When Strangers Make a Mark (Ubud & Kuta, Bali, Indonesia)

Bali. The place they say the lonely go. Where you do the “Love” part of Eat, Pray, Love. The ultimate soul searching getaway. That’s Bali for most. As for me, Bali then was just another item on my “must-go-to places for a solo trip” list. You know, to go just for the sake of saying…

Escape to Calmness (Tioman Island, Malaysia)

It took a 5-hour bus ride (including delays and going through immigration and the border) A 3-hour ferry ride (including stopovers to different drop off points)   and a 40-minute car ride to get to my home away from home for the weekend. There’s nothing much to say, really. It was simply the getaway I…

No Studying Allowed! (Singapore)

I think I was just on my 2nd month in Singapore when I first encountered this sign at a cafe: Being the newbie, noob foreigner that I was, I was thrown off. No studying allowed during peak hours? How exactly does that work? Are they going to kick students out of the premises if they…

One Big Move, One Year Later (Singapore)

I went on my first solo travel in 2013. Without any itinerary and just relying on the little knowledge that blogs and websites provided me with, I braved the Northern Mountain Provinces of the Philippines by myself. It was the first of many and how it changed my life was a different story altogether. Click here…

Why Do It?

In its basic sense, to travel is to go from point A to B. I used to see it as just that too, but after being to quite a number of point Bs, my perception of travel has gone beyond merely journeying between two places. Now, what travel is for me became the reasons in…

Retrace the Terraces (Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines)

It was not until December 2013 when I finally gathered enough courage to pack my bags and travel on my own. I felt anxious, thrilled, weak, strong, and agitated all a once.  There was no other way to do it but to just do it! So I got on the bus and braved my first…

33 Hours (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)

It was 2pm when I arrived at Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. After sitting in a bus for more than 8 hours, there’s nothing more inviting than a nice, cozy, comfortable bed. I would’ve easily surrendered myself but sleeping wasn’t an option then. I was flying back to the Philippines at 11pm…

What’s Your Story? (Siem Reap & Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

We were in the middle of the dance floor, lost in a reverie. The lights and the music worked together in discounting the fact that I’ve only known these people for the past few rounds of drinks. They were, in a sense, strangers. But I’ve grown to get used to befriending strangers. I go to…

A Bugs Night (Siem Reap, Cambodia)

Every solo travel I’ve had left me with realizations, discoveries, and learnings. It’s different and new every time so it’s quite ironic how a bunch of clichés summed up a not-so-ordinary night in Siem Reap. YOLO At that point of my trip, I’ve pretty much YOLO-ed as it is. From yet again going to a…

Sunsets at the Tenth (Potipot Island, Zambales, Philippines)

She was used to it. Having to keep up, adapting to change, and moving on. This would be seamless. From a hike up the mountains, she was off for a downtime at the beach. To transition from a solo adventure to an escapade with good company, a 5-minute walk from getting off the bus to…

Travel More for Less

Traveling is a luxury. Only the well-off can afford to travel. It’s spending beyond my means. Nope. Hell no. Not true. I board a plane or hop on the bus almost every month and with how much I’m making, and believe me it’s not a lot, I’m still within my spending budget. I went on…