7 More Things I Miss from Past Travels to 7 Cities

My last non-travel travel blog was about the things I miss from past travels, and I’ve dug up some pictures and stories to share so I can put together a part two. If you want to find out the difference between ice cream and gelato, learn about why Rizal wrote a letter to the women of Malolos, and see sculptures of babies with barcodes instead … Continue reading 7 More Things I Miss from Past Travels to 7 Cities

9 Things I Miss from Past Travels to 9 Cities

My love for traveling long predates my humble blog. So I have a lot of memories of exciting places that I didn’t document with the diligence that I try to document my more recent travels. Since the pandemic has prompted restrictions on travel for most of the world, I’ve been missing the thrill of going to new places more than usual. I originally thought of … Continue reading 9 Things I Miss from Past Travels to 9 Cities

Going (and Staying) Zero-Waste in the Middle of a Pandemic

This is the condensed version of a paper I wrote for a class on women, gender, and the environment. If you wish to read the full version, leave a comment or send me a message. The landscape of our daily lives is changing. Since the announcement of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Philippines in late January, safety measures have been put in … Continue reading Going (and Staying) Zero-Waste in the Middle of a Pandemic

Final Girl: Us

Yesterday, I launched my latest passion project: a mini-series podcast about feminist themes in horror movies and TV shows. The first episode tackles Jordan Peele’s Us, privilege, and solidarity. The title of the podcast, Final Girl, comes from the popular trope in television and film that refers to the “last woman standing” or sole survivor, typically in a slasher film. According to the TV Tropes … Continue reading Final Girl: Us

Objects of My Ingestion, Pasig quarantine edition

Enhanced community quarantine started March 16 in Luzon, forcing most restaurants to either temporarily shut down or open only for pick-up and delivery. Unfortunately, this meant a significant loss for not just established restaurants but small businesses as well. Many of them turned to social media and ramped up their posting to entice more customers. These are some of the treats we found through social … Continue reading Objects of My Ingestion, Pasig quarantine edition

Objects of My Ingestion, Japan edition: part 2

Looking for part one? You can find it here. Come back when you’re done! Or just read this one first. The order doesn’t really matter. Food markets and street stalls Sit-down restaurants in Japan tend to be quite expensive. A nice alternative is buying food from food markets and taking it to your hotel, hostel, or AirBNB. Most of the foods listed here came from … Continue reading Objects of My Ingestion, Japan edition: part 2

931 Meters Above Sea Level: On Top of Mt. Rokko

The city of Kobe sits between the Rokko mountain range and the sea. Its location made it an important port city beginning in the 19th century. The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake hit Kobe and some nearby cities in January of 1995, killing thousands of people and causing much damage to the city’s infrastructure with tremors and the resulting fires. Looking at Kobe today, however, you’d never … Continue reading 931 Meters Above Sea Level: On Top of Mt. Rokko

A Kyoto Day Trip: Otani Hombyo, the Pokémon Center, and Some Snacking

Having already been to quite a few tourist spots in Kyoto – including Fushimi Inari and Arashiyama Bamboo Grove – we decided to go elsewhere this time, and ended up at Otani Hombyo temple. We also made a stop at the Pokémon Center. Otani Hombyo serves as the mausoleum of Shinran Shonin, the founder of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist sect. Otani Hombyo is also the … Continue reading A Kyoto Day Trip: Otani Hombyo, the Pokémon Center, and Some Snacking