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Simply put,

I love carrying around a camera, and trying to get people to look into the lens.

Monthly Archives: May 2013

“Have you been to Boracay yet?” is a question everyone in the Philippines asks.  The keyword is yet, because eventually everyone in the Philippines goes to Boracay.  Boracay sits comfortably on the throne as the Philippines number one vacation destination.  In fact, it was rated as the world’s #1 island in 2012 by Travel + Leisure Magazine.  It’s not just that it has beaches, it’s the sand that is as soft and smooth as powdered sugar, it’s the always-just-right-temperature water, the sea breezes and warm temperatures, and enough beach-side hotels and restaurants to keep you entertained for several months.

We stayed at the Bluewaves Beachhouse.  Perfect location, and they bake amazing bread there for your morning toast and eggs.  My favorite meal was at the Lemon Cafe.  The lemon martini is a cant-miss item on the menu.  Unfortunately, we went back for a second time, and the drinks were awful, so consistency might need to be improved.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi’s old quarter is a tight grid of 36 streets.  Each street was named after the type of business conducted on it: Silk Street, Wood Turner’s Street, Fan Street, etc.  The buildings were build by the French from 1900-1950 and have a wonderful, faded charm. Yes, that is dog.  When I walked buy, a bunch of men were enjoying roast dog for lunch.  They called out to me and told me how much the loved it, just to get a reaction, I suppose.  So, so, so gross.

Vietnam has the best beer in SE Asia.  There are many varieties for sale, and most of them are based on European styles from colonial times.  Freshly brewed beer is also available on the sidewalk.  Unlike bottled beer, it has a more hoppy, fresh taste, and has less alcohol.

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

January 2013, we did a 3-day tour of Ha Long Bay with www.indochina-junk.com.  It was cold and grey for the three days we spent on the water.  Cebu Pacific Airlines had lost my checked bag, so I didn’t really have any warm clothes to wear.  I’d like to return to Ha Long Bay, during the spring, fall or summer.  Lesson learned, winter might not be the best time to visit the bay.  That said, our boat and crew were amazing.  Delicious food, and a warm cabin with a window to look out on the karst columns as they passed by, in the fog.