Philippines | White Beach, Tourist Nightmare

Arrival at White Beach, like anything else in the Philippines, is quite the ordeal, and not entirely glamourous. For us, it involved another tricycle, hours on a jeepney to Batangas, and another tricycle to the harbor. Then, a two hour boat ride, which is continually referred to as passage by ferry, but is, in no way, shape, or form, an actual ferry of any kind. In fact, it is more... Read More

Philippines | Anilao — Enjoying the Slow Life

Getting around the Philippines is an adventure in and of itself. Largely, it is practically impossible, or else inefficient and extremely time-consuming. Most of the time, it takes four people to move two bags, all of who demand tip after the event, but generally won’t take it from the hands of a woman. The bus ride to Batangas City was chaotic enough, but trying to flag a jeepney... Read More

Philippines | Manila Chaos

Having just left the ease of Taiwan, Manila has been a bit of a challenge for us. Luckily, our hotel let us check in early, so we got to nap most of the morning, though we did spot a mouse and cockroach in our room within 5 minutes of each other. After that, it was pretty rough going. We quickly realized that we have no idea how to find food in the Philippines… Considering the... Read More