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Anthro on Foot Explores the Wonderful World of Nature

Hello!

Sharing with you resources helping me connect with nature’s wonderful language:

Books: Alecia Spooner’s Geology for Dummies, Arin Murphy-Hiscock’s The Hidden Meaning of Birds, Barry Lopez’s Of Wolves and Men, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, Jiang Rong’s Wolf Totem, Michael Balick’s Plants, People, and Culture: The Science of Ethnobotany, National Geographic magazines, Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass, Stefano Mancuso’s The Revolutionary Genius of Plants, Stephen Maran’s Astronomy for Dummies, Tim Fisher’s A Photographic Guide to Birds of the Philippines, Tristan Gooley’s The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs. For reviews, visit Goodreads and Scribd*.

Sites: Merlin Bird ID app, Plant Snap app, Pinoy Mountaineer, US National Park Service, SkyView Lite for Android and iOS, Wild Bird Club of the Philippines

(*Note: It helps keep this site going every time you sign up or book from these links. I am a big fan and have been using these sites since 2015. If this blog helped you in any way, it doesn’t hurt to make your booking from these links. Thank you!)

P.S. My keys to sustainable nature trips: bring your essentials and some extras (batteries, clothes, first aid kit, flashlight or headlamp, food, money, pocketknife, water), check the weather before going, follow local rules, get a local guide, start exploring from your home and neighborhood first, stick to the path, wear appropriate clothing and shoes, no one may never really understand floral and faunal whys… and that’s perfectly fine ❤

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Anthro on Foot Lives Through the Pandemic

Wishing that you’re safe and well as you read this post.

The arrival of this pandemic is the reason why I put this blog on private for a while. I didn’t feel it was right to show snippets of my travels while the world was and still is gripping at its feet.

I’m not a front liner, and I didn’t lose my job. In many ways, I am very privileged. And while I’m very thankful, I also feel very uneasy about it, just seeing and hearing about what’s happening outside my door.

Unlike my other posts, I can’t share resources on how to live through this pandemic because coming from this ‘privileged’ vantage point would mean I may sound indifferent and callous.

What I will share instead are job search portals that may help you or a friend you know.

Job search portals: Google Jobs, Jobstreet, LinkedIn, Onlinejobs.ph

And if you need assistance on building or revising your resume (you need not send your details if you’re uncomfortable in doing that. I can also just send a template), or if you’re into research and you’d like me to refer you, please don’t hesitate to contact me. ❤

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Anthro on Foot Enters Parenthood

Hello!

Sharing with you resources that helped me with parenthood planning + inspiration:

Books: Lawrence Shapiro’s How to Raise a Child with a High EQ: Parents’ Guide to Emotional Intelligence, Rahima Dancy’s You Are Your Child’s First Teacher, Sharifa Oppenheimer’s Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children, William Sears’ The Attachment Parenting Book. For reviews, visit Goodreads and Scribd*. But, of course, the best courses I took were the ones from my mom 😊

Class: Pinay Doulas Collective’s birthing and child-rearing classes

(*Note: It helps keep this site going every time you sign up or book from these links. I am a big fan and have been using these sites since 2015. If this blog helped you in any way, it doesn’t hurt to make your booking from these links. Thank you!)

P.S. My keys to sustainable parenthood: acknowledge that something’s got to give (having it all is an illusion) | do what works for you and your family | take care of yourself above all | when faced with difficult decisions, ask yourself why ❤

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Anthro on Foot Goes to Taiwan

Ni hao/ Ngi ho!

For my travel photos on IG: @rtw.in.3.meals

Sharing with you resources that helped me with travel planning + inspiration:

Books: Indigenous Writers of Taiwan: An Anthology of Stories, Essays, and Poems (John Balcom, ed.), Peter Haugen’s World History for Dummies, Thomas Suarez’s Early Mapping of Southeast Asia. For reviews, visit Goodreads and Scribd*.

Shows: Charles Kimball’s History of Southeast Asia podcast, ChinesePod

Tourism sites: free walking tours, Nomadic Matt, official tourism website

Travel planning sites: Airbnb*, Booking.com*, Skyscanner, World Nomads*

(*Note: It helps keep this site going every time you sign up or book from these links. I am a big fan and have been using these sites since 2015. If this blog helped you in any way, it doesn’t hurt to make your booking from these links. Thank you!)

