Asia

Getting into Banaue …

Well definitely a miserable final drive into Banaue. This place is far when you’re delayed by three hours. The rain here isn’t making things better, so hopefully the rain will break and ensure we can see some stuff. If only this was sunny, this would be a spectacular landscape.

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Jeepneys, Tricycles, Buses and Car Rental breakdowns in Cabanach

Today was definitely an exercise in attrition. Getting to Banaue (pronounced banaaa-way) from Manila is a task itself. This trip can take between 8-12 hours depending on your mode of transport. If you looking for “how tos” in getting from Manila to Banaue – these are three links that explain the process and steps in logical detail – I would …

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I finally ate something … and it’s not god damn Balut!

For the past two days here in Manila, I’ve not been able to eat anything fried, since the grease that is used, is quite different from what we get in the US or Canada or Trinidad. I don’t prefer the smell or taste but the filipinos love their Jollibees – note that the mascot is a Jolly Bee in a …

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Can I have a piece of KFC … Spicy … and it comes with …

RICE??!???! So for early lunch today, I decided that I would grab something quick. Walking around the campus here, I saw most brands but being the Trini I am … and coming from a country with the world’s greatest KFC, I wanted to try the KFC in Manila. Mistake!! Conclusions … Chicken tastes like grease … duh … but serious …

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Even flying first class to Hong Kong is ridiculously long …

The one thing to consider when flying from North America to Asia is that no matter what class you’re flying in, it is a long, long flight – my first two trips to Asia seemed shorter but this one seemed brutal. Here is what the last 15 1/2 hours have consisted of First 20 mins was spent playing with the …

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Monday Morning Consultant … Feb 28th, 2011 (Pins and Needles Edition)

In conversations, people ask what I do for a living. As a consultant, people think that we sometimes get to travel to far off locations to enjoy sun, sand and sea, while working from a laptop connected to the hotel wireless and knocking back a single malt scotch. The standard response to this line of questioning is We never ever fly …

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Monday Morning Consultant – Last minute Philippine edition

It is official … for the first time in my traveling life, I am a little overwhelmed by options and hazards in a traveling destination – just because I have NOT fully scoped out the following: Taxis/Scams/Danger : After 60+ countries of bouncing around, and not taking heed to obvious dangers, I have to say that the couple weeks that I have …

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Silvie Roti Shop review : Worth the drive …

This little hidden gem in the depths of Scarborough was pretty hard to find. When I say hidden, it doesn’t show up on Google maps and the little strip mall where Silvie’s is located has no signage to indicate that Silvie’s is there. Silvie’s is definitely not a high end establishment. Typical West Indian roti shop, with spartan walls, a …

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What I give a crap about in Japan … and it’s not Sushi …

The Japanese are a remarkable people – they have crazy cartoons and game shows … an actual term for death by overwork (Karōshi) – as if Trinidadians could EVER have a word like that – although we have a word for “the sleep that follows eating a two parathas and 1/2 pound of curry duck”  … see food coma or …

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Why bother with travelling?

We all have reasons for traveling. I’m always questioning the rationale of why I travel. Personally, it is for one or a combination of a multitude of reasons, which include I’m a lost soul, trying to figure out why I like many things and have many interests but yet I have no one overwhelming, overarching, singular passion I like to …

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