Ah, Boracay. A tiny little slice of tropical paradise, home to one of the best beaches in the world and famous for its powder-like sand that you have to feel between your toes to believe. I built quite a few resorts here during my time in 2004-06 but haven’t been back in 6 years. In the interim my life and point of view has totally changed, and so has Boracay. Not necessarily for the better as overcrowding and an ever increasing amount of tourism has brought with it progress (new airport, bigger jetty, well-paved roads) and its attendant diseases (traffic, flooding, garbage). One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is the glorious sunrise and sunset along Boracay’s Long Beach. Worth getting up at 6am with a camera in hand for.
Merry Christmas from the island of Boracay, Philippines!
Went on an early morning ride in Phuket the day before the Ironman. It was hilly, windy and dangerous because of the twisting roads combined with unpredictable traffic. It was still a great experience though as you get to see so much more on a bike than you would on a car. Rode until the end of Surin Beach and couldn’t resist taking the bike all the way to the beach, even though I knew I would have to power-wash it afterwards.
Was walking around old Phuket town when we stumbled upon this old Thai typewriter in a streetside cafe. My daughters asked me what was that machine and then I realized that neither of them had ever seen one. They were both so curious about it that they came back to the cafe a couple of times to try to use it. They said the sound it made was ‘kinda cool’.
After a delicious (and cheap) dinner at a fantastic torch-lit beachside seafood restaurant called Pla at Surin Beach, we were surprised when fireworks started exploding over the water, for no particular reason. Luckily again, I was there with my ever ready camera…
Came home to find this waiting atop my iPad. Such a sweet angel
A beautifully preserved melting pot of cultures, Penang is a city absolutely awash with temples of almost all major religions. Buddhist, Taoist, Islamic, Hindu, Christian, Anglican, Catholic, you name it and Penang has it. The capital city of George Town is a Unesco World Heritage Site, and with good reason. Walking along the streets in the early morning, one feels transported back to the turn of the last century, if not for the concessions to modernity like the cars and satellite dishes hanging out of every other home. The old and ever reliable bicycle is still the preferred and best way to get around the small city, which can be walked in its entirety in a day. However to properly take in the sites, it is best to give some time, maybe 2 or 3 days, to walk around slowly, savoring the city and its flavors, and taking in everything it has to offer. After all, time is on the city’s side. It has aged gracefully and more beautifully than any other city I’ve been.
There is at least one beautifully preserved temple / place of worship on every road in George Town. I have avoided the large monuments and instead have taken pictures of the small, intimate, often ancestral or family-constructed and maintained temples that have been preserved for, and by, the succeeding generations.
Walking around the streets of Penang, Malaysia.