Monday, May 9, 2016

Melaka Revisited

We walked along the banks of Melaka River retracing our memories from last year’s trip. We passed by the Malay Traditional Village, a carnival right after a certain bridge, a market with hawker food stalls, some guesthouses, cafes and down to our soon-to-be fave beer place. It was a fulfillment of some wishes from last year during our 22-hour jaunt in Melaka; to follow the riverbanks wherever it may lead us to.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Pines – Melaka, Malaysia

Where To Stay In Melaka Malaysia

For four days we woke up whenever we wanted to and went out whenever we felt like it. Our morning coffee sessions were spent alongside Melaka River and then finished the last season of our favorite series in the comforts of our room. It seems like a staycation but no, we’re on a four-day holiday in Melaka, a far cry from last year’s 23-hour quick trip to the Historic City of Malaysia. The Pines Melaka was our home for four days and we couldn’t be much happier.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Beach Hop Asia 2016

Backpacking Asia 2016

Seven tops. Four bottoms. Two dresses. Four swimsuits. Two cameras. Numerous vitamins and meds. Sunscreen. Snorkel gear. Laptop. Cellphone. sarong, flip flops and sunnies. That’s my life out there for two months, all inside my 40-liter backpack. Because all you need is a handful of stuff and lotsa sense of wander and exploration. I worked hard for ten months so why not play harder for two months eh?

Saturday, April 2, 2016


Anak, ano’ng gusto mo maging paglaki mo?
Papa, gusto ko po maging pre-school teacher…
Ha? Sayang naman ang binabayad namin sa tuition mo ngayong high school ka kung mag-teacher ka lang pala…

True story. Ouch. Medyo tumagos sa puso ko ang usapang narinig ko. Masakit pakinggan. Pero sa isang banda natatawa na lang din ako sa reaksyon ng magulang, alam ng anak niya ang gusto niya pero hindi ito ang gusto ng ama nito. Bakit? Dahil teacher lang?

Friday, April 1, 2016

Tambayan Capsule Hostel - Malate, Manila

Where To Stay In Manila

I forgot the last time when the group was complete. Maybe 6 months ago or more than that. But time is not an issue; if you’re with the company of genuine friends then you’d feel that it was just a week before when you last converged. And this time, TeamRH raided Malate in Manila for our first ever staycation for the year. The walls and ceilings of Tambayan Capsule Hostel probably know by now how crazy we are when we’re together.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Gentle People of GenSan

What To Do In General Santos City

I knew nothing but Pacquiao and Tuna. It’s becoming a habit. Booking for an airline seat sale and leaving on that day not knowing what to expect. So we were there at the boarding gate waiting for our plane still searching online on where to stay and what to do. With five days to explore SOCCSKSARGEN Region in Mindanao, we arrived at General Santos City with a concrete plan developed in one hour. It could work.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sarangani: Beaches of Glan

Gumasa Beach Glan Sarangani

It was as if we’re inside an oven. Our supposedly AC van from General Santos City to the town of Glan in Sarangani wasn’t an easy ride at all. Me and my buddy were at the last row of this almost dilapidated van with our huge backpacks on our laps. I couldn’t move nor feel the AC, everyone felt the same. We opened the windows to let some air in but the intense heat of Sarangani was killing me. And then engine trouble. I was about to throw my biggest tantrum of the year when I noticed how everyone was just giggling about the situation as some of the passengers pushed the van to kick start it. And I realized how could I complain when they were all so cool about it.