P.S. My keys to sustainable travels: acknowledge that your trip might not go as planned | back up important files before and during travel | bring a portable multi-cooker, coffee/tea press, food containers, utensils, water bottle, water heater, and clothesline rope | bring extra medicines and prescription | bring souvenirs from home for friends you’ll meet along the way | get a local sim card | get travel insurance | have an extra card to be used only for emergencies | learn the language if you deem it necessary | listen to your gut | only bring stuff that you can carry on your own | only go for local food that’s vouched for being clean and safe | record and stay on top of your expenses | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed | take public transportation | treat everyone and yourself with kindness and respect, as always | treat guidebooks as guides; don’t get boxed by them | visit local cafés | walk as much as you can | wake up early | when faced with difficult decisions, ask yourself why ❤

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Anthro on Foot Explores the Philippines

Hello/ Mabuhay!

For my travel photos on IG: @rtw.in.3.meals

Sharing with you resources that helped me with travel planning + inspiration:

Books: Amado Hernandez’s Ibong Mandaragit; Arlene Chai’s The Last Time I Saw Mother; F. Sionil Jose’s Mass, My Brother My Executioner, Po-on, The God Stealer, and Other Stories, Tree; Francisco Baltazar’s Florante at Laura and Ibong Adarna; Funny Komiks; Jessica Hagedorn’s Dream Jungle; Jose Rizal’s El Filibusterismo and Noli Me Tangere; Lonely Travel Philippines; Lope Santos’ Banaag at Sikat; Lualhati Bautista’s Dekada ’70; Maximo Ramos’ Philippine Myths, Legends, and Folktales; Miguel Syjuco’s Ilustrado; Nick Joaquin’s The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic; Rafe Bartholomew’s Pacific Rims (recommended to me but I haven’t read it yet); Teodoro Agoncillo’s A History of the Philippines; Thomas Suarez’s Early Mapping of Southeast Asia; Tim Fisher’s A Photographic Guide to Birds of the Philippines; Trinidad Pardo de Tavera’s The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines; UP College of Medicine’s Guidebook on the Proper Use of Medicinal Plants; Wiley’s A Short History of Southeast Asia (Peter Church, ed.). For reviews, visit Goodreads and Scribd*. However, since Philippine history is not grounded in writing, to me the best stories in the Philippines are those passed orally, through chants, songs, poems, and our parents’ and grandparents’ bedtime stories.

Shows: Charles Kimball’s History of Southeast Asia podcast, Darangen Epic

Tourism sites: Anthro on Foot Walking Tours, official tourism website, Pinoy Mountaineer

Travel planning sites: Airbnb*, Booking.com*, Skyscanner, World Nomads*

(*Note: It helps keep this site going every time you sign up or book from these links. I am a big fan and have been using these sites since 2015. If this blog helped you in any way, it doesn’t hurt to make your booking from these links. Thank you!)

P.S. My keys to sustainable travels: acknowledge that your trip might not go as planned | back up important files before and during travel | bring a portable multi-cooker, coffee/tea press, food containers, utensils, water bottle, water heater, and clothesline rope | bring extra medicines and prescription | bring souvenirs from home for friends you’ll meet along the way | get a local sim card | get travel insurance | have an extra card to be used only for emergencies | learn the language if you deem it necessary | listen to your gut | only bring stuff that you can carry on your own | only go for local food that’s vouched for being clean and safe | record and stay on top of your expenses | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed | take public transportation | treat everyone and yourself with kindness and respect, as always | treat guidebooks as guides; don’t get boxed by them | visit local cafés | walk as much as you can | wake up early | when faced with difficult decisions, ask yourself why ❤

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Anthro on Foot Goes to China

Ni hao!

For my travel photos on IG: @rtw.in.3.meals

Sharing with you resources that helped me with travel planning + inspiration:

Books: Gao Xingjian’s Soul Mountain, Henry Kissinger’s On China (I did not finish though for I’m not a fan of the recurring ‘manifest destiny’ tone of this book), Pearl Buck’s The Good Earth. For reviews, visit Goodreads and Scribd*.

