A 10 Second Guide To Doing It ‘Dampa Style’ In The Philipines

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Food, The Philippines, Worldwide Vacation

Boracay Island – where I learned to do it Dampa Styleee

Welcome to the best thing I discovered during my time in The Philippines –  doing it ‘dampa style’.

Do it once and you’ll just want to do it all over again the next night. And the next.

Be warned the pictures are just blurry iphone images because when you’re doing it dampa style you don’t normally bring a camera.

How To Do A 10 Point End Of Tax Year Assessment – Travel Blogger Style

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Africa, Asia, Cambodia, Continents, Egypt, Northern Ireland, Opinion, The Philippines, Worldwide Vacation

Happy New Year

Chinese New Year Sign at Le Creuset, Hong Kong

This week a brand new tax year started, and those in traditional jobs have been running year-end assessments and shuffling spreadsheets left, right and centre.

So I thought I’d do some rather taxing assessments of my own and calculate the 10 best things I’ve done this financial year, and their real value – monetarily and of course in less quantifiable ways.

Here they are, my top moments of the tax year ending April 5th 2013. According to my calculations it was a good one.

History & Lessons: Manila’s American Cemetery & Memorial

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, The Philippines, Worldwide Vacation

The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, The Philippines

If you have only a short time in which to experience Manila you might think that a visit to a cemetery shouldn’t be at the top of your must-do list?

But a trip to the sobering and thought-provoking American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila will pull The Philippines’ part in world history sharply into focus and underline how privileged we are to be free to travel for fun and to know we’ll make it home to friends and family in one piece…

In Photos: The Chocolate Hills of Bohol, The Philippines

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Photo Journeys, The Philippines, Worldwide Vacation

Chocolate Hills Bohol

The Chocolate Hills of Bohol, The Philippines

The Filipino Island of Bohol is best known for two things: tarsiers and what I came to think of as an exaggerated teletubby land known as The Chocolate Hills, a strange landscape of 1,268 eerie and bizarre conical mounds dotted a round the centre of the island…

3 Great Places For Filipino Food In Manila

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Food, Opinion, The Philippines, Worldwide Vacation

Filipino Food in Manila at Kitchen's Best Home Patisserie

The Philippines’ sprawling capital may not be the first place that springs to mind for a gastronomic city break – understandably most tourists who fly to The Philippines are headed for one or more of the 7107 islands and islets to kick back on an idyllic white sand beach.

But it’s a big mistake to overlook Manila’s burgeoning foodie scene, so here are three places to get foodie in the Filipino capital…

Midnight Mercato – The Place For Street Food In Manila

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Food, The Philippines, Worldwide Vacation

Midnight Mercato Manila

Food stall at Midnight Mercato Manila

Think Asian street food