Pista in Phitsanulok

Phitsanulok is somewhere between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. It is a small city, but I have heard of it already because Joel’s aunt lived and worked there and their family has stories and memories of the city. We never got to explore much of the city but we did have some “stopover” hours on our way to Chiang Mai, and there are two things we would go back for — friend chicken and Pista Cafe! Continue reading “Pista in Phitsanulok”

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DIY Weekend Tour in Sukhothai

Sukhothai was the first capital of the kingdom of Siam and is another UNESCO World Heritage site I want to tick off my bucket list. The historic park is located a few miles from the new city, and almost half a day of travel from Bangkok. Despite the quite long journey to Sukhothai, the travel was worth it because I had a lovely time exploring the old and the new. Continue reading “DIY Weekend Tour in Sukhothai”

Best of Bangkok’s Chinatown

Bangkok’s Chinatown is the largest Chinatown in the world. Unlike Singapore’s Chinatown that you explore by foot in a day (or even less), Bangkok’s Chinatown is like a city within a city. We attempted to cover all of Chinatown, but three days is just not enough. I realized that when you come to Bangkok’s Chinatown, you must have a purpose and must know the exact location of that purpose. Otherwise, you’ll end up lost.  Here are the highlights of my walking tour around Chinatown. Continue reading “Best of Bangkok’s Chinatown”

Guide to One Day in Dumaguete

Dumaguete is hip, cool, and laid back. The city’s boulevard is my favorite college professor’s favorite strolling place. To me, Dumaguete is not just the hip university city that it is, it is also an extension of Siquijor because my grandpa used to work here and we would come here to visit him when school was off. It is easy to explore the small city in a day and hop on to another destination after the sun sets. If you only have one day in Dumaguete, then read on for my recommendations. Continue reading “Guide to One Day in Dumaguete”

Guide to Visita Iglesia in Siquijor

This guide to a Visita Iglesia in Siquijor was something I wrote for Tripzilla before this year’s Holy Week. I patterned this after a recent visita iglesia I did with a guest who visited Siquijor for the first time. While Siquijor will not boast of centuries-old and magnificent churches, we do have our share of historic churches. The simplicity of the architecture of the churches in the island will give you an idea of what are the island’s mineral resources (lime stones), the role of the island in the grand scheme of Catholicism in the country (a vacation/retreat place for friars), and how the island fared with the rest of the country during the two World Wars and calamities (earthquakes and typhoons). The churches are not as magnificent as other churches in the country. The churches in Siquijor pale in comparison to the San Augustin Church in the Intramuros. But I would like to believe that all of us, no matter how small, grand, simple or magnificent, make a part of our beautiful country.

Guide to Ukay-Ukay Shopping in Midtown Cebu

This post has been on my mind for a long time now and it is always included in my to-do list but I never got around to doing it until this February. So one February afternoon, I went on a thrifting tour in one of my favorite thrifting areas in Cebu City — the midtown area. If you are interested in knowing where I went, what I tried on, what I bought, what the price ranges are, please read on…

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Talingting: What to Do and What to See

Talingting, I think, is the most underrated town in Siquijor. It is a small town between Larena and Maria, and is facing the island of Bohol. Talingting is now known as Enrique Villanueva, named after a governor who made possible the conversion of the barangay to a town. One of the most popular stories explaining why the town is very “mingaw” or isolated is because there are only 13 people in town. Continue reading “Talingting: What to Do and What to See”