Blogging community: What it’s like to make friends when you’re a new blogger

I was very excited to be part of a travel blogging group. In my mind, I saw myself entering a big brown door and meeting old-time bloggers in person, shaking their hands, introducing myself. I imagined having long conversations and being privy to industry gossip and secrets. I imagined finally having people to talk to about […]

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A tarot reading experience with Master Hanz Cua

With Master Hanz Cua, a professional tarot reader in Manila

The Philippines is a country of belief. Beyond the beaches and rice terraces our country is known for, our culture is alive with local and adapted traditions – all forms of traditional healing and superstition, psychic reading and Chinese-adapted practices such as numerology and feng shui. If you’d ever wandered to our About Us at […]

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Planning on whale shark watching in the Philippines? READ this first

Oslob whale shark watching and swimming

The whale shark tour in Oslob, Cebu, is one of the most popular adventures here in the Philippines. Tourists from all over the world flock to this little spot in the Visayas region for this once-in-a-lifetime experience: swimming and taking pictures with the biggest species of fish in the ocean. Here’s what you need to know: Swimming […]

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Island hopping in Biliran plus the majestic Sambawan Island

Sambawan Island, Biliran

Last March, Hali and I took a few days off from the hustle and bustle of Manila to go island hopping in Biliran and see Sambawan Island in person. Here’s our experience including a guide to island hopping in Biliran at the end. Island hopping in Biliran Most tourists only stop by Maripipi Island and […]

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Chasing Waterfalls in Biliran

Tinago falls in Biliran; chasing waterfalls in Biliran

Fun fact: It is a small province, but you can find a total of 30 waterfalls in Biliran. Only several of them are visited by tourists, and you can see most in a single day. I think this means that the rest are either too small or undeveloped. The most famous waterfalls in Biliran are […]

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Travel guide to Biliran and Cuatro Islas in Leyte

Travel guide to Biliran and Cuatro Islas

Now here’s the technical part of our trip from last time: a travel guide to Biliran and Cuatro Islas in Inopacan, Leyte. Exploring Biliran and Cuatro Islas in 4-5 days is actually a stretch. I know it’s common for local backpackers to move around a lot in order to see as many places as possible. Still, […]

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Biliran and Leyte: Sorry, we didn’t really hit it off

Milky Way in Biliran

Travel is a bit like meeting someone new. You either click or you don’t. As much as the neighboring provinces Biliran and Leyte offer nice attractions — multitudes of waterfalls, islands, scenic rice fields — I can’t say that these are my favorite. In fact, our visit here will probably go down to my list of least […]

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How Traveling Changed my Life (Hint: It Didn’t)

Marimegmeg beach in El Nido, Palawan

Recently, there’d been rounds of stories around the theme “How Travel Changed my Life” as promoted by an online booking website. I’d like to write about my answer to this. It didn’t. I don’t want to sound anti-climatic, but there goes. The most that I can say about traveling is that I met some wonderful […]

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