Check-in counters at the NAIA. Photo courtesy of the Unlawyer.

I can still remember the first time I set foot at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 for my first flight abroad – to Saudi Arabia – a little more than ten years ago. Even though I was not alone during that trip – there were three of us – first time jitters […]


Friendly people. Healthy food. Amazing landscape. Feels like home. That’s what Vietnam is to me, so far. So, at the moment, working here has been great. Economic Potential Those who view Vietnam as still a closed economy should take second hard look. Apparently, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) has long shifted from a highly […]

My new electronic passport.

Renewing your passport nowadays is easy. All you need is an internet connection, proofs of identity and a little patience. Gone are the days when you have to endure long and crowded queues just to get to the first window at the passport office of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Now, you can actually start […]


As of February 13, 2013: My Lakbayan grade is C+! How much of the Philippines have you visited? Find out at Lakbayan! Created by Eugene Villar.


The following YouTube campaign by Coca-Cola touched the heart of every overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who watched it. It shows the two very poignant aspects of being an OFW – the pain of being alone away from family, and the joy of every homecoming. Try to hold back your tears as you watch this YouTube […]

London as seen from the window of a KLM plane

In your lifetime, how many times do you get to fly over London? A few times, maybe? Once? Or maybe none at all. So when the chance of flying over one of the greatest cities in the World was up, I reminded myself to get my camera ready for the golden opportunity. We were flying […]

Judges' score cards for the Pacquiao-Marquez 3 fight in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 12.

Great expectations – of boxing fans worldwide and of Filipinos everywhere- in the build up towards fight night of Pacquiao-Marquez 3, somehow stirred up the disappointment of Pacquiao fans and the violent reactions of Marquez die-hards after a majority decision win was awarded to the pound for pound king. Partly to blame for the great expectations was […]

Map showing 41 countries where the POEA bans the deployment of OFWs.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) deferred the implementation of the OFW deployment ban to 41 countries and territories, earlier pushed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). The DFA effectively superseded the ban by withdrawing its negative certifications on the 41 countries that was the basis of the POEA’s planned ban. “The DFA is now […]