schengen visa application for philippine passport holders

Applying for a Schengen Visa in the Philippines   I've always told the significant other that I choose my battles carefully and I don't choose them if I won't win. And when it comes to Schengen visa application, the chances are always 50/50. Oh, the horror stories I've...

Siddhartha: Nepal in Retrospect

“It happens quite easily that he only sees the thing that he is seeking; that he is unable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of the thing he is seeking, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed...

of firsts and seconds…

It was one of those waking moments when I thought I was still trapped in la-la land because the text message that woke me up read something like, "we are being invited to guest on a TV show. Get your ass online." So I staggered in the middle...

serendipity

When I was in college, all I could think of when hearing the name Sri Lanka was the place where Ravana took Sita after abducting her away from Rama and Lakshman. In my professor's version of Ramayana, Ravana took a big leap from India to...

mui ne motorcycle diaries

Previously, on Fliptravels: We were both drifting fast to La-la land when I asked Monette… Ron: We booked a round trip ticket right? Monette: Yeah...

saigon random narratives

9:13 AM I stepped out of Tan Son Nhat International Airport arrival exit. I spotted Monette in the middle of the crowd of friends and families of arriving passengers. That particular moment felt like a halftone vignette in 30 degree-sephia, captured in slow motion. Slow-mo mainly because...

rice, curry and beyond

Whenever we ask a waiter or a store attendant on what food they would recommend, ALL of them would say one, and only one dish...

respite

I stepped out of Bandaranaike International Airport with all the soot and grime of Manila, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and of course, Sri Lanka. Four airports, three plane rides, damning heat of the summer sun, one 1-hour bus ride, and one 4-hour bus ride in 24...

published!

Sometime in 2007: Monette: We will be "the" travel blog celebrities.. Ron:  ...

traveling solo, devirginized!

When people ask us why we travel together, our answer is plain and simple. We travel together because we complement each other in a lot of ways. We tell stories in our own styles, we crave different adventures stretching wide across the id-anal continuum; one has...