Reviews

Tao Philippines Sailing Expedition: The Palawan Adventure to End All Adventures

Posted on July 14, 2017

The portentous weather of a passing storm delayed our departure from El Nido in northern Palawan, the pencil-thin Philippine province repeatedly lauded by glossy travel magazines as the #1 best island in the world. The clouds finally surrendered to the midday sun, spotlighting a scenery that I thought only belonged to the realm of dream sequences or desktop wallpapers. A deserted islet lay before us, fringed with coconut trees sprouting from talcum-white sand and embraced by water that glimmered inRead More

The Funny Lion: The Coolest Boutique Hotel in Coron

Posted on July 10, 2017

Developed by the same young-at-heart team behind Amorita Resort and Momo Beach House in Panglao Island, Bohol, The Funny Lion is one of the newer additions in Coron, Palawan by the One-Of Collection boutique hotel group. Located in the quiet outskirts of Sitio Jolo, the brand-new establishment stands out as a relaxing retreat for both couples and families wishing for a private nook away from the hustle and bustle of the town center. It’s only a 10-minute drive by van orRead More

Buceo Anilao Beach & Dive Resort: An Underwater Photographer’s Paradise

Posted on July 4, 2017

The birthplace of scuba diving in the Philippines, Anilao in Batangas province has been luring divers from all over the world since the 1960s. Every square meter of this diving destination — only a two-hour drive south of Manila — explodes with a plethora of marine life, the undersea counterpart of the frenetic metropolis. After all, these warm tropical waters belong to the Verde Island Passage, the strait separating the islands of Luzon and Mindoro, where conservationists have found the richestRead More

Panja Resort Palawan: The Most Scenic Getaway in Puerto Princesa

Posted on May 10, 2017

Being the gateway to Palawan – heralded the world’s best island in recent years by travel publications – Puerto Princesa is no doubt experiencing a tourism boom with the city getting busier and busier. If you’re looking for a quiet getaway within the city, then Panja Resort Palawan (pronounced pan-yah) would be the perfect pick for you. Away from the bustling city center, the boutique resort sits on a hilltop surrounded by refreshing greenery and sweeping views of Puerto Princesa and Honda Bay.Read More

Supremo 4K | WiFi Action Camera for Less Than PHP 4,000!

Posted on April 11, 2017

Many friends have urged me to buy an action camera given my passion for the outdoors and frequent travels, but I forwent several opportunities to get one, choosing to invest in DSLR lenses and a proper compact camera with underwater housing for my scuba diving trips. But things have changed in recent weeks with a new travel companion of mine! Action camera brand Supremo finally invited me to try out their newest model, the Supremo 4K, an action camera with authentic 16Read More

The Settlement Hotel: A Refreshing Retreat in Historic Melaka

Posted on April 6, 2017

I love hotels that evoke a genuine sense of place. After a few days in Singapore, I crossed the border to Malaysia to visit one of my favorite heritage cities, Melaka, to check in at The Settlement Hotel, a new boutique stay housed in a repurposed white-painted commercial building – a blank canvas for the owner’s private collection of Malaysian artworks and antiques. Like Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong, this  marries the classic and contemporary, exuding the eclectic charm of the UNESCO WorldRead More