Ray’s Backyard Series #2

-by Raymond@Empire- Hello world, it has been too long since I posted my first blog about my adventures. Been busy with work, small projects, and honestly it was also hard for me to find the motivation to just even explore my very own backyard of downtown San Jose. But I’m back and I have some…

Volcano in Tokyo!

– by ChiChai@Empire – Chris@Empire and  I jam-packed our Asia trip so much …  our lives still look interesting on social media two months later.  Since coming back to the US in April, I’ve tried my best to recap our month-long voyage while catching up with reality. These blog posts have included activities like trekking…

Sunrise to Sundown in Seoul

– by ChiChai@Empire – Following mine and Christopher’s seven days in the Philippines and ten days in Vietnam was only one full day in Korea. Luckily for us, we met up with our homie Daniel who served as the perfect Seoul tour guide. He took us out from 8am to 2am all around the city and made…

Our last days in Vietnam: Hanoi and Ha Long Bay

– by ChiChai@Empire – I actually began mine and Chris@Empire’s Asia trip with a fever. It eventually dwindled down to a runny nose and coughs, but, fighting for energy to keep up with our tours was no easy task. I’m skipping days 6-8 in Vietnam for the blog because… well… the sickness caught up to me and…

Lanterns and Heights

– by ChiChai@Empire – After a full day of exploring Da Nang’s marble abundance, bright colors illuminated our night as Christopher and I strolled through Hội An, a city dubbed as “One of the Most Romantic Cities in the World” by Indian Times. Local merchants, restaurants, and centuries-old buildings enveloped us as lanterns glowingly weaved through it all. Hội…

TSP 3.0

Interview with Jr from running The Speed Project 3.0

Marble and Marble Mountains

– by ChiChai@Empire – featured photo by Chris@Empire After a couple of days in Chris@Empire’s dad’s hometown, we travelled towards central Vietnam to his mom’s hometown: Da Nang. Chris’ mom told us that Da Nang is known for its beaches so we were excited to breathe in fresh ocean air after days in Saigon’s urban landscape….

Off to Chris@Empire’s Motherland: Vietnam!

– by ChiChai@Empire – Eating what my parents and those before them ate, learning the dances of my ancestors, feeling traditional wood carvings and woven tapestries, letting the breeze and sun-rays from different provinces stroke my face, speaking a language whose history extends further than my colonial history– all of the above shaped me into the person I am…

Taal Volcano

– by ChiChai@Empire – I feel like I’m bringing Chris@Empire on a tour of the four elements *Avatar reference*:  We got Air Photo taken while flying to Coron, Palawan Water Click here to view more from Coron, Palawan Earth Click here to view more from Pampanga And lastly, Fire. Okay, I’m having too much fun with…

A Celebration and Farm Getaway

– by ChiChai@Empire – So far I’ve taken you to Manila’s hustle-and-bustle (click here) and island-hopping in Coron (click here.) This post will bring you to the provinces Bulacan and Pampanga. Mine and Chris@Empire’s trip happily aligned with two Project PEARLS events: 1) our Bulacan’s nursery and grade school graduation ceremony and 2) the Project PEARLS…

Coron, Palawan

– by ChiChai@Empire – Back in the days of Filipino family parties, I remember being awestruck by a photo montage during a karaoke session. The photographs featured pristine shores and the bluest waters I’ve ever seen. I just knew I had to be there. They were photographs of Palawan. Last week, my dream of seeing…

Metro Manila – To Eat, To See, and To Do

– by ChiChai@Empire- Christopher@Empire and I made a deal that we would travel to our home countries and beyond once I graduated from graduate school. A couple of years later (and with my master’s degree at hand!) that deal came to fruition. We kicked off the month of March by visiting the Philippines (my motherland)…