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Should we be turning Japanese?

Locals in traditional garb love posing for tourists at the Golden Pavilion

The café is called Schooner, and after a week of unremitting ramen and sashimi—sold half price at a nearby supermart 30 minutes before closing—I was craving some distinctly Western food. A ham and cheese sandwich, perhaps a pizza, and Schooner sounded promising.

Posted: November 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Beyond Everest

HUMAN CONNECTION: A child smiles amidst the squalor and a monk with begging bowl.

For my birthday, I wanted to try something different. And Nepal looked different.

Posted: August 3rd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long

LONG BEACH  This 14-kilometer stretch of shore covered with powdery white sand in San Vicente town, in the island province of Palawan, promises to become one of the Philippines’ top tourist destinations, as development continues involving the tourism industry’s big investors.  PALAFOX ASSOCIATES/CONTRIBUTOR

Imagine trekking along 14 kilometers of unspoiled powdery white sand with nothing but the vast expanse of the West Philippine Sea and endless rows of lush forests and old coconut trees on both sides.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Baguio revisited

BAMBOO ART: A piece from the Bamboo Museum (PDI Northern Luzon/Richard Balonglong)

Talk about the perfect place to spend the summer and Baguio City’s cool mountain breeze readily comes to mind.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Hidden Thailand

Bang Pa-in Palace

So what else is there to see in Thailand after you’ve toured all the temples, seen all manner of reverence for the Buddha, marveled at the distinct Thai architecture, carted home choice handicrafts from Chatuchak and tasted all those strange but wondrous street food?

Posted: December 7th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »