Getting to Bohol via Manila and Cagayan de Oro

Published in: Philippines | January 12th, 2010
Boat boys swim around the ferry to catch coins

A few months back I wrote about how to choose an island to live on. Now, I get to visit one of the islands that was on my list, but I choose not to live on. Was I right in choosing Palawan? Or would Bohol have been a better option? I’m sure there are easier… Continue reading more »

The five stages of long term travel

Published in: How to live overseas, Long-term travel | January 5th, 2010

Stages of Long-term travel I’ve wanted to write this for a year now, but it didn’t feel right until now. As many know; travel is relevant to the person doing it. Some travel for a quick holiday, some take a year out, others are perpetual. From what I can see I am the only one… Continue reading more »

Leaving Palawan going to …

Published in: Philippines | December 30th, 2009
Evening nights in Palawan (click to enlarge)

My living on an island series is now over. It’s time to leave Palawan, and travel on. I’ve already written enough about the place to say that’s it’s very nice, but it’s not me.  The living on an island part anyway. I hope my travel journals from there will have helped anyone else thinking of… Continue reading more »

The stilt house squatters in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Published in: Discover World Culture, Philippines | December 25th, 2009
The squatter stilt houses in Puerto Princesa (click to enlarge)

Living near stilt house squatters in The Philippines The biggest plus about my new place was that it was in the heart of the squatter area in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Stilt houses ran all along the bay. I didn’t call them squatters myself, this came from the house owner. I thought they were just regular… Continue reading more »

Happy Holidays to you the readers and contributers of The Longest Way Home

Published in: Philippines, Website updates | December 24th, 2009
Happy Holidays from the Philippines!

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all the readers and contributers of my journal / website the very best over the holiday season. Thank you for the great emails filled with your own stories, well wishes, and words of encouragement. In 2009 I opened up the journal / blog  to comments, and it’s… Continue reading more »

Great food from the Philippines: Lechon Manok

Published in: Filipino food | December 24th, 2009
Lechon Manok from The Philippines

Lechon Manok from The Philippines By quite a long shot – Lechon Manok is my favorite food from the Philippines. I can smell the bbq chicken stalls from streets away. You can’t miss the stalls as they are usually jammed with rotating skewers of whole chickens. All coated in light seasoning, and stuffed with garlic and lemon… Continue reading more »

Meeting Gustaf in Palawan

Published in: Philippines | December 20th, 2009
Sleeping baby crocodiles (click to enlarge)

Gustaf is the infamous crocodile in Africa, the legendary man-eater that many have failed to catch. I like the idea of something from nature biting back at humanity. I’ve also seen crocodiles in the wild, and kept my distance. One needs to respect the crocodile, it’s sole purpose is eating live creatures and reproduction. It’s… Continue reading more »