Photography: A Peek into Paradise

A peek out of the Población (town proper) in El Nido, Palawan, in the Philippines. El Nido is considered to have some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the Philippines. The town was originally called Bacuit, but was changed in 1954 to El Nido, with nido meaning “bird’s nest” in Spanish. El Nido is where much […]

A Single Image of Asia That Will Change How You See the World

There’s a lot of pointless viral media out there, and a disproportionate amount seems to revolve around cats. But there’s one image that you really should see; it will very likely change the way you perceive our planet. 

City Within a City: Manila’s Intramuros is Both Beautiful and Sad

Hundreds of years before the modern day sprawl of modern Manila, there was only Intramuros, literally “within the walls”. This small district of old Manila simply was old Manila before the city began to grow too big to fit inside. Today it conjures a mixture of emotions for visitors.

International House of Mystery: Why You Need to Hostel in Asia

Travel is an expensive hobby. For anyone considering a long-term trek across Asia, hosteling is almost a financial necessity. But for those who are on shorter journeys or are hotel-inclined, it’s time that you considered the alternative. You’re missing out on a lot.

Children in a City of Garbage: Inside the Philippines’ Most Notorious Slum

More than half of the residents in the Filipino capital of Manila live  in slums. Few are as notorious as the aptly named Smokey Mountain, a massive landfill that produced so much methane gas that it repeatedly burned for over 40 years. Here’s what I found in the Philippines’ most infamous slum.