Packing for 37 days

It’s 3 in the morning, 19 hours before our flight to Singapore (the beginning of our 37-day Southeast Asia trip), and I’m wide awake, reading and rereading the letter I wrote to lao peh before I graduated. Surely the feelings in the letter will help me sleep. The past 8 hours have been spent packing (and unpacking), printing airline tickets, making two more itineraries, and generally fretting over the littlest things. The pre-trip jitters have come rather early, but considering I’ll be with 4 first-time international travelers and 1 other person who hasn’t been to Singapore,  I think my anxiety is warranted.

My packing still isn’t done. I haven’t had my money changed. I forgot to print hotel booking confirmations. I don’t have offline maps. My iPod isn’t ready. I’m not ready. Will I ever be ready? But I want to go now. Continue reading “Packing for 37 days”


Around the Calamianes Group of Islands

If you’re eyeing Palawan as an end-of-summer destination, the first week of June is the perfect time to go. The beach goers are gearing up for another year in school, so competition is slim, and there’s just a bit of rain to counter the scorching sun. And if you’ve crossed Puerto Princesa and El Nido off your bucket list, it’s time to head to CORON. Here’s a 5D4N itinerary to help you make the most out of your vacation. This is a short version of the itinerary my friends and I used when we went to Coron in 2013. Continue reading “Around the Calamianes Group of Islands”


Ever since I went to El Nido before my 18th birthday, I promised myself I’d go out of Cebu every January as a way of celebrating the conclusion of another year lived. Before I turned 19, I found myself alone in Kuala Lumpur for almost a week in an attempt to prove to myself that I could travel without company, and I could do it well. That trip was the turning point of my life, and it knocked down walls that kept me from exploring the full potential of being a traveler.  Continue reading “Ormoc”