Sightseeing with new eyes

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 08:00
originally published in SCMP Dec 15 2005
Things to do in Manila if you're a tourist: No1 - get out of town by sundown ... Many travellers barely touch down in the capital before they're off like a shot for the provinces.
And why not? Who would want to endure the city's crime and grime a minute longer when the beaches of Boracay, the seascapes of Palawan, the mountain vistas of Benguet and the dive spots of the Visayas beckon? True, there are dive spots in Manila, but they're really low dives, if you get my drift.

A boom with a view

Sat, 03/21/2009 - 08:00
originally published in May 2007
WelcomeThe Philippines is a great place for building luxury spas. The Philippines has many scenic volcanoes. So what's more logical than to build a luxury spa on a scenic volcano?
This could be the reasoning behind a Filipino-Korean company's project to construct a resort right on the crater edge of Taal volcano – which happens to be on an island in the middle of a large lake that itself used to be an enormous volcano. Did I forget to mention? Taal  is the country's deadliest exploding mountain. 

Debt in Venice

Sun, 07/24/2005 - 00:00

By Alan C. Robles

You can stay in a really cheap hotel, even bunk out 16 to a room at the youth hostel; you can choose to walk instead of taking the water bus; you can even - God help you - limit yourself to just one or two museums. All this you can will yourself to do, in the name of saving money in one of Europe's most expensive cities.


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