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Cutting Loose in Asia This journal/blog will chronicle the adventures of Leah & Joel in Hong Kong & the Philippines from July 12-August 8. Leah will conduct PhD research, Joel is along for the ride...

Gallery: A good MIX

PHILIPPINES | Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | Photo Gallery

Philippines/Hong Kong
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Gallery: Detours via China

CHINA | Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | Photo Gallery

Trip back thru Hong Kong & Beijing
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Gallery: Corregidor

PHILIPPINES | Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | Photo Gallery

Historic WWII Battlefield
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Hong Kong Part Deuce

HONG KONG | Saturday, 11 Aug 2007 | Views [904]

Hi Folks!! We're back home in the US of A. It was quite an epic 1-3 day journey. We began in Manila early Wednesday am and caught a taxi to the airport and boarded a Philippine Airline 747 to Hong Kong. I was tickled by one last bit of Philippine ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel

Good Afternoon Sir!

PHILIPPINES | Wednesday, 8 Aug 2007 | Views [1880]

I hear this phrase a lot when shopping (BROWSING) which I do a lot. Sometimes rudely enough I don't realize its directed towards me and I leave the unbelievable customer service of Philippines hanging.  We had a great time in Palawan, highlighted by ... Read more >

Tags: Party time

Pretending to understand Tagalish

PHILIPPINES | Friday, 3 Aug 2007 | Views [1272]

Hi! Here in Puerto Princesa,things are going.  Its a beautiful little town, very peaceful relative to previous anarchy that is Manila.  Had a tour of a crocodile farm, which they raise, and sell for preservation and leather. Also had OSTRICHES...pics ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Gallery: Puerto Princesa

PHILIPPINES | Friday, 3 Aug 2007 | Photo Gallery

GIS Training Conference
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Gallery: Zambales Coast

PHILIPPINES | Monday, 30 Jul 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Beach Bum

PHILIPPINES | Monday, 30 Jul 2007 | Views [904]

Just a quick update>>> I spent a few days out of Manila along the sparsely populated Zambales coast this Thursday through Saturday. It was great...the South China Sea is warm, it was quiet, the food was great, violent lightning, and the ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


PHILIPPINES | Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007 | Views [685]

Manila makes people sweat. Its just warm and sweaty all the time, and there's lots of loud jeepneys which make it smoggy. We like jeepneys which must have special holed mufflers. They cost about 20 cents each segment. Yesterday I met friends ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Gallery: Dreamy Smogsets

PHILIPPINES | Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Energizer Manileros

PHILIPPINES | Monday, 23 Jul 2007 | Views [727]

One thing I've noticed is that Manila never stops, never slows down, and that goes for its people too...I wonder if I need a vacation from vacation. On Sunday, Dr. Jimmy took us out to Lake Taal, a famous volcano/lake/volcano lake for a little respite ... Read more >

Tags: Adrenaline

Gallery: Lake Taal

PHILIPPINES | Sunday, 22 Jul 2007 | Photo Gallery

A volcano within a lake within a volcano
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Gallery: Makin it in Manila

PHILIPPINES | Saturday, 21 Jul 2007 | Photo Gallery

Hustle & Bustle of the City
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Manic Manila

PHILIPPINES | Saturday, 21 Jul 2007 | Views [672]

Hi Folks, we arrived safely in Manila on Thursday and found our way to our home in the Quezon City part of Manila. Manila is most closely related to Chicago in my experience in terms of how sprawling it is (check out the photos), except here the transportation ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles

We Did Hong Kong

HONG KONG | Wednesday, 18 Jul 2007 | Views [603]

Whewww...we've been bustling about seeing the sites, and I believe we haven't missed one! Except maybe the nightlife, but maybe one day.  Hong Kong has a fascinating history; a fishing village until the British got China hooked on India's opium.  Its ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Hong Kong Days

HONG KONG | Sunday, 15 Jul 2007 | Views [4439]

    Hi! Leah & I arrived fine.  We've been guided by Leah's collegemate Matthew, a native Hong Kong(er?) who knows the efficiency of this bustling city.  With his help, we've had plenty of practice w/ chopsticks (Thai,HKian,Shanghainese) and navigated ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine

Gallery: Well come!!

HONG KONG | Sunday, 15 Jul 2007 | Photo Gallery

Adjusting to Asia & celebrating Leah's 27th w/ a great guide
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Pack it up pack it in!

USA | Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 | Views [500]

Hey Mabuhay,  Still in Massachusetts, still have not physically packed any bags...but am taking care of important stuff like cancelling my ShopperRewards membership that I just couldn't say no to because of the fancy promo.  How many months have I ... Read more >

Tags: Packing & gadgets

Scrambling like Headless Poultry

USA | Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 | Views [470]

Leah & I are scrambling to get ready for a flight half way around the world.  She's in NC, me in MA.  Tomorrow we'll blearily arrive at the airport with the rising sun as we catch early "Confluence" flights to Chicago...where we'll begin ... Read more >

Tags: The Planning Phase

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