Food, Philippines

Jollibee, Can I Have More Ketchup Please?

Just like every Filipino – I am also a fan of Jollibee, ever since I was little.

Jollibee has this indescribable charisma that captures the hearts of Filipino kids, a devotion that has stayed with them no matter how many new food experiences they’d tried.

At my age, I can say that I still love Jollibee.

This is where I eat for some occasional breakfast or lunch. The food just brings so much joy to me, as this also brings back my childhood memories.

I am a huge fan of Jolly Spaghetti, Jolly Hotdog and of course, the Chicken Joy. Lately, I found myself eating Jollibee more often because of my niece and nephew. The charisma lives on in every generation.

On the business side, Jollibee is undeniably the biggest food empire in the Philippines, toppling the global brands such as McDonalds.

So it pains me…

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Inspiration, Luzon, Philippines

The 2 Faces of Slum Tourism in Manila

Reading is a way for me to de-stress.

I read books, publications and of course, I am an avid follower of really amazing bloggers. One of my favorites is Sab, a travel blogger from Germany who decided to quit her job to fulfil her dreams of exploring the world.

Her story is quite inspiring, and what I like about her the most (very subjective me) is her love for the Philippines.

One night I checked her blog, and was happy to see she has a new post. And it has a profound title, Smokey Mountain: A Walk Through The Slums Of Manila, Philippines.

I knew this place well.

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Asia, Cambodia

Eating Bugs in Siem Reap, Cambodia

I know your life has become a routine.You go to work every morning, you go home and the cycle goes on and on.

So if you’re given a chance to travel, you must make the most out of it. Even it means going out of your comfort zone by trying exciting activities or eating food that are new to you.

Dalai Lama said, “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”

Yes. If you feel you don’t have much time, once a year is enough, and it’s going to be worth it if you let go of yourself and take on the adventure.

I took this advice by heart when I traveled to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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Asia, Thailand

Top 3 Things To Do at Khao San Road, Bangkok

 

I was ready to call it a night.

After a whole day of exploring Bangkok with my longtime friends, marvelling at those temples and haggling for the best buys at the weekend market, We were dead tired and ready to just lay on our beds and sleep.

But our newfound friends in Bangkok told us our experience would not be complete without trying Khao San Road which is just a few blocks away from our hotel.

I said, “hmm Khao San Road…Khao San Road.” I kept repeating it a few times before deciding to give it a try. I even convinced my travel buddies to go with us.

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Inspiration, Philippines, Visayas

Remembering Typhoon Yolanda

I was at the office when I first heard the news, the strongest typhoon to make landfall was about to hit the Philippines. Shocked and worried, I decided not to wait for the news on TV and just did my own research.

I remember how my heart pumped when I read that the storm (International name Haiyan) will directly hit my country’s Visayas region specifically the provinces of Samar and Leyte. Most of my relatives are in Samar, a beautiful island in the eastern part of the Philippines facing the Pacific Ocean.

I was born there, even spent some of my childhood days with the care of my grandparents and Aunties. Thinking that my loved ones might be facing an imminent danger made me restless. We were able to contact my Aunt, though she promised that they would take care, it was not enough to take away our worry.

The day came. Yolanda, the typhoon’s Philippine name, has finally made its landfall. Manila was hundreds of kilometres away from the center of the storm, but the strength was undeniable. We were busy dealing with the bad weather, not knowing that our fellows in the south were experiencing catastrophe. Yolanda, a beautiful common name in my country, has become a name we will never forget.

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Luzon, Philippines

7 Reasons Why You Should Travel to the Philippines

Whenever travelers want to explore and backpack Southeast Asia, they’re most probably referring to Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam-Laos route. This is the most traveled path in the region.

One of the main reasons is accessibility, from Thailand you can easily visit the neighboring countries by bus, maximizing the “Asian” experience.

And since Philippines is located on the other side of the plate, some travelers omit it in their itinerary. 

Well, those who dared to explore the less traveled path, have expressed enormous joy for the whole experience.

If you want some proof? Check out the blogs of some of world’s most popular travel bloggers like KulasNathan, Sab and Alexandra who have learned to embrace and love the Philippines.

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Asia, Thailand

Thailand – One Important Lesson From This Beautiful Country

I remember my excitement for this trip.

It was my first time to travel outside the Philippines. I have been travelling within my country for quite some time, and to experience other culture is something that I always look forward to.

At 2 in the morning, we landed at Bangkok International Airport, commencing my journey with my close friends in the captivating countries of Thailand and Cambodia. We planned to stay in Thailand for a few days, explore the city then backpack towards Cambodia by bus.

Arriving at Thailand airport already had an effect on me. I was amused at how the structure reflects the Thai culture, unlike our airport way back home which is just basic and plain.

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Inspiration, Travel Stories

The Woman I Met at a Manila Park

The Manila City Hall is one of the most iconic structures in Manila. Built in 1939, this building has not just withstood the test of time but has also become witness of the city’s vibrant history.

Today, there are a lot of people in the area. No wonder, because a huge mall is just located at the back of the building. Beside it is a university, and between the school and this building is a park where students group together to relax and chit-chat. This is also a place for others to grab a bite as food stalls and kiosks are lined up.

After so many years, I’ve found myself sitting at the park again. I’ve never expected that I would enjoy being in a place like this. It was nostalgic. I remember when I was a kid, my parents used to bring me and my brother to Luneta Park, the most popular spot in Manila which is also situated near the City Hall.

I just finished a meeting with a client near the place when I decided to take my lunch at the park’s food stalls. I work as an Account Manager for an international shipping company, visiting customers is a big part of my job.

At that time my car was busted so I took a cab going to my client’s office. I admit, the inconvenience aggravated my mood.

I felt lost.I was experiencing a deep sense of unhappiness. I was looking for meaning.

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