Author: ian dela pena

  • Escaping The Metro To Gong Hang Spa Clark

    Escaping The Metro To Gong Hang Spa Clark

    I have been a fan of Jjimjilbang since I experienced one in South Korea a few years back. Since then, I have frequented Lasema in Makati being the closest that offers a true Korean experience. Thinking about breaking the monotony though, I thought of Escaping The Metro To Gong Hang Spa Clark. Gong Hang Spa…

  • Authentic Thai Culinary Experience at Patches Thai Restaurant

    Authentic Thai Culinary Experience at Patches Thai Restaurant

    It has been a long while since my trip to Thailand, perhaps anywhere else beyond the Philippines. At this point, my curiosity and eagerness to experience new things are already bursting at the seams. I was just craving something familiar from the land of smiles. The great thing I discovered Authentic Thai Culinary Experience at…

  • Flying To Taiwan Before The Chaos

    So last 2019, before the pandemic, I brought my mom to Taiwan. After traveling alone for a few years, I thought of bringing my family along in my trips. Though one at a time at least I fulfill my plans of traveling with them. Off we go to Taipei then! In this first video, you…

  • TRAVELING FROM LOS ANGELES TO MANILA (PANDEMIC TIMES)

    TRAVELING FROM LOS ANGELES TO MANILA (PANDEMIC TIMES)

    It has been a year since I arrived back here in Manila from the US. Unfortunately, I can’t go back there yet since the embassy in Manila still is closed for B1/B2 applications. Yes, my visa expired already. It was such a bummer that my trip didn’t go as planned because of this whole Covid…

  • HOW TO GO TO DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES FROM LAX

    HOW TO GO TO DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES FROM LAX

    It was my first time in Los Angeles in more than a decade. Things have changed since, of course, and I was pretty confused about how I can get to Hollywood where my hostel is. I really didn’t research how I could get out of the airport, to be honest. I was feeling a bit…

  • 5 MUST SEE PLACES IN SIEM REAP (NOT ANGKOR WAT)

    5 MUST SEE PLACES IN SIEM REAP (NOT ANGKOR WAT)

    So I am writing this during the time of the Corona Virus Pandemic that originated from China. Whew, that sounds biblical! Anyways it is those times and almost no one is reading about travel. Why? coz no one is able to travel leisurely at the moment as borders of countries closed up because of the…

  • 7 THINGS I REALLY LOVE ABOUT LOS ANGELES (2021)

    7 THINGS I REALLY LOVE ABOUT LOS ANGELES (2021)

    Los Angeles is one of my favorite cities in the world. I’ve always thought of spending a lot of time in LA meeting new friends and just enjoying the city by the sea. It may be because of too much TV but Los Angeles really has never lost its charm to me.  So, let me…

  • Cavemen Backpackers

    Cavemen Backpackers

    My mom had left for Manila already and we’ve checked out of Ximen Wow Hostel. I wanted to extend my stay there but they were fully booked that night. Again I am off to find a new place to stay before I check in to the Airbnb room I booked. I searched for good cheap…

  • Ximen Corner Hostel Review

    Ximen Corner Hostel Review

    It’s my 5th time in Taiwan, this time I am bringing my mom to see my favorite city in Asia. Like you guys know I love staying in hostels, that aside from the fact that hotels in Taipei can be a bit off of my budget. Knowing that it is spring, I understand that it…