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Hi! I'm Gretchen, a travel writer based in the Philippines. I created Filipina Explorer in 2009 to document my journeys through places, parenthood, and word weaving. This blog is a collection of those stories and everything in between. (Photo by Martin San Diego)
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Wide-eyed

Back in the day, I often pondered about how long-term travelers felt on the road - sometimes fantasized about it - and how it was possible…

Clark Freeport Zone Guide: Best Stay, Eats, and Attractions

With an international airport and two connecting expressways in its alley, Clark Freeport Zone serves as one of the country's premier g…

11 Things You Can Do in Antipolo Besides Hinulugang Taktak

Mention Antipolo and the first thing that comes to mind is Hinulugang Taktak. Considered a National Park and National Historic Shrine, thi…

5 Perfect Diving Spots in Asia

When it comes to diving spots, nothing quite compares to Asia. With a few countries in the region lying at the “Coral Triangle” - a marine …

Beyond Stingless Jellyfish

Under the searing sun, we boarded a paddle boat that will take us to Tojoman Lagoon in Bucas Grande. A lanky 30-something boatman was desi…

How to speak the language of every country you visit

As a backpacker and traveler, you aim to explore new things and discover places that are unknown to you and sometimes culturally distant.

3 Ways You Can Optimize Your Money Management On The Road

We love exploring. In 2017, tourism contributed over 10 percent of Philippines GDP  and the year 2018 has gotten off to an even better start,…

Contrasting truths of faith: Dinagat

Famished and wet, we trudged our way out of thick rows of passengers disembarking at San Jose port.

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MOVERS, ANYONE?

I occasionally travel outside of the Philippines and would love to trek around the United States for a while. Aside from obtaining the correct visa, the next biggest struggle will be finding reliable long distance movers near me. A lot can go wrong during a move, and I don’t want any of my valuables breaking or getting lost.
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