the nameless three on a slow train to beijing

With the RMB coins from heaven, I immediately dialed the Philippine Consulate Office. That’s when I realized that it was a Saturday and there was no office. I called a hostel instead and finally got someone who can speak English. What a relief! But her...

Cookie and the haphazard Backpacker

I will be dedicating all my posts about my trip to China to the people I met on the road, people who helped me along the way, strangers who transformed my lonesome trip to a very meaningful journey. I never tried doing lone backpacking before. It...

wo zhong guó qian zhèng

We booked a flight to China early this year, and I could have started applying for the Chinese visa long ago, but I guess I’m too busy procrastinating in the last two months that’s why I end up (you guessed it) cramming. Here are my struggles...

flip pockets: kota kinabalu

After our Kota Kinabalu stint last April, we were asked the question "How much was the damage?" for God knows how many times. So we stole this idea of post trip accounting from Nina Fuentes of justwandering.org So here you go, once and for all ;-) PART...

slothful refuge

Back to Kota Kinabalu from our gargantuan climb, we head off straight to the hostel to freshen-up, feast on a hearty dinner then went straight to a spa for a well deserved full body massage. Upon lying down the massage table, we instantaneously went in to...

mt. kinabalu (leg 4): conquering pain

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place.  ~Lance Armstrong  As I approached Panar Laban, my feet gave in and I fell a few steps before...