A Summer Staycation at Privato Hotel

In the long span of my blogging life, – almost a decade! – I’ve written about a multitude of things including faith, beauty, fashion, literature, and travel. As I continue to grow, my interest and passion for all things do so too; there’s just so much to explore! Today, we enter uncharted territory having been […]

Travel Diaries: Osaka, Japan

Japan has always been a special place for me. Immersing myself in Haruki Murakami’s captivating world as a 20-year-old led me to dream of a country of color and solitude. I lived vicariously through his lonely, pensive male characters. Visiting Tokyo, then, was a dream I kept reliving, and I had the opportunity to continue my […]

A Guide to Beauty and Skin Care Shopping in Japan

I just came from a short trip to 2-7° Osaka and before all the ruckus – including daily responsibilities, occasional (almost) quarter-life crises, and mild anxiety attacks – I’m dedicating a few entries to Japan, beginning with a guide to beauty and skin care shopping! Japanese drugstores are everywhere, and they’re overwhelming – to say the least. […]

Exploring Home: Bohol

A few days after my 24th, I found myself on a plane to uncharted territory. I lost myself in Bohol upon seeing the most awe-inspiring, pastel colored sunset at the Bohol Bee Farm while, of course, stuffing myself with delicious homemade Avocado and Melon ice cream from The Buzzz Café. How could something so beautiful exist? For the next […]

Travel Diaries: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

There is a sense of normalcy, at last. Elections season is over. Friendships have been restored, campaign posters no longer deface the streets of Manila, and my heart is lighter upon letting go of misplaced anger – over headlines and 140-character sentiments. April and May have been unimaginably full: making my new blog live, speaking in […]

Life via Instagram: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Grace was everywhere. Going to Kota Kinabalu with my incredible friend, Hannah, is easily one of the best decisions I have ever made. Yes, it meant having unnecessary anxiety attacks days before our flight, having a sore body for an entire week, and draining my savings after months of preparation but it was an adventure […]

Exploring Home: Binondo, Manila

Most of my photos are grounded in people, I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out experience etched on a person’s face.  (Steve McCurry) As a portrait photographer exposed to the the deviously flawless world of beauty and fashion (photography) so early on in my life, the fear of imperfect photographs has […]

Exploring Home: Wawa Dam, Montalban

An hour and a half away from home is Wawa Dam in Rodriguez, Rizal – a place for an unbelievably cheap, enthralling adventure for those itching for a quick getaway from the rowdy streets of Manila. I spent less than P300 during the trip, which included: my Montalban jeepney ride from Marikina (P27), a Wawa […]

Exploring Home: Coron, Palawan

My memories seem to betray me as each day – back in the rowdy cosmopolis – passes by, and words that I try to conjure never seem to compare to the reality that was. As Joan Didion would put it, “Memory fades, memory adjusts, memory conforms to what we think we remember.” Coron was pure […]