• Philippines,  Travel

    Calaguas, an unspoiled beach destination for the Boracay-weary

    I’m a contributing writer for lifestyle and travel website When In Manila and I wrote this piece on a remote, undeveloped beach in a province in the Philippines. Sharing this with my readers (all three of them)— despite the “third-worldliness” of this country, I love living in the Philippines and places like Calaguas being within reach is just one of the reasons why. * * * When in Manila, ask any urban-dweller about the best beach in the country and you are guaranteed a popular answer: Boracay. And why not? Boracay’s blindingly white powder-fine sand and its clear, azure waters have spoilt us Filipinos. The Philippines’ top tourist destination has…

  • Illustration

    Armchair activism: poster illustration for Muni.PH’s #CutTheCrap #NoMoreButts campaign

    Ever been so engrossed in whatever you’re doing that you forget time and before you know it, 3, 5, 10 hours have passed? When I’m working and  I get “in the zone,” it’s hard for me to stop. That’s what happened when I got a message from Jen from Muni.PH asking me if I could be part of a visual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of cigarette butts on the environment. http://www.muni.com.ph/cut-the-crap-no-more-butts/ Did you know that cigarette butts are the single most collected item in coastal clean-ups? We may not see them most of the time, but they’re there, buried underneath the sand, and they eventually end up…

  • Odds and Ends,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippets: Hello summer! And new rubber stamps

    With temperatures here in Manila hitting 34-35 degrees Celsius, I can’t help but have summer on my mind. Last year, I missed out entirely on summer in the Philippines as I was away on a two-month trip elsewhere, but I’m home and languishing in the heat this year. It’s the kind of heat and humidity where you’re literally already sweating before you’ve even toweled off from taking a shower. No joke. Here are a few summery illustration snippets from recent/ongoing projects 🙂   * * * And of course, when it’s summer and you live in a tropical country with 7,107 islands, you hit the beach. Blog entry/article about the…