Philippines

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

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

Philippines: Breathing Deeply in Baler

Life was catching up to Roxy and I when a surf trip we were planning to Baler, a beach in northern Philippines, fell through. We couldn’t even score last minute bus tickets, it being the weekend and a national holiday. But as fate would have it, we weren't disappointed for long. A mutual friend got in touch and offered us a ride to Baler the very next evening. With the spray of saltwater already on our skin, we packed our bags, hopped into James’ surfboard-stacked Honda CR-V, and hit the open road. 

Philippines: Breathing Deeply in Baler

Philippines: I Made it To Manila

The breeze is warm. I can hear the metallic honks and whistles of the Manila traffic several stories below. Palm trees rustle in the hot wind, silhouetted against tall, reflective skyscrapers. The pool water shimmers with the breeze.  I made it to Manila.

Philippines: I Made it To Manila