Cinemalaya 2016

All roads lead to Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila; Greenbelt 3 and Glorietta Cinemas in Makati; Trinoma, UP Town Center and Fairview Terraces in Quezon City; Nuvali in Sta. Rosa; and Ayala Mall in Cebu this August for the bigger and better Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival! With the theme “Break the Surface”, nine full length films and ten short features will vie for the 12th year of Cinemalaya. Here are the the nine competing full length films: Ang Bagong Pamilya ni Ponching Directors: Inna Salazar and Dos Ocampo / Writer: Inna Salazar Main…Continue Reading “Cinemalaya 2016: Schedule and Synopses”

Cinemalaya 2016

A bigger and better Cinemalaya is set to break the surface this 2016. Are your ready for the 12th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival? With the theme “Break the Surface”, nine full length films and ten short features will vie for the Cinemalaya Award this year as it open in Metro Manila, Sta. Rosa and Cebu City this August. In Metro Manila, Cinemalaya opens at its main venue on August 5-14 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and at satellite venues at Ayala Cinemas in…Continue Reading “Cinemalaya 2016: Break the Surface”

Annapurna Base Camp

My first journey to Annapurna Base Camp of Nepal in December of 2014 was a kind of test. A test if I can really pull off a solo do-it-yourself and self-guided trek to the base camp of the great Annapurna. There were already some who went ahead of me on the same journey as narrated on few blogs that I have read. Enough assurance that it can be done… it was proven doable. There wasn’t really a concrete plan nor detailed itinerary. I was only armed…Continue Reading “Travel Notes: DIY Solo and Self-Guided Trek to Annapurna Base Camp”


October last year when I first set foot in Europe, Paris to be specific. It is in fact a fulfillment of a long-time dream. I was so elated that as soon as I arrived in the city, I went straight to Eiffel Tower and Sacre Coeur instead of checking-in in our room in Montmartre. It was a picture-perfect day in Paris. And seeing the icons of the city with my very own eyes on the backdrop of clear and blue skies awed me. Using my…Continue Reading “Meet my Newest Anti-Theft Travel Buddies: Pacsafe Metrosafe Sling Bag and Coversafe Neck Pouch”

Hitachi Seaside Park

There has been much of discussion on how to commute from downtown Tokyo to Hitachi Seaside Park. The usual route is train via JR Joban Line from Ueno to Katsuta Station in Ibaraki where one can transfer to local bus that goes to Hitachi Seaside Park’s entrance. While the said mode of transport is true and provides greater flexibility on schedule, truth is, it is not the cheapest and the fastest way of commuting from Tokyo to Hitachi Seaside Park and vice versa. The direct…Continue Reading “Commuting Guide: How to Get to Hitachi Seaside Park from Tokyo and Narita”


Go beyond the usual Bohol itinerary and experience the fun and adventure that await in the suburbs of Tagbilaran, Panglao, Carmen, Loboc, Baclayon or even Cabilao. Because there’s more in Bohol than the beautiful Chocolate Hills, or the iconic Tarsiers, or the centuries-old churches, or even the known white sand beaches, vivid dive sites and wondrous caves that are mostly concentrated southeast of the island.