My MMA Journey · Philippines

My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 12: Best of the Arts in Manila

It’s been almost a year and a half since I first stepped into a boxing gym for my first lesson. After about six months of that, I tried my hand (and foot, knee, elbow) at Muay Thai for a few months, before taking a break for a trip to Australia. Upon returning to the Philippines,… Continue reading My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 12: Best of the Arts in Manila

Philippines · Travel Tips

Day Trip to Lakes Pandin and Yambo

It's the morning of All Saint's Day; as Halloween revelers are stumbling home in a stupor at the break of dawn, I'm having a quick breakfast and getting ready to head out. I'll reference this article on day tours at Pandin Lake as that's where we got some basic information for the trip, plus give… Continue reading Day Trip to Lakes Pandin and Yambo

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A Coco Family Vacation in Puerto Galera

After a few hectic weeks of increasing work demands and a moderately intense diet and training regimen to prepare for my first jiu-jitsu competition, I was nothing if not ready for a vacation. Last year, around this time, my companion and I had taken our daughter to Coco Beach for a wonderful family vacation and… Continue reading A Coco Family Vacation in Puerto Galera

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How Badly Does Getting a Tattoo Hurt?

If getting a tattoo isn't a thing to do while traveling, I don't know what is. I've been in the Philippines for some time now and will be leaving soon, so this seemed like the perfect time to finally get one at the highly recommended Whiplash Tattoo parlor on Aguirre Avenue in BF Homes--my very… Continue reading How Badly Does Getting a Tattoo Hurt?

My MMA Journey · Philippines

My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 8: Yaw-Yan, Jiu-Jitsu, and My New Gym

In all honesty, I've been a bit slow in picking up my MMA journey since returning to Manila. Maybe I miss the training at Lakay or the fresh mountain air. Perhaps the inferior Manila diet is what's been leaving my body feeling drained, or perhaps it's purely emotional. A lot has happened in the past… Continue reading My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 8: Yaw-Yan, Jiu-Jitsu, and My New Gym