Philippines: White Christmas at Alaminos

After the stress of missing my Boracay ferry and being stranded in Batangas at 1am, coupled with the really gutting feeling that I wouldn't be visiting the one place I'd revolved my whole Philippines trip around, I needed a good Christmas. To be honest, I'd have settled for spending Christmas anywhere other than Manila, so … Continue reading Philippines: White Christmas at Alaminos

Philippines: The Ferry that (almost) stole Christmas

As I write this, darkness is falling on 24th December and all Filipinos are getting ready for Christmas. People are singing in the streets, wishing each other a pleasant festive season or boogying to a bit of videoke. I should be writing this post from Boracay, sinking my toes into the sand of the White … Continue reading Philippines: The Ferry that (almost) stole Christmas

Philippines: Sagada

The weather was getting better by the day - blue skies and sunny today as me and a couple of other guests left Randy's and headed to Banaue's public market to catch the 8am jeepney to Bontoc and then on to Sagada. The colourful truck had a sign in its windscreen and, though it was … Continue reading Philippines: Sagada

Philippines: The Banaue Rice Terraces

It's really bizarre how some of the coldest experiences of my life have been in tropical countries and the bus journey to Banaue could be added to that list. Despite the fact we were heading up to the chilly North (some things never change), the bus driver had the a/c whacked up full blast for … Continue reading Philippines: The Banaue Rice Terraces

Philippines: Nothing Vanilla about Manila

The day was finally here! The last week hadn't been fun. After finishing my final essay over the weekend, I was literally counting down the minutes until I jetted off to the Philippines for my Christmas holiday. The flight from Hong Kong was ludicrously quick - around 1 hour 50 minutes to Manila. It's crazy … Continue reading Philippines: Nothing Vanilla about Manila

Hong Kong: Po Toi Island & Christmas

Winter has finally hit Hong Kong. The locals are dressing as if we're in the Arctic and there's a December chill in the air which means only one thing - Christmas is coming! Sadly, before my festivities can begin (in Asia's very own answer to Lapland, the Philippines no less!) I have to tie up various … Continue reading Hong Kong: Po Toi Island & Christmas