Flooded by the unfamiliar

I didn’t know know anything about Mandalay. Most travelers skip this because, according to them, it’s a city clogged with people and dusty streets. I didn’t fear the crowd or the dust. For me, there was a big appeal in going to places that most people disliked – what was about it that made them…

What Makes Your Heart Sing?

Last night I received an email from my domain host, informing me that they updated my WordPress site. It reminded me for the nth time this year of that burning desire to write – one that has been plaguing me the past few days, but has been leaving me in a limbo. The desire is…

Caring For A Parent With Cancer

What happens when you suddenly need to be the parent and the parent becomes the child? This is a question I had to deal with last year, when my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I actually spent hours reading other people’s experiences, especially whenever I felt I was flying blind and didn’t know how to…

Everything I Write, I Owe To The Baby-Sitters Club

Earlier this year, I found myself with a cart full of books at the annual Manila International Book Fair. As I handed over my books for payment, the cashier told me I needed to add one more book so I can avail the special promo where customers can get a free Fully Booked membership card…

A Year of Transitions

If 2015 was the year of travel, I hereby declare 2016 as the year of transitions. Finding peace in the chaos Back in July, my mother went out for her annual executive checkup and was later hospitalised for severe anemia. What we thought would be a maximum two day hospital stay turned out to be…

Finding my feet in Vientiane COPE Center

Fact: Laos is the most heavily bombed country in the whole world. Between 1964 to 1973, the United States of America waged a secret war against Laos. They dropped 270 million cluster bombs in the span of 9 years, 80 million of which did not detonate. You might be wondering: why? What’s the reason behind…

Why you should keep a travel journal

These days, writing on a travel journal seems more like a task than a keepsake. Lugging around a notebook takes precious space in your bag, while the act of writing takes effort. You’re probably wondering, why even bother writing in this digital age? You can document everything on your camera or your mobile phone. There…

Around Southeast Asia in 10 Dishes

Eating is such a huge part of traveling for me, so I usually spend some time exploring the local cuisine. I’m not a daredevil when it comes to dining though, so don’t go expecting strange, exotic stuff. It’s mostly comforting meals that I still daydream about; dishes, food stalls and restaurants that I’d recommend in…