A Year as a Digital Nomad: The Things I Miss & Do Not Miss Working in an Office

It's been over a year since I started my digital nomad journey. It took me years to decide and finally submitted that resignation paper. For over 10 years, I worked in an office. It was a difficult decision to leave as it was my sense of identity and my stability. But the dream of traveling the world without worrying about limited vacation time was

How to Quit Your 9 to 5 Job to Become a Digital Nomad | 9 Things to Do Before You Go

Friday, January 15, 2021 11 min read

I published this while it's not advisable to travel yet. It may not be a good time to be a digital nomad but it's definitely the best time to prepare if you want to become one. Most digital nomads I met are from rich countries and this is still an uncommon path for us, Filipinos. But I'm here to tell you that it is doable for us. One of the most di

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

TransferWise: Why Filipino Travelers and OFWs should open a borderless account and not get ripped off by our local banks

Tuesday, August 04, 2020 10 min read

Sending money abroad, remittance and even withdrawing money using our Philippine local bank costs a lot! Thankfully, revolutionary FinTech companies like TransferWise is changing the game. This gives us, Filipinos, easy access to USD, EUR and other major currencies, The Problem with Philippine Banks Filipinos may need to open a foreign currency acc

Pai on a Motorbike: Land Splits, Bamboos and Canyons

I thought Pai in Northern Thailand would be a small place where you can just walk or trek anywhere but I was wrong. There is so much to discover around Pai and even after making it a home-base for 5 weeks, there were still some places we missed to explore. Motorbike for 100 Baht! Once you arrive in Pai, you would see endless lines of motorbikes for

TravelFeed Meetup in Pai: Behind the Scenes

Last month, @travelfeed provided some updates on the meetups that happened after SteemFest in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. By this time, I have re-joined the team to help in social media, PR and testing. I wasn’t involved yet when the team organized these meetups. It looked as easy as posting an event in Facebook and CouchSurfing and you just wait for p

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

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

The Anatomy of the Ifugao Native Hut | Batad Rice Terraces

While in Batad, I stayed in a solo room at Batad View Inn & Restaurant as this was my most practical option. This lodging is under the same management as Mang Ramon’s Homestay who owns traditional nipa huts. It got me curious so I decided to upgrade for one night and sleep like a native Ifugao inside a nipa hut. Nipa huts are the traditional ho

Batad Cultural Experience: How to Make Traditional Ifugao Rice Wine

Preserving the Ifugao Ethnic Tradition Ramon Binalit, owner of Mang Ramon’s Homestay, is known in the Philippines for all the work he does to preserve Batad and its tradition. He has been featured in several articles and documentaries. We can call him a legend not only for showcasing their Ifugao tribe culture, but also for fighting to keep it inta