Oh El Nido

Palawan has been lauded the best island in the world many times over. When a place is voted the ‘best of the best’ no matter how foreign it seems, you might earmark that… Continue reading

We’ve boundless plains to share

In one very confronting scene in the movie The Revenant, a village occupied by a tribe of Native American Indians was obliterated to nothing but the molten ash of teepees, and a carnage… Continue reading

Take a Swingapore

Singapore is described many things: sterile, strict, affluent and successful. Characteristically, it’s defined by mountains of department stores, commercialism and an irrepressible shopping culture. But if you scratch the gleaming surface of one… Continue reading

A night with Oprah

Recently, my lifelong dream of watching Oprah live came to be. It wasn’t exactly a live taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show, I once dreamed of flying all the way to America for.… Continue reading

A holiday to remember

One year, my friends and I went on vacation to Philippines for five days. We planned to relax on the island of Boracay, party, overeat, over-drink, and shop in Manila as dictated by… Continue reading

The Balikbayan (one who returns to their home country)

The Peruvian poet Pablo Neruda wrote, “It’s well known that he who returns never left”. This is my exact sentiment every time I return to my birth country, Philippines as a balikbayan. It’s… Continue reading

In the ICU

I visited the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a hospital a few weeks ago. It was my first time. My aunt was diagnosed with cancer at its very late stages. An operation that… Continue reading

The first-timers guide to New York (Vol. II)

It would be sacrilege to not visit the 9/11 Memorial To omit the September 11 Memorial and Museum from your itinerary wouldn’t seem right. I believe it supersedes any other monument, venue or… Continue reading

The first-timer’s guide to New York (Vol. I)

If you are heading to New York for the first time, there are tomes of guidebooks and websites that can acquaint you with what to expect when you’re in the Big Apple. Some of… Continue reading

Reporting on the ugliness of humanity

Will the wars ever stop? It’s hard to fathom that with so much progress and evolution in the world and with human beings that wars and deadly conflict still exist. I admire the… Continue reading