Monday, February 11, 2019

East Timor: Six Days of Offbeat Adventures

It was our fourth day in the capital city of East Timor. We could go to the deeper parts of the country where we’d definitely experience the local Timorese life in the outskirts of Dili but we chose not to. We remained at the sleepy city and continued our immersion to the slow-mo-like urban life of the Timorese people. Three full days is enough to explore the city and a week may be too long for some, well, not for us. 

Saturday, January 12, 2019


Great Eight. Symbol for infinity. Favorite anniversary date for lovers. Lucky number, for some. Today marks my eighth year in the blogosphere. My longest intimate relationship lasted for seven years so I guess my personal space on this overcrowded online world is going stronger. Video bloggers and online influencers with huge followings are the trend now, but I’m still tucked in my old school narrative way of blogging but I know that I’ve been too lazy on writing regularly (especially on my school-related posts), and hopefully I could do better this year. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Autumn in Tokyo: A Travel Guide ~ Updated

*Updated January 8, 2019*

This post has been updated with additional narrative on my second autumn trip to Tokyo.

It was our fourth day in Japan and the endless drizzle since day one didn’t seem to get tired. A super typhoon from the Philippines was heading directly to Tokyo and almost half of the establishments in the capital city are shut for the day. Fortunately, the subway was fully operational. Me and my buddies were aiming for an awesome autumn trip but were devastated by the weather report. We may have been doomed to be soaked but our spirits are brighter than the sun. Resiliency is my favorite characteristic of the Filipino people.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

5 Favorite Gifts of 2018

SEA to Africa 2018. 10 years in teaching service. Timor Leste. Morocco (yey!). More surprises. Oceania and Africa. Mrs. Lakad Pilipinas.

A thought-provoking question was raised by a professor in graduate school some years ago, "What do you wake up for every day?" Hands were up in no time as my classmates stated their loved ones and passion for teaching as their main reasons. When it was my turn, almost all of them laughed after I uttered, "I wake up for Morocco!"—the first thing that came to my mind. Fast forward to 2018, I spent one month backpacking in this charming country together with my favorite person in the world as newlyweds. Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it, as they say.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Mount Fuji: A Second Attempt at Japan’s Mighty Mountain

Same time last year, my favorite travel buddies and I went to the Land of Sushi for a quick five-day jaunt—my first ever trip to Japan. We had great plans on exploring Tokyo and its neighboring towns but a super typhoon coincided with our trip which basically interfered with our itinerary. We didn’t get to see Mount Fuji during our Hakone trip and ­we were literally roaming around Tokyo with fierce winds and endless rain on our backs. Nonetheless, we had so much fun, ‘coz we’re all together. On my second attempt to get a glimpse of this mighty volcano, I was positive and hopeful.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Sunway City­: Malaysia's Premier Multi-Park Destination

I could barely recall the last time I screamed so loud in my adult life that there’s this newfound joy in giving it all out. The screams from our stints at Sunway City’s Night of Fright and Water Park were the perfect stress-busters I needed at that time. It felt like I momentarily left everything behind and just focused on the challenges at that time—the fright from the horror houses and the thrill from the exhilarating water rides. We had an overnight stay at Sunway Lagoon and it definitely isn’t enough! 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Ipoh: An Underrated Old Town in Malaysia

As I got lost on the charming narrow alleys of the city's old town, I kept on telling myself on why we haven't been to Ipoh yet considering our countless Malaysia getaways. I could imagine myself spending a lazy afternoon on a café, or beer shack, tuck in the middle of this laid-back district to people-watch. And we will definitely do that one of these days, because Ipoh deserves more than just a daytrip.