Philippines

Friendliest country in the world?

Photo Slideshow: Philippines

An awesome, open, friendly, beautiful country that I need to make time to get back to. I’ve posted some of the pictures before, long ago, but never all of my favorites together. So, here they are: The Philippines.

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Pico Iyer Speaks Again

On yesterday’s topic of the Philippines, Pico Iyer again comes to mind. “The jeepneys they rode, plastered with girlie pictures, Rolling Stones tongues, garish stickers and religious symbols, looked like nothing so much as graffitied pinball machines on wheels.” -Pico Iyer, Video Night in Kathmandu   From this book, which I highly recommend:

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Zip It Up

On the island of Buhol in the Philippines, the city of Danao hosts the “Sui-slide”, a zipline 480m long and (at its best) 200m high. Quite a ride.

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Feasting in the Philippines

Not every day in the Philippines can be about swimming with whale sharks or going to cockfighting tournaments. Sometime you just need to hike to a jungle lagoon. Have a giant barbequed feast.   And catch a ride home in the ridiculous local transport that is “the jeepney.” It’s a good country, the Philippines.

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Indiana Jones

One of the best ways to ever start a morning in a foreign country: Stumble across a marching band playing the theme song from Indiana Jones. Does it help this scenario that I was staying in a wooden hut most easily reached by a boat ride up a muddy river? Perhaps. That after I left … Continue reading »

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Padre Burgos Hiking

Padre Burgos Waterfall Hike

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Whale Sharks!

Snorkeling with Whale Sharks! While Matt and I were in Osaka, Japan we went to the aquarium, probably one of the best I’ve ever been to, whose chief attractions were whale sharks.  While we were there, we were both amazed by the size of the things, and thought it was quite cool that we got … Continue reading »

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Balut! Baaluuuuut!

Eating Balut Or… the proper method of eating a semi-developed duck embryo. Because one of the best parts of visiting any new place is enjoying local delicacies, I proudly introduce this step-by-step introduction to the Philipino treat known as Balut.  Thanks to David in Ubay for patiently walking me through my first one. Step 1:  … Continue reading »

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