Backpacking Southeast Asia: Malacca

Nestled conveniently between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, the historical city of Malacca is a stop that’s worth at least 4-6 days. There are so many museums, galleries, and ruins within walking distance of the famous Dutch Square, and our 2 and a half day stay was too short.

When I made our itinerary, I thought that it would be enough to cover most of the important sights and museums. However, our hotel room was too cozy to leave first thing in the morning, and the rather sleepy feel of the city (excluding Dutch Square, Jonker Street, and the nearby malls) tempted us to dawdle. Continue reading “Backpacking Southeast Asia: Malacca”

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Backpacking Southeast Asia: Singapore

Back in 2014, I stayed in Singapore for 8 days. Our itinerary then revolved around sustainable urban development, history, culture, the environment, some shopping, and a bit of fun here and there. This time around, I had to put together an itinerary that didn’t include the Land Transportation Office and Housing & Development Board. Continue reading “Backpacking Southeast Asia: Singapore”

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”

4 Things I Learned While Traveling Solo

1. Being alone is not the same as being lonely

Most people look at me in shock whenever my mother broadcasts my plans of traveling alone, and they usually ask why I wouldn’t take my mom with me. I almost always answer that it would be too expensive. The locals also raise their brows when they find out I’m without a companion, but perhaps it’s more about my stature than my gender. Continue reading “4 Things I Learned While Traveling Solo”