The travels and adventures of a girl from the islands.
My top Hong Kong travel apps

My top Hong Kong travel apps

The smorgasbord of travel apps have made planning and executing travel plans so much easier. But which ones do you need for a trip to Hong Kong? Here are my tried and tested favorites: HK eTransport Hong Kong’s public transportation system, in my opinion, is what every other system in...
2014 in review

2014 in review

The year 2014 was a particularly big year for me – even bigger than 2013 and so big that I barely got to write about it! The irony pains me because I absolutely love writing but writing for fun (AKA this blog) takes up time and effort that I could...
My greatest career achievement to date

My greatest career achievement to date

Last November 2013, I accomplished my greatest career achievement to date: a “Highly Commended” citation for my photo at the 2013 World Responsible Tourism Awards. The photo was taken on Earth Day 2013 while the staff and a guest from El Nido Resorts were cleaning up Dilumacad Beach in El...
Macy's guide to surviving Star Wars Weekends

Macy’s guide to surviving Star Wars Weekends

So I’m home from a 15-day trip across the United States (and Canada!) split almost evenly between the two coasts: a few days in Seattle, a week-long cruise in Alaska, then another six days in Orlando. The Orlando leg of the trip was the most tiring by far, partly because...
Amazing Alaska: wandering around Juneau

Amazing Alaska: wandering around Juneau

This trip had me exploring a place that never in my wildest dreams (okay fine, maybe in my wildest, most fervent dreams) did I think I’d ever visit. Alaska always seemed so remote, and yes, so amazing, that setting foot there just didn’t seem possible. That changed because of a...
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NexCon 2: where heroes rise

NexCon 2: where heroes rise

And NexCon strikes back with a vengeance! We had so much fun last year that we decided to drive ourselves nuts and hold another one 😛 Welcome to NexCon 2: Heroes Rising! Like this:Like Loading...
How DC Comics got me to run

How DC Comics got me to run

DC Comics got me to run my first race. Not personal health and fitness, not Adrian, not my friends. It took DC Comics, a Wonder Woman race singlet, and a finisher’s medal with “Justice League” on it to get me to run. Back story: DC Comics is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year and the...
How the BIR drove me insane during my 2014 income tax filing

How the BIR drove me insane during my 2014 income tax filing

Last week marked the most aggravating income tax filing I have ever had the displeasure of experiencing. The Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) implemented an electronic filing system supposedly to streamline services. Good in theory. Too bad it sucks. I was done with my income tax return (Form 1701 for professionals and self-employed individuals)...
Hong Kong journeys with Airbnb

Hong Kong journeys with Airbnb

Although Hong Kong is not really the cheapest place in the world to visit, there’s something about it that keeps me coming back. Whether it’s your first or fifth time, there’s always something new to do, somewhere new to eat. And while there are always ways to cut costs from your Hong Kong explorations, I’m...
And so field season starts.

And so field season starts.

The last week of January marked the start of our research lab’s field season, AKA the time of year where we spend half the time out on coral reefs, markets, and community groups and the other half preparing for the next trip. Thought it gets exhausting, I love it! 😀 Our first trip of the...
Why I #BlogWithNuffnang

Why I #BlogWithNuffnang

I’ve blogged with Nuffnang ever since I started www.theislandergirl.com in 2013 and I’ve never looked back. There are a boatload of reasons why I’ve stuck with Nuffnang this long but these are my favorites: 1. Nuffnang partners with the best brands. No sketchy dealings here. With Nuffnang, the ads that appear on your blog are...
Stereodeal launches their first album "Singularity"!

Stereodeal launches their first album “Singularity”!

Last Saturday marked a major milestone in Stereodeal‘s history as they launched their first album Singularity. The album has been almost 6 years in the making, which included several lineup changes and founder Adrian Arcega almost quitting altogether. But the band persevered and the result is definitely something worthy of being added to your music...
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