beautiful green rice terraces in Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines

Solo in Sagada: Reflections from the Philippine Cordilleras

I wish that I could describe the feeling… awakening in this sleepy mountain hideaway. But try as I may, the words get lost… somewhere in a memory. Traveling solo as a foreigner in the Philippines can be a little scary at times. And other times it can be downright dangerous. But with a few precautions and an extra order of patience, the Philippines will have your heart in no time. read on…

blue sky above the golden Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)

Dreams of Yangon: Wandering Back in Time in Myanmar’s Old Capital

It’s a metropolis unlike any other in Southeast Asia, a city frozen in time. Yangon at once dismays and delights with its contrast of extreme poverty set amongst a backdrop of charming British colonial architecture. You won’t at first recognize it as a city of 5 million residents. It has a decidedly small town feel. You’ll notice something missing. There are no skyscrapers. And no motorbikes! They’re nowhere to be found thanks to a citywide restriction. So as you might expect, traffic in Yangon is atrocious. Yet the people drive slow. In fact, they even seem somewhat courteous. read more