13 from 2013: a year-ender

This time last year, I summoned the wanderlust fairies and rainbow-farting unicorns to come up with an inspired travel plans. And so before the clock hits 2013, I laid out my inspiration board for the whole year ahead. Well guess what. Nothing materialized. So I decided to scrap...

the sound of music movie locations then and now

the sound of music movie locations then and now The busy kitchen spew fumes that are unmistakably Christmas---Simmering casserole, brewing gravy, roasting garlic and steaming puto bumbong. Bells echo from the church across the block adding a layer of sound to the dizzying combined vocals of Jose Marie Chan, Bing Crosby...

lessons i learned this year from traveling

Every time I draft a bucket list it always end up looking like a gag show. So instead of wasting my time coming up with one, I decided to look at travel in reverse. After all, most memorable travel experiences are only funny in retrospect. Here...

Myanmar’s Mockingjay

Recently, news came out that Filipinos may now enjoy visa-free entry to Myanmar. An evident renouncement of reistance and a silver lining to a true democratic future of a nation (Yeah, what do we know about democracy? We are filipinos for god's sake) Early this year,...

Exploring South East Asia, UNESCO-style

The specialised United Nations agency UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) promotes and funds the preservation of centres of cultural or natural significance. This year the Committee has added nineteen locations to the World Heritage List, including the Al Zubarah Archaeological Site...