Category Archives: Travel

Dancing with Dolphins

  Another March, another birthday, and finding I had no great inclination to party, we headed north to Subic instead, where rumour had it there were dolphins to be met. It’s a three-hour drive from Makati – about 120 km north-west … Continue reading

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“My Precious”

Hiding in the shadows of dense Filipino forest – the Aeta of the animal kingdom – a petite, palm-sized primate clings to a branch with padded fingers. The platypus of the Philippines, – shy, elusive, unassuming – with a halo … Continue reading

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Hidden Treasure

Five years in Manila and somehow I had never even heard of Hidden Valley Springs. It took a friend visiting from Hawaii to show me the way, and what a blissful escape from the madding crowd created by the APEC … Continue reading

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Of Llamas and Lighthouses

“…I didn’t really think through what a lighthouse keeper actually did. I was attracted by the romantic notion of sitting on a rock, writing haikus and dashing off the occasional watercolor.”  ~ ‘Stargazing: Memoirs of a Young Lighthouse Keeper,’  by … Continue reading

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Train Tracks

Last night, over dinner, we were discussing past and potential train trips around Australia, which reminded me about a piece I wrote last year about a journey from Sydney to Canberra.. A train broods menacingly beside the platform swarming with perspiring … Continue reading

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A Modern Fairytale or Cycling Down Memory Lane

Once upon a time, in a country far, far away – a country as wet as the Philippines but colder – a tall, dark, handsome prince arrived with his fair princess in the land of the leprechauns in search of … Continue reading

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A Gastronomic Road Trip

“If I just keep putting one foot in front of the other, it stands to reason that I’m going to get there. I’ve begun to think we sit far more than we’re supposed to.” He smiled. “Why else would we … Continue reading

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Lazy Days on the Riviera

We arrived at the far end of the French Riviera in the early evening, in a ruinously expensive taxi from the Airport Côte d’Azur, to discover Menton, la perle de la France a small, bustling tourist town once conjoined with Monaco, … Continue reading

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Down the Dart: from Dartmoor to Dartmouth via a vineyard

The Dart. A picturesque and tidal river that rises on Dartmoor and meanders down through voluptuous hills and green leafy valleys to Dartmouth on the South Devon coast. Here the estuary is guarded by a pair of stone forts, somewhat … Continue reading

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Just My Cup of Tea

London isn’t everybody’s cup of tea Often you hear visitors complain Noisy, smoky city but it seems to me There’s a magic in the fog and rain Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner That I love London so Maybe it’s … Continue reading

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