Is it safe to travel to The Philippines?

News of murders and kidnappings puts people off visiting the Philippines As someone who has spent a lot of time in The Philippines I feel it’s important that readers here know of recent events on the island nation.The vicious murders of two tourists in Thailand in September has put a lot of focus on both the safety …

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How to help The Philippines after multiple typhoons & natural disasters

Filippino boy waiting for food aid in The Philippines

Typhoons, floods and earthquakes are a yearly part of life in many parts of The Philippines Tonight a second typhoon is due to hit Surigao province in Mindanao. Mere days after Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit devastating the provinces of Samar and Leyte to apocalyptic proportions. It will not stop there either. This is Typhoon season in the Philippines …

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The Slums of Davao part 2 – Goodbye Philippines

Looking over at a shore line of squatter houses in Davao

People from the slums are the most friendly people in The Philippines I walked the beach that no tourists go. Greeted people for the last time as they waved and called over to me. A group of ladies were taking a bucket shower in their t-shirts and a handful of giggles rose up. The reason I know …

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Islam’s mean face in The Philippines

The Qur

Islam in The Philippines is slightly different to Islam elsewhere … same as any other religion really … Islam makes world headlines every other day with many a negative headline. Then again so does the Catholic church. One headlines with terrorism, the other with child abuse. And, in both cases its the minority that’s giving …

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The Slums of Davao – exiting The Philippines the right way – Part 1

Young girl living in the squatter camps in Davao

Slums, squats or just home? I don’t particularly like the term “slum” nor “squatter”, these are quite simply people’s homes. I’ve visited such places in the Philippines in Manila, Palawan, Mindanao and now Davao (which is in southern Mindanao). I’ve also visited such places in West Africa and Nepal, Pakistan and India. I don’t like …

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Camiguin island, a review, up to date ferry schedule and transport details

Cross at the Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin Island in The Philippines

Camiguin, the island born of fire in The Philippines  I’ve spent a lot of time on Camiguin island, and just realized I have written very little about it. Which is a shame as it’s one of the few real gems in the Southern Philippines. And, there’s very little known about it internationally. Here’s how to get to …

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How much is a dentist in The Philippines, and what you should know!

Extracted teeth at a dentist

How much does a dentist cost in The Philippines? A dentist in the Philippines can be very cheap, but it really depends on what you want done! And, where you are from. We’ve all heard of medical tourism. A term used to describe the practice of going overseas for medical treatment while on holiday. This …

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