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 …

Incredible highland day trips from Manila

The pulsing metropolis of Manila, Philippines is surrounded by shy volcanic mountains. Some jagged with abrupt peaks, some smooth with long rolling crests of green. I say ‘shy’ because the dense humidity and pollution of Manila often causes a haze that blankets anything of great Read More …

Manila from above

Manila is one of those sprawling, seemingly improvised cities that only starts to make sense once you get above the thrum of traffic and buzz of motorbikes. You need to get high up away from the endless tin-roofed colourful shanty towns and closer to the Read More …

Is a New Year really a fresh start?

I felt the earth shift down a celestial gear and grind to a slower spin on New Years Eve. A lethargic, final end to a long orbit of the Sun as if to delay the New Year. I felt as though 2015 hadn’t yet finished with me. Minutes Read More …

Expat Diary Day 5

We’ve arrived in the Manila after landing in a typhoon in quintessential Philippines style! Just starting to get used to my new local commute to our supermarket in a trike! It’s often the small things that highlight the differences in culture. The traffic in Manila Read More …

A Guide to Manila Cabs & Taxi Filipino Phrases

I’m yet to meet anyone who can tell me about a ‘good taxi experience’. I don’t have any. I’ve used cabs all over the world from Melbourne to Mumbai and the experience is more often than not, dreadful. My personal best taxi experiences include: Getting Read More …

The Manic Move from Sydney to Manila

I think about everything that I have to get done to move from Sydney to Manila and it boggles the mind. Only 6 months ago I sat in my large office on the Sunshine coast staring at my enormous aquarium thinking how the hell am Read More …