Solo Hiking at Hallasan: South Korea’s Tallest Peak and Jeju’s Centerpiece

Despite being South Korea’s highest peak, Hallasan (Mount Halla) would be dwarfed by the Philippines’ tallest mountains like Mt. Apo and Mt. Pulag, which are taller by about 1,000 meters. That said, for a casual hiker like me, Hallasan is approachable and reassuring. I had 8 days to spend in Jeju, so I dedicated a … Continue reading Solo Hiking at Hallasan: South Korea’s Tallest Peak and Jeju’s Centerpiece

Soul-Searching Who? I’m Chasing My Soul.

I have since scrapped the idea of soul searching because, I have come to realize, my soul is never really lost. It is simply yearning. My soul desires to be out there, to be everywhere, to be in places where it can wander and be free. Above everything, it seeks to be free. My soul … Continue reading Soul-Searching Who? I’m Chasing My Soul.

Mindful Spending + Proactive Giving (Making Donations in PH)

With all the bad things happening nowadays, it's hard to feel good about being safe at home and even more so about going out for coffee or a nice meal. I know I'm not the only one—feeling powerless and guilty while others are suffering and crying for help. You wish you could be there with … Continue reading Mindful Spending + Proactive Giving (Making Donations in PH)

It’s nice to be alive, isn’t it?

Sometimes, I—along with many people, I imagine—forget that. To be a human on Earth, it feels nice. I feel lucky. To have the ability to walk on two legs and roam on soil, to have two clear eyes that can view the sky, the trees, the mountains, the ocean, and the stars at night. To … Continue reading It’s nice to be alive, isn’t it?

The Best Jeju Food Experiences

This is not your ordinary must-try food or restaurant list. What I'm going to list here is derived from my own experiences—food I ate in Jeju, in different places and different circumstances. And even though some may seem like ordinary food items, they are actually special in the particular context I ate them in. You … Continue reading The Best Jeju Food Experiences