January 22, 2019 Catherine Mendoza 20Comment

Volunteering is one of the best and most life-changing activities you could ever do during your travels.   If you’re considering volunteering as an English teacher in Vietnam, particularly in Hanoi,  then I hope this guide can help you. (more…)

August 8, 2018 Catherine Mendoza 16Comment

  Known for its 5-star rating, The Peninsula Manila sure didn’t disappoint.   Upon arriving at the drop-off point, we were greeted with a big genuine smile by a staff who opened the car door for us. He said hello and gladly welcomed us to the grand hotel. Even members of the staff whom we bumped into inside were all smiles. I couldn’t help getting mesmerized by the warm gesture. I also kept admiring the luxurious and elegant main entrance leading to the grandiose lobby. (more…)

July 20, 2018 Catherine Mendoza 26Comment

“Honey, how about a private island?” I said to Chris before our anniversary. “Of course, sweetheart!” he answered right away without second thoughts.   Right after breakfast, we asked the receptionist at El Mahogany Beach Resort if they were offering something extra special on our day. “Of course,” he eagerly replied. (more…)

March 1, 2018 Catherine Mendoza 16Comment

 Updated: February 2018 Henann Resort is the biggest beach resort in Panglao Island, Bohol.   At a glance from the road, the resort looks conventional. Security is tight. Going to the main building is quite a walk. It was my second time in Bohol, and on my first, a solo travel, I chose to stay at Alona Hammocks Hostel.    (more…)

December 20, 2017 Catherine Mendoza 18Comment

I was supposed to leave the guesthouse at 8 am sharp, but due to the late shopping with my girls the night before, I got up later than planned. I hurriedly took a shower and put on my ocean colored summer dress that caught my eyes when I was shopping at the biggest weekend market, Chatuchak, in Bangkok.  (more…)