Singapore Swing

Singapore has always been a center of things. Caught in the middle of major shipping routes, Singapore’s port is one of the busiest in the world. Such trading activity can only mean one thing...

Manila Calling

Where can you find a place where Chinese gargoyles pose together with aquiline-nosed saints in white stone? Where American World War II cars are pimped up pre-MTV, choking the sidestreets cheek by jowl with...

Legazpi City: On Another Level

With the whale sharks now visiting its nearby waters, Legazpi City has begun seeing a rise in tourist arrivals—a new opportunity it plans to meet with vigorous yet conscientious development. I couldn’t see anything in...

Yogyakarta: Experiencing Yogyakarta’s Art

A man with wrinkled arms clutches the handle of a copper plate, dips one side into a plate of burning wax, and turns to the piece of white cloth laid out before him. With...

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...

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