A Perfect Day in Giethoorn

Expectations are almost always different from reality. It applies to nearly every aspect of life, especially during travels.

I love fantasizing about the places I’m going to, months before the actual date of departure. I usually spend hours and hours wandering around the spots in my itinerary without moving away from my doorstep.

My imagination goes wild daydreaming about the possible encounters and experiences I will have. But when the day of actual traveling arrives, the places and the atmosphere are usually not how I imagined them to be. It doesn’t mean they’re bad. It’s just my expectations have always been…

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Maximize and Goodbyes: Tot Ziens, Philippines!

So how would you feel if you’ve learned that you have three months to live — in your home country?

Relief. Ecstatic. Panic.

I started listing all the things* I will miss!

Spontaneous weekends with tantanmen ramen, movie theater evenings with sour cream double butter popcorn, salted caramel ice cream, double cheese milkshake, walnut crumble apple pie, crispy fried wings with garlic parmesan, sweetened avocado, ube halaya, buko shake, buko salad, munggo with malungay and chicharon, lechon kawali, hainanese chicken with unlimited rice, lechon belly. I can add more, but you get my point.

  • I guess I meant food that I’ll miss 😉

Maximize. Three months…

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Pinatubo Crater: The Beautiful By-product of a Disaster

Time. The ultimate con-artist. It can show you a paradise as if it wasn’t molded by a deadly catastrophe.

The stunning landscape of Mount Pinatubo crater was formed by a major eruption in 1991. This event claimed hundreds of lives and left thousands of Filipinos homeless.

Fast forward to 2017, it’s now one of the main tourist destinations in Central Luzon which attracts hundred thousands of visitors each year which created jobs and livelihood for significant number of locals.

My city is 3 hours away from here and I do wonder why it took me this long to do this trek. If…

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The Pufferfish Theory

 

There was a time when I was obsessed with catching fishes using my bare hands. This is about the time when I first caught a pufferfish.

I was around 7 years old when my hobby and obsession was catching poor small fishes swimming around the cemented walls of the main river in my hometown.

I gained expertise in knowing what types of common fishes were easy to catch. I usually didn’t bother with the fast or the boring colorless ones. I targeted the tiny little estuarine species that are slow or those that love sticking to the walls like kitang and…

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The Ultimate Japanese Onsen Experience

If you fancy the idea of living like a royal in a historical Japanese era while enjoying a traditional hot spring bath…

…then look no further than Takaragawa Onsen in Minakami.

It was an experience that I fantasized about when I was planning my first trip to Japan in 2014, but due to limitations in finance and length of the holiday, I wasn’t able to fulfill it; so instead, I promised myself that I’ll make it a priority when I get back.

Two years later, I’m in the middle of the mountains in Gunma, dipping in a hot bath while…

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