Visiting Baguio and Banaue

There are some cities in the world which can only be described as great cities. Cities where you can walk around all day and never cease finding good street food, restaurants, parks and shops. The people are nice and the streets are clean. Baguio is such a city. I probably spent too long in Manila. …

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McPinoy

When I came up with the idea of writing about McDonald’s around the world, the idea was to compare how various restaurants differ based on how their countries differ. During my trip through the Pacific, there wasn’t a lot to set the various restaurants apart. The Philippines is the fist place where I’ve noticed some …

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I Shall Return…….Or Not

I’m off to Taiwan in a few hours. Since I got in from Palawan yesterday I’ve been trying to figure out my ticket situation. I purchased the ticket. I’m in the computer system for Philippine Airlines as being on the flight. However, I need a paper ticket which I was never given. Why I need …

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To the Bat Cave!

I visited the Subterranean River National Park today. My tour group included two Japanese cuties and four very nice, retired Filipino women from the US. In addition to going 1km into the cave, we also got to see big monitor lizards and wild monkeys. I only have about 48 left in the Philippines. I’m going …

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Hola Vigan!

I arrived in Vigan. It really is different from anything else in the Philippines. Sadly, the 200-300 year old buildings are better structures than what people live in, in most of the country. I have developed a bad cold from the temperature drop and rain in Banaue and Bagiuo. The long bus rides I’m sure …

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Back in Bagiuo

I’m back in Bagiuo for the night. I spent most of the day on the bus coming back from Banaue. It turns out that I picked the rainy season to visit. Tomorrow I’m off to Vigan north of here, then to Puerta Princessa. I may have to say here a few days longer than expected. …

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The Manila Folder

There are some cities in the world which can only be described as great cities. Cities where you can walk around all day and never cease finding good street food, restaurants, parks and shops. The people are nice and the streets are clean. Manila is not such a city. Day 1 I learned the hard …

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Safe in Baguio

I’m finally out of Manila and in Baguio, which is higher, wetter, cleaner and safer than Manila. The ride up was interesting and the landscape near Baguio is very beautiful. I now need to figure out how to get to the rice terraces and Vigan. I should have a longer post on Manila up shortly. …

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Out of Manila

I’m hoping to finally leave Manila today. I don’t know what my bandwidth situation will be for next several days, so if there is a drought of posts, it is because I’m in the middle of nowhere. I’ll be visiting the “8th Wonder of the World”, the rice terraces and the city of Vigan.