Asia

Magellan’s Cross, Cebu, Philippines

Now we are in Cebu, the largest city second to Manila. The wooden cross planted in the Philippines in 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan is displayed at the Basilica of Santo Nino in Cebu City.  We had a look-see and it’s a cross within a cross since the original is encased in tigala wood for protection. […]

Hacienda Maria Part 2: The Kawa Pots

We’re at Hacienda Maria on the island of Panay in the Philippines, our cave adventures complete. Back at the veranda, the family has cooked us lunch – rice, pork soup, adobo chicken (stewed in soy, garlic and vinegar), what looks and tastes like baked mackerel steaks, and Gold Eagle beer. We’re the only visitors today, […]

Cave Adventure: Hacienda Maria on Panay Island

Onward to an eco-adventure on the island of Panay. From Boracay, a “tricycle” (a tiny motorcycle van) drove us to the jetty where we caught a 15 minute ferryboat to the western tip of Panay Island. Afterwards we drove 40 minutes  to Buruanga, Aklan to “Hacienda Maria,” a working farm, to experience rural Filipino life and […]

Suzette Visits Boracay, The Philippines, 10/18/2019

Our first full day in Boracay, and we will tour the island by boat. The “White Beach” in front of our hotel, The Discovery Shores, is the most beautiful, long stretch of powder fine white sand I’ve ever seen, sand that is is so firm your feet don’t sink into it at all. Off we […]