Obtaining Japan and Korea Tourist Visas: A Right or A Privilege?

Here comes the dilemma most Filipino travelers often encounter or I must say, often dread – getting a tourist visa.


The Stranger who fed us Xiao Long Bao

“Travel dispels cynicism. The world is full of strangers and as there has been much discord in many parts of the world today, we often doubt the goodness that could come from people we do not know. “

Why Travel is a Good Investment

I am not saying you have to put a big chunk of your finances or your savings into traveling. In fact, I encourage you to travel responsibly. I don’t know about you but as for me I live by two travel principles. First, know your priorities. Did you pay the bills, did you set aside…

A Glimpse of Spring in South Korea

Spring is one of the best times to travel to South Korea. In Seoul, different flowers adorn the streets. The ginkgo trees lined along the roads and the maple trees surrounding the palaces are simply mesmerizing. It is that time of the year when cherry blossoms burst forth in bloom. Here’s a glimpse of this…

One Laidback Day with the Deer of Nara

Nara is the first permanent capital of Japan which dates back to the year 710. It is bordered by Kyoto to the north and Osaka to the west. It can be accessed by train from both cities for just around an hour. So if you are planning to visit Kansai, consider a day trip to…

Simple Travel Planning Guide for New Travelers

I will not discuss about the tricks of snatching a seat sale, or the secret to having your visa approved. I won’t lecture you on ways to cut your expenses on food, accommodation and transportation. You will probably figure it out yourself better than I am because most of the time I end up spending…

Shine Like The Son

“Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” –Matthew 5:16

Dear Traveler, Why Do You Wander?

Dear Traveler, I bet you are familiar with the likes of Reasons-Why-You-Should-Travel, Lessons-You-Can-Learn-From-Traveling, or Places-You-Should-Visit-Before-You-Die. On you go with the litany. But really, have you ever once given it a thought, in your own terms, why do you travel? There must be a good reason why. You can always draw inspiration from the stories of…

101 Bikes of Hope: My unforgettable memory of Phnom Penh

Mention Cambodia and Angkor Wat almost immediately comes to mind. Much so when I saw it with my very own eyes, I was blown away. For most travelers, they go to Siem Reap for temple hopping, food indulgence, cultural immersion and or drinking the night away in Pub Street. It is a rather inviting tourist…

How I Travelled to 4 Cities in Japan for 7 Days

I have been receiving a lot of questions about our 7-day trip to four cities in Japan last 2015 and fellow travelers frequently ask how I squeezed four cities into our itinerary. It is not as complicated as you may think. With Japan’s very efficient transportation networks, going around can, in fact, become a delight….