Paradigm Shift: 5 Things I Learned about Mainland China (Beijing, April 2018)

Just this week, I set out on a last-minute business trip to Beijing. Having visited China three other times before, each one either dull or unpleasant, I had nothing but qualms about going on this trip, especially as I was to be alone, ill-equipped with barely-conversational Mandarin. To my surprise, fourth time was the charm. This trip turned my mind around, left me eager to … Continue reading Paradigm Shift: 5 Things I Learned about Mainland China (Beijing, April 2018)

Taipei, Taiwan (November 2017)

My second time in this Asian-city favorite was mostly a routine run to the places I went to the first time. The locals were warm and helpful, as usual, and we were happy to have communicated with them mostly in fuk-yuen, a dialect our family members speak to each other with. Chang Kai Shek Memorial   Ximending   Yehliu GeoPark Tonghua Night Market, Raohe Night … Continue reading Taipei, Taiwan (November 2017)

Negros Oriental + Siquijor, Philippines (March 2018)

1. Dumaguete City My friend is a local in the town and she took us around for a short tour. Life in Dumaguete City was slow. People gave way to pedestrians, traffic was when it would take you ten minutes to get home, instead of five. People wake up early, have lunch early, go to bed early. They take siestas, too. It was a university … Continue reading Negros Oriental + Siquijor, Philippines (March 2018)

Seattle, Washington Pt. 1 (September 2017)

Another state has been crossed off the list! The beautiful Emerald City of Washington had been warm and pleasant. Contrary to the norm, it didn’t rain that much when I was there. One can live a little wider (literally) than San Francisco or New York, but that will soon change as Amazon’s new territory makes real estate prices skyrocket. UNDERGROUND TOUR   Seattle used to … Continue reading Seattle, Washington Pt. 1 (September 2017)

Treasure Island, Angel Island, Sausalito & Food, California (August 2017)

Treasure Island A surprise add-on to our evening tour! Across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was Treasure Island, a man-made piece of land that served as a naval base back in the day.   Sausalito A solitary Sunday afternoon was spent strolling along the shores of the dreamtown that is Sausalito, a retirement haven of some of the world’s wealthiest individuals. The neighborhood stood quaint, … Continue reading Treasure Island, Angel Island, Sausalito & Food, California (August 2017)

San Francisco, California Pt. 1 (August 2017)

In this post, I compile a few of the noteworthy places I visited during my two-week stay in the bay area, particularly within the city. City Tours Some of the pictures in this post were taken during the Hop On, Hop Off tour I took. A few of the ones directly below are of: The Hilton Hotel (setting of Dirty Harry), The Golden Gate Bridge, … Continue reading San Francisco, California Pt. 1 (August 2017)

11 Ways to Travel with Purpose

If you wish to travel for inspiration and growth, to get a heart fix, to explore not only physically but culturally and socially, you landed on the right blog entry. 2017 became my year of venturing into the unknown by myself, so I made this short list of guiding principles, based entirely on my limited experience, for a proper soulful immersion of every destination. 1. … Continue reading 11 Ways to Travel with Purpose

Alcatraz Island, California (August 2017)

Okay, it’s time to cough out the movie buff in me again. This was one of the coolest parts of my visit to San Francisco, satisfying my intrigue for mobsters like Al Capone, ingenious escapes defying US maximum security, and settings of Clint Eastwood’s defiant stoicism. It’s a rare occasion to relive a classic film like this, thus I embrace it with modern sentimentality: by … Continue reading Alcatraz Island, California (August 2017)