The Plight of the Forest

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Note: Each night at El Nido Miniloc Resort we were given a one page story that sought to educate us, in a fun way, about the fragile environment we live in, how we impact it, and what we can do …

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Manila: City of Contrasts

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When in Manila, we stayed in the Ermita district, just a kilometer or so south of the old city district Intramuros. (To read about our visit to Intramuros, click here to our post.) Between the two lies the sprawling Rizal …

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The Thrill-a of Manila: Calm and Frenzy

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Impeccably dressed women flowered brightly against the grey backdrop. Formally suited men conversed quietly.  Limousines and old cars moved slowly in and out of the small parking area, vigorously directed by a few parking managers. Behind them stood the grandest …

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Waiting on the World to Change, by a Coral

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Note: Each night at El Nido Miniloc Resort we were given a one page story that sought to educate us, in a fun way, about the fragile environment we live in, how we impact it, and what we can do …

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Crossing Sugarland, where cane is king

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The old farm trucks we passed on the road, with some difficulty, were precarious, jouncing up and down on well-worn shocks, and teetering from their top heavy loads of sugar cane. They’re basically narrow flatbeds with a three-meter tall bamboo …

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Rocky Road to Paradise: Our Resorts in the Philippines – Part 2

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At four different sites in the Philippines, two of which are described below, we experienced clear waters, abundant tropical fish, endless and varied coral reefs – all worthy rivals to what we have seen on the far more famed and …

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Rocky Road to Paradise: Our Resorts in the Philippines – Part 1

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At four different sites in the Philippines, two of which are described below, we experienced clear waters, abundant tropical fish, endless and varied coral reefs – all worthy rivals to what we have seen on the far more famed and …

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Wet and Wild: Hiking Three Active Philippines Volcanoes

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It takes some effort to see the most notable of the active volcanoes in the Philippines. Although the islands of the country are all volcanic in origin, only about twenty of these are considered active or remain any kind of …

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The Inland Attractions of Bohol

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In a previous post (click here to read), we admired the spirit of Bohol and its people’s resilience in the face of challenges. We also noted the island featured a number of natural attractions, aside from the draw of its …

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Resilience and Resistance on Bohol

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We had planned to come to the island of Bohol for one purpose – to enjoy the spectacular diving and snorkeling off Panglao Island, just across a bridge from Bohol’s southern tip, about two hours by ferry from neighboring Cebu …

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