It was five months since the the pandemic lockdown started that I just missed traveling so much. And out of the blue, wrote down some travel musings last 25 August, 2020. Here’s what I posted… Photo above taken at the Abu Dhabi airport as we were heading to the terminal for the connecting flight to Paris, 2013. The Americas I will travel to Canada to visit family. But before that, I will stop in South Korea for two weeks to avail of the no visa…Continue Reading “Travel musings from August 2020”

Philippine passport

Last week, my Philippine passport has finally arrived, just in time before my birthday! For several months, I didn’t have any primary ID. My last Philippine passport expired June 2021. Because of the pandemic, I was having difficulty getting a DFA online passport appointment. Of course, there were DFA branches that had available schedules but the pandemic restrictions and requirements made it hard to just travel. What I did have were just a voter’s certificate from the COMELEC and a BIR ID which are all…Continue Reading “My Philippine passport has finally arrived (with tips on renewal)!”

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?”