Northern Philippines • What Happens in the Porn Cave…

If you ever do the cave tour in Sagada, you’ll see Sumaguing Cave, not only a spectacle to traverse through, but also a very fun workout if you’re into spelunking, climbing or getting wet underground.

Oh, it’s also called The Porn Cave which I’m sure we can all agree is the best cave name ever. (more…)

Northern Philippines • The Lumiang Cave

We woke up the next day after our arrival in Sagada, fresh and hungry for adventure and… food. So we got up for breakfast and went to the awesome Yoghurt House practically across the street from our place. If you’re ever there try the pancakes, they’re amazing.

Once we returned to the hostel, a small panel bus awaited to take us to our first destination: The Lumiang Burial Cave. (more…)

Northern Philippines • Enter The Terminator

Want to see the valleys, rice fields and caves in the “true” northern Philippines? Sure, but first why not rest from that 24+ hour beast of a flight schedule you just defeated? Take it slow and easy, chill and then when you’re rested do what I did and find yourself a crazy Dutch backpacker to …

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Northern Philippines • Changes

As my plane begins to land on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport I can only look outside through the window and marvel at how many lights are suddenly blinking and moving below. It’s an exciting view, not just because it’s massive, but because it’s also new. I’m now officially in Southeast Asia. And I am …

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The Big Journey • Northern Philippines Teaser

This is the teaser for the stories in the northern side of mainland Philippines. It’s just a short video of the very first conversation I had after leaving the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, that is, after landing for the first time in proper Southeast Asia. (more…)

The Big Journey • New York City Wrap-Up

It’s Sunday and so ends the first week of #TheBigJourney with stories dedicated to New York and the people I met there. Next week there will be another short video for the start of my trip in Northern Philippines, but for now here are the stores from the New York chapter, collected for easy reading in …

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New York City • Classy Friends, Classy Joints

“Whattaya mean it’s ‘just’ New York?” is probably how she’d say it, except she wouldn’t speak with a dragged out Italian/Jewish accent or use contractions. She’s Aisha, the girl who showed me NYC by way of showing me her favorite places to eat and drink in the big city. When I said visiting the people of New York …

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New York City • In The Dorms

After Carlos left Tatiana with her mom and introduced me to his girlfriend, he drove me to the Westway Hotel & Hostel, which is a two-building complex right by the freeway on Astoria Boulevard in Queens. This is the set of short stories about what happened after I got out of his car.

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