El Nido: A Virtual Tour

Here we are at home entering the third week of an enhanced quarantine/lockdown that was extended to include the whole island of Luzon here in the Philippines and with no clear end in sight. We were supposed to be at El Nido, Palawan for island hopping at Linapacan and the Bacuit Archipelago this past weekend.... Continue Reading →

Our Best Off the Beaten Path Beaches

It's the start of the hot and dry season — often referred to as "summer" — in the Philippines, and normally the time to go beach-bumming. Not for those of us in Metro Manila, however. Because of COVID-19 the metropolis is on quarantine status — a "softer" term for lockdown. As a result we cannot... Continue Reading →

Boracay’s White Beach and Bulabog Beach

Only 7 kilometers long and 0.5 to 2 kilometers wide, Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan has attained a popularity out of all proportion to its size. It was practically unknown until the late 1970s when German travel writer Jens Peter described it as “paradise on earth.” Western backpackers started arriving in the 1980s to bask... Continue Reading →

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