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Lush jungles and untouched beach paradises. 

With some of the friendly locals on the planet, the most underrated delicious foods, and a vast array of activities to do on over 7,000 islands, the Philippines is a country truly deserving of a visit. Whatever you decide to do in this country, you can be sure that it’s more fun in the Philippines.

Foto Friday: Children in the Philippines

Foto Friday: Children in the Philippines

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of children in the Philippines. The hospitality we experienced from the Filipinos is incomparable to anywhere else I’ve traveled so far. Everyone was incredibly kind, and welcoming. They were often curious and wanted to talk with us, but always in a respectful way. It certainly ... Read More »

Bluewater Maribago is Very Filipino

Bluewater Maribago is Very Filipino

While we usually stick to more budget-friendly hostels, one resort in particular kept sticking out as we researched hotels for our upcoming trip to the Philippines– Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort. Not because it had gorgeous beaches or a great design, although it did have those too, but because the resort prided itself on showcasing the best of Filipino culture. With my ingrained appreciation ... Read More »

Swimming with Whale Sharks in Oslob, is it Ethical?

Swimming with Whale Sharks in Oslob, is it Ethical?

Osaka Kaiyukan is an aquarium famous around the world because of it’s star attraction, Ten-chan, a giant whale shark. It was there that I first ever saw a whale shark, let alone heard of one, but I was hooked. There is something awe-inspiring about these magnificent creatures who are as big as a bus, yet somehow glide effortlessly through the ... Read More »

Foto Friday: Oslob, Philippines

Foto Friday: Oslob, Philippines

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of the beaches of Oslob, Philippines. Being a nation of over 7,000 islands, the Philippines is bound to have some beautiful beaches. While people often flock to the well-traveled areas of Boracay or El Nido, we were surprised by the quality of the beaches even ... Read More »

Scenes of the Philippines, As Viewed From Above

Scenes of the Philippines, As Viewed From Above

The Philippines has a wide variety of landscapes, and what better way to see them all than from a plane. Almost every trip I’ve taken over the past two years had me flying to and from my destinations in the dark. Finally, our flights to Cebu had us coming and going both during the day allowing us to actually see ... Read More »

Exploring Cebu City’s Rich History on Foot

Exploring Cebu City's Rich History on Foot

To be honest, before traveling to the Philippines, I didn’t know a whole lot about the country’s history. It isn’t really a subject US schools cover, despite the fact we ruled the Philippines for almost 50 years. I at least knew about the US ruling (which is something most Americans don’t even seem to know), and I knew before that the ... Read More »

Foto Friday: Starfish in Paradise

Foto Friday: Starfish in Paradise

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of a starfish in the Philippines. It’s probably no secret by now that I love the ocean and marine life. One of the reasons I was so excited to visit the Philippines was because it has long been known as the epicenter of marine life and biodiversity– ... Read More »

The Deliciously Underrated World of Filipino Cuisine

The Deliciously Underrated World of Filipino Cuisine

Remember a few months ago when I said Malaysian food was highly underrated? Well, I think I just found a type of food that is even more underrated (and possibly even more delicious)– Filipino food. Filipino cuisine is the result of island life mixed with the country’s rich history of once being colonized. You’ll find Spanish, American and Chinese influences blending ... Read More »

The Super Cute, Cuddly, Kinda Creepy Tarsiers of Bohol

The Super Cute, Cuddly, Kinda Creepy Tarsiers of Bohol

It’s hard to talk about Bohol without mentioning the Philippine tarsiers. Upon returning from my trip, the number one question I was asked was if I got to see those “tiny, freaky monkey-things”. I had to reply that while I did see some tarsiers, they actually aren’t monkeys at all. Yes, Filipinos boasted them for the longest time as “the world’s ... Read More »