Places in Asia

Articles on places I’ve lived in, worked in or visited in Asia.

Walking from Park View to Stanley via the Wilson Trail

Stanley Main Beach Hong Kong

Stanley Main Beach, Hong Kong

The walk from Park View, on Hong Kong Island, to Stanley Gap Road takes about an hour and a half – more or less, depending on your level of fitness. It’s a tough trail because it contains the famous (some would say infamous!) 1,000 steps – which are actually 1,100 steps – and there is… Read more

Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island, Cebu – Lapu Lapu Monument and Tourist Resorts

Lapu Lapu monument park, Cebu

The Lapu Lapu monument park, Mactan Island, Cebu.

Lapu Lapu is a city on Mactan Island, Cebu Province, in Central Visayas. It is part of Cebu, and it has a special place in the Philippines’ history: It’s where the chief of the local clan repelled the Spanish invaders in 1521 and, in the process, killed the explorer Magellan – the first recorded time… Read more

Lamma Island Hong Kong – a Seafood Lunch at Sok Kwu Wan

Sok Kwu Wan seafood restaurants

Sok Kwu Wan seafood restaurants

The territory of Hong Kong encompasses 243 islands, the majority of which are uninhabited, with some barely more than a big rock. However, in addition to Lantau Island, where I live, there’s also a community on Lamma Island, which lies to the South-West of Hong Kong Island. Whereas Lantau is the biggest island in the… Read more

Baguio City, Philippines – the City of Pines

Mines View, Baguio, Philippines

Mines View, Baguio City, Philippines.

Baguio City, in the mountains of Northern Luzon, has a climate that is quite different from most other parts of the Philippines. That’s because it sits at an altitude of around 5,000 feet. I’ve woken up on a December morning to find ice on the car’s windscreen – not a common experience in the Philippines… Read more

100 Islands, Pangasinan, Philippines – a Day Trip

100 Islands, Pangasinan, Philippines

100 Islands, Pangasinan, Philippines

One recent Christmas I was staying with friends near San Manuel, in Pangasinan Province on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. Luzon is the largest island in the Philippines (which comprises more than 7,000 islands in all) and the Northern-most one. It contains at least 3 active volcanos (Mayon, Pinatubo and Taal) and is… Read more

Taal Volcano, Philippines – a Hike to the Rim

Taal Volcano, Philippines

The Taal Volcano, Philippines.

The Taal Volcano, in Batangas, Philippines, is the smallest volcano in the world, and one of the most dangerous. It erupted in January 2020 after a rest of 43 years, one of the longest periods of its inactivity since records began. Actually, inactivity is not the right word, because earthquakes at the volcano are being… Read more

Mui Wo to Discovery Bay Walk

Hills between Mui Wo and Discovery Bay

Hills between Mui Wo and Discovery Bay

One of the more popular hikes on Lantau Island goes from Discovery Bay (generally referred to as DB) to Mui Wo but, because I live in Mui Wo, I usually do it in the opposite direction. Mui Wo is changing increasingly quickly now. It was originally a local Chinese fishing community and, before the Tsing… Read more

Boracay Island – Philippines’ Rehabilitated Resort

Boracay Island Philippines from the air

Boracay Island, Philippines

This is one of those times I’m writing about a popular tourist destination – the island of Boracay, in the Philippines. That’s it, in the picture above, taken from the aeroplane as we flew in to Caticlan airport on the next-door island of Panay. In April 2018, Boracay was closed because over-crowding, over-commercialisation, and a… Read more