10 Days in China: My China Travel Budget

When I booked my round-trip flight to China from a low-cost carrier six months ahead of my travel date, a big part of me wasn’t really sure whether my

Pico de Loro Beach & Country Club: Sweet escape from Metro Manila’s hustle and bustle

“Ano nga ulit ang lambak? O sige, si Kurtzky”, for some reason, a friend in the van asked me to describe what a valley looks like. Lambak. Oh shoot,

Mt. Batulao: I’m not coming back soon

Road music drowned my ears and a pair of sunglasses concealed my heavy eyes. The brain would command my senses to hibernate for a while, but the auditory nerve

A frosty visit to Harbin Ice and Snow World

As soon as winter in China sets in, thousands of tourists flock to Harbin for a one-of-a-kind winter scene. Beginning mid-December, China’s northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang Province transforms

Tales from the rails of China

An impressive edifice, a steel-clad structure that typifies modern architecture came into view when I exited from the subway station. Shadowed by the handsome building was a seamlessly tiled

How to apply for a China tourist visa in the Philippines

Traveling to mainland China is every nomad’s fantasy. Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Forbidden City—we all dream to see these beautiful places in China. But it won’t come too easy

Year 2014 in retrospect: Where have I been?

Six countries, numerous cities, zero savings—this is how I would scribble down my year 2014, striking through it some streak of neon green Stabilo Boss then flipping my hour

Wat Pho: Home of the Giant Reclining Buddha

The Buddhist temple complex of Wat Pho is among the top tourist attractions in Bangkok, Thailand. For first-time visitors in Bangkok, getting to Wat Pho is like an obligatory