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Early birds

Early birds

* On our second to the last day in Kuala Lumpur, we rose early, determined to get to the Batu Caves and walk the nearly 300 concrete steps up to the main temple before the sun became unbearably hot. We wolfed down our free breakfast of […]

Real People: Kenny

Real People: Kenny

When I was younger, my family would go to Manila every year for a summer vacation and we would stay with my aunt (my mother’s sister) and her family. Those were some of my very first travels and I still remember riding my first LRT, seeing the […]

Real People: Poy Emps

Real People: Poy Emps

Doesn’t this photo just make you want to grab a backpack and jump onto a train yourself? It’s just the perfect pic, I thought, to cap off the first phase of the Real People series. Empoy, the guy in the photo, has been to a […]

Real People: Daisy Vargas

Real People: Daisy Vargas

This featured traveler is a girl after my own heart! Daisy and I were in elementary school together and I don’t think I’ve seen her since graduation day, but we’ve turned out to have a lot in common, especially when it comes to traveling. She […]

Real People: Cathy Lee

Real People: Cathy Lee

After a two-month break, I’m back to featuring travelers on my Real People series. My buena mano for this year is Cathy Lee, a lovely lady with whom I had the pleasure of working for several years. She’s one of those people that, you know, if […]

Real People: Jelly Macachor

Real People: Jelly Macachor

It was my sister who gave me the hot tip for this week’s Real People featured traveler. She said Jelly Macachor, her classmate in high school, had been having the most amazing adventures and I should feature her, like, stat. She was right! Not only […]

To the old man behind the Notre Dame

To the old man behind the Notre Dame

You couldn’t have known, as I stood there under the light Paris drizzle, that my heart was drowning in a sea of grief. You were making your way out of the Square Jean XXIII; I was standing near the gate. My ears were pounding, my […]

Real People: Gea Pino

Real People: Gea Pino

Gea is so passionate about travel (and so eloquent about the experience AND so resourceful with funding…you’ll see what I mean later!) that it’s hard to imagine a time when she wasn’t always going off to one place or another. And yet there was a time when […]

Real People: Francis Tenefrancia

Real People: Francis Tenefrancia

When I was fiddling with my Real People publishing schedule — trying to put people in categories (mostly by how/where I met them) so I could spread them out and create a balanced order — I wasn’t quite sure where to put Franc. High school? […]

Real People: TGnewyorker

Real People: TGnewyorker

TG was one of the very first people to encourage me to keep travel writing — I will always remember and appreciate that! We were in grade school together, so she’s also the first person, among those in this Real People series, that I ever […]