The Philippines – One-Way Tickets & Entry Requirements

skyline of manila

I used to love one-way tickets. Right up until the check-in lady at the airport told me I couldn’t catch my flight to the Philippines because I didn’t have an onward ticket. In this post, I’ll share my experience when I was denied boarding to the Philippines. Then I’ve listed 10 things to check before … Read more

Essential Philippines Travel Guide – Know Before You Go

palm trees in front of beach in the Philippines

The Philippines is a dazzling sprawl of 7,641 tropical islands in southeast Asia. From the bustling metropolis of Manila to the white-sand beaches of Boracay to the lush green Banaue rice terraces and the limestone cliffs of Palawan, it’s a country to get lost in nature. In this guide, I’ll share an overview and map … Read more

Filipino Food – 21 Dishes To Try And Is It Any Good?

Food in the Philippines

Filipino cuisine has become a hot topic in recent years but what is it and, crucially, is it any good? I spent just under a month exploring the Philippines. First, I’ve listed the 21 most popular traditional foods in the Philippines. Then I share my experience with the native cuisine. Meat-heavy, greasy and intensely flavored … Read more

Manila Sunday Brunch at the Sofitel Hotel – Review

Plate of cured meats and champagne at Sofitel Sunday Brunch in Manila

After almost three weeks trying and unanimously failing to find food heaven in the Philippines, I stumbled across the food phenomenon that seizes the palette of wealthier Filipinos and ex-pats alike each weekend – the Sofitel Manila Sunday Brunch. I should start by saying that there is very little that is Filipino about the food … Read more

How To Visit the Batad Rice Terraces in the Philippines

Batad Rice Terraces in the Philippines

I was determined to take a trip to the north of Luzon and the Cordillera mountains in the Ifugao province to visit the Batad rice terraces before my visa expired. The terraces are dubbed the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ and although I have come across many self-proclaimed ‘eighth wonders’ on my travels, I’d say … Read more