The Ultimate Guide to Cebu for Travellers, written by a Filipino

Cebu is a gateway to some of Asia’s greatest tropical adventures Manila’s southern sister is nothing like her. Cebu is older, prettier and more relaxed. She doesn’t even speak the same language. Manila’s tongue is that of the northern Tagalog minority – the country’s official language despite having only 17 million native speakers. Cebuano, on … More The Ultimate Guide to Cebu for Travellers, written by a Filipino

The Future is Female: Hong Kong’s Gender Imbalance

The controversial feminist slogan takes on a literal meaning in Hong Kong where the ratio of men to women in continues to favour the latter in numbers that have been alarming population health experts Women all over the world love to complain about the dating scene in their city, but if you’ve ever been a single … More The Future is Female: Hong Kong’s Gender Imbalance

Journeying through Jordan’s Lost Cities: Petra and the wadi

The first draft of my story on Jordan as published by Gafencu  Long before the first Muslim dynasty arrived in Jordan, ancient civilizations built majestic cities in its dramatic terrain – from the Greco-Roman Decapolis in the north to Petra’s Nabatean kingdom of sandstone in the south When you begin the winding path through the … More Journeying through Jordan’s Lost Cities: Petra and the wadi

A Quick Guide to Cusco, Machu Picchu and beyond

Originally published as ‘Into the Inca Empire‘ on Gafencu’s September 2017 Issue Machu Picchu may have been the crowning glory of the Incan Empire, but discovering it was just the start: follow the Inca trails that lead out of it, and you will uncover countless archaeological splendours beyond, scattered over the Peruvian Andes Make sure … More A Quick Guide to Cusco, Machu Picchu and beyond

Tel Aviv Diaries: Alone in Israel

Originally published as ‘Seeking the Promised Land’ on Cosmopolitan Philippines August 2017 Israel: Birthplace of Jesus, Wonder Woman, and Natalie Portman. The author goes on an adventure that stands out as the most intensely unique of her life — transcending South America and Europe. As the epicenter of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions, we suppose Israel has had … More Tel Aviv Diaries: Alone in Israel

Canggu Diaries: Seeking out Bali’s Unesco Heritage Sites

In this post: Bloopers video in Jatiluwih Itinerary (flexible!) Impulsive cycling through the rice terraces + other adventure options Tanah Lot temple + market shopping DON’T BUY CIVET / LUWAK COFFEE Unesco chasers Since it was Joyce’s first time in Bali, and I hadn’t properly checked out the island’s Unesco Heritage Sites before, we thought … More Canggu Diaries: Seeking out Bali’s Unesco Heritage Sites

The Realities of Travelling Solo as an Asian Woman

What happened when I actually tried travelling solo The whole blogosphere is full of solo female travellers gushing about how liberating / empowering / amazing it is to go on adventures alone. But what about the downside of solo female travel? After travelling by myself or with girlfriends for a while now, I found that … More The Realities of Travelling Solo as an Asian Woman

Canggu Diaries – The Day I Woke Up at 1.30am for a Sunrise Hike to Mt Batur

A continuation of Canggu Diaries – Yeni arrives in Bali Writer’s Note: I had just received some very frustrating news during the writing of this post, hence the slightly angsty tone. Apologies in advance for the crankiness! Day 2 – Kadek, the villa’s housekeeper who comes and does her duties at random times of her choosing, … More Canggu Diaries – The Day I Woke Up at 1.30am for a Sunrise Hike to Mt Batur