Category: Philippines

Off the beaten track, in a small cove’s beach, is a concentration of high end resorts for luxury travelers. These are mostly foreign owned, and there are even recognizable names like Wyndham Hotels present in this area of Boracay known as Din-Iwid. Tucked back along the water is another unique resort and restaurant called Spider House. This happens to be one of my favorite places in Boracay because of the views, and the relaxing atmosphere… but its not that easy to get to, and

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By now, you’ve heard the opinion from some Filipinos that “Boracay is too commercialized”, but you have to understand that the definition of commercialized can be different from person to person.

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Here is a quick guide to the famous El Nido island hopping tours. While it is fairly easy to find pictures of all the amazing places in El Nido, there is not a whole lot of information about what an actual day on one of the tours is like, or what type of activities are on each of the stops of the tour. They are certainly not for everyone. The Inland Tour The Highlight: Staying land based Other Activities: Hikes, beaching While very tempting in

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Philippines / Visayas / Aklan/ Boracay The thought that any place could remain 'hidden' on Boracay for long is really a farce; but Din-Iwid beach maintains the illusion of being hidden because it rests in a cove, and is not visible from White Beach or the main road. Perhaps the term small scale is a more accurate description of this place. A short trike ride along the National Road will lead you the first mall on Boracay: City Mall. This large concrete structure dwarfs almost anything else

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Philippines / Visayas / Antique / Culasi Sometimes, time stands still. Its those moments when you forget that the earth is still rotating, that your cell phone bill is on auto debit and, as long as everything is working correctly, your heart keeps beating. But sometimes, you happen upon a place so beautiful, so serine, it skips one of those beats. One can learn to appreciate places like the sparsely populated Malalison island (in Antique Province, just off the coast of Panay), despite the lack of things like

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One would be hard pressed to visit the south eastern corner of Laguna province along the lake and not be overwhelmed by the large number of solicitors holding up the yellow signs offering some time at their natural, hot spring fed ‘private pools’. This tourist attraction is something that has been going on since the 1970’s in the Laguna province when many of the small resorts and motels first sprung up. Some of the places looked like they have seen little to no renovation

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This amazing place, is said to have been the source of inspiration for British author Alex Garland, as he is said to have lived in El Nido in the 90’s while he wrote his novel “The Beach” The book was then turned into a 2003 movie, set in Thailand with Leoardo DeCaprio playing the lead. well that’s what they say… This destination does not disappoint but, you are going to have to work for it! When you’re cruising along in the tour

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Boracay’s White beach is divided into three “stations” where the tour and sail boats dock just off shore. Most business also acknowledge their location in regards to their proximity to station one through three. Station Three is the southernmost section of White Beach. Mostly populated by smaller resorts and dive shops, this is a quiet part of town, but is also out of reach of Globe’s free wifi. Station Two is home of D*Mall and is the commercial heart of the island.

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Philippines / Visayas / Iloilo City If Iloilo City is known as the Queen City of the South (that is indeed a nickname) then Molo Mansion is one of the jewels in her crown. Officially named the Youay-Consing Mansion, this building it was built in the 1920’s by the affluent Lacson Family but today, is more widely known as the Molo Mansion. This beautiful home actually once sat abandoned for many years until it was purchased, restored, and turned into a museum for Illongo Heritage. And

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Antonia Beach is actually named after the lone resort on the peninsula. The self-contained, generator run, resort on the remote island of Gigantes Sur is one of the tourism hotspots of the region. I call it a self-contained resort because most of the staff lives on site with their family. There are few greater illustrations of how closely nit work and home/ family are in the Philippines. It is a way of life. The Geography The peninsula is made up of two large piles of

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