Monday, January 17, 2022

Burning our bare hands

Experiencing snowfall for the first time in Utah.

It was mid-March and we had just driven into Hurricane, Utah. Winter was almost over, yet the temperature remained at thirty-nine degrees Fahrenheit—chilly, but not freezing. As we pulled into the Motel 6 parking lot and stepped out of the car, Sev and I started to shiver from the late afternoon air. Right away, Sev headed to the front office to check us in to the room, which was just off the main highway that would eventually lead us to Zion and Bryce, the first national parks I would visit on my first trip to the United States.

Tips for first-time cross-country travelers

Check-in counter at Dubai International Airport.

I was anxious when I first traveled outside of the Philippines. Since it was my first time, I knew before I could enjoy my relaxing vacation that I would be asked so many (un)reasonable questions by an immigration officer in my home country and in the countries of my destination, which were Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. That I would move from one immigration station to another. And that I would cross from border to border. Whenever I was in line to get through immigration, I would inhale and exhale to release the tension in my body. From there, I would compose myself as I faced the officer inside the booth. So, for every question thrown at me, I would answer each of them truthfully and confidently. I embodied those characteristics until I became a frequent traveler.
Friday, November 19, 2021

Online game I play to kill time as I wait in line whenever I travel

Behind me is the infamous Golden Gate Bridge in San Franciso, California, USA.

As a travel enthusiast, online games play an important role in keeping me entertained when I travel, most often while waiting to board a plane at the airport, or while waiting in line to kill time. Waiting is the most boring part of my travels, and sometimes it is better to do some activities to get past an hour or two. To do this, I read books and play online games. The site I usually visit to see free browser-based online games is Plays.Org.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

How did I grow as a travel blogger

Hidden swing in La Jolla, San Diego overlooking downtown San Diego.

Travel blogging
. What is it? It is a platform in the blogosphere where, people, who love to write and wander, exchange helpful travel information and ideas, fascinating travel narratives, and inspiring travel stories that give us a bigger perspective on life and connect us to the outside world. A passion project for some, a hobby for others, and a source of income for many.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Of waves and tides

A poem about living an onerous, stressful life in the midst of a pandemic while gradually trying to get back on my own two feet and be really okay. Big Bear Lake, Big Bear City, California, USA.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

IN PHOTOS: 2020 Bambanti Festival during street-dance parade competition

GRACEFUL MOVES. Isabelino students from different municipalities dance gracefully as they compete for Bambanti street-dance parade competition at the Isabela Sports Complex during Bambanti Festival. All photos by George Buid.

ILAGAN CITY, Isabela—With colorful scarecrow-inspired costumes and vivacious performances, the Bambanti Festival 2020 lit up the stadium of Isabela Sports Complex as the 2700 dancers from 27 municipalities and towns performed their lively dance routines in Isabela's most-awaited event on Thursday, January 30.
Sunday, December 15, 2019

My guardian angel was a kabayan

The statue of the Risen Christ at Monasterio de Tarlac.
My flight was nine in the evening. Anxious and excited, I left Dubai for Yerevan, traveling solo.

That was in May last year. Aboard the FlyDubai's Boeing 737 Max aircraft, I took a three-hour flight bound for Armenia for the purpose of leisure and tourism. For this trip, I didn't research. No plans. No itinerary. No nothing. It was a spur-in-the-moment trip. And with all honesty, I knew nothing about this country; all I knew was, during those times, I could vividly remember I was so sad and stressed and devastated that I wanted to climb up a mountain to shout out all the problems I was carrying and to reevaluate myself of the things that had gone wrong in my life. Saving my sanity was the only way I could think of, so I decided to follow my heart to go on a vacation.