Hostel Etiquette: How to Behave When Bunking with Other People

I’ve tried hostels several times for brief stays like two or three nights. Recently, I tried staying in one for three weeks! The experiences have been great overall. I had met so many people I quickly became friends with and treated like family for the entire stay. I had more opportunities to save on tour…

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Want to Renew Your Passport Faster? Here’s How.

Ohmaghaaad. I cannot count the number of Facebook statuses or the number of people who have expressed a great deal of frustration they go through trying to renew their passports here in the Philippines. The one big issue? The DFA Website seems to have some sort of glitch with their appointment scheduler. One minute there’s…

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Cebu to Dumaguete (Passport Renewal) Budget and Itinerary

If you haven’t read yet, I posted an article about a few tips on how you can get your passport renewal process faster. You might wonder why I would renew in Dumaguete when there’s a DFA office in Cebu, right? Check out the article by clicking here. I live in Cebu and back in February…

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I can’t believe I went to GAOC.

I. Hate. Dentists. Ask my teeth who have now relapsed since because I wasn’t encouraged to take care of them. Instead, I got a series of traumatizing experiences from several dentists. My lower teeth are crooked again; my teeth were never in the middle; and I don’t exactly have the urge to visit the dentist…

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On Board the Fleur de Passion on an Ocean Mapping Expedition Around the World

Nearly 500 years ago, Ferdinand Magellan circumnavigated the world. In the wake of his expedition, a sailboat under the Swiss flag is off to a four-year expedition to map out and measure the human effects on our oceans. They began in 2015 in Seville, Spain and are ending their journey in 2019 back in Seville.…

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Can’t find clothes that fit you perfectly? I have a little secret to share!

Fashionista is the last thing anyone will call me. I don’t have an elaborate style. I like simple, comfortable, and a little stylish every now and then. I grew up as a tomboy and I have to clear it up here that it does not mean lesbian (yes, I know a ton of people who…

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Treat yourself to a Grand Holiday Trip this Christmas

If you’re still wondering where to go for Christmas this year, let me help you with that dilemma! BE Grand Resort in Bohol is probably one of the best choices you’ll make this year. I visited the place last week to see their rooms and to try out their Christmas Special Buffet Menu. They exceeded…

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Cebuano food must-tries beyond lechon and fried food

When people ask me where to take friends and visitors out for food, I must admit I sometimes struggle to think of a place that’s affordable, clean, and showcases another kind of Filipino dish. This is especially hard when a lot of the restaurants in the city are mostly serving Western food now. It’s also…

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Where you can find my favorite ngo hiong place in Cebu

If you grew up in the Philippines or have been here long enough to observe the food culture, a lot of the dishes are fried. If not fried, however they’re made they are bold and strong in flavors, whether it’s supposed to be sweet, sour, or salty. By this I mean it’s sometimes too salty…

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My first freediving experience with the Sawum Freedivers group

I can remember several years ago, I would notice a friend post  a lot of Facebook updates of her snorkeling. She’d always express her big love for the ocean and life underwater and I admired that about her. Soon after, my circle of friends and their friends opened up a new world of freediving. I…

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