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
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
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
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
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
<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
As seen in Out and Abroad While the virtues of Hong Kong have often been extolled (See: Part I of my article), the city’s darker side has mostly been kept under wraps from outsiders. The truth is that living in Hong Kong and inhaling its infectious energy can also be lethally intoxicating. Almost four years … More Hong Kong: To Return or Not to Return? Part II
15-hour layover in Seoul? To the ‘glass half empty’ people, sounds like a nightmare. But to ‘glass half full’ people like myself and my family, we thought ‘oooh yay! We have a WHOLE DAY to explore Seoul from 6am-11pm!!’ I had first heard about the FREE transit tours from my friend flying back to the … More Korea’s Free Transit Tours: Not for Filipinos?