Friday, January 12, 2018


Seven-year itch. I googled it and learned that the term suggests a decline of happiness in a relationship when you reach seven years. I may have tons of writing backlogs and almost all the time failed to share with you some of my journeys because of my busy schedule as a public school teacher (read:full-time), I am happy that I still manage to find time to explore the world, one happy place at a time. And my baby is now ready to face big school.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Thailand: The Friendly Smiles of Thai People in Trat Province

Everything became familiar as we scoured around the open-aired night market. It was déjà vu when I saw the cheap and yummy food on the hawker area and when I heard the distinct intonation of the locals. In this southeastern province of Thailand, the people are friendly and hospitable, in total contrast with the snobbish ones in other parts of the country.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Top 5 Blissful Surprises of 2017

Same Same Summer Trip 2017. Grade 12 teaching load. Approved visas. Winter. Autumn. India (finally). Beach. Snow. Naked trees. Surprises. Those four little words. Yes! 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Tokyo Food Hunt: Cheap Eats in Japanese Standards

Japanese food isn't my favorite. I enjoy eating katsudon but I’m not a fan ramen. I love wasabi but not all types of sushi. It’s somewhat a selective kind of thing in terms of taste. But when it comes to aesthetic appeal, hands down, Japanese food is the best.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Japan: The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nikko

We woke up late that day. We were supposed to leave at seven in the morning but all of us were perfectly molded on our snuggly bed, the 10-degree weather was pampering our lazy bones too much. The four of us were excited as we rushed to the train station going to Nikko in spite of the stormy weather. It wasn’t our best day in Japan so far, but we could always turn a setback into a blessed opportunity.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Japan: Looking for Mt. Fuji in Hakone

She was shy that day. Blanketed in thick clouds, we covered almost every spot in Hakone to have a glimpse of her grandeur. And yes, we saw her, but not the fullness of her. Mt. Fuji was timid that day as she only showed her base to us. We didn't get to see the highest mountain in Japan but we were satisfied—we're happy for that sneak peek. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Italy: Five Unique Ways to Explore Tuscany

Planning a trip can be stressful if you don’t know what to do and where to start. With this dilemma in mind, joining a number of tours and activities can help you make the most of your holiday because it will lessen the nitty-gritty part of doing research for your trip. In Italy, for instance, there are various spots to visit that determining a particular region in the country to concentrate on can be a real challenge. So to give you an idea for a more focused itinerary, here are some of the unique tours that will surely help you grasp the essence of Tuscany region—one of the vibrant destinations in Italy.