travelsmart

Last 16 July 2020, Smart Communications, Inc. organized a webforum ‘#TravelSmart: Safe and Sustainable Tourism in the New Normal.’ Department of Tourism Secretary, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat was the keynote speaker. Its aim was to provide a background on the current challenges faced by the tourism industry, share best practices, and present digital tools that local tourism offices can tap as we transition to the ‘new normal.’ Part 2 focuses on digital tools and experiences. Part 1 | Part 2 Mobile device as central to the new…Continue Reading “TravelSmart: Safe, sustainable tourism in new normal, part 2”

travelsmart el nido palawan

Last 16 July 2020, Smart Communications, Inc. organized a webforum, ‘#TravelSmart: Safe and Sustainable Tourism in the New Normal.’ Department of Tourism Secretary, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat was the keynote speaker. Its aim was to provide a background on the current challenges faced by the tourism industry, share best practices, and present digital tools that local tourism offices can tap as we transition to the ‘new normal.’ Part 1 focuses on DOT’s approach to this pandemic. Part 1 | Part 2 As the Covid-19 pandemic has been…Continue Reading “TravelSmart: Safe, sustainable tourism in new normal, part 1”

international travel

If all was normal, I would have been on international travel somewhere. Enjoying the sights, the architecture, the food and what foreign countries have to offer to the visitor. Unfortunately, with the Covid-19 pandemic still raging, everything’s been at a standstill. Our lives have been greatly affected and being in the travel and hospitality industry, terribly, terribly disrupted. It’s been 103 days since I arrived home in Cebu and been in quarantine here at home. ONE HUNDRED THREE. That’s how long I’ve been here within…Continue Reading “International travel, when will it happen for me?”

travel in the time of covid-19

While archiving images, I found the photo above. The sun had already set in the midst of enjoying the sand dunes in Paoay in Ilocos Norte. Dusk is settling in and we had to stop to enjoy the vista. Seeing this image, I can’t help but ruminate on travel and these trying times. It’s Saturday, 21 March and in a few hours, I will have spent a full week staying at home here in my room back in Cebu. This is just the first half…Continue Reading “Travel and ruminations in the time of COVID-19”

self quarantine

When I arrived in Cebu from Clark last Saturday, 14 March, I was adviced by my cousin, who is a doctor, to report directly to the district hospital in my city. It was one of a series of promulgations implemented by the provincial local government in response to the community quarantine that was to take effect in Metro Manila that midnight. After having myself checked at the triage area for symptoms and travel and medical history, I was told to go on mandatory self quarantine….Continue Reading “Five things to do while on self quarantine”