The bags have been unpacked and the memories are spilling out in the form of stories and day dreams. We’ve gotten a ton of questions about the highs and the lows, the best of the best and the worst of the best. As we reflect on our four months in Asia, we came up with a list highlighting […]Read more "Superlatives"
So let’s go back to the scene in the van, the place where we met some forever friends through total serendipity. Which then led to meeting more friends, marking El Nido, Philippines as one of the most memorable destinations of our trip so far. Community observation: Bonds are strengthened and communities are developed when people are in […]Read more "Communities: Travelers (Part II)"
We have compiled some of our favorite photographs from our incredible 12 days in The Philippines. Our destinations included Manila, Puerto Galera, Taal Lake, Puerto Princesa, and El Nido. – K & SRead more "Through the Lens: The Philippines"
During our time at Taal Lake, Ka Betty, our caretaker, found a way to our hearts through our stomachs. The woman is a cooking machine. While we lounged in our tree house, hiked Taal Volcano, and did some lakeside yoga, Ka Betty was busy cooking away. 8-hour slow smoked tunas, pork belly adobo, sticky rice cakes smoked […]Read more "Ka Betty: The Batali of Batangas"
Aesthetically, The Philippines and the USA don’t share much in common. The beautiful U S of A holds its fair share of nature’s gems, but nothing quite like the gorgeous, dignified, lush green mountains that spurt out of The Philippines’ shallow aquamarine waters (barring Hawaii, which I’ve never been to and can’t comment on). […]Read more "Hoop Dreams (and Other U.S. Influences)"
“The Red Horse is a decent brew”, said Ryan Potts, a Junior Brewer from England, who I met the other day in a cramped minivan and am now bunking with in El Nido, Palawan. He happened to have worked at the last micro-brewery in Sunderland, so the boy knows what he’s talking about. This is […]Read more "Booze Review: Red Horse Beer"
Sabang, Puerto Galera, a tropical beach region just across the channel from Batangas, a port city two hours south of Manila. Our journey began during a downpour in Manila. “Turn right, go two blocks, turn right, go six blocks,” got us to the LRT (Manila’s light rail), though a bit soggy. We faced the sort […]Read more "Welcome to Paddy’s"
Ah, Beer Na Beer, my first cold brewski in Sabang. Words cannot explain how much I appreciated your refreshing, mildly hoppy bubbles as they greeted my oral cavity with a fine quenching of thirst after 5 hours of travel. You were cold, you were cheap, you came to me in a time of desperation, you were….well…decent at best. 2/5 […]Read more "Booze Review: Beer Na Beer"
Lechon Kawali (fried pork belly): Cooked by Bergen, “like a virgin” Post by K & S Photo:Read more "Bergen: Fried Pork Queen"
Two heads are better than one, as they say. And in my opinion 3, 4, 500 are even better. Collaboration has always appealed to me and the communities that collaboration creates have a particular allure. I’m talking about communities in the broadest sense: religious congregations, book clubs, sports teams, schools, cliques, neighborhoods, gangs, and […]Read more "Community"