Treasures from Out of the Blue

One big perk of living in an archipelago is that surprises ALWAYS await. A new island, a new beach, a new destination comes out of the blue, daring you to call into mind another place that is as breathtaking as where you are now. It makes you shake your head in disbelief, as you ask yourself, ‘How could I have not known this before?’

Song: All Smiles All Day by Dexter Britain


Dumaguete is an excellent home base to explore the jewels of Negros Oriental. Here are links to some of my trips wherein Dumaguete was the jump-off point:

  • Apo Island – where you can swim with giant turtles and laze away at tranquil beaches
  • Oslob – where you can swim with the whale sharks, snorkle at lively reefs and enjoy a majestic shower from a waterfall
  • Siquijor – where you jump off and dive from a waterfall, scour peaks, and chill to the island’s pace of life

A Day Trip to Apo Island

Glorious. That’s how I shall remember everything that went on that day. From my first step on Apo Island’s rocky surf, to my first peek underwater, only to see a giant turtle casually snacking at the aquatic greenery. Simply glorious. Continue reading A Day Trip to Apo Island

30 Travel Quotes to Fuel Your Wanderlust


In a month, I’m turning 30! To celebrate three decades of delight, heartbreaks, and most importantly, adventure, my goal is to churn out as many Top 30 articles as I can to share the bits and pieces I’ve learned and realized for the almost-thirty years I’ve been blessed with. This is the first article of the series; if you have ideas for brilliant and funny topics I should write about, feel free to let me know through the comments. I’m really excited to kick things off — I hope you enjoy reading these!

Love, Ish


Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go. - T.S. Eliot
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.
— T.S. Eliot

The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
–- Samuel Johnson


The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them.
–- Amelia E. Barr


You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t chose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference.
–- Anita Septimus


Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage  to lose sight of the shore. - Andre Gide
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
— Andre Gide

Continue reading 30 Travel Quotes to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Will Work For Smiles

The myth has been busted — apparently, I am capable of showing up early for work.

Today, though, work doesn’t mean putting on a frock and a pair of heels. Instead, I panic-packed several shorts, tops, and of course, my office’s official volunteer shirts, all before rushing madly to the airport to make my 6:15 am flight.

Continue reading Will Work For Smiles

My mission? To have fearless joy. Once I figure out what that means, I'll let you know how it goes.

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