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The Path To Whang Od

Our journey to meeting Whang Od , also known as Maria Oggay, was several years in the making. I first came to know of Apo Whang Od (pronounced Fang-od) in a YouTube video I saw of tattoo hunter floating around Read more…


TAIWAN•DERING: A Guide For Filipinos

Jiufen Old Street

Taiwan was a revelation. Those I know who have visited have always told me to come for the food, but little did I know that there’s so much more to the country than it’s gastronomical enticements. The Taiwanese were also  Read more…


Flying Fish Hostel ~ Dumaguete

the flying fish hostel

Probably the nicest looking hostel I’ve visited so far, the Flying Fish Boutique hostel is a popular place to consider among the young and the young-at-heart  when visiting Dumaguete. For our final night in our South Cebu adventure trip, we Read more…


Oh My Gulay – A Hidden Dining Stop In Baguio City, Philippines.

Oh My Gulay, Baguio City

Oh My Gulay is a themed restaurant located at the top floor at the La Azotea bldg on Session Road. It is one of Baguio City’s hidden dining gems. And yes, “gulay” is in the name because it is mainly a Read more…


Arca’s Yard: A Cool & Rustic Dining Experience

For our recent holiday vacation, we discovered this wonderful restaurant called Arca’s Yard nestled just 10-15 minute drive away from Session road in Baguio City. Arca’s Yard is definitely a ‘date place’, and I don’t mean that just the romantic Read more…


Nacpan & Calitang Twin Beach: El Nido’s Hidden Gem

Approximately seventeen (17) kilometers north of El Nido  is the twin beach of Nacpan & Calitang. It is a non-commercialized 4 km stretch of pristine, azure white sands that is off the beaten track. We alloted our third day in Read more…


DIY GUIDE: Japan in 7 Days

Fushimi Inari Shrine by Russtalavista

 Planning to go on an inter-city tour of Japan? Do you have limited time and yet still want to see as many places as possible? I’m going to share how we explored 4 Major cities and managed to squeeze-in 2 Read more…


Hulugan Falls ~ A Hidden Beauty in Luisiana, Laguna

From Makati, we woke up early for a sunday drive towards UP Los Banos to pick up a couple of our friends. There were 7 of us in the group, and before we started out  towards Luisiana (pronounced Loo-Sha-Na), it was already Read more…


The Rainbows Of Yangmingshan

Our Day 2 is planned out to explore the northern mountainous area of Taipei by hiking the Mt. Qixing Trail of the Yangmingshan National Park. We allotted plenty of time for the hike and estimated that as long as we Read more…


The Colorful Hues Of ZhongShe Flower Market

Our third stop in Taichung and ranked in Trip Advisor as the #1 thing to do in Houli, ZhongShe Flower Market is a treat for flower enthusiasts or if you think you’ll enjoy looking at the colorful and vibrant sea Read more…


The Amazing Dajia Mazu Temple in Taichung

Our next stop in Taichung was the marvelous temple called the Dajia Mazu temple. Also known as the Dajia Jenn Lann temple, it is a place of worship dedicated to the Chinese sea-goddess, Mazu (mother ancestor), arguably Taiwan’s most popular deity. Just like Read more…


Xinshe Castle: A Fairy Tale Castle in Taichung

Xinshe Castle

The first stop for our Taichung Leg is Xinshe Castle. Also known as the ‘Summit Resort’, Xinshe Castle is a European-style medieval-themed fort in the mountainous area of Taichung. It’s literally a fairy-tale fantasy castle come to life.  🏰 The place Read more…


Chasing Rainbows: Taichung’s Rainbow Village

Rainbow Vilage

Taichung’s Rainbow Village was actually a residential area where people used to live. Located in Nantu District in Taichung, Taiwan ~ Rainbow village was one of the many dedicated military housing scattered across Taiwan. These temporary houses was established when Chiang Read more…


Day One: Taipei 101 And Sun Yat Sen Memorial

The Sun Yat Sen Memorial

As most budget airline passengers entering Taiwan from the Philippines, we arrived early morning at Tao-yuan airport. Some people, probably waiting for their flights or for the MRT to open, were sleeping on most of the airport’s seating area and Read more…


Kiwi Express Hotel, Taichung Station II

Kiwi Express Hotel

Around 10 minutes walk from the Taichung Railway Station, the Kiwi Express hotel in Taichung offers free breakfast, free WiFi all throughout the premises and modern amenities. You can get a dorm-room accommodation for as low as 650 pesos a Read more…


Backpacker’s Inn ~ Taipei, Taiwan

Backpacker's Inn Taipei

Just a stone’s throw away from the National Museum and Peace Park, Backpacker’s Inn~Taipei hostel offers free continental breakfast, wifi, and dorm accommodations. This hostel is much closer to walk to Ximending Night Market and I find their staff very Read more…


Mr. Lobster’s Secret Den Hostel

Mister Lobster Den's Hostel

We stayed at Mr. Lobster’s Secret Den Design hostel for our first 3 nights in Taipei. Centrally located in the city and around 10-20 minutes walk from the Taipei Main station, Mr. Lobster’s Den Hostel offers free continental breakfast daily and Read more…