Happiness Is… Snorkeling In The Philippines

Stepping off the ferry, in a confusion of what should happen next – something about getting into a smaller boat to take us to our beach hotel – I am dismayed to suddenly… Continue reading

The Worst City In The World (that I have ever been to)

Manila is a shithole.  Apologies if that offends you.  Actually, no apologies.  It’s accurate. I disliked Manila enough that the only pictures I took were at a restaurant that had sort of a… Continue reading

adventures, With A Lower Case “A”

I’m on a bike riding around a beautiful lake in the mountains on a warm sunny day with someone whose company I enjoy very much. Life is terrible. Sometimes I end up on… Continue reading

Getting Lost in Hualien

I’m lost.  Again.  Perhaps this is why I should travel alone.  I’m in Hualien, on Taiwan’s east coast, with three friends.  Last night I reluctantly agreed to meet the rest of the group at 8:30am… Continue reading

Tea and Roller Coasters

I’m being presented with an unexpected gift from someone I don’t know.  I don’t know the proper protocol in this situation.  In some cultures you are expected to immediately accept with a gracious… Continue reading