Category: Blogs

  • Bo’s Coffee in Island Central Mactan: Digital Nomad Cebu Hotspot

    Bo’s Coffee Island Central Mactan

    The latest Cebu branch of the Philippine coffee chain is a cozy two-storey location in a new mall in Lapu-Lapu City- the Island Central Mactan. We went there when it was newly-opened and so it wasn’t as crowded as most coffee shops are in the city. On the ground floor of Bo’s Coffee in Island […]

  • Have app, will order turkey rice

    Google Translate app

    I had my first taste of Taiwanese milk tea at a shop in a train station on our way to the remote township of Alishan. My wife and I headed straight to the station from the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to catch the train to Chiayi in time for the last bus to Alishan. We […]

  • How to get to Alishan in Taiwan

    Alishan Taiwan Chiayi City

    There is a wide range of options for getting to the Alishan National Scenic Area in Taiwan. The first step will be to get to Chiayi City in the southwest from wherever you are in Taiwan. This provincial city is the base of public transport services that ply the Alishan route. Do take note that […]

  • Taipei trip highlights culture, food, nature

    Jiufen Taiwan

    She beckoned to us from the shadows cast by the sculpted posts filled with symbolism the meaning of which now escapes me, there in that structure that represented religion in Taiwan. “Come, come. I want to introduce you to some gods.” Or at least that is what I heard local guide Jane Fan told our […]

  • Online shopping? There’s an app for that!


    (Note: This story is also published on Cebu Daily News in its InfoTech section) With the holidays and the bonuses and extra pay that come with it just weeks away, people are bracing for and eagerly awaiting Christmas shopping. Malls are starting to get packed and traffic, especially around shopping centers, has turned for the […]

  • Oppo introduces F1s “selfie expert” in Cebu

    Oppo F1s Cebu

    The Oppo F1s is a mid-level phone but with features of high-end devices, brand marketing manager Stephen Cheng said during a media preview Tuesday night in Cebu. Cheng said the F1s “has high-end specs and high-end feel for a good price.” What sets the Oppo F1s apart is the exceptional quality of its front camera […]

  • With bots, chat is more than idle talk

    “Hey, Jarvis,” I sent a message to the eponymous Facebook Messenger chat bot, “remind me to reply to Cass’ email in 30 minutes.” The reply came as quickly as the Facebook pop to notify you of an incoming chat message. “Okay, I’ll remind you to reply to Cass’s email at 10:24 PM on Monday, September […]

  • My PayMaya experience: Sticking to a budget in Hong Kong

    PayMaya travel

    Luck had me traveling to Hong Kong twice this year, one for a trip long planned since last year, the other for a complimentary hotel stay that had to be availed of by May. Foreign trips cost money and I was traveling with women friends in a shopping mecca that is Hong Kong. For that […]

  • Picture this: Disintermediation

    Eraserheads concert

    Last week, members of iconic Pinoy band Eraserheads reunited, the first in a long time, for a concert. The occasion was the unveiling of the new logos of PLDT and Smart. Save for company employees, the event was all hush-hush. The press contact who invited me only said I was going to a “confidential” event. […]

  • Authentic Spanish tapas, best cocktails at Dumaguete’s Allegre

    Allegre Spanish tapas bar Dumaguete City

    Being one of the many hangouts that dot the long stretch of Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete City, the Spanish tapas bar Allegre is an easy a spot to overlook. If we hadn’t gotten that invitation to try it out on our last night there, we would have missed the authentic Spanish dishes and great cocktails […]

  • Beyond level 5, Aguinid Falls is unspoiled, green

    Aguinid Falls Level 7

    A regular climb to Aguinid Falls in Samboan, Cebu entails going up the pathway created by the flowing water as it makes its way down from the fifth level to the sea. Beyond the fifth tier, however, the falls go up three levels more. There, beyond the reach of the regular climbers, nature is raw, […]

  • Quiet corners and busy streets, cold mountain and hot tea: our Hong Kong of contradictions

    Hong Kong Victoria Peak

    There we were, frozen and shivering on a long line that snaked around a lonely bus stop in a cold mountain spot in Hong Kong, and there was no bus. A digital sign gave a countdown of the 15-minute interval before the next one comes. It was an eternity of waiting. A thick fog had […]

  • Pescador Island adventure: dolphins, marine beauty make up for the “sharks”

    Dolphins in Pescador Island, Moalboal

    Dolphins! They swam beside our boat as we neared Pescador Island off Moalboal for a day out snorkeling and enjoying the much better preserved underwater marine life in the southern town known for its long strip of white sand beach.

  • Gateway Continental Club brings extra level of service to hotel guests

    Gateway Continental Club Marco Polo Hong Kong

    Travel to another country can be intimidating but our recent trip to Hong Kong was smooth all throughout, thanks in large part to a complimentary two-night stay at Gateway of the Marco Polo chain of hotels in Hong Kong.

  • Ambient noise? Think ambient news!

    Android Wear Google Now

    UV radiation levels will be high, the smartwatch we have been testing warned at noon of Sinulog Sa Kabataan Sa Lalawigan last Saturday. The data was processed by AccuWeather and detected by the weather app integrated into my wife’s phone and from there, pushed into the smartwatch she was wearing.

  • Asus Zenfone 5 Lite: big-screen smartphone for the budget-conscious

    Asus Zenfone Lite 5 ZenUI

    BUILDING on the success of Zenfone 5, Asus recently released a cheaper version of the handset in time for end-of-the-year upgrading – the Asus Zenfone 5 Lite.

  • REVIEW: Huawei Mate7 is a good, powerful big phone

    Huawei Ascend Mate7

    WHEN you first hold the Huawei Mate7 in your hand, what is immediately apparent is how sleek its design is. At 7.9 mm thin, the Mate7 is a well-built device with top-of-the-line specifications worthy of a flagship device.