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

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

Destination Wedding: Aguirre-Cahen French-Filipino Beach Nuptials

February 25, 2017 – Scroll down to download MC script and / or Bride and Groom Questionnaire It took me a total of four flights and three changes to make it to Mayen’s wedding a couple of weeks ago in South Palms Beach Resort, Bohol. I was supposed to fly in with my ex, but the airline … More Destination Wedding: Aguirre-Cahen French-Filipino Beach Nuptials

What It Really Feels Like To Be A Stereotyped Filipina

As seen on Thought Catalog and (more notoriously) on Coconuts Hong Kong “Where are you from?” asks a man across the aisle from me on a flight to Hong Kong from Tokyo. He is a middle-aged Asian, stout and short, and has been working on a Japanese language exercise book since the plane took off. “Philippines,” … More What It Really Feels Like To Be A Stereotyped Filipina

How I Fell In Love With Hiking x The North Face

First seen on We Are Sole Sisters Unathletic and skinny-weak Sole Sister Julienne broke out of her sedentary lifestyle three years ago and threw herself into the wild outdoors By any means, I don’t consider myself a bonafide hiker or hardcore trekker. I don’t trail run. I can’t read coordinates. I don’t have a compass or … More How I Fell In Love With Hiking x The North Face

How My Trip to Toledo, Spain Was Ruined by a Spanish Shopkeeper who Attacked Me

Everyone who knows me knows how much I love Spain. But there was one particularly nasty incident that marred my experience in the country, and it happened in Toledo. Everybody raves about how beautiful this city is, and there’s no denying that. But instead of walking along the river and enjoying the atmosphere of the … More How My Trip to Toledo, Spain Was Ruined by a Spanish Shopkeeper who Attacked Me

Q&A

Originally published as Sole Sister Spotlight: Julienne of Morena Travels What were your earliest travel memories?  I began travelling at a young age because my parents took my sister and I on trips both within and outside of the Philippines, where I was born and raised. Neither of my parents were originally from Manila, where I … More Q&A