Photo Essay: A Beautiful Mess at the Circle Hostel Zambales

the circle hostel zambales

I am a lover of beautiful messes. I love the concept of The Circle Hostel Zambales where guests can creatively put vandals everywhere. Aside from the vandals, you have hammocks, conga, ukulele, bread and peanut butter, and the beautiful Liwliwa Beach nearby (the life!). A quick review of the hostel: They allow early check-ins, they … Read more

Photo Essay: HOUSE OF SAMPOERNA in Surabaya, Indonesia

house of sampoerna

Not gonna lie, but I’ve been telling everyone that prior to visiting Surabaya, I don’t know much about the place and the fact that most historical events in Indonesian politics actually took place here. After attending a conference at Universitas Airlangga, I had the chance to explore the city, more particularly, its museums. The first … Read more

SNAPSHOTS: Asia Photo Essay #10: GETTING CULTURED AT BENCAB MUSEUM, BAGUIO CITY

Baguio City is dubbed as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines”, and this is because of its high altitude location which therefore gives it a very cold and cozy weather, almost all year round. Filipinos and other tourists would visit Baguio City mostly every summer to escape the heat in their own respective hometowns. Back … Read more

SNAPSHOTS: Asia Photo Essay #9: FLYING WITH LAO AIRLINES

For me, a chance to be able to visit Bangkok again meant taking the opportunity to visit nearby destinations I haven’t visited yet, especially the ones with no direct flights from Manila. Given that, I took the opportunity to visit Laos. Having a very limited time, it was hard for me to choose between Vientiane … Read more

Snapshots: Asia Photo Essay #8: GOOD MORNING, SOI NANA!

Thailand!!! Finally we meet again! It’s been a while since I visited Bangkok. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular place to visit in Southeast Asia (and loved by my friends from Western countries!). Not gonna lie, but Bangkok has a certain kind of charm sans the crazy traffic jam. How locals would greet … Read more

SNAPSHOTS: Asia Photo Essay #7: MANILA FOOD DIARIES

Food will always be a significant part of every trip I make, and whenever I’m not traveling elsewhere, I would still try to keep a “Manila Food Diaries” photo journal to keep track of the restaurants I ate, the people I was with, and what to recommend to friends and family later. Where’s Sherlyn? blog … Read more

SNAPSHOTS: Asia Photo Essay #6: BREAKFAST AT SINGAPORE

We meet again, Singapore! I was so happy to have a chance to visit Singapore again, this time not as a tourist but an academic presenter at a conference in Nanyang Technological University. My prior trips to Singapore consists of quick layovers and visits to specific areas, such as Little India and Chinatown. Singapore could … Read more

SNAPSHOTS: Asia Photo Essay #5: STREETS OF METRO MANILA

These photos were taken by a Samsung S6 phone back in July 2015. Whenever I’m not traveling, I always make it a point to try take photos of anything interesting I’ll see around Manila, my home city. Looking back and assessing my photography skills, I feel like I’ve learned so much over the years and … Read more