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Ready to Leave the Beach Behind

March 7, 2015
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Ready to Leave the Beach Behind

So, nine days on Boracay. I can walk the length of this island easily, but that’s not to say I’ve taken advantage of every tourist trap and restaurant. Cliff diving at Ariel’s Point is less appealing to me after hearing stories of burst blood vessels and broken limbs… probably the product of unlimited drinks...
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First Impressions of Boracay

March 4, 2015
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First Impressions of Boracay

Vacationing in Southeast Asia is always a gamble for me, because my baseline behavior abroad was largely shaped by my two years in Japan. Although I still maintain my American demeanor of smiling on the street and talking up strangers in a bar, I tend to shy away from street vendors, package tours, and...
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The Long Road to Boracay

March 3, 2015
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The Long Road to Boracay

I chose to spend the first few days of my time in the Philippines in Puerto Galera for a few reasons. One, its proximity to Manila makes it an easy journey by daylight. In addition, that little ferry ride from Batangas can make all the difference in the world when looking for an escape...
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Volunteering in the Philippines

July 10, 2012
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Volunteering in the Philippines

As many readers are aware, a few months after the earthquake and tsunami struck the Tohoku region of Japan, I volunteered to assist with cleanup efforts in Ofunato with All Hands, one of the few foreign-run organizations to make it past the Japanese bureaucracy. It was a remarkable experience, seeing the kind of people...
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