My First Ever TED Talk

No, I was not a speaker. If I were, what would I talk about? Things I learned after staying at 30+ hotels for free? Would you even care to listen to me speak for fifteen minutes? Heck, I would not even make the cut from TED’s speaker selection committee. The real question is, would I…

The Not So Subtle Art of Getting Lost

Equipped with a compass, a camera and a longing for adventure, the author of an article I read just decided one day to walk north starting from an empty field. What he found along the way not only sparked his interest but also awakened his natural sense of exploration, an instinctive quality of our primitive…

The Harsh Life of a Food Critic

As I was searching for blogs on Google about Kai, I only found hotel reviews for Lex that mentioned Kai’s breakfast buffet in a paragraph or two saying that they loved the offerings focused on American and Filipino cuisine, and also their concerns of its 32-seater capacity. I thought it was really odd reading nothing…

5 Regrets of the Dying

There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. A palliative nurse who has counselled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives. And among the top, from men in particular, is ‘I wish I hadn’t worked so hard’. Bronnie Ware is…

All Access to BLOQ’s Independence Day Roof Deck Party

I don’t know why but I just love it when I’m at the top of a skyscraper. I guess because it generates the feeling of being “The King of the World”, like what Jack and Rose experienced aboard the Titanic. Or maybe I just love seeing the 360 degree view, watching miniature versions of people…

3 Reasons Why You Should Skip Canyoneering in Cebu

Yes, you read it right. You might have heard about it from your workmates, caught a glimpse of some celebrity promoting it on their travel show or probably saw some stunning nature shots on Facebook. And now you’re on Google looking for articles that would further convince you to buy that plane ticket to Cebu….

Why I’m Not Vegetarian

I guess I’m just paying my respects to my ancestors, the Homo Sapiens, who clawed their way up on top of the food chain to save the entire human race from absolute extinction. No offense to the vegetarians, but evolution has taught my tiny little brain a particular set of hunting skills, skills way beyond…

5 Reasons Why I Hate Sugbo Mercado

A gathering of Cebu’s next food entrepreneurs in three strategic locations, where East meets West when we speak of culinary offerings, a gastronomic destination which has indeed become a favorite among Cebuanos and visiting tourists, so what’s not to like? Here are five reasons why I hate Sugbo Mercado: It’s far from where I live…

My Most Unforgettable Birthday Yet

The day before my birthday, I decide to go on a spur-of-the-moment trip to Aloguinsan. Why? I saw a post on Facebook about Hermit’s Cove and it was stunning. It was a secluded white sand beach with a picture-perfect view. So I brought my ‘borrowed and hopefully will never return’ tent and rode a bus…

That Time I Ruined A Picture-Perfect Moment

Yes, that’s me, About to fall face-first on that slippery concrete. How embarrassing would be the headline on the news the next day if I indeed breathed my last breath. There sure are better ways to go, like a Lamborghini car crash or a skydiving accident. Well at least nobody could deny the fact that…

Why Shabu-Shabu is Bad for You

I’m now addicted to shabu-shabu. This is something that I really needed to confess. It’s not my fault. A friend pushed me to try it and I tasted it nonetheless. I was not alone in this crime. Four Japanese nationals and four locals were with me that time. It’s the same one they make in…