Negros Oriental 2015: Into the Island of Turtles

This is the continuation of our South Cebu-Negros Oriental excursion way back in November 2015. November 29, 2015 The previous day was exhausting – we swam with the whale sharks in Oslob, climbed Cebu’s highest point, and explored remnants of the Spanish colonization. It was filled with many activities that we nearly missed the last […]

Travel Portfolio # 3: 2018 International Travels in Pictures

January is about to end but here I am, still scrambling to complete these pieces pertaining to the previous year. As part of my 2018 throwback, I have rounded up some of the most memorable pictures of my international travels. I have already shared the highlights of my 2018 local travels. You may access the […]

2018 Travel Recap: A Year of Firsts and Reflections (Part III)

Lately I have been publishing mostly bookworm related stuff so today I am going to break the monotony by looking back at the year that was in terms of travelling, exploration and adventures. Although it is already midway through the month but I believe it is never too late to write a new piece about […]

Book Review # 78: Killing Commendatore

Book Specs Author: Haruki Murakami Translator: Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen (from Japanese) Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Publishing Date: October 2018 Number of Pages: 681 pages Genre: Magical Realism, Historical Fiction Synopsis In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of […]

South Korea Day 10: Farewell Busan and Hello Jeonju!

October 31, 2017 Taejongdae Park was an amazing experience. It is a very idyllic and relaxing spot. If only I had the luxury of time, I would have spent the entire day simply walking around the vast park, breathing in the sea, the mountains, and the pine breeze. And although walking is physically taxing, I […]

South Korea Day 10: The Hundred and One Tales of Taejongdae

October 31, 2017 After our long and exasperating first day at Yonggungsa and Gamcheon Cultural Village, Joy and I decided to explore Taejongdae Park. Our friends who have been there two weeks earlier did recommend it to us. Before proceeding there, we had to pack our things and prepare for yet another journey. After Busan, […]

Book Review # 76: Sputnik Sweetheart

Book Specs Author: Haruki Murakami Translator: Philip Gabriel Publisher: Vintage Publishing Date: April 2002 Number of Pages: 210 pages Genre: Magical Realism, Romance, Suspense Synopsis K is madly in love with his best friend, Sumire, but her devotion to a writerly life precludes her from any personal commitments. At least, that is, until she meets […]

South Korea Day 9: Transforming the Village

October 30, 2017 From Haeundae Beach area, Joy and I rode the subway to Seomyeon station. It underground station is intersection of Busan Subway Lines 1 and 2 and is connected to underground shopping malls such as the Lotte World Underground Shopping Center of Busan and Seomyeon Underground Shopping Center. The area surrounding the station […]