Stories of the supernatural from the enchanted resort, Villa Escudero

If you grew up in Manila the 70s and 80s, Villa Escudero was the place for family vacations. And now, decades later, the resort still hasn’t lost its charm. Highlights included (and still includes) rides in hydraulic carts pulled by carabaos with flowers on their horns, as well as dining at the foot of a…

Traveling alone is lonely, but worth it

Many people will tell you to travel alone, will tell you that it is mind-blowing, life-changing, world-shattering. What not a lot of people will tell you is that it can be lonely, even for the most antisocial introvert. The good news is that the loneliness rarely lasts. First, there is fear. My first solo trip…

Netong’s La Paz batchoy: Iloilo comfort food

Iloilo is known for its La Paz batchoy, a pork noodle soup filled with innards and egg noodles, topped with fried garlic, spring onion, and pork cracklings. It is believed that the dish was invented at Netong’s, located in the middle of the La Paz market. Netong’s was started in 1948 by Leonito Guillergan, whose…