Coucou Jiji

I was kept glancing at my Grab driver’s phone to check the ETA to KL Sentral. I was late in meeting an old friend who only had a few hours before she needed to go back to the airport and catch her connecting flight to Manila. We have not seen each other in 6 years. […]

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The Day that Everyone Came to Singapore

It was 2 am and I was looking through a thin layer of smoke at a guy not much older than us, in a t-shirt and sweatpants swirling around noodles. It got longer and longer and he playfully circled it around this person I met just an hour ago. I was in HDL, a famous […]

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That’s a wrap, 2016!

MANILA – CHERATING – TAGAYTAY – CAMERON HIGHLANDS – JOGJAKARTA – KALIBO – SINGAPORE – JAKARTA – KUALA LUMPUR Thank you for the lessons. 🙂

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Learning a Language (Sort of)

When I was a kid and alone eating my breakfast, I would pass the time reading the back of my cereal box. Like any good paperback, Koko Krunch’s back cover was as engaging as any Nancy Drew’s – with a particular difference of course – it had twice the same content but in 2 different languages. The […]

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Kuala Lumpur: 16 months later

Some nights, I spend staring back at my reflection inside the train station and imagine myself just crashing at my house’s sofa and turning on the television watching some funny movie I’ve seen at least three times. Or sometimes, I would think about all the barkada dinners I missed out on in the 16 months that […]

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Jomblang Cave: Light Falls

Jogjakarta, Day 2 I couldn’t tell where we were anymore. The path was narrow and unpaved. If I walked, I’d reach there faster, I thought to myself as our shiny Honda made its careful way to Jomblang Cave. The Honda suddenly came to a full stop as a man with a hoe came towards our […]

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Borobudur: Light and Dark

Jogjakarta, Day 1 He held a flashlight up his face, like how little kids share ghost stories at night. Pockets of light danced around our feet as the rest of the curious travellers tried to light up the path to the infamous Buddhist temple. It was 4am and darkness enveloped us – yet, probably a product of […]

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