#PoetryTuesday: For No One

I walk alone under the broad daylight Leaving off my yesterday, leaving out from the dark I walk with the memory of someone I have found Someone I could have been, but someone I couldn’t have I remember that day when you first looked at me The look of an emptied soul, the look of…

We tried Fu Hang Soy Milk in Taipei (华山市场), and its meh

TAIPEI — For foreign tourist travelers like me and my boyfriend, it’s important for us to know where the locals eat. So to see locals willing to lineup for half an hour for something is really worth trying — or we thought.  While back in the Philippines, Pan de Sal (salt bread) is one of…

Café Breton: a spot of ‘France’ in Diliman

MANILA — Lucky for Kyusi (Quezon City) residents, the Diliman area has many good food choices — Maginhawa Street, Town Center, food stalls inside UP campus, and Krus na Ligas area. My friends and I recently visited U.P. Technohub and came across Cafe Breton. Initially, I thought it was just another ripoff version of French-themed…

An icon within an icon

MANILA — Manila Pavilion Hotel recently unveiled the second phase of its renovation, which pays tribute to a significant person in the hotel’s history. “We are very proud because of this building, from the day that it was Hilton, has always been there and witnessed the significant events in this country,” said general manager Christopher…

FILM REVIEW: Miss Granny Philippines #WhatsUpManila

*Photo by VIVA Films MANILA — The trend of movie production nowadays usually revolves in superheroes, action-comedy, thriller, and romanticized loneliness and rejection, until August 2018 Filipinos finally had an option to watch a ‘different’ (a sort of) movie.  So it’s a breath of fresh air when CJ Entertainment of South Korea released a movie…

Pinoy travelers’ best option for buying foreign currencies

*Actual rate on the day of conversion according to XE Currency App: TWD 1 = HOVERS AROUND PHP 1.74 Top 3: Mabini Street, Manila money changers Just like you I also had my doubts on the legitimacy (based on the judgment of their shops) of local money changers in Mabini street. Well, I’ve tried it…

How to book Taiwan Highspeed Rail tickets online and how to claim it?

BOOKING YOUR TICKETS ONLINE Step 1 Visit Taiwan Highspeed Rail ‘s official website and select English as your preferred language.  Step 2 Tap “24hrs Online Booking”. Step 3 Fill out the necessary information then click “search”. *Taipei: Taipei Main Station *Taoyuan: Taoyuan International Airport *If you are traveling with someone, click “none” on Seat Preference so the system…

Online Martial Law museum launched vs historical revisionism

MANILA — A team from Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) recently launched an interactive ‘online museum’ in their effort to educate the public on late Ferdinand Marcos’ reign as Philippine President and his implementation of Martial Lawwhich runs for another decade. Still in Beta versionthe site is easily accessible to everyone through any up-to-date internet…

Weekend crowd in Wawa mountains swells

RODRIGUEZ, RIZAL — Barangay Wawa is blessed with its four magnificent hiking destinations that share a common trail since it opened to the public years ago. Mountains like Binacayan, Pamitinan, Hapunang Banoi, Sipit-Ulang and as far as Ayaas’ trails begin at the tourism center of the small barangay. According to one of the local tourist officers,…

Media and academe unite to discuss disinformation in PH

MAKATI — Days after the Philippine senate’s probe on the proliferation of ‘fake news’ and license to ‘control’ media, major news outlets and universities held a conference on democracy and disinformation at Ateneo de Manila Rockwell campus last February 12 to 13, 2018.  The event organized by national daily, Philippine Daily Inquirer focused on how rampant disinformation…

Five finger coves of Mariveles

MARIVELES — This town in Bataan may be off from your radar when thinking of your weekend beach bumming activities. Besides, it’s known for its coastal industrial zones and a few hiking destinations– Tarak Ridge and Mt. Samat.  However this summer, you might want to rethink your perception of Mariveles.  Dubbed as the “Mini-Batanes” by those who were…

#TGIF: Ayuntamiento de Manila is now open to the public!

MANILA– Four years after the reconstruction of the former seat of the 18th century Manila City Council, the general public can finally explore the beautiful Ayuntamiento building in Intramuros starting today, March 31, 2017.  In a tweet by Intramuros Administration, it showed a humble streamer that bares the announcement from Beareu of Treasury regarding the…