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

Japan · Travel Tales

Tokyo for Cheap: Backpacking Japan for five days with $400

It was a school day in January when Edison, Angel, and I went knocking on our respective classrooms’ doors because of, of all things, a Cebu Pacific seat sale. I didn’t even know where I really wanted to go — originally I’d Β considered Bali — until Edison said, “Tokyo na lang!” And after a bit… Continue reading Tokyo for Cheap: Backpacking Japan for five days with $400

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)