How to get an e-visa to Argentina using the new AVE system (Philippine passport)

DISCLAIMER: Please read the entire blog before asking me any questions! Last February (2019), the Argentine government announced the inclusion of the Philippines in Argentina’s AVE (Autorizacion Electronica de Viajes) system. The system allows Filipino nationals with a valid non-immigrant B2 United States visa to apply for their Argentine visa through the website of the … More How to get an e-visa to Argentina using the new AVE system (Philippine passport)

Ishigaki is Japan’s best-kept ‘sun, sand and surf’ secret

If you haven’t heard of Ishigaki before, neither had we – until the day we impulsively bought tickets to that southernmost of Japanese islands. Typing ‘Everywhere’ on Skyscanner had yielded direct flights from Hong Kong to an unknown Japanese-sounding destination: Ishigaki. “Japan is always a good idea,” we thought, and hit ‘PAY’. These situations can … More Ishigaki is Japan’s best-kept ‘sun, sand and surf’ secret

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