The Philippines

Avoid Getting Offloaded 2020 | Tips to Pass Philippine Immigration During the Pandemic

 This blog is an updated guide based on my recent experience with Philippine Immigration. Non-essential travel was allowed late October 2020 but Philippine Immigration remains very strict. Sadly, I still see several stories of people getting offloaded by our Immigration Officers. I have a separate post on tips on passing the Philippine Immigration

Earn 6% Interest on your BTC through BlockFi: How to Register, Review & Referral Code

What is BlockFi? BlockFi is a platform where you earn interest by lending your BTC, other cryptocurrencies, even gold and US dollars. I know there's a lot of sketchy platforms in the crypto space but we have tried and tested BlockFi, it's one of the few crypto lending platforms that we trust. It is backed by the Winklevoss twins (most would be fami

Trusting the Unknown and Reaping Rewards

I didn't realize that it's been a year since I left my corporate job. I call this my freedom anniversary Don't get me wrong, I loved that job but I just tend to thrive outside the 9-5 structure. Quitting a career that I had for a decade was a struggle at first because I thought it defined me. It also took me years to get to that decision because

ShopBack Philippines Review 2020: How to Earn Money While Shopping Online?

Earning money while shopping might sound to good to be true but there are actually legit platforms that allow you to do it. Even your favorite mall would give you reward points for shopping which you can use for your next purchase. But what's even better are those that allow you withdraw the reward as cash like ShopBack. What is ShopBack Cashback?

Random: Heal Documentary

HEAL is an interesting Netflix documentary that talks about energy medicine. Popular authors and scientists were in the show, the like of Dr. Joe Dispenza, who has great meditation guides. Kelly Turner, author of Radical Remission, studied over 1500 remission cases worldwide. From her study, she found 9 factors that all these cancer survivors have

Tips to Avoid Getting Offloaded by Philippine Immigration (For Solo Female Travelers)

Friday, January 31, 2020 10 min read

The Philippine Immigration is infamous for offloading Filipino passengers for various reasons. I can't really blame them, however, they have offloaded legit travelers for trying to prevent illegal activities. First of all, some Filipinos have been notorious in traveling to look for work illegally abroad. Second, human trafficking is still prevalent

iHerb Philippines Review 2021 (Updated): Tips to Buy Health Products for a Cheaper Price

Most imported products in the Philippines are very expensive due to customs taxes, and of course, the business who brought it to the country has to profit from it too. Natural and organic supplements are particularly pricey. My previous go-to shops were Healthy Options and online shops in Shopee or Lazada, however, prices here are too high. I found

How I Got a Multiple Entry US B1/B2 Visa: Tips for Filipinos and Interview Questions

A lot of people has been asking me how I got a multiple entry tourist visa to the US. For someone like me with no strong ties to the Philippines, I was worried I'd get denied. To my surprise, I got a multiple entry visa valid for 10 years!I travel a lot and have no intentions to overstay in any country. I want a clean passport record but these we

Kalinga's Apo Whang-Od: A National Treasure in a Human Zoo

Apo Whang-Od is one of the Philippines’ national treasures. Her skills and talent made Buscalan famous for the Kalinga tribe tattoo. I was starstruck to see a living legend, however, disappointed by what tourism has done to an icon. I usually write informative travel blogs but this is one of my critical write ups. Weed or Tattoo? They say there are

Your Practical Guide Around Banaue Rice Terraces

I am not a local of Banaue but I stayed there for almost a month that I learned a lot of useful information that I’d like to share to my readers. This place is popular for the Banaue rice terraces, however, it seems most travelers just do a stop over at the rice terraces viewpoint and then head over to other more popular places like Sagada. Poblac

Batad Rice Terraces: Why you should pay for a Local Guide

Note: I did not intend to post this here as this is my letter to the Banaue mayor. However, I made some mistakes today which resulted to a duplicate post of House of Ekolife. So as not to make my blog look worse, I will just re-publish this blog here. I stayed for a week in Batad to rest and just be away from any distractions. There is no network

House of Ekolife: Beyond Great Food, an Enterprise for the Philippines' Modern Heroes

Banaue was my home base for my last month in the Philippines and I was able to live like a local somehow. I didn’t travel much in the Banaue area like at the Happao rice terraces, except for the Batad rice terraces which I have blogged about extensively. However, I did eat a lot and tried the restaurants and carinderia (afforfdable local eatery) he