4:15am. I dragged myself out of bed and prepped my things. It was pitch dark when I started climbing Borobudur Temple with torchlight on one hand and tripod on the other. It was an easy 20 mins climb but I was still out of breath when I reached...

Falling in Love with Siem Reap

Falling in Love with Siem Reap
After a 6 hour butt numbing bus ride from Phnom Penh; the towering trees, the beautiful river park, the tidy streets of Siem Reap greeted us with warm welcome. I fell in love with Siem Reap even before I saw the Angkor temples. The whole city feels like a Sunday afternoon. The quaint alleyways in Pub Street,...

Finding Home in Apo Island

Finding Home in Apo Island
The wind was harshly blowing my hair and the sun was in my face. We were on our way back to Dumaguete on board a 6 sitter motor boat. My sun burnt skin and my dead tired body cant seem to get enough of this gorgeous island. We were sitting quietly, listening to the engine...

Exploring The Hong Kong Streets

Exploring The Hong Kong Streets
People usually go to Hong Kong to shop and enjoy the theme parks. I cant blame them, everyone wants to experience disneyland. While theme parks are fun, I didn’t like the city very much when I was first there, five years ago. I wasn’t too impressed with what I saw in Hong Kong streets. Everything was...
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