Southeast Asia

FIRST LOOK | Cebu Safari & Adventure Park – The Philippines’ Biggest Zoo

Posted on January 9, 2018

Travel Advisory: Cebu Safari & Adventure Park is scheduled to officially open in the first quarter of 2018. Group previews (PHP 800 / USD 16 per person, inclusive of buffet lunch)  may be arranged for those wishing to see the park before it opens to the general public. For inquiries, email  For the latest updates, check out the official Facebook page.  Here’s a sneak preview of what to expect when visiting this new attraction! One of the country’s most-anticipated new attractionsRead More

6 Fun Family-Friendly Attractions in Pattaya, Thailand

Posted on January 1, 2018

Pattaya doesn’t immediately come to mind as a family-friendly reputation, owing to its reputation as a seedy beachside getaway since American soldiers participating in the Vietnam War arrived in the 1960s, transforming what was formerly a sleepy fishing village into a built-up conurbation bustling with cabarets, nightclubs and massage parlors. But on a recent familiarization tour organized by Tourism Authority of Thailand – The Philippines Branch Office, in conjunction with the maiden flight of the Cebu-Bangkok route of Philippine Airlines,Read More

Philippine Airlines Now Flies Cebu-Bangkok!

Posted on December 31, 2017

Amidst public demand for the route, Philippine Airlines now flies non-stop thrice weekly between Cebu and Bangkok, starting December 2. PR728 departs Mactan-Cebu International Airport at 9:25 PM every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport at 12:10 AM local time; while PR579 leaves Bangkok at 1:30 AM every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving at 6:15 AM. The new route brings southern Philippines closer to Thailand, our Southeast Asian neighbor known for its distinctive culture, fiery cuisine, andRead More

7 Reasons Why W Bangkok is the Coolest Place to Stay

Posted on December 21, 2017

One of the most stylish hotels I’ve stayed in is W Bangkok from the W hotel chain marketed towards a young, modern and fashionable crowd. From its trendy location to its luxurious Thai-inspired interiors, this 31-storey five-star luxury hotel sure knows how to turn up the wow factor. True to its signature global brand, here are 7 reasons why W Bangkok is the coolest place to stay in the city: It’s centrally located amidst trendy districts. It’s all about location,Read More

Where’s Waddy? | The Last Irrawaddy Dolphins of Negros Occidental

Posted on October 23, 2017

It was the middle of August, and after weeks of monsoon rains at Negros Island, the weather finally relented and gave way to a sunny day. The dark clouds dissipated, and one could see as far as the distant mountains of Panay Island across the Guimaras Strait. The sea was calm. “It’s a beautiful day,” marine biologist Mark de la Paz beamed, as our bangka (outrigger canoe) departed past 7 AM from the black-sand beach of Pulupandan — a municipalityRead More

Scuba Diving with Manta Rays at Blue Corner Dive Nusa Penida

Posted on August 15, 2017

Manta photo by Jason Fondis On a recent family trip to Bali, I made a side trip to Nusa Penida, detouring to the largest of three islands 20 km southeast of the mainland, to check out the newest shop of Blue Corner Dive, who I dove with on my first visit in 2013 when I was covering a scuba diving story for an inflight magazine.  After opening two shops on the popular jumping off point of Lembongan island (Blue CornerRead More