A farmer plows his field in the Philipines
Somewhere on the road north of Manila, we came upon this farmer plowing his rice field.
What is it about farmers that I love so much? I think it’s their connection with the land.
I love this shot for its cultural value, but also because I can’t pass up a water buffalo. How cool is it that he’s using a water buffalo to plow?
Have you been to the Philippines?
View from the boat in Puerto Princesa Bay.
The Philippines should be high on your list if you like a destination with water. Whether it be beaches, boats, or any type of water sport, the Philippines has it.
I am not a beach person. I do like boats, but I like sturdy boats. I was a little unsure riding one of these boats. It seems they would be super-stable and not really rock that much, but the one we were on was just a little too rocky for me. I have a couple of really unflattering pictures of me [...]
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Traveling through the Philippines we came across these children playing with….?
One of best parts of traveling is getting to meet and have interactions with the people in the countries we are visiting. We are not traveling just to see the world, we want to live the world. We love seeing the special places in a country, for example, this shot was taken in Banaue where the famous terraced rice fields are, but it’s the people we remember.
When you go to Banaue, your guide takes you on a hike up and down to some incredible vistas. As [...]
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Who couldn’t use some sun? This is Flores Island in the Indonesia and everytime I look at this photo it reminds me how Jim and I went snorkeling not far from here when a school of flying fish skimmed our backs! Too much fun! Oh where or where is the sun?
Spring is one of the best times to go to the Banaue rice terraces in the Philippines. The rice plants sport that bright new green and the terracing is beautiful. It’s still hot, though. It’s an oppressive hot. I didn’t like that part. The sun beating down while we climbed out of them. Let’s just say it took us awhile.
The Indie Travel Challenge week 5 prompt was, “If you’ve never been to Asia, tell us about your dream trip in the region. Would you rather find your own paradise among the Thai Islands, or shop for crazy Harajuku fashion in Japan? Are the uncrowded temples of Burma calling you, or are you dreaming of a visit to China’s Great Wall?”
About four years ago, I moved from South Korea to Turkey, and lately I’ve been missing Asia. It could be because my daughter just recently moved to Japan, or that I just miss Pad Thai (roadside style). [...]
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Well, I love hand-made products. Everyday items like brooms, baskets, mats, rugs, really everything is so much nicer when it’s handmade. I think we’ve lost so much of that in the U.S. It’s cheaper and more convenient to head to a super-store for all of our needs. Oh, I’m definitely guilty, too. I just think it’s a shame in some respects as well.
If you have visited the Philippines you have no doubt heard of Balut. It is a nearly developed duck fetus that is boiled and eaten out of the shell. I wanted to try one, but really had no idea about how to go about obtaining one. That problem was taken care of one day when we were waiting at the bus station for a tour bus to pick us up. A Philipino couple who was staying at our same hotel was waiting to go on the same tour and when the little old lady walked around with a [...]
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I don’t really understand why this jellyfish looks so inviting. It had been washed up close to the shore on Princesa Island in the Philippines. I could reach out and touch it if I wanted to. I’m pretty sure I would have regretted it, if I did. Why would something so beautiful be so dangerous?
I love it when I’m traveling and see groups of other travelers. I have often seen nuns, but I have never seen them all in a boat to visit the subterranean river in Palawan, Philippines. They seemed so excited and happy. How can this photo not make you smile? What other groups of tourists have you come across that have made you smile?