Tips, Travel

Getting a Russian visa in Manila

Posted on 16 February 2016

First of all, here's Russian embassy's general visa information. The requirements you want to know are listed in there along with the visa parameters you want to be aware of. Below is just a story of how I got mine. Continue Reading


Street art: Sao Paulo, Valparaiso, Bogota

Posted on 11 February 2016

Three cities in three countries. Sao Paulo, Valparaiso, and Bogota. All have something in common - street art. Now I'm not an expert on this subject. I don't even know the difference between graffiti, mural, street art, and urban art. But I like free and I like art so there's that. And when the morning came, I put on my shoes and started walking. Continue Reading


Short: 2:45

Posted on 23 January 2016

It’s 2:45 when I peek at the clock. I’ve been watching it for 13 minutes, not really needing to set it anymore because my body is already familiar with this sequence but I still do anyway. I let the soft alarm went off for 3 seconds then I press dismiss. I listen a few more seconds waiting for signs anyone is awake but all I hear is a soft hum from I don’t know where so I move the sheets aside and make my way down, the bed squeaking a bit. Continue Reading


Istanbul: The Bosphorus

Posted on 05 January 2016

The Asian Turkey on the east and the European Turkey on the west. The Bosphorus is where you'll want to be if you want to be in two continents at once. That and if you want to see Istanbul's pretty coastline. Continue Reading


Arica: Lauca National Park

Posted on 21 December 2015

If you find yourself in the northernmost part of Chile - Arica - and you have the time then I suggest to go see Lauca National Park. It's quite interesting to find communities in the altiplano where it's cold, dry, high, and surrounded by volcanoes. But it's beautiful especially Chungara Lake. Continue Reading


Short: Jackets

Posted on 16 December 2015

Roy forgot to breathe for two seconds as he took in the eyes that were slicing him in half. He’s finally got the answer he’s been looking for but now he’s got a different question. Do you want to go on a long vacation in a remote island in Asia Jaime, he said without a blink. Continue Reading


Bodrum: Turkey’s white marina city

Posted on 12 December 2015

After around 3 hours of bus ride from Kusadasi where my friend Nancy and I came from, we arrive in Bodrum. The streets are getting narrower and the houses are distinctly painted white. I'm still in Turkey I know it as we passed by a doner shop but it feels different. Continue Reading

Random Thoughts

Traveling alone is hard (but not too hard)

Posted on 29 November 2015

It is hard to travel alone in some sense and while most travel articles will say you have to do it at least once, I still think - to each his own. Do it if you really want to. Don't do it if you think you'll be miserable. That said I've met tons people traveling alone so it's just a matter of getting used to. Continue Reading

Tips, Travel

Getting an Argentinian visa in Valparaiso

Posted on 22 November 2015

Just like the Chilean visa, I also didn't have an Argentinian visa before leaving the Philippines because to be honest I didn't plan on including it in my limited time in Latin America. But of course plans change a lot on the road. When my friend and I were figuring out how to get to Patagonia, the name Argentina kept on popping up along the way. It was not possible to travel in Chile by land to Patagonia without crossing the border (flying is okay). So in the end I tried to get one while I was still in Valparaiso, Chile. Continue Reading

Tips, Travel

Getting a Chilean visa in Arequipa

Posted on 13 November 2015

When I left the Philippines some months ago I didn't have a Chilean visa. I know I wanted to see Patagonia but since I was traveling for awhile and I was flying to South America far into the future I couldn't apply yet. Thankfully I read about Kach Medina's post about how she got hers in Peru. She was right and it turns out much easier than applying in the Philippines. Continue Reading


Short: Luisa

Posted on 04 November 2015

Two things were obvious after Eric found the girl’s Facebook profile. First is that she’s big on travelling. And second, her last post was 8 days ago. 8 days ago, that’s 5 days before she checked in said George of the reception. How can she not be posting when people nowadays upload their every move? Now he may have to dig a little deeper. He doesn’t really have to but he’s just too curious to know. Continue Reading


Romania: The medieval city of Sighisoara

Posted on 26 October 2015

Sighisoara is found in Romania's Transylvania and is the birth place of Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler or simply Dracula. Don't worry this place is far from creepy because if you still don't know yet, Vlad is a human prince and not a vampire (I think). Continue Reading


Antalya: Ruins of Termessos

Posted on 16 October 2015

The ruins of Termessos is probably one of my favorite among the many in Turkey. For one it's very much a ruin - nothing has been restored (or at least nothing looks to be). And second the view is fantastic! Although it is set on top of a mountain outside the city of Antalya, spending half day is enough to see the ancient city. Continue Reading


How Filipinos can travel in Turkey for 30 days instead of 15 (Turkish e-visa)

Posted on 08 October 2015

In a gist the e-visa means us Filipinos can stay in Turkey for 30 days provided that we have a supporting document (i.e. a valid OECD or Schengen visa). I didn’t have this but I realized it was easier to secure one rather than the traditional Turkish sticker visa so I went to the one that gives out the fastest – in my case it was Japan. Continue Reading


Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall

Posted on 20 September 2015

Beijing, The Great Wall. Walk up to the highest point tower 23 for a nice view. She tells us this as we drive on a sunny Friday morning to the Mutianyu section of the wall. What we didn't know was that from tower 14 it was going to be a test of strength to tower 23. It took us around two hours back and forth I think. Difficult but doable. Continue Reading

Romania: Maramures valley


Romania: Maramures valley

Posted on 12 September 2015

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