Five Pieces of Advice for First-Time Solo Travelers

  Hello! I haven't been able to write for a few months now because life happened. Now, however, I'll make sure to carve out time for writing. It feels good to be back! :) Anyway, I asked fellow travelers last week on Backpackers of the Philippines to weigh down on what's the most important thing a first-time solo traveler has to remember. Here's my post: And here's what I...

Ifugao – Batad, Banaue

Last year, my college roommate Grace and I went to Batad, the UNESCO heritage site in Ifugao. From the trip to our stay in the village and back, there were many things that went wrong with our trip. Looking back, I think we would never have survived it if it not for our sunny disposition and sense of humor. The Road to Banaue We booked the 9 PM bus so we could reach Banaue by breakfast....

Kalinga – Buscalan

January 2016 – Since my last post, I've been to Buscalan, Kalinga twice, and got inked by the legendary Whang-Od two more times. Every time, I make sure I bring at least one new friend with me. Why do I keep coming back, and why do I want more people to do the same? What's in Buscalan, anyway? Here are some of my favorite things about traveling to Buscalan: The long journey to...

6 Places To Visit in Baguio

March 2014 – Some of my closest friends have said at some point that they’re done with Manila and they’re leaving for Baguio to become a nun or an artist or a recluse, etc. My friend Elvina is not one of those people. I think she's always had a love and hate relationship with Baguio, having spent a whole year living there as a student. This month, we rediscovered the City of...