• Philippines,  Travel,  Travel journal

    Bacolod travel journal

      Two trips in three weeks! Eagle-eyed readers (all two of them) might’ve seen my previous Wordless Wednesday entry and assumed I was traveling. Indeed, I was! I was in Seoul, South Korea last week but before I can get to that, I have yet to post a blog entry of a trip that came a couple of weeks before– Bacolod city, in the Visayan province of Negros Occidental, Philippines.   People go to Bacolod primarily for the annual MassKara festival (mass = many, cara (Spanish) = face, maskara (Tagalog) = mask), a street festival filled with colorful smiling masks and costumed street dancers. There are dozens of similar festivals…

  • Sketches and doodles,  Travel,  USA

    Illustration Friday: Lost

    Sometimes I draw myself as a cat. Meow.   San Francisco, May 2012. It was my first time to really be alone while traveling. I was in San Francisco the month before, but only for a couple of days and with friends. Now I was back for some unfinished business and I didn’t bother contacting my friends in the city since it was a short and quick weekday visit. Now I don’t mind traveling alone and in some ways, I prefer being alone so I can do anything I want without having to consider the other person’s needs/wants (ha, I’m selfish). Fun! What’s NOT fun, though, is getting lost alone.…

  • Travel,  Travel journal,  USA

    Illustrated travel journal: waiting for the train at LAX Union Station

    Flying over Manila, Philippines. Photo from my Instagram. As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been traveling these days. I’ve been in California since the first week of April for a little working vacation to visit family and friends and go on little trips on the side. From Manila, I flew two hours to Taiwan where I spent some time during my four-hour layover looking for the Hello Kitty airport lounge (more on that in another entry). Then from Taipei, I took a 12-hour flight to Los Angeles. I was hoping to catch an in-flight movie but the man sitting in front of me on the plane had inconsiderately…

  • Philippines,  Travel,  Travel journal

    Illustrated travel journal: Sagada, Mt. Province, Philippines

    (Tip: you can click on the journal pages to view a bigger version) The inside front cover of my travel journal   While having breakfast with my cousin one day while on vacation in Japan, I brought up the topic of travel blogs. My cousin Miki, three years younger than I, is an avid traveler and has been all over Asia, the US, and Europe, as well as our own country, the Philippines. Miki’s a talented writer and has a flair for photography as well, so I thought she’d be great at putting up a blog of her travels. “I always say I’ll write about my trips,” she said. “But…

  • Japan,  Travel

    Quirky, illustrated Japan

    One thing I’m interested in apart from illustration, design, paper crafts, cats, and Flaming Hot Cheetos (that’s my one-line bio right there) is travel. I’ve traveled for a leeetle bit when I was younger, before college and work got in the way. Now that I’m back on my own time with no desk job to tie me down, I’ve been open to indulging in wanderlust when the time and opportunity arises.   One such opportunity came up when my aunt invited me to go to Osaka, Japan with her family last month. Japan was not in my immediate/foreseeable travel plans, but they had already been to Japan numerous times and…