Postcard Series: Maiden Flight | Calayan

March 29, 2019


When I said "yes" to an invite to join the Calayan-Batanes media famtrip, I never expected the historic firsts happening on the beautiful island of Calayan. We arrived aboard the first ever plane to land on the island to inaugurate their airport—and today—we also become the first set of passengers to depart Calayan en route to another destination: Batanes. The same crowd of locals who welcomed us also bid as goodbye as we boarded this Sky Pasada jet (smallest plane I've flown so far).

Genesis Lee about to board Sky Pasada

This Year’s #LakbayNorte Highpoints Must-see Places in Clark, Subic and Baler

March 25, 2019


Now on its 8th year, Lakbay Norte once again concluded a media familiarization tour participated by travel writers from online and print publications. It is organized by the North Philippines Visitors Bureau in partnership with Victory Liner as a way of promoting Northern Luzon as a premier tourist destination. This year's itinerary took the more than 20 travel writers and photographers to the places of Subic and Clark in Pampanga and to the surfing town of Baler in Aurora. Here’s a quick rundown of all the places highlighted by #LakbayNorte8 as possible destinations for travelers heading to this part of Luzon.

Where to Stay in Luang Prabang, Laos | Satri House

March 19, 2019


The narrow entrance of Satri House betrays the gem of a place hidden inside: A stunning collection of charming colonial buildings inspired by Lao architecture and culture. Adding a layer of lure are the quaint corners and the lush gardens surrounded by towering trees. As the female staff briefs me about the property, my eyes wandered everywhere. "Satri House was first built in 1904 as a royal house by the parents of Prince Souphanouvong, the first President of Lao People's Democratic Republic. This property was refurbished in 2002 by Mrs. Lamphoune Voravongsa - now the current owner" she tells me.


Pool side of Satri House

A Beautiful Glimpse of Egypt

March 07, 2019


Egypt was the last of the triumvirate of nations which consist the Holy Land tour I joined. After kicking off our trip in Jordan and spending almost a week in Israel, the last leg of our journey took us to the land of the Pharaohs and Cleopatra. Along the way we passed by endless stretch of deserted valleys and mountains until the azure waters of the Red Sea signaled the approaching border crossing to Egypt. It was here where we followed the trail of Moses and the Holy Family when they fled Israel after King Herod Antipas issued a marching order to execute all infants in Israel.

Where to Stay in Luang Prabang: Lotus Villa Boutique | Laos

March 05, 2019


It was starting to darken when I arrived at Luang Prabang causing me to hurry my pace in locating my hotel. Guided by my Google Map, I walked pass the main street of the city's historic district. It was a lovely surprise finding out a few days before, that Lotus Villa Boutique Hotel situates right smack in the UNESCO Heritage area of the city. Established in 2008, this small property houses 15 soothing rooms and 2 suites – all designed within the fervor of the architectural style of Laos’ colonial past.

Cebu Pacific Air Highlights Some Must Things-to-do in and Near Kuala Lumpur | Malaysia

March 04, 2019

As one of the major hub in Southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur is often overlooked by some travelers as a mere pit-stop just to have a sumptuous meal of Nasi Lemak before flying a connecting flight to their final destination.  Huge misconception. 

Kuala Lumpur as it turns out and proven by my more than half a dozen times of exploring this city, hides a wealth of fascination in the form of the city’s rich culture, cuisine and history. Recently, I joined a Cebu Pacific Familiarization tour to visit new places as well as revisiting old favorite destinations situated within and near Kuala Lumpur. The result is a plethora of more reasons to come back and hopefully, explore the other parts of Malaysia as well.

Cebu Pacific Air media famtour participants. Out to explore some of the best of KL

Dolphin Spotting in Bais, Negros Oriental

March 01, 2019


Alighting out of a bus from Dumaguete, I arrived at the quaint town of Bais at the flinch of sunlight. This idyllic municipality was a bastion of 19th century barons who spearheaded the raw sugar boom Negros Oriental came to known for. As I took my first strides around the town, I quickly noticed the miscellanies of its storied past evidenced by the run-down but still charming pre-war colonial homes.

a dolphin shows off in Bais
This is why Dolphin watching in Bais is a must-do