One striking attribute of Phuket is its overwhelming attempt to cater to tourists: from overpriced faux designer items, tattoo bars, and boxing game shows, to street vendors selling cannabis in glass bongs, and women (or not) offering paid hook-ups. Unfortunately, this consumerist approach takes so much from those who prefer to have clean fun during their… Continue reading Phuket Adventures
Despite not being the capital city bustling with urban life, Siem Reap is visited by more than one million travelers annually, marveling at intricate stonework and relics of what remains from over a thousand years of Khmer heritage, situated in its humble rural backyard. “Khmer,” which is both the language and the people, is pronounced by the locals as… Continue reading Exploring Siem Reap, Cambodia
Two months ago, my church friends and I had our most memorable three-day adventure in Ilocos! For this week’s listicle, I’ll be sharing 10 exciting things we did (and gobs of fun!) in our trip to the northwest part of the Luzon island. But first, below is our itinerary map to show you the route connecting the… Continue reading 10 Things to Do in Ilocos
The first man to ever stand atop Mount Everest, Edmund Hillary, was quoted saying: “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” I’ve proven this to be true when I climbed my first mountain. I struggled every step to the summit and had to literally drag myself up in the process. My friends and… Continue reading A First Timer’s Quick Guide to Mt. Pamitinan
Proudly touted as the City of Pines and one of the must-see tourist spots in the Philippines, Baguio has a lot to offer. For the longest time, Baguio has been a refreshing nature site with an abundant supply of flowers, strawberries, ube jams, and fresh air. And so a brief Baguio get-away allows a break from… Continue reading Baguio Day!
A potpourri of Asia’s oldest civilizations, Malay, Chinese, and Indian, Malaysia endows a delightful diversity of cultures and a generally warm, lovable, and down-to-earth people. This fusion of Asian cultures is also apparent in the similarities between the Malay and Filipino languages. Case in point: tolak (for push), pintu (for door), lelaki (for male), buka (for open),… Continue reading Selamat Datang: Feast in Malaysia
Today, we went on some little adventures one after another in a city known for being a tourist destination, Tagaytay. Though I had no sleep and went home with a darker complexion, this day was one memorable holiday trip.
It was a sweltry Saturday morning when we were welcomed by the familiar warmth of the Bataan brethren at the start of the Sabbath assembly. The first service message was about the hope and joy of having a youth and singles camp while the main sermon expounded deeper truths about God’s laws and statutes. Afterwards,… Continue reading Bataan Weekend Campout
Unless you are suffering from motion sickness, have a fear of flying, have had a bad experience on outdoor adventures, or just a lazy couch potato, you probably enjoy traveling. And what seemed to be an ordinary company perk turned out to be such a pleasant surprise–a three-day, all-expense trip to Hong Kong during the… Continue reading Hong Kong Diaries