Review: Hanoi Friends Inn- Tidy Place with a Friendly Service

I checked in at Hanoi Friends Inn as a walk-in guest at past 2 in the morning two months ago. I didn’t book an accommodation prior to my flight to Hanoi because I still haven’t decided if I’m going to stay at the airport until 6 in the morning or stay in a hotel. My flight arrived […]

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Misadventure on Our Way to My Son Sanctuary: A Guide on Visiting the Site Without a Tour Group

When I traveled to Vietnam last month, one of the must visit on my list was the My Son Sanctuary. It is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and 14th century AD by the kings of Champa. The temples were dedicated to the worship of the Hindu god Shiva. […]

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Hanoi to Hoi An: My First Sleeper Bus Experience

Hung Thanh Bus

Two weeks ago I was in Vietnam for a short vacay. My entry point was Hanoi which is located in the northern part of the country. I only have five days there so I decided I was going to explore Hanoi, Hoi An, and Hue only. Hoi An and Hue, however, are located in Central […]

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Duyos Beach in Basilisa, Dinagat Islands

Two months ago I wrote about Bitaog Beach, an unspoiled white sand beach in Basilisa, Dinagat Islands. Located on the same island 5-10 minutes away by boat from Bitaog is Duyos Beach, also a white sand beach. Duyos Beach resort is wider than Bitaog Beach. It has a really nice sandbar and has more cottages, a […]

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Blue Lagoon/Pangabangan Tidal Pool in Libjo, Dinagat Islands

If you were able to watch Byahe ni Drew’s episode last May 25, the show featured the Province of Dinagat Islands. One of the tourist destinations featured was the Blue Lagoon in Libjo. We were able to visit this place during our all-girls island hopping trip last Labor Day. Where is Blue Lagoon? Blue Lagoon, […]

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My Siargao 4-Day Solo Trip Itinerary (For Non-Surfers)

Finally, I was able to visit Siargao Island during my field break last week. I have always wanted to see the island… long before it became so popular because of the movie by Dir. Paul Soriano. My first attempt to visit the island was two years ago for my birthday. I was planning to go […]

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Quick Day Trip to Kabujuan Islet in Claver, Surigao del Norte

Two months ago, I went on a quick day trip to Kabujuan Islet with my officemate Salee and her husband Edwin. We were supposed to go to the Bacuag Hangin Tulay only. However, when one of my officemates heard about our plans, she suggested that we drop by Kabujuan too. I checked pictures of the […]

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My Overnight Stay at Pearl Farm Beach Resort, the Only 5-Star Resort in Mindanao, Philippines

Last week, I was in Davao to attend the wedding of my office friends. I arrived in Davao two days before their wedding day because last January I booked an overnight stay at Pearl Farm Beach Resort during the BPI-Air Asia Travel Fair. Staying at Pearl Farm wasn’t really planned. I just passed by the […]

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Bitaog Beach: Unspoiled White Sand Beach in Dinagat Islands

Last year when I was assigned to assist in the supervision of our drilling activities in our project site in Nonoc Island in Surigao, I made it a goal to visit all the islands of Surigao City, dubbed as “The City of Island Adventures”. Though not a part of Surigao City, every time we would plan […]

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Tita Hike Series Episode 1: Why Mt. Manabu is the Perfect Mountain for Late Risers, Solo Hikers and Beginners

Welcome to Tita Hike Series: a series about my hikes with my fellow modern Tita, Violet. To those who have been patiently following and reading my posts (shout-out to Atty. Hanna Lee Bravo, my very first blog subscriber, and most supportive friend 🙂 ), you may have been used to reading about me doing solo […]

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