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: 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