I Spent My Birthday Week With Strangers: Part III (Koh Yao Yai, Thailand)

Nestled between Phuket and Krabi is a secluded island called Koh Yao Yai. Translated as “Big Long Island”, this enchanting island was my final stop for my birthday week solo trip. See Part 1 and Part 2 here: BANGKOK: https://samarellano.com/2017/05/28/i-spent-my-birthday-week-with-strangers-part-i-bangkok-thailand/ PHUKET + KRABI + PHI PHI ISLANDS: https://samarellano.com/2017/05/28/i-spent-my-birthday-week-with-strangers-part-ii-phuket-krabi-phi-phi-island-thailand/ I rode a small boat from Phuket to…

One Bus Ride Away to a Quick Getaway (Malacca, Malaysia)

The first photo I have from this trip is of us when we touched down Malacca (also spelled as Melaka), Malaysia. Why? Funny story. Well, it’s funny now. It was scary then. So what exactly happened? It was my first bus ride from Singapore to Malaysia. When we got to the border, we all had…

It’s Magic (Siquijor, Philippines)

Siquijor. I grew up fearing this place for its reputation of housing some of the Philippines’ most feared “mythical creatures.” Legend also has it that the place is known for black magic. It was in 2014 when I finally had a different view of this place. All it took was a one-time search on Google….

Not Too Urban, Not Too Rural (Dumaguete, Philippines)

What makes a destination worth going to? As a traveler, there are just too many destinations on my list but as budget and time dictate it, I can only choose a few, at least then. In my case, these are what I look for: Food & coffee, people, sights, and activities because these make up a…

One-Day Getaway (St. John’s Island + Lazarus Island, Singapore)

It was 10 May 2017, a Wednesday, and a public holiday in Singapore. So what would you do if you get to have a day off smack in the middle of the week? Here’s what we did. A 45-minute boat ride from Marina South Pier, which cost only $18 per person (for adults; $12 for children), brought…