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Last month, I flew to Malaysia for the Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival 2015. It was my second time to participate in the program, having gone last year as well. To shed more light about squid jigging, here’s my narrative about this year’s experience. Read more…


Aloft Bangkok – Sukhumvit 11 is easily one of the hippest hotels I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying at in the City of Angels, so it comes as no surprise that the hotel was the first in the world to feature Fingi techonology in its Touch Rooms. The revolutionary device, which I tried out on my last stay, allowed me to personalize my stay experience through touch. Read more…


One afternoon, I was invited to the #100HappyActs event by our friends from Happy Socks Philippines. For those who haven’t heard of this cute brand, it’s a Swedish company, started by Viktor Tell and Mikael Söderlindh in 2008 in Stockholm, that offers quirky and fashionable socks and underwear. And recently, managing partners Katherine Sy and Diana Ong, out of their love for colorful things, brought Happy Socks here.

As I’ve researched, Happy Socks is such a hit globally that it is sold in over 6,000 boutiques in 70 countries, and it has standalone stores in Shibuya, Tokyo and New York City. Among those who have been spotted wearing them are Hollywood stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Zac Efron, Paris Hilton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gwen Stefani, and Jessica Alba. The brand has also collaborated with artists, the most recent one being hip-hop mogul Snoop Dogg.

Happy Socks have zany and unique design collections that they can surely be collectibles. The good news is that, here in the Philippines, there are two collections released per year—spring/summer, which has been available since February, and fall/winter, which is dropping in stores starting August. Soon enough, they’d be introducing athletic socks and underwear as well.

I've been donning Happy Socks on my trips because not only are they cute but they’re comfortable too. And by the way, that’s me rocking a pair of them by the poolside—weird, right?

For more info about Happy Socks Philippines and its retail partners, check out their website and online store, Follow them also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


When I told a friend I was leaving for the Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival 2015, he let out a hearty chuckle. But I understood where he was coming from—squid jigging sounds so quirky, and it’s something indeed unfamiliar to us Filipinos. Little do he and most other people know though that it’s a fun and fulfilling activity. As a primer to the next articles I’d be writing, here’s what you need to know about Squid Jigging in Teregganu. Read more…


Centara Watergate Pavilion Bangkok was the third among the Centara hotels I’ve stayed at in the Thai capital—proving how much I love the brand. But this particular hotel, as I observed, caters more to my demographic, the young urbanite exploring the City of Angels. Read more…

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Visitors to Sentosa spend a lot of time at Imbiah Lookout because of its multitude of exciting attractions, including the most classic ones that every first-timer must do. On my last visit there, I made sure to redo most of what it has to offer. Here’s a look at some of them. Read more…



The members of Up Dharma Down surely had one heck of a holiday in the Lion City, after they were invited by our friends from YourSingapore to draw inspiration from the city-state’s sights and sounds and compose a song we Filipinos can relate to.

Aptly entitled All the Good Things, the song encapsulates “the soul and spirit” of Singapore. According to the band, “Travel is one of the most inspiring experiences for any artist, and our trip to Singapore was a journey that opened our eyes to another side of it. We’ve been to Singapore before but it was mostly for work and we always feel that it has something new to offer.”

Among what the band experienced were Haji Lane and its eclectic mix of concept stores by local artists and designers; modern Singaporean restaurants, Pidgin Kitchen Bar and 2am:dessertbar; top nightlife spots, The Mad Men Attic Bar and LeVeL33; Ferrari rides by Ultimate Drive Singapore; the Henderson Waves Bridge; and the world-renowned Gardens by the Bay.

To see the video of Up Dharma Down’s catchy song, here’s All the Good Things on YouTube. For updates, check out YourSingapore-Philippines on their website and Facebook.