Looking around Sabang, The Philippines- how to choose where to stay?

Published in: How to live overseas, Philippines | June 29th, 2009
Beach life in Sabang (click to enlarge)

I stayed the night in Puerto Princesa and at dawn was on a local bus to Sabang. I couldn’t quite figure out why there were no air conditioned mini vans to an alleged tourist resort, yet to Brooke’s Point, not problem.  And according to online forums the journey was going to be rough. In truth… Continue reading more »

The Prisoners at Iwahig Penal Colony in the Philippines

Published in: Discover World Culture, Philippines | June 23rd, 2009
Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm, Palawan, The Philippines

The Prisoners at Iwahig Penal Colony in The Philippines I walked up alongside the recreation hall and passed by a group of prisoners. “Taste honey?” For a second I stopped and wondered if they were using some prison slang to do with the man with boobs I’d just avoided. But it turned out to be… Continue reading more »

How to deal with money changers when you travel

Published in: How to guides ... | June 22nd, 2009
Iranian Money changer counting his notes

Dealing with money changers when you travel If you plan on traveling to another country, then you’re going to need some different money. The kind that you may have never seen nor dealt with before. I’ve just published a new page on this website in my travel resources section dealing with the subject. To give… Continue reading more »

Iwahig Prison in the Philippines, a very different place

Published in: Discover World Culture, Philippines | June 19th, 2009
Entrance to Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm

Iwahig Prison &  Penal Farm in The Philippines Yes there is a giant “Welcome to Iwahig Prison & Penal Farm” sign along the ordinary bland road coming into Puerto Princesa. I hopped out of the mini van from Brooke’s point at about midday. The sky was overcast and I wondered if I was about to… Continue reading more »

Food from the Philippines: Jollibee Burger

Published in: Filipino food | June 18th, 2009
A typical Jollibee Burger

The Philippines Jollibee burger It’s the king of fast food in the Philippines. It’s a social gathering point. And don’t let anyone hear you say anything bad about the place. Make no doubt about it, Jollibee is apart of Filipino cultural pride. Nearly every town has one. And every city has dozens of them on every other… Continue reading more »

How to leave Brooke’s Point

Published in: Philippines | June 14th, 2009
Children walking Hand in Hand, Brooke

Brooke’s Point was a place I very much enjoyed visiting. Home? No. A place to stay a while, maybe. It certainly was the type of place I could settle and write a book in. No distractions, easy going; with a rustic charm. A tourist destination?  I think many would be disappointed. There are no lush… Continue reading more »

Great food from the Philippines: Sisig (pigs face)

Published in: Filipino food | June 13th, 2009
Close up of sisig from The Philippines

Sisig from the Philippines Sisig was one of the first Filipino dishes I was … erm … subjected too. Mainly because some locals thought that describing it as Pig’s face would put me off. Unfortunately for them I’ve eaten cow face before so it wasn’t a big thing. Unfortunately for me, Sisig wasn’t quite as… Continue reading more »