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Myanmar Travel

The Strand: a luxurious heritage hotel in Yangon, Myanmar

By on October 25, 2016
The soothing sound from the pattalar, a traditional Burmese musical instrument, filled the luxurious lobby of The Strand Hotel in downtown Yangon. Its bamboo keys were expertly played by a lady garbed in a light yellow blouse and a local wrap called longyi.


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Cebu Hotels

Pillows Hotel: more than just a budget accommodation in Cebu

By on October 16, 2016
After we checked-in, I was relieved to find out that our accommodation was a lot more spacious compared to the photos of it I saw online. Our room was already fitted with four single beds, the two were extras I think, each of which had their customized signature fluffy pillows. Needless to say that the property was named after these babies.


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Dinagat Islands Food Food Trip

Eats around Dinagat Island

By on June 12, 2016
Dinagat island food trip: Mabuhay Dina Gat Restaurant, Denor Restaurant and balut in pretty glass enclosures.


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Lanao del Norte Mindanao Philippines Travel

Chasing Waterfalls in Iligan City

By on May 29, 2016
I once did a blog a collaboration with Lisa Mirasol of where we shared various travel tips about Iligan, a highly-urbanized city in Southern Philippines. Little did I know that a few months after I published that entry, I was fortunate enough to return to my beloved birthplace to participate in the Waterfalling Adventure Tour 3.0, a unique weekender organized by the Iligan Bloggers Society.


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Agusan del Norte Butuan Mindanao Philippines Travel

Butuan City delicacies: palagsing and decades-old hotcakes

By on April 23, 2016
I actually expected a few hotcake stalls that morning. Mrs. Carissa Tolo or Nang Isang would later tell me that there used to be five of them back in 1984. Her fellow hotcake vendors have since left Butuan, but she chose to stay in the city. She has been flipping these beloved pancakes ever since.


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Luzon Metro Manila Travel

Back in Eastwood City

By on April 18, 2016
Eastwood is not a 'city' per se, but in many respects it is. Confined (or crowded) in this relatively small piece of real estate are luxury condominium towers, BPO companies, pet-friendly shopping malls, churches, restaurants, a clinic and even an educational institution.


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Food Food Trip Metro Manila Uncategorized

One food-filled Saturday in Metro Manila

By on April 14, 2016
My brief weekend in Metro Manila a few weeks ago was very memorable for at least three reasons: a very delayed return flight, watching Les Miserables and a food trip around the city.


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Indonesia Travel

En route to Yogyakarta

By on October 10, 2015
"How many stops more before Yogyakarta?" I asked them as I sipped my tea. "A handful more," the lady replied.


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Davao del Sur Mindanao Philippines Travel

Visit Davao, Tuloy ang Biyahe Experience

By on August 30, 2015
Everything that our eyes could see is technically part of Davao City. I knew that the premiere metropolis in southern Philippines is huge, but it helps to be reminded with the fact that it is really, really huge.


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Hotels Phuket Thailand Travel

A quick visit to Cape Panwa Hotel

By on August 21, 2015
Even better was the fact that there were only a few of us in that tiny patch of paradise at that time. No wonder why Lonely Planet describes this part of the island as 'the last vestige of Phuket as it once was.'
Brennan Mercado
The Philippines

Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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