The Best Views I’ve Ever Seen, Part I

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The Best Views I’ve Ever Seen, Part I I keep finding myself writing, “It was one of the best views I’ve ever seen!” or at least some variation of the phrase. A lot of times it’s probably a slight exaggeration of excitement from a fresh trip, but not always. It got me thinking that if I had to […]

Holiday Inn Makati – Recharging in Manila

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Holiday Inn Makati – Recharging in Manila Manila, Philippines By the time I got back to Manila on the overnight bus from Banaue, I just wanted to chill and pamper myself for a few nights before heading home – the normal way I like to end these trips – Somewhere with a rooftop pool and bar, a super comfortable […]

Trekking Batad

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Trekking Batad Ifugao, Philippines Sitting at only 2,647 feet (807 meters), I kind of assumed trekking Batad and the Cordilleras would have been a piece of cake with all that air down there. (I live at 8,100’…) Even though I was island hopping, lounging, and drinking/eating for 3 weeks straight, I still got a ton […]

Thanksgiving in Batad

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Thanksgiving in Batad Ifugao, Philippines It was pouring outside as stone-faced women walked past me carrying what looked to be three pounds of carabao (water buffalo) meat strung on bamboo vines. I looked back at Ruben, a local from Asapan, who seemed incredibly confused as to why I just told him that I keep a dog as a […]

The Rice Terraces of Banaue

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The Rice Terraces of Banaue Ifugao, Philippines Other than the motors of trikes and jeepnys and the occasional boom of thunder, Banaue is a very quiet place. Built right in to the mountainside and surrounded by towering rice terraces, there is only one “hotel” (which is a super weird place), there are no true bars […]

Overnight Bus to Banaue

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Overnight Bus to Banaue Ifugao, Philippines I’m not one to hide the fact that I’m fine pampering myself when I travel. I’ll take the $7 tuk-tuk to avoid a walk in a monsoon, I’ll take a flight to avoid a 24 hour ferry, and I’ll pay the extra $5 for a private air-conditioned room instead […]

Simplistic Siargao, Philippines

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Simplistic Siargao Siargao, Philippines Starting to get a bit stircrazy at the bungalow, I wandered in to town in search of some water and a quick coffee. We were staying in General Luna, one of the touristy areas of Siargao on the southeastern tip of the tear-drop shaped island, but in walking through town, even the […]

El Nido Island Hopping Tour C

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El Nido Island Hopping Tour C Palawan, Philippines A few days after getting to El Nido and pretty much doing absolutely nothing, we finally broke down and booked a day tour (Tour C). Having just come off a five day Tao Expeditions trip, we had low expectations since for these day trips, instead of being off […]

Motorbiking El Nido

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Motorbiking El Nido Palawan, Philippines I didn’t even see the 90Āŗ turn in the highway until it was too late. I had enough sense not to make a high speed left turn and in seeing the road did technically continue, I knew not to slam on the brakes either. I braced myself to hit the […]

El Nido, Palawan

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El Nido Palawan, Philippines Boat life must have been tough because my first day in El Nido consisted of me switching between a hammock and chair while drinking coffee/beers and reading an entire book on our bungalow porch. I cannot remember the last time I had done that. And it was awesome. El Nido (Spanish for […]

Bioluminescence & A Dream Boat – Tao Expeditions (Day 2)

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Bioluminescence & A Dream Boat – Tao Expeditions (Day 2) Palawan, Philippines After a few hours struggling with my ‘seafood intolerance,’ I was at least functioning again, but since I was feeling weak, dazed, and unsocial so I just grabbed some water and my camera and stumbled down to the beach on Linapacan Island. I was shooting some night […]

The Balatik & Tao Expeditions

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The Balatik & Tao Expeditions As I turned off my headlamp, it was nearly pitch-black out as we stood 25 meters offshore in ankle deep water. “Okay, watch.” said Gener, almost in a whisper. A moment later, he started jumping through the water and the bright purple bioluminescence lit up momentarily under his disruption. I […]

Tao Expeditions

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Tao Expeditions Palawan, Philippines The Philippine archipelago consists of 7,107 islands, one-quarter of which are in Palawan (1,780 islands), the country’s largest and westernmost province. It is considered the most remote region and the Philippines’ last frontier, a pristine ecosystem and UNESCO Biosphere Preserve endowed with habitats of coral reef, mangrove forests, and rare fauna and […]

Off the Grid with Tao Expeditions

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Off the Grid with Tao Expeditions Palawan, Philippines Many who travel yearn to go where few tourists have gone – an inkling of true exploration – But that seems harder and harder to find. Word spreads easily these days and nothing can stay relatively hidden for long. A few years ago when I went to Thailand, we […]

Coron Boat Tour & Lake Kayangan

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Coron Boat Tour & Lake Kayangan Palawan, Philippines In hindsight, I think I’m glad our initial flight from Manila to Coron had been cancelled. Had we arrived as planned, we would have probably ended up on a standard group Coron boat tour, going from stop to stop with the rest of the herd. But since our rebooked […]

Coron & Busuanga, Philippines

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Coron & Busuanga Palawan, Philippines As we flew over the sun-burnt, rolling hills of the islands of northern Palawan, Francisco B. Reyes Airport on Busuanga came in to view. It was a tiny, one-strip runway with a modest terminal to match. The prop plane skimmed the mountains and landed hard, slamming on the breaks and screeching to a halt […]

Stuck in Manila…

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Stuck in Manila Manila, Philippines After searching in vain for a bar in Terminal 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila) which solely consists of fast food joints, I found a couch in the back of a coffee shop, Chaikofi, and spent the next six hours waiting in a zombie-like state for my last flight […]

 
 
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