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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

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

Home in the Metro: MNL Boutique Hostel

Home in the Metro: MNL Boutique Hostel

It can be difficult to find a place of refuge in Metro Manila. After all, it’s a developing city with crowded streets, honking cars, rambunctious vendors screaming “dibidi!”, and riot bus rides. But visitors who have had enough of Manila’s grind can rest knowing that somewhere in the Business District of this unpredictable city lies … Continue reading

Mandalay: An Adventure in a Room

Mandalay: An Adventure in a Room

Guide books exist for obvious reasons: to guide, instruct, recommend or give the reader a plethora of options. Ignoring a guide book’s suggestion is forgivable, but not heeding a warning is a mortal sin. While in Myanmar, I decided not to book an accommodation after Yangon to make my journey more exciting. I’ve tried this … Continue reading

Staying in Saigon

Staying in Saigon

My cousin’s son sent me an email asking for a good place to stay in Ho Chi Minh / Saigon. Since I’ve been to Saigon twice, my experience has allowed me to stay in different places. Here’s a brief review of the hostels/hotels I’ve stayed at: a. In 2009, my friend and I stayed at … Continue reading