Luxury Coconuts

120 pesos for coconut milk! Are you people serious? Who pays three dollars for a coconut in a country covered with coconut palms? Honestly, what is this world coming to? Hey you… you with the Prada sunglasses and the Manolo Blahniks… I see you trying to stuff that coconut into your Louis Vuitton Leopard Nocturne! Geez, that’s SO 2009!

Ed Has Walked the Amazon!

If you regularly follow our blog, then you might already know that we are huge fans of Ed at Walking the Amazon.

Ed in water

Today, after 859 days walking, Ed successfully completed his epic journey and has achieved what no man before has managed to accomplish. He has, indeed, walked the entire length of the Amazon River. We know what one day in the jungle can do to your body, so two and a half years is quite a feat of endurance. (Even Amazon Indians don’t walk through the jungle continuously.) You’re the man, Ed. Tony and Thomas bow down before you in awe.

If you click over to Ed’s web site, the last time I checked it was down. I guess somebody forgot to notify their web host about the inevitable surge in traffic. 🙂

Boracay, the Best Beaches in the World?

White Beach on Boracay

Leaving Palawan behind, we have finally arrived in Boracay, world famous for its perfect white-powder sand beaches. This small island in the western Visayas is the pride and joy of the Philippines and has often been called the world’s number one tropical beach destination. And, of course, who could judge better than us. As you can see in the pictures, we have already gone to work to find out if Boracay deserves this prestigious title.

Puka Beach on Boracay

Jesus in the Twilight Zone

Stepping into the grocery store, I started scanning the check-out lines to see if Thomas was, perhaps, still trapped in line. The Philippines has some of slowest grocery store cashiers known to mankind. Waiting in line is like being trapped in a time-slowing hole in the space-time continuum. As I scanned the lines looking for Thomas, I felt an odd chill… something wasn’t right.

Nobody was moving! Easily two hundred people were standing in the lines – and not a single person was moving. Not an inch. Maybe the cashiers had been so slow that they had ripped a huge tear in the space-time continuum and completely brought time to a standstill. No, I was still moving, so that theory couldn’t be correct. Had I stumbled into my own personal episode of the Twilight Zone? Still, nobody was budging. Then it hit me, I was being Continue…

Palawan Pictorial

Palawan Pictorial

I could babble on yet again about emerald bays and mystical karst islands, but they say a picture is worth a thousand words, and for Palawan, that’s twice as true. So to share this wondrous region, I could either write a small book or present you with our latest pictorial.

Palawan’s Subterranean River

Palawan's Subterranean River

Palawan tourism officials love to love their not-so-world-famous subterranean river. Although if they have their way, that is about to change. Nominated to compete in an online competition to choose the New Natural 7 Wonders of the World, Filipinos and foreign visitors are racing to see this piece of marketing mania for themselves.

Heralded as the ultimate underground river journey, I think we can safely say that this wasn’t even the nicest underground river journey we have made this year. But perhaps, this is somewhat unfair.

To be honest, Palawan’s subterranean river is a beautiful place. The entrance, situated on a picturesque blue lagoon, is strait out of a tropical dream. Boating through the cavern’s interior, visitors encounter Continue…

A Hard Day’s Work

Here’s a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the reality of running a travel blog. We don’t spend all day lying around on the beach. Sometimes, we have to pull back to a hammock in the palms to get some work done.

Tony in Port Barton

But seriously, Palawan has proven to be one of the more difficult places to maintain the blog. Limited electricity and iffy Internet connections have made our work quite a challenge here.