Things to Do in Rishikesh, India: The Yoga Capital of the World

March 20, 2020

Known as the "Gateway to the Himalayas" and "Yoga Capital of the World", the city of Rishikesh is considered as one of the holiest places to Hindus. As a pilgrimage site, it is dotted with centuries-old temples. The River Ganges—considered as sacred in India—starts streaming in the state of Uttarakhand, where Rishikesh is located. Made famous when the Beatles came to visit in the winter of 1968, the city of Rishikesh has now become a place where one finds spirituality, tranquility, adventure, culture, good food and then some. To discover more about this place, here are some things to do and places to see in Rishikesh.

Lakshman Jhula Bridge

4 Ways You Can Feed Your Passion for Travel While in Lockdown

March 18, 2020


As large portions of the world and its population are currently being placed in lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19, it’s only natural that people are starting to go stir-crazy. It sounds simple enough - “stay home and flatten the curve” - but after a few days with the kids and your significant other, it can all be a bit much. If you happen to have a passion for all things travel-related, being stuck indoors can be even tougher. There’s a good chance you’re busy daydreaming about all the travels and adventures you’d rather be having.
Stay at home right now, sit on a tree real soon. We will get through this 

Travel Books to Ignite Your Wanderlust

March 12, 2020


Describing the abundant advantages of travel, Saint Augustine was quoted in John Feltham’s English Enchiridion (1799) as saying “the world is a great book, and none study this book so much as a traveler. They that never stir from their home read only one page of this book”—an evocative passage that sums up the ultimate desire of modern-day travelers; to learn and discover whatever exists outside our comfort zones.


10 Reasons why you should visit Siargao Island

January 05, 2020


Facing the mighty swells of the Pacific Ocean, the teardrop-shaped island of Siargao has garnered numerous accolades in recent years; including being voted as the "World's Best Island" by Conde Nast Travelers—an esteemed travel and luxury magazine—and a number of widely-read travel sites. Despite the growing popularity of the island, Siargao still retains its remote vibe even in the face of increasing development. Therefore, more travelers are now opting to go to Siargao over other more touristy islands like Bali in Indonesia and Phuket in Thailand.

Have a Guilt-free Meal at these Vegan Places in Teacher’s Village, QC

January 03, 2020


More and more people are choosing to embrace the vegan lifestyle not only to become healthier but also to advocate cruelty-free eating. Doing so, believers of greener dining habits are shattering previous misconceptions about veganism: “vegan food doesn’t taste good”, “there aren’t many vegan options” and so on. Thanks to them and the growing number of vegan places in the country, more people are learning that vegan food isn’t that bad at all. In fact, it has spawned creative dishes that provide memorable gastronomic experiences.

Known Vegan traveler Celine Murillo of Celineism shows off sticks of Vegan Isaw

Woven PH: Weaving Change in the Lives of Women Artisans of Basey, Samar

December 05, 2019


I first came to learn about the banig weavers of Basey, Samar many moons ago when on a pre-Yolanda morning, I explored the entirety of San Juanico Bridge on foot. I arrived in Samar with no destination in mind until a local I encountered pointed me to a fascinating place. “You can go to Basey, it is a small town not far from here. There’s an old church there and a cave where you will see women weavers making beautiful banig”, he told me in Tagalog.

Where to Eat in Baguio City | A City of Pines Culinary Tour

December 01, 2019


Some of my fondest memories of Baguio City always include food—well, and the company I was with. There’s Sarah giggling like a little girl at Oh My Gulay, my former girlfriend Lauren giddily explaining to me the ingredients of Spinach and Chicken Galantine at PNKY Café (now closed already) and the heavenly face of my ex-girlfriend Monette, as she was finishing her plate of lomo ribs at Canto. These are just a few of my wonderful memories of Baguio where a foodie joint, café or a craft brewery starring in a key supporting role. It seems that whenever I visit the City of Pines, going out on a food tour will always be my main agenda. To help you create amazing memories of food next time you head here, here are some where to eat places in Baguio City.

Foggy Mountain Cookhouse

This Salmon Pie was one of the standout dishes in Foggy Mountain Cookhouse

Jpark Island Resort Cebu Celebrates 10th Year with a Bang

November 17, 2019


After numerous trips to the province of Cebu and skipping the opportunity to stay in the island of Mactan, I must admit of never hearing about Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark before. I have my assumptions managed to a middling level when I joined fellow travel and lifestyle writers on a media trip celebrating the resort’s 10th year anniversary.

Witnessing Hushed Bartering Scenes at Bulungan sa Pandawan

October 22, 2019


Every morning with daylight yet to ooze from the sky, a multitude of motorboats is heard roaring off the coast of Mercedes town in Camarines Norte. Buoyed by a prayer and a resolve to provide for their families, fisher folks head out to the abundant waters of San Miguel Bay intent on taking home boatloads of fresh catch. Providentially, the body of water that opens to the mighty Pacific Ocean isn’t called the “fishing bowl” of Bicol Region for nothing—as each day, the fish market of Mercedes becomes a bustling scene of fish trading activities. 

Crates and crates full of the freshest catch can be seen at Mercedes Fish Market
Crates and crates full of the freshest catch can be seen at Mercedes Fish Market