2012 In Photos: the year that I never fully unpacked

2012 In Photos: the year that I never fully unpacked

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012 | 10 Comments

Last year I summarized my travels through a photo essay called, 2011 In Photos: a year of transition and travel, so I decided to do the same for 2012. This year, thanks to my three extensive vacations and a slew of Adventure Korea-sponsored weekend trips, I never fully unpacked, continually leaving items throughout various backpacks […]

When is travel photography inappropriate?

When is travel photography inappropriate?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 | 23 Comments

“You’re crazy!” the taxi driver yelled at my friend Alex before muttering a long list of, what I assumed to be, Filipino curse words. We had just arrived at our guesthouse in Manila, and the taxi driver was demanding more money than was displayed on the meter. This was my first impression of the Philippines; […]

Nuts Huts: roughing it in the Filipino jungle

Nuts Huts: roughing it in the Filipino jungle

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 | No Comments

“The beetles eat the bat shit and the bats eat the beetles, but the beetles can’t eat the bats because too big,” our guide, Pedro, stated as he pointed his flashlight from a cluster of sleeping bats hanging from the top of the cave to a few beetles scurrying along the dirt floor. “So I […]

Snapshots from downtown Loboc

Snapshots from downtown Loboc

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 | One Comment

LOBOC is a city on Bohol Island in the Philippines. On a mission to find an internet cafe, Alex and I rode a jeepney into town from our jungle bungalow 30 minutes down the road. Despite the constant staring (we discovered that foreigners don’t usually come here) I managed to take some photos along the […]

Taking the scenic route to Seoul

Taking the scenic route to Seoul

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 | 3 Comments

Wednesday, October 3rd. 2:30 PM: Alona Beach, Bohol Island, the Philippines “400 pesos,” the man says. He looks like he’s in his forties, with short, black hair and skin that’s endured years of sun exposure. Four other¬†tricycle¬†drivers swarm me. I haven’t even grabbed my backpack from my room across the street. “300 pesos,” I say […]

Holy… Jesus boats!

Holy… Jesus boats!

Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 | No Comments

It’s no surprise that Catholicism has seeped into Filipino culture since the beginning of Spanish colonization, but–I wasn’t quite expecting every mode of transportation– from taxis to tricycles to jeepneys to boats– to bear scripture, prayers, and bold names like “Holy Infant I, II, III and IX.” Taken off the coast of Alona Beach on […]