Revisiting a mountain can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, there is the familiarity and comfort of returning to a place you know and love. On the other hand, there is the possibility that the magic of the first visit may have faded. It’s a balance between the excitement of rediscovery and the anxiety of being let down. Revisiting …
Scaling New Heights: Climbing the Majestic Mt. Apo
I’ve always dreamt of scaling the majestic Mt. Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines. The thought of setting foot on the roof of the Philippines and taking in the breathtaking view from the top has been on my mind since I started climbing mountains almost 10 years ago, but it also took a long time for me to make …
10 Budget Accommodations in Cebu City Below 1000 Pesos
Cebu City is one of the top destinations in the Philippines, with over 500,000 foreign visitors each year. But for travelers on a budget, finding suitable budget accommodations in Cebu can be tricky. Fortunately, there are plenty of options available for those looking to stay within a 1000 peso or less price range! From dorm-style rooms to private apartments and …
Life Update: I went back to uni. For real this time.
We all have them, those moments where we ask ourselves a question, what if? What if I had done this instead of that? What if I had taken a different career path? I’ve given these questions some thought for a while. One particular thought that lingered was, “What if I had chosen to stay in university and actually finished my …
Chasing the Sun in Prambanan
There’s a certain romance with the idea of chasing the sun. It has been alluded to in songs, poetry, and literature – a hallmark for creating a sense of longing, or journeying in search of something great.
I was on a self-assigned pilgrimage of sorts, in my search for great sunsets. So when my friend and fellow traveler, Charlyn, told me that Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta was said to have one of the most beautiful sunsets in all of Java, I moved Prambanan higher on my list of places to visit.
Crash Landing in Oslob: The Story of My First Paragliding Experience
I never thought that my first paragliding experience would actually lead to an actual ‘crash’. Not to worry – there was no harm done. No injuries at all. It was purely an accident which thankfully, only threw me and my pilot in shock for a few seconds. But let’s get into that part later. A bit of backstory Way back …
Two Years of Traveling Close to Home
Some good things in life do not require a plane ticket. A trip can still be memorable even if it’s close to home.
Starfield Library: A Must-See Library in Gangnam, Seoul
Every time I visit a new country, I always make sure to visit its public library, bookstore, or book cafes. Libraries and bookstores tell you a lot of things about the culture of a country. You can tell if a city promotes a culture of reading by simply looking at its libraries or bookstores. Building Instagram-worthy libraries and bookstores isn’t …
Inside the World’s Largest Buddhist Temple
As soon as the rays of the rising sun appeared, I finally understood why sunrise is the most mystical time to explore the Borobudur Temple.
Dear 2019 Self
“It’s okay if all you did today was survive.”