On the small Philippine island of Boracay, a security guard watches over a popular tourist hotel. He’s dressed in a gray uniform and stands at attention along the sand boardwalk running in front of the hotel. His eyes dart back and forth, always alert for suspicious people and aware … Read more
Last Fall, I returned home exhausted from an action-packed 14 days in the Philippines after attending my first TBEX conference. For those of you non-bloggers, TBEX stands for “Travel Blogger Exchange” and is a conference bringing together travel bloggers and travel industry professionals from around the world. TBEX Manila was … Read more
“The Shadow of Your Smile”, performed by an amazing group of Filipino musicians, sets the tone for my first visit to The Ruins of Negros. The song lyrics and images stuck in my head for days. Sometimes referred to as “The Taj Mahal of Negros”, the Ruins … Read more
The Philippines, being an archipelago of more than 7,100 islands, has a whole lot to offer for tourists. For first-time explorers, however, that bounty of potential Philippine destinations can make it hard to pick where to go.
Fortunately, there are tried and tested spots and attractions which never disappoint and … Read more
Taiwan really is a stunningly beautiful island. After 3 years in Taiwan, I sometimes forget how my ordinary day may be fascinating to others. A friend visited recently and captured my “new normal” on an amazing Taiwan drone video. His artistic vision shows my reality here in stunning Taiwan.
From … Read more
At the top of the stairs leading to the temple built into the side of the mountain, a cute little old man sits quietly at a table. This is his office, located in the shade of an old tree, and he’s assigned the important task of setting off fireworks when … Read more
Then the tiny Chinese woman started slapping me in the head. A lot! From a standing position, she bent me over, chin tucked, and slapped the back of my head – maybe an effort to slap away any dark thoughts invading my brain? Adventures in Chinese medicine…
A few weeks … Read more