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

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

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

Gallery Vask: If Manila had 3 Michelin stars, this would be it

I never knew Filipino fine dining existed, until meeting Gallery Vask‘s degustacion menu Having scanned through the other reviews, I thought to add my own two cents to the literature out there, since several of the others sound little better than press releases. Premise When I heard that the 39th among Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants was … More Gallery Vask: If Manila had 3 Michelin stars, this would be it

Template: Request for a Long Term/Multiple Entry Visa

<Date> To the <Name of Embassy>: I, <Full Name>, Filipino citizen with passport number <Passport No.>, would like to request a longer stay visa for <country>. Over the past two years I have been flying in and out of <region> as part of my work and assignments as <reason>, in addition to leisure trips as a … More Template: Request for a Long Term/Multiple Entry Visa