Leaving for Malaysia

How do you go from a humdrum life to a point of no return? As I’m typing this, I’m sitting on my bed in an apartment in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Next month I’ll start in a new job as a software engineer (this is my day job). Hali is staying in the Philippines, as he’s […]

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Staycation in Manila: Azure Urban Resort Residences

Unless you’d been living under a rock, most likely you’re familiar with Azure Residences. For a long time, its marketing billboard featuring hotel heiress Paris Hilton has graced the length of EDSA, promising luxury in the middle of the city. Well, what do you know. My friend Queenie happens to manage one unit in Azure Urban […]

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Thoughts and takeaways on Asia Society Philippines’ talk on “Traveling with a Purpose”

As some of you guys well know, we (Hali and I, Katherine) are advocates of voluntourism, and we’re part of a non-profit voluntourism community called Alon ng Pag-asa. This August, we were invited to one of the monthly talks of Asia Society Philippines on “Traveling with a Purpose.” It’s part of their monthly discussion held in […]

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Why I still prefer DIY over packaged tours

There’s a lot of things that make a DIY travel awesome. It’s cheaper obviously, more flexible in terms of schedule and bonds people better, perhaps due to shared responsibility among the group. But this isn’t the reason why I prefer DIY over joining packaged tours. Because when you think about it, DIY has its challenges […]

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