I went to Hong Kong on January 12 to attend a 2-month research project. Other than the news about a new coronavirus in Wuhan, everyone in HK was living at a usual pace. On January 23, just before the Lunar New Year celebration, the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the region. The few weeks that followed were the scariest weeks for me. A … Continue reading How I Beat Anxiety in the Midst of Pandemic
It has been more than two years since we wrote an article on Philippine geography mistakes and there was an overwhelming feedback among the readers. Speaking of geography errors, the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority or NAMRIA recently confirmed there are 7,641 islands in the Philippines instead of the known 7,107, citing advanced counting techniques and new islet formation for the increase. These motivated … Continue reading Traveling the Philippines: More Common Geography Mistakes!
It’s summertime again in the Philippines – a perfect time to bond with friends and loved ones. It’s also a time when we get hyped with all the expectations of summer that we tend to overlook the reality (that is, summer is not all bright and sunny). Here are some tips and tricks for a hassle-free trip this summer: Want clear skies? Go out in … Continue reading 8 Really Obvious but Often Ignored Tips this Summer
I’m Ben, a Filipino postgraduate student in the United Kingdom. I got my sponsorship from a non-government organisation which offers scholarships for their partner agencies every year. I began studying in the UK in September 2017, taking up a degree in applied meteorology and climate. By the time I finish the one-year programme, I’ll be going back to the Philippines and will resume my duties … Continue reading My Scholarship in the UK and How It is Helping Me Achieve My Travel Goals
I have been to Thailand only twice but it felt like I’ve been there several times. The place has so much to offer that it inspired me to share some insider tips and hacks that may help you while backpacking in Thailand. 1. ON CONVERTING YOUR PESO INTO BAHT: Before travelling to Thailand, change your bulk Philippine Peso into US Dollars in a BANK or … Continue reading Backpacking THAILAND: 10 Tips and Tricks for a Hassle-free Trip
“Summer” is out and rainy season is in! Not so much fun, right? Well, just because wet season in the Philippines is already kicking in doesn’t mean we have to take a break from exploring this beautiful country. Not the Best Time to Travel? A lot of people (mostly travel agents) claim that the months of July, August, and September is not the ideal time … Continue reading Backpacking the Philippines Soon? Here’s Your Ultimate Weather Guide (July to September 2017)
Have you ever posted your favorite travel photo in Instagram without realizing you checked in at the wrong location? Perhaps after you posted publicly, did someone start commenting (and correcting) on the place you’re at instead of being in awe with your pictures? Well, now is the time to start getting your geography knowledge in check and get your dose of now-you-knows before you start … Continue reading Traveling the Philippines: The Most Common Geography Mistakes
During my college days, I thought traveling was only for the rich. The best that I could do then was to join sort of promos like winning a trip for four to Disneyland. By the time I got hired as a weather specialist, my hopes were still not up as I could only earn so much (or at least I thought so). However, I found out … Continue reading How Travel Changed My Life: A Traveloka Blog Entry