Makalawena – Our First Hawaiian Beach

New. Fresh. Young. These are the words that first come to mind when describing the Big Island, Hawaii. I never thought that one could refer to an island as young, especially one that is about 700,000 years old (that’s over twenty thousand years times my own lifetime!). The Hawaiian Islands were formed over millions of years and the chain is still growing at a rate of 3.5 inches per year towards the northwest. So, as you follow the islands from Big Island (youngest) to Kauai (oldest), there is about 1 million years separating them in age. See here for a more detailed explanation. There’s nothing like stepping onto rocks […]

A Cold Sunset on Mauna Kea

If you’ve ever hung around me more than 2 minutes, you would know that I really don’t like being cold. I’m one of the few women out there that absolutely loathes shopping (you’re welcome Raymund), but few things make me happier than a good comfy scarf. I have more scarves than socks and underwear combined! Jokes. Maybe. You would think that scarves have no place in Hawaii. And you’d be wrong. Air conditioning and direct gusts of air from electric fans give me the shivers. All kidding aside, there are mountain tops so high that climate zones shift from “dry/arid” to “tundra” in under […]

Help Students Take FLYTE!!

Nearly 4 years ago today, I was sitting on a fishing boat in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It was one of those rare moments in life where I had nothing to do but think and I remember it with intense clarity. I became overwhelmed with gratitude and the realization that travel is the ultimate privilege. For the past 10 years, my career goal has been to create a more just and equitable society through education. My growing love for travel had made me feel like I had been deviating from this goal, but it was on that boat […]

No Wrongs Turns Loves Hawaii

Iao Valley State Park

We Love Hawaii. This is a definite understatement. Anyone who’s recently perused our Facebook or Instagram feeds knows that we fell, head over slippahs in love with these islands since we landed here back in December. We spent two months or so running lots of races and island hopping. Then we settled down a bit and got a mere taste of what it’s like to really live in Hawaii and it’s a life we’re hesitant to let go of just yet. What makes these islands so downright magical? While it’s a challenge to put into words, here’s our best shot. Food You […]

Mi Casa es su Bahay

Did you know that Barcelona is home to over fifty thousand Filipino immigrants? We didn’t. Until we did.. High off our spontaneous reservations for 41 Grados, we started off towards our apartment, eyes open and noses flaring. Per our MO, we didn’t have an exact direction in mind, but we were greeted with a sandwich board in the middle of the sidewalk that brought us to a halt. Spanish took a sudden backseat as it wasn’t necessary to understand the sign before us: “Lumpia, pancit, halo-halo”. Like the uncontrollable draw towards the dance floor that the “Todo Todo” demands at […]