Katherine in Jomalig Island

Hi there and welcome to this blog!

I’m Katherine Cortes. I’m a 30-ish freelance software engineer and writer/editor.

I started this blog in December 2015 with my boyfriend Hali Navarro as our travel diary. After a while, he has decided to focus more on work so it fell on me to manage our website and social accounts.

To my non-Filipino readers, “Tara lets” is a Filipino slang for “Let’s go.” (I’m sorry to say that my name is not Tara Lets.)

I write travel guides about the Philippines and other places I’d been to. As a traveler, I prefer off-beaten locations or places that are laid-back and relaxing, so you can expect to see a lot of those here. I love having staycations, going in beach trips, and doing food trips. Every now and then I also write about personal updates or other #random items.

You can read about a feature of me here.

Follow my socials at Facebook and Instagram.


  • Toni

    Hi Katherine, loving your blog! I’m from South Africa and planning on adding the Philippines to my travels next year. What is the weather like during April/May? Would you recommend travelling to the Philippines during this time?

    • Katherine Cortes

      April/May is summer so the weather is generally good, altho this is also peak season so expect huge crowds on main tourist attractions and make reservations in advance. 🙂

  • Edwina

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  • Kat

    Stumbled upon your blog and smiled. My husband’s name is holly. We usually spell it hali cause people often times mispronounce his name. I am kat by the way. 🙂 nice blog!

    • Katherine

      Hey, thanks! Hali’s name is Halley but he spells it as Hali because people mispronounce it as well. And people I correspond with always call me Tara! Haha. That’s why I had to put that explanation above about tara lets being a Filipino phrase.

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