Places in Asia

100 Islands, Pangasinan, Philippines – Enjoy the Crystal Clear Waters

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 – Spectacular Views on 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

Spectacular Views on the 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

Enjoy 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

Macau – Explore the Las Vegas of the East

Friendship Bridge Macau

Friendship Bridge, Macau

Macau is a peninsular off the Chinese mainland and includes 2 islands, Taipa and Coloane, that are connected to the peninsular by bridges. The image above shows the Friendship Bridge, the Eastern-most bridge linking Taipa to the Macau peninsular. Currently a Special Administrative Region in China, the same status as Hong Kong, Macau had a… Read more

Explore Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Tanah Rata Cameron Highlands Malaysia

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

I’ve had both business and holiday visits to Malaysia, and I liked the place so much that I applied for, and was given, my retirement visa (Malaysia My Second Home, or MM2H). On one of my holiday visits a couple of friends and I drove up to Tanah Rata in the Cameron Highlands. Here’s where… Read more

Enjoy a Day Trip to the Beautiful Kawasan Falls, Badian, Cebu

Kawasan Falls, Badian Cebu

Kawasan Falls, Badian, Cebu

I was in Cebu recently when a group of us visited the Kawasan Falls, near Badian. Badian turned out to be about a 3-hour drive from Cebu City, where I was staying. It’s only about 120 Kms, but the traffic on Cebu is heavy and the roads are narrow, with limited overtaking opportunities. Here’s where… Read more

Hiking in Hong Kong – Spectacular Views on the Trail from Mui Wo to Pui O

Hong Kong from the China Bear Mui Wo

Hong Kong Island from Mui Wo

Hong Kong is a fantastic place for hiking. The territory is mountainous with some spectacular scenery and there are many hiking trails on Hong Kong Island, the New Territories and the Outlying Islands. If you’re really in to hiking there are also numerous hash and hiking clubs that organise events and races. These can vary… Read more