South Korea · Travel Tales

An Autumn Morning on Nami Island

Notes on visiting Nami Island, Petite France, and the Garden of Morning Calm in one day from Seoul: Preparations Reserve your ITX-Cheongchun tickets here. Print out your reservation form. This is not your ticket; more on this later. Print out a discount coupon (1 for each person) for Petite France here. This gives international tourists… Continue reading An Autumn Morning on Nami Island

South Korea · Travel Tales

Six Days of Seoul Searching: An Itinerary and Guide

My students were on semestral break, and so it was the perfect time for their teacher to go frolicking among the trees bursting with autumn foliageΒ in South Korea. The truth, though, was that I’d planned our trip to Seoul almost a year in advance (thank you, AirAsia sales) because that was around the time I… Continue reading Six Days of Seoul Searching: An Itinerary and Guide

Batanes · Philippines · Travel Tales

Dios Mamajes, Batanes! A Batanes Travel Guide

Batanes had always been the dream. I’ve been to quite a few places here in the Philippines and around Asia, but Batanes always remained elusive — it’s either too expensive, and the only time when airfares to Basco are cheap is during the rainy season. Meanwhile, I consider marriage as a confluence of dreams. It… Continue reading Dios Mamajes, Batanes! A Batanes Travel Guide

Camiguin · Philippines · Travel Tales

The Long Road to Camiguin (and back again)

The Island Born of Fire. I mean really, as far as provincial titles or taglines here in the Philippines go, Camiguin’s is the runaway winner for being the most badass. The title itself conjures images of flowing lava and pyroclastic material, but one look at Camiguin from the approaching ro-ro would reveal something quite different:… Continue reading The Long Road to Camiguin (and back again)