Batad: A Glorious Adventure

Batad: A Glorious Adventure

An old friend once recounted his tale of trekking Tapiya Falls in Batad. There were lots of “putangina talaga” comments in between “bangin” (cliff), “pagod” (tired) and “laglag” (fall).  The atrocious words stuck with me as I rode the freezing bus in the wee hours of the morning to Banaue, the drop off point for … Continue reading

Hostel Diaries: People Stories 1

Hostel Diaries: People Stories 1

My work at a local backpacker’s hostel has allowed me to interact with individuals from all over the world. I would like to share some of what I’ve learned or experienced while talking to or dealing with them. This is PEOPLE STORIES: I. The Artist When we travel, we meet many people along the way. We forge a connection … Continue reading

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

Location: Sri Lanka Year: 2014 **Edited for MatadorU Assignment I sit on a balcony in a hilltop guesthouse in Haputale, a town 4695 feet above sea level in the Uva Province of Sri Lanka. I look out over rolling green hills. It is mid-afternoon and I have arrived from Nuwara Eliya, the Little England of … Continue reading

Out of It

Out of It

“Writing is something that you don’t know how to do. You sit down and it’s something that happens, or it may not happen. ” – Charles Bukowski It never did, until today. As I type this, I am in a backpacker’s hostel in Metro Manila, not as a guest, but as an employee. On a regular day, I … Continue reading

Learn From Our Mistake

Learn From Our Mistake

The past is a reminder. Our knowledge of it allows us to reconstruct the present to survive and live better for tomorrow. Whether it be several hard blows to the head or a few accidents here and there, our past experience is key to help us eventually purge ourselves of the poison that nourishes the inner monster. That … Continue reading

Starstruck

Starstruck

It’s not just college girls carrying glossy heart banners or Katniss braid sporting 14 year olds holding blown-up photos of Josh Hutcherson showing off his Peeta muscles. When it comes to seeing Hollywood movie stars in the flesh, there is no such thing as age limit. Continue reading