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Living the Local Life in Bohol, Philippines

Living the Local Life in Bohol, Philippines

My grandmother has a ministry in Mabini, Bohol, Philippines, so I spent two days in Bohol with her and her pastor’s family. It was a unique experience because while I got to spend a substantial amount of time with the locals, I also attempted to […]

What’s in My Bag: The Southeast Asia Edition V.2

What’s in My Bag: The Southeast Asia Edition V.2

Prior to leaving for my trip, I wrote a post outlining what was in my bag. A month in, I’ve reconfigured and reorganized what I have for a few different reasons: 1) I was tired of feeling like hot garbage; 2) While it’s somewhat expected […]

Singapore: The Perfect City-State

Singapore: The Perfect City-State

If there’s one country that does infrastructure right, it’s Singapore. This truly international city—it has four national languages: English, Mandarin, Tamil, and Malay—has some of the most picturesque buildings, cleanest boardwalks, efficient public transportation, and lightest traffic I have ever seen in a city of […]

Learning How to Scuba Dive in the Philippines

Learning How to Scuba Dive in the Philippines

Scuba diving had been an item on my bucket list since I had gone to the Bahamas and tried to Snuba. My love for being underwater was a total surprise since I grew up hating the smell of chlorine. But there’s something majestic about floating […]

Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls

Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls

One of the unique things you can do in Cebu, Philippines is canyoneering (also known as canyoning to the locals). Kawasan Falls is a pretty awesome place to do this. Located 3.5 to 4 hours from Cebu City, you can either book a trip through […]

A Historical Look at Cebu

A Historical Look at Cebu

“Where are you from?” This is a question I often got back in the United States, and most people were satisfied with the response, “My parents are from the Philippines.” In the Philippines, however, the question takes on a whole new life. Both of my […]

Lessons Learned So Far

Lessons Learned So Far

Oi vey, I’m about six posts behind (going on seven), which I’m hoping to get somewhat caught up on before I leave for Singapore on Wednesday, but I’ve been stuck in a few places with weak internet, so uploading pictures for the blog has been […]

Swimming with Whalesharks in Oslob

Swimming with Whalesharks in Oslob

My family is from Cebu, Philippines, so I’m spending a good amount of time on the island seeing the sites and meeting relatives. Over the weekend, a few distant cousins and I hopped in a car at 3am and drove three hours from Talisay to […]

Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak

Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak

During my last day in Hong Kong, I decided to take it easy and hang out at the hostel for most of the day, the only plan being to eventually hike Victoria Peak and see the sun set. Victoria Peak is the highest point overlooking […]

Shenzhen, China: Boring AF or a Hidden Treasure? (Also introducing OCT LOFT)

Shenzhen, China: Boring AF or a Hidden Treasure? (Also introducing OCT LOFT)

What makes a city a great city? This is a question that’s been turning in my head my entire life. Growing up mostly in the suburbs, my 18-year old self would say a great city is one with “LIFE!” and “CULTURE!” and “NO BOX STORES!” […]