8 Hidden Beaches of the Philippines

The month’s guest blogger is Boom Rizal Boom is an investor, a property consultant, a researcher and a passionate writer. Find out more about her at www.betterjoys.com or follow her @boomrizal.     For many travellers, the Philippines is all about the 3 S: sun, sand, and Read More …

Crystal Beach Resort Zambales

The Philippines is a country of over 7000 islands, peppered with white sand beaches boasting calm emerald-blue water as clear as glass. There’s no other country in the world that can boast thousands of secluded beaches like something out of a Jason Bourne or James Read More …

A Guide to Anawangin Cove Beach Camping

Anawangin Cove from Ben Farrell on Vimeo. I AM off the grid. Untethered from my digital life. No electricity, no phone reception, no WiFi. The last time I was this digitally isolated was when I did a meditation retreat in Thailand and had all my smart Read More …

The Dramatic Contrast of Manila: Drone Video

Manila is a classic blend of old and new, rich and poor. Luxury condos and houses stand among shanty towns with their improvised tin roofs and colourful concrete walls. Local kids swim and play in the dirty brown viaducts next to resort-like complexes housing swimming pools and Read More …

Manila ‘Wet Markets’: Gallery

Asian markets are an intense mishmash of colours, smells and sounds. Exotic produce rubs shoulders with the surging crowd that throbs and pulses through small networks of alleys hidden by awnings and chaos. Vendors shout as traffic buzzes at your back. It’s hard to just Read More …

Puerto Galera: Paradise on Manila’s Doorstep

I’m sitting at a bar. Hardly surprising I know. But, it’s the location of this particular beer that’s worth talking about. I’m in Puerto Galera south of Manila on the island of Mindoro. Behind me I’m watched over by giant volcanic peaks, trying to pierce Read More …

The mystical fantasy island that actually exists: Coron

The vibrational hum of the propeller engines shifts from a constant high buzz to a low drone as our plane dips into a descent. As we pass through the haze, I look out the window and see perfect island after perfect island. Like giant turtles, Read More …