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Move to Paradise – a must read for city dwellers

I have lived in different far flung rural areas in the Palawan, Bohol, Antique, Laguna in the Philippines. Aside from that I also lived 5 months in rural Kolkata in India, and a few weeks in Bhakatapur and Heutuda in Nepal, and a few days in far flung rural Laos. I don’t just travel and […]

Alternative places to stay when traveling

I used to think traveling to different places is expensive because you have to stay in posh places like hotels. Well, some people really do travel and stay in hotels all day. I was lucky to stay at 5 star hotels on various occasions. This was at Shangri La Hotel in Edsa.   Read this […]

Where and what to eat in Antique Part 2

Fresh fruits. This part of the Philippines is filled with natural resources. It also means this part is also filled with fresh fruits too. You can trek in the mountains and eat fruits for free. Or you can just simply ask your friendly neighbour for some guavas, atis, coconuts, duhat, etc.. I remember when I […]

Tourism and Community Development: Showcasing the richness of the poor

For other people, there’s nothing special in places that are far from everything. No skyscrapers, no malls or fancy restaurants nearby.. if you’re lucky, no cellphone or internet signal too. Others may think that locals who live in very rural areas are poor. But for me, these people are lucky they are living in a […]

Malalison Island, Antique, Philippines

It is typhoon season… and I’m traveling xD Well, we’re supposed to go check out far flung communities and see how they were doing after devastating typhoons.. and look around to promote homestays too. And one of the places we went is a small island that you can see once you arrive in Culasi town […]

Fiesta in the Philippines

Why do some families afford lavish celebrations during fiesta? Feeding the whole neighbourhood, or town is not an easy task. You have to involve the whole family (and extended family) on the expenses and preparation for the celebration, just to entertain and feed people, some of them you don’t even know.. Apparently, that is the […]

Ordinary activities that are extraordinary to a foreigner in the Philippines

Recently, I’ve changed roles from being the guest traveler to a local homestay host. I love to stay at homes whenever I travel because I like to see the authentic culture of a country, and I want to connect to locals on a personal level and learn their way of living too. It’s more economical […]

Life is like a flowing electricity

A few weeks ago, I remembered being stuck somewhere in the forest of Antique praying hard so Mother Nature will not blow our rooftop away.. There was no electricity after that and I have to ride rickety jeeps full of people squeezing for space for an hour just to go to the Mall so I […]

Aningalan, San Remigio: The little Baguio revisited

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Baguio..  summer is in the air and like many people who grew up in tropical countries, I’m not really a fan of the sun xD So I temporarily escape to places with colder climates like Baguio. And since I’m back in Antique in the Visayas region, I […]

One year on the road less traveled

I’m back in the Philippines for more than a year. I’ve considered this my hiatus year. My year of personal retreat. My year of mellowing down to refocus, rejuvenate myself from too much mis-adventures these past few years. But looking back, I’ve asked myself if I really did mellowed down. Well, here’s a run down […]

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