The Witch Doctors of Siquijor Island

The Witch Doctors of Siquijor Island

You learn a lot of useful things while traveling, particularly in a place such as Siquijor Island in the Philippines. For instance, I didn’t know that a manananaggal is a hideous, blood-sucking witch capable of detaching her upper torso and sprouting wings to...
Cow Racing in Sumatra (Pacu Jawi)

Cow Racing in Sumatra (Pacu Jawi)

Grip tightened, throttle open, lowered helmet cutting through black diesel. I was the last in the three-motorbike convoy that left the Harau Valley at high speed. I kept up for maybe an hour or so before the mad tentacles of Sumatran traffic separated us. It came in...
A Thailand Vagabonding Welcome: Songran 2016

A Thailand Vagabonding Welcome: Songran 2016

To say that a 23-hour flight felt short sounds like madness. But that was my sentiment when I heard the roar of our landing gear unfolding above Bangkok. My flight with Taiwan-based Eva Airways was so enjoyable that I hated to see it end. I had an empty seat next to...
Travel Addiction and the Bees in Pai

Travel Addiction and the Bees in Pai

And then there were bees. Fifteen minutes ago, I was hiding on my porch from a scorching afternoon. I was quietly, harmlessly pecking away at my keyboard, trying to find a way to describe Pai to you. That was when the first of the bees appeared and saved me the...