Philippines: Witnessing Paradise at Islas de Gigantes

Picture this: a cluster of islands boasting infinite turquoise seas, cloudless skies, powdery white sands, crystal clear lagoons, zero phone or internet signal, and barely any other humans around. It’s the paradisiacal stuff of Photoshopped postcards and desktop backgrounds, an almost impossible real-life phenomenon in this day and age, right?

Philippines: Witnessing Paradise at Islas de Gigantes

Philippines: Sunsets and Blood in Batangas

Flecks of gold glimmer across the open ocean; the yawning orange sun burns brilliantly in the sky. A little way from shore, beneath hovering cirrus clouds of lilac, a bamboo raft floats at sea, beckoning us to watch dusk fall from its wooden cylinders. We have no choice but to yield to its irresistible call. 

Philippines: Sunsets and Blood in Batangas

Asia's Crimson Addiction

If you’ve ever stayed for a while in rural Asia – especially in certain northern regions of the Philippines where Ifugao or Bontoc tribes reside – chances are you may have seen the many of the natives chewing happily on something that stains their teeth, lips, and mouths a bright shade of red.

Asia's Crimson Addiction

The "Algae" Truth About Boracay

Standing on the powdery white sands of Boracay, I stare out to sea and gaze upon its rich, endless shades of turquoise water. The hot Philippine sun blazes powerfully upon my face, and for the briefest of moments, I am arrested by the island’s paradiasacal natural beauty, the way I had been the first time I arrived here.

The "Algae" Truth About Boracay

Wastefulness: A Western Phenomenon

It occurred to me recently that perspective is crucial for developing our sense of the world. The right perspective can utterly change a person's understanding, can alter something's meaning, and most importantly, can open our minds to new and revolutionary possibilities.

Wastefulness: A Western Phenomenon

A Gatsby Kinda Brunch

Two weeks after I got back from Vietnam and recovered fully from the raging strain of Hands, Foot and Mouth Disease that I managed to catch out there (despite my two other travel buddies getting away scot-free), my lovely gal pals Jess and Sara offered to come round to my house, whip up some brunch, and have a good old natter. Obviously, I said yes. Great company! Free food! (Ahem.)

A Gatsby Kinda Brunch

Uganda: White-Water Rafting on the River Nile

In Uganda, I had the life-changing experience of extreme whitewater rafting in the River Nile rapids. Both thrillseeker and overthinker, I'm constantly fighting my own fears, but the only thing I fear more than leaving my comfort zone is staying in my comfort zone. So, I pushed my boundaries.

Uganda: White-Water Rafting on the River Nile

Fragments of Uganda

What I remember of Uganda returns to me in bright, warm flashes of fondness.  The hospitality, the warmth, the love. I remember the smell of hot earth and red dust after the rain. The death-defying swerves of boda-bodas – motorbike taxis – through the militant traffic. We had breakfasts of small, sweet bananas and flew past rusty trucks full of fresh plump pineapples on the streets.

Fragments of Uganda

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

The travel blogging community is crazy amazing. So inclusive, so friendly, so giving, and so positive. I’ve only been involved for a few months - weeks, even - but already the amount of support shown by fellow bloggers has been phenomenal.

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award