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A burning blue: The best thing I did in El Nido

A burning blue: The best thing I did in El Nido

There’s a place, just outside of the main town, where you’ll see something that will make your heart will catch in your chest. I heard about it first from the guesthouse owner. It was the first place she recommended to me when I arrived in …read more

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The next adventure: finally tackling the jungle

The next adventure: finally tackling the jungle

El Nido, the Philippines So, that next test I briefly alluded to in the last post? Well, I better hope that I’m really over my broken leg, because I’m about to tackle much harsher terrain than the city streets of Japan… Third largest island on …read more

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A long stroll through Puerto Princesa, the Philippines

A long stroll through Puerto Princesa, the Philippines

Beware the tourism industry. Anytime we travel, we’re constantly told that we need to both do and buy something to truly experience the place we visit. Entrance tickets. Outdoor activities. Quintessential meals. Packaged day trips. Organised tours. Gone to Paris and didn’t visit the Eiffel …read more

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Firework fights, jungle retreats, and Nat’Geo nature: my top 11 adventures of 2011

Firework fights, jungle retreats, and Nat’Geo nature: my top 11 adventures of 2011

It’s that retrospective time of year! 2011 has been amazing, to say the least, and as 2012 is just around the corner, I thought I’d take a minute to look back on some of the adventures that really stood out. This list is in no …read more

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Resurfacing

Resurfacing

We don’t get much of a sunset here in Seoul. You might catch a few clouds changing colours above your head as the night moves in, but once the sun dips down towards the horizon all the colours and all the light are lost between …read more

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A recipe for Boracay success

A recipe for Boracay success

Chill in warm wood-toned bars with a hookah at hand. Play poker til late in the common room. Party, a lot. Steel yourself against exhaustion and wake up early for an adrenaline rush. Watch others first… …and then jump. Explore one of the only white-sand …read more

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Everything I wish I could take from the islands

Everything I wish I could take from the islands

Breakfasts of fresh fruit. Walkways lined with giant shells. Memories and travel stories. Memories and local stories. Fruit shakes all day, every day. Colours and trikes. Kiosks overladen with vegetables, soaps, dried fish and spice. Freshly machete’d coconut and afternoons on the sand. And this …read more

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Learning to love the mall in Manila

Learning to love the mall in Manila

You might think you’re a world traveller. You might think that you’ve seen other places, that you’ve experienced other cultures, but still, sometimes, your own sheer ignorance will surprise you. I didn’t know much about Manila when I landed. I’d planned to immediately fly out …read more

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A return, and the verdict

A return, and the verdict

I just got back from 16 days of swimming, snorkeling, partying, dancing, cliffdiving, island hopping, chicken bus riding, tropical paradising, sunrise catching, firefly watching, cave exploring, murderer meeting, fire spinning, late-night snogging, midday chilling, raw food detoxing, outdoor yogaing, and moonlit jamming under the Milky …read more

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