Traveling and living in Mindanao, The Philippines

Children fishing in Davao

To most people looking at the Philippines, from overseas, there are pristine beaches, lush rice terraces and all manner of diving opportunities. But, there is also one giant black spot; Mindanao. Just about every country has it black listed as a no go area. It’s not my place as a traveller to get into internal …

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Meet the Endangered Tarsiers of Bohol, The Philippines

Sunlight shining on a Tarsier in Bohol (click to enlarge)

Photographs of  the endangered Tarsiers in Bohol, The Philippines There are some animals in the world I really like. I knew the Tarsier was one of them even before I got to see one in person. What is a tarsier? According to Wikipedia they are haplorrhine primates, according to my guide-book they are not primates. I believe …

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The stilt house squatters in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

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 …

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The Prisoners at Iwahig Penal Colony in the Philippines

Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm, Palawan, The Philippines

The Prisoners at Iwahig Penal Colony in The Philippines (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 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. …

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Iwahig Prison in the Philippines, a very different place

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 …

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Lone Filipina Girl Playing a Xylophone – video

Lone Filipina Girl Playing a Xylophone

Brooke’s Point is a delight in peaceful travel Early morning in Brooke’s Point is a quite time. Life starts the same as it does in the rest of the country, as dawn appears. But, it seems that bit slower here, than in the rest of the Philippines. People don’t rush. There’s not much happening; so …

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Why do Filipinos love shopping malls so much?

Traffic in the Philippines, not that bad, unless you live there (click to enlarge)

Sucat – Manilla, a district in near the airport Now firmly settled in a nice little cockroach free hotel in Sucat, Manila, I started to venture out for the first time. Not such a good thing for my Filipino buddy Vince. I was hoping for more today. It was the capital, so I wasn’t expecting …

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