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

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

Guilin/Yangshuo from Hong Kong via bullet train from Guangzhou/Shenzhen

I’ve been dying to go on this trip since I first arrived in Hong Kong in 2011. But it had never come to fruition until this year, although the trip was much shorter than I was hoping it to be. If I were to do this again, I would give it at least 3-4 full … More Guilin/Yangshuo from Hong Kong via bullet train from Guangzhou/Shenzhen