Shows: ChinesePod, Chris Stewart’s The History of China podcast

Tourism sites: free walking tours, Nomadic Matt, official tourism website, official visa guide

Travel planning sites: Airbnb*, Booking.com*, Skyscanner, World Nomads*

(*Note: It helps keep this site going every time you sign up or book from these links. I am a big fan and have been using these sites since 2015. If this blog helped you in any way, it doesn’t hurt to make your booking from these links. Thank you!)

P.S. My keys to sustainable travels: acknowledge that your trip might not go as planned | back up important files before and during travel | bring a portable multi-cooker, coffee/tea press, food containers, utensils, water bottle, water heater, and clothesline rope | bring extra medicines and prescription | bring souvenirs from home for friends you’ll meet along the way | get a local sim card | get travel insurance | have an extra card to be used only for emergencies | learn the language if you deem it necessary | listen to your gut | only bring stuff that you can carry on your own | only go for local food that’s vouched for being clean and safe | record and stay on top of your expenses | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed | take public transportation | treat everyone and yourself with kindness and respect, as always | treat guidebooks as guides; don’t get boxed by them | visit local cafés | walk as much as you can | wake up early | when faced with difficult decisions, ask yourself why ❤

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Anthro on Foot Goes to Mongolia

Sain uu!

For my travel photos on IG: @rtw.in.3.meals

Sharing with you resources that helped me with travel planning + inspiration:

Books: Jiang Rong’s Wolf Totem (one of my favorite books of all time), National Geographic’s articles on Mongolia, Nicolas Ostler’s Empires of the Word, Peter Golden’s Central Asia in World History, Peter Haugen’s World History for Dummies. For reviews, visit Goodreads and Scribd*.

Shows: Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure, The Mongols

Tourism sites: no official tourism website. We booked the service of Mr. Jason Cao, a certified local guide. You may contact him at +86-158-4710-8168 (via Line, Viber, WeChat, or WhatsApp). 

Travel planning sites: Airbnb*, Booking.com*, Skyscanner, World Nomads*

(*Note: It helps keep this site going every time you sign up or book from these links. I am a big fan and have been using these sites since 2015. If this blog helped you in any way, it doesn’t hurt to make your booking from these links. Thank you!)

P.S. My keys to sustainable travels: acknowledge that your trip might not go as planned | back up important files before and during travel | bring a portable multi-cooker, coffee/tea press, food containers, utensils, water bottle, water heater, and clothesline rope | bring extra medicines and prescription | bring souvenirs from home for friends you’ll meet along the way | get a local sim card | get travel insurance | have an extra card to be used only for emergencies | learn the language if you deem it necessary | listen to your gut | only bring stuff that you can carry on your own | only go for local food that’s vouched for being clean and safe | record and stay on top of your expenses | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed | take public transportation | treat everyone and yourself with kindness and respect, as always |treat guidebooks as guides; don’t get boxed by them | visit local cafés | walk as much as you can | wake up early | when faced with difficult decisions, ask yourself why ❤

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Anthro on Foot Goes to Australia

Hello!

For my travel photos on IG: @rtw.in.3.meals

Sharing with you resources that helped me with travel planning + inspiration:

Books: Christina Thompson’s Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia (a superbly amazing read!), Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel, Lonely Planet’s Global Coffee Tour. For reviews, visit Goodreads and Scribd*. 

Shows: Australia Zoo, The Wiggles (I learned so much about Australian culture from this kids’ show!)

Tourism sites: free walking tours, Nomadic Matt, official tourism website

Travel planning sites: Airbnb*, Booking.com*, Skyscanner, World Nomads*

(*Note: It helps keep this site going every time you sign up or book from these links. I am a big fan and have been using these sites since 2015. If this blog helped you in any way, it doesn’t hurt to make your booking from these links. Thank you!)

P.S. My keys to sustainable travels: acknowledge that your trip might not go as planned | back up important files before and during travel | bring a portable multi-cooker, coffee/tea press, food containers, utensils, water bottle, water heater, and clothesline rope | bring extra medicines and prescription | bring souvenirs from home for friends you’ll meet along the way | get a local sim card | get travel insurance | have an extra card to be used only for emergencies | learn the language if you deem it necessary | listen to your gut | only bring stuff that you can carry on your own | only go for local food that’s vouched for being clean and safe | record and stay on top of your expenses | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed | take public transportation | treat everyone and yourself with kindness and respect, as always |treat guidebooks as guides; don’t get boxed by them | visit local cafés | walk as much as you can | wake up early | when faced with difficult decisions, ask yourself why ❤

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Anthro on Foot Goes to India

Namaste!

For my travel photos on IG: @rtw.in.3.meals

Sharing with you resources that helped me with travel planning + inspiration:

Books: Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things, Britannica’s Study Guide on Mahabharata and Ramayana, Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake and the Interpreter of Maladies, Nicolas Ostler’s Empires of the Word, Peter Haugen’s World History for Dummies, Rabindranath Tagore’s poem collection, Rudyard Kipling’s Kim and The Jungle Book, Shubhra Krishan’s Essential Ayurveda, The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Buddhism, Yann Martel’s Life of Pi. For reviews, visit Goodreads and Scribd*.

Shows: DW Documentary on Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Cuisine, India’s Frontier Railways (I watched this on Netflix but can’t find it there now), Slumdog Millionaire, Yoga with Adriene

Tourism sites: free walking tours, official tourism website

Travel planning sites: Airbnb*, Booking.com*, Skyscanner, World Nomads*

(*Note: It helps keep this site going every time you sign up or book from these links. I am a big fan and have been using these sites since 2015. If this blog helped you in any way, it doesn’t hurt to make your booking from these links. Thank you!)

P.S. My keys to sustainable travels: acknowledge that your trip might not go as planned | back up important files before and during travel | bring a portable multi-cooker, coffee/tea press, food containers, utensils, water bottle, water heater, and clothesline rope | bring extra medicines and prescription | bring souvenirs from home for friends you’ll meet along the way | get a local sim card | get travel insurance | have an extra card to be used only for emergencies | learn the language if you deem it necessary | listen to your gut | only bring stuff that you can carry on your own | only go for local food that’s vouched for being clean and safe | record and stay on top of your expenses | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed | take public transportation | treat everyone and yourself with kindness and respect, as always | treat guidebooks as guides; don’t get boxed by them | visit local cafés | walk as much as you can | wake up early | when faced with difficult decisions, ask yourself why ❤

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Anthro on Foot Goes to Indonesia

Halo!

For my travel photos on IG: @rtw.in.3.meals

Sharing with you resources that helped me with travel planning + inspiration:

Books: Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love, Michael Balick’s Plants, People, and Culture: The Science of Ethnobotany, Thomas Suarez’s Early Mapping of Southeast Asia, Wiley’s A Short History of Southeast Asia (Peter Church, ed.). For reviews, visit Goodreads and Scribd*.

Shows: Netflix’s Forests, Charles Kimball’s History of Southeast Asia podcast

Tourism sites: free walking tours, Nomadic Matt, official tourism website

Travel planning sites: Airbnb*, Booking.com*, Skyscanner, World Nomads*

(*Note: It helps keep this site going every time you sign up or book from these links. I am a big fan and have been using these sites since 2015. If this blog helped you in any way, it doesn’t hurt to make your booking from these links. Thank you!)

P.S. My keys to sustainable travels: acknowledge that your trip might not go as planned | back up important files before and during travel | bring a portable multi-cooker, coffee/tea press, food containers, utensils, water bottle, water heater, and clothesline rope | bring extra medicines and prescription | bring souvenirs from home for friends you’ll meet along the way | get a local sim card | get travel insurance | have an extra card to be used only for emergencies | learn the language if you deem it necessary | listen to your gut | only bring stuff that you can carry on your own | only go for local food that’s vouched for being clean and safe | record and stay on top of your expenses | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed | take public transportation | treat everyone and yourself with kindness and respect, as always |treat guidebooks as guides; don’t get boxed by them | visit local cafés | walk as much as you can | wake up early | when faced with difficult decisions, ask yourself why ❤