Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Food of the Philippines

I love food.  And I've taken a photo of every meal I've eaten in the Philippines.  Click the link to see photos of my favorites.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Philippines and the "Curse" of Happiness

On a domestic flight in the Philippines, my seatmate, who was born and raised in Hong Kong, explained that in the 1960's, Manila was seen as the most advanced Asian city, more modern than Singapore, Hong Kong amd Bangkok.  How things have changed ... or in the case of Manila, not changed.  The infrastructure and economy have stagnated.  When I asked him why he thought this was the case, I expected him to talk about the political corruption which has plagued the country.  Instead, he said: "Filipinos are too happy.  If things go wrong, they just smile and no one fixes it.  In Hong Kong, we are always dissatisfied.  Even when things are going well, we want to improve them."  Click the link to read more about the Philippines' "happiness problem."

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Paradise City

Welcome to El Nido, in northern Palawan Island, Philippines.  We spent a week exploring mesmerizing limestone islands, resting in crystal-clear waters.  Click the link for photos.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

If you have to turn 40, this is a good place to do it.

I celebrated my 40th birthday in Palawan, Philippines. Click the link to see some photos from the day.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Home away from home: How I left Indianapolis, traveled 9,000 miles, and found ... Indianapolis.

Welcome to Donsol, a town in the Philippines that in some ways is like my hometown of Indianapolis.  Just as Indianapolis hosted a big event--the Super Bowl--Donsol is the gateway to one of the most spectacular traveler experiences--swimming within an arm's reach of the world's largest fish, a whale shark.  From what I've read, while visitors to Indy felt the Super Bowl was a great game, the real highlight of their visit was interacting with the wonderful people of Indy.  Likewise, while swimming with the whale sharks was every bit as incredible as advertised, the real highlight of our visit was interacting with the wonderful people of Donsol.  Click the link to see how far I can stretch this analogy!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

And away we go!

Our first day of travel consisted of three flights (including a 13-hour flight), a lot of Hello Kitty, a skipped day on the calendar, and no sleep. Click the link to see some photos from the beginning of the trip.