Staycation | the homebody in me

This was the last thing I expected to enjoy. Staying home for days never crossed my mind before. Yet, I have afforded myself a weeklong ‘staycation‘. Never spent a single cent. Never went out far from the front gate. Never craved for a cup of Starbucks or The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Never tasted Potato Corner fries when visiting a mall. Never jogged at the paved roads. Never got sunburns or darker skin from staying long at the beach or in the mountains. Never sneezed at the smell of the still good used clothes at the ukay-ukay or secondhand stores. These things I … Continue reading Staycation | the homebody in me

A Beautiful Truth: Boracay Turquoise turned Green

The Republic of Boracay vs Algal Bloom People noticed what appeared to be an ugly sight of green seaweeds along the long-stretched White Beach. Main Issue: Did it really kill its beauty? Was there malice? Was murder committed? Bloom pleaded not guilty. The real intention that Bloom resided temporarily and seasonally is to warn us that Boracay has become too rich, i.e. nutrient rich, that it pollutes the beach so that less people will be swimming around—to alienate you. Nobody wants to walk on the greens at the beach; people only love swimming in turquoise waters. Don’t let appearances fool you. You have to uncover … Continue reading A Beautiful Truth: Boracay Turquoise turned Green

Why Do A Travel Digest?

MyTravelDigest is a library of my travel memories: travel notes, lessons, insights, photos and stories are posted here. Sharing some of my wonderful experiences while backpacking or hiking around the Philippines is my way of inspiring others and myself to travel more and return with a refreshing view on life. We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect. — Anaïs Nin These days my brain is saturated with verdant mountains, turquoise beaches and anything that feeds my soul — so might as well write them down so I can taste life twice. Revisiting places by digesting travel memories, … Continue reading Why Do A Travel Digest?

Seeing it Differently and Taking it Lightly

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” – John Lubbock

Sabawan-Maripipi, Biliran

Recently, I answered an essay question asking what is an important ‘milestone’ in your life and what have you learned from it? Continue reading “Seeing it Differently and Taking it Lightly”