Manila: Manila in Motion

Had I seen it somewhere else in the Philippines (in another street, perhaps, or in another city where such things are commonplace,) I wouldn’t have nearly died that evening. That crate at the base of...

Thailand: A Re-welcoming to the Land of Smiles

I stepped out into the streetside promenade fronting the Central World Plaza in downtown Bangkok, the evening skyline etched with the soaring outlines of high-rise malls and commercial buildings opulently lit up in heady...

Guimaras: The Sweet Taste of Summer

For a tropical country like the Philippines, the hot days and warm winds seem to be the all too important indicators that summer has started. In the island of Guimaras, however, summer begins not...

Siargao: A Different Kind of Heaven

A common expression among today’s urban youth stipulates that “You Only Live Once,” so much so that social networking profiles have been peppered with bucket lists and must-do’s to make life as worthwhile and...

Ticao Island: The Gentle Isle That is Ticao

“Snatch up the line the moment you feel a tug.” That was what my local fishing guide instructed me as he shelled open a dead shrimp and tore pieces off the peeled flesh to...

Phuket: Making Ends Meet

That morning in Phuket, it appeared that I did one of the few things I never thought I’d be able to do in an island so ruggedly cosmopolitan: I scandalized a local. Her name was...

Japan: Culture and cusine: an extraordinary trip to Japan

Often, distances keep families apart. But just as often journeys taken together strengthen the ties that bind. For several years now, my family’s different schedules and locations around the world has kept us from...

Korea: In Search of Seoul Food

It was barely nine o’clock in the morning and I have already tasted two different kinds of kimchi for breakfast. There was a small eatery that was walking distance from our hotel, which happened...

Shanghai, China: Oh my Shanghai!

Whether you love luxury or are budget-savvy, Shanghai is a great city to visit. From the gorgeous architectural beauties that line the Huangpu River, the sprawling and vibrant urban park, to the pedestrianized shopping...

Marvelous Macau

Though a lot of people probably have not been to Macau, they have certainly heard of it, its name having seeped into local vernacular, the most famous of which involves deep fried pork. In...

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