Vanyard Hotel: New Boutique Hotel Near Kalibo International Airport

Posted on November 10, 2023

Besides being the alternative gateway to world-famous Boracay Island, the provincial capital of Kalibo stands on its own with its lush and expansive mangrove park, exquisite piña (pineapple cloth) loom-weaving, and the annual Ati-Atihan Festival, held every third weekend of January in honor of the Santo Niño (Holy Child Jesus). Vanyard Hotel is the newest accommodation in town, housed in a four-storey building, only two kilometers away from Kalibo International Airport. The brand-new establishment, run by friendly and accommodating staffRead More

Bujang Valley: A Travel Guide to Southeast Asia’s Oldest Civilization in Kedah, Malaysia

Posted on October 30, 2023

Southeast Asia is known for its ancient civilizations, which left behind magnificent centuries-old stone edifices. Among the region’s main tourism draws are ancient temple ruins like Angkor in Cambodia, Ayutthaya in Thailand, and Borobudur in Indonesia. But did you know that the region’s oldest civilization can be found not in these countries but in Malaysia? Among the best-kept secrets of the country – and perhaps the entire Southeast Asian region – is Bujang Valley (Lembah Bujang in Malay), a sprawlingRead More

Santa Grand Signature Kuala Lumpur: New Hotel with Amazing Rooftop Views

Posted on October 1, 2023

One of the best hotels to stay when you revisit the Malaysian capital is Santa Grand Signature Kuala Lumpur, which opened its doors in December 2022. The sleek contemporary hotel is strategically located near Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL Tower), just a few minutes walk to Dang Wangi LRT Station, which connects you to the extensive train network of Kuala Lumpur and the rest of Peninsular Malaysia. I was hosted at this brand-new accommodation with other Indonesian influencers, while attending theRead More

Keretapi Sarong: Celebrating 60th Malaysia Day with a 10,000-Strong Flash Mob

Posted on September 27, 2023

I finally got to travel to Malaysia for the first time since the pandemic! Events company LOCCO invited me, together with other influencers from Indonesia and the Philippines, to Keretapi Sarong 2023 in celebration of Malaysia Day. From Cebu, I conveniently flew direct to Kuala Lumpur aboard event partner AirAsia via the Philippines’ most beautiful airport terminal, MCIA T2, on September 15th. The world’s best low-cost airline flies three times weekly between the two cities. After landing at KLIA2, IRead More

G1 Lodge: Cozy and Beautiful Boutique Hotel in Baguio City

Posted on September 24, 2023

Baguio City, the pine-dotted hill station in the Cordilleras, has long been the quintessential escape for lowlanders including myself, whenever I’m based in Metro Manila. The cool-weathered city is conveniently linked by frequent buses from the capital. Tourists are drawn to the city’s public parks, cultural museums, indigenous crafts, and lively food scene. On my last visit last month, I got to stay at G1 Lodge Design Hotel, a relatively new boutique accommodation conveniently located at #2 Leonard Wood Rd,Read More

Balabac, Palawan: A DIY Travel Guide to the Main Island

Posted on August 9, 2023

Balabac, the southernmost municipality of Palawan Province, has gained popularity as a tourist destination only in the past ten years. Fortunately, it remains non-touristy as compared to the northern destinations like El Nido and Coron. This is largely due to its remote location. To get to Balabac island from Puerto Princesa International Airport, one has to take a six-hour van ride to Buliyan Port, then transfer to a speedboat (1 hour) or ferry (2-3 hours) to the main island. MostRead More