Dayang, Malaysia: How I Got My Open-Water PADI Certification Even If I Do Not Know How To Swim!
Asia / Malaysia / My Travels

Dayang, Malaysia: How I Got My Open-Water PADI Certification Even If I Do Not Know How To Swim!

“Alang-alang menyeluk pekasam, biar sampai ke pangkal lengan.” (Since you happen to put your hand in a container full of pickles, might as well dip your whole arm in the container.) – Malayan Proverb   When I was still living in Singapore in 2010, my friend, Mark, invited us to get Open-Water PADI Certification with … Continue reading

Tagaytay: A New Beginning
Asia / My Travels / Philippines

Tagaytay: A New Beginning

“Tinging bumigkis sa dalawa nang di sinasadya’y magkita,
pinagbuhol, pinag-isa mga pusong noo’y magkaiba.” (“An unanticipated look bound them, where once there were two hearts,
now beat as one, together.”) – by Bienvenido Lumbera, a National artist from Lipa, Batangas (Music composed for Hari Rama by Ryan Cayabyab, a renowned composer from Taal) Tagaytay is just an … Continue reading

Boracay: Promoting Your Own Country
Asia / My Travels / Philippines

Boracay: Promoting Your Own Country

“There ought to be system of manners in every nation which a well-formed mind would be disposed to relish. To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.” – Edmund Burke Unfortunately, Philippines is an under-rated destination compared to other Southeast Asian countries marketed aggressively especially with their beaches. Thanks to social … Continue reading