By Yoshke Dimen

Pak na Pak na Flan

Meron akong suking seller ng leche flan dito sa building. Super sarap. Pero last time, nag-iba yung lasa. Nagbago yata ng supplier. Eh bilang atribida ako, I told her, “Beshie! Mas masarap yung dati.” Yknow, because feedback is important.


Back when I was a college freshman, I decided to move out of the boarding house and instead commute from Batangas all the way to QC for the second term. To make it to my first class, I had to catch the 3am bus. Our house was far from the terminal so I had to…

Top 13 Travel Moments of 2019

2019 is one of my most travel-packed years ever. This year, I set foot in 15 countries and 11 Japanese prefectures. I also got to return to some of my favorite Philippine destinations. But here are 13 of my most memorable moments on the road.

Top 19 Songs I Listened to During Travel in 2019

Year after year, when I travel, I listen to music less and less. I don’t know if it’s terrific or terrible. Unlike the past years, I seem to no longer enjoy constantly and actively seeking new releases. If anything, I often find myself playing tracks from decades ago.


Over 10 years ago, I met Yoj in a very professional setting — a job interview. She was the manager of the country’s first mobile blogging platform, and I was a blogger. It was a job I didn’t really think I would get because I had ZERO background in marketing or business. She’s one of…


One thing I’ve been truly lucky to experience is having bosses, mentors and colleagues, who are not only excellent at what they do but also inspiring. They might not realize or remember it, but they taught me a lot. I’ll be sharing some of them over the next few days (weeks?) but lemme start with…

“Hmmm. Interesting.”

A few years ago, we were invited to speak at the World Tourism Forum in Istanbul. On the first night, there was a dinner with government officials. I was seated next to a Slovenian diplomat. When I introduced myself, her reply was, “Your name is Yoshke? Really?” I said yes and then she asked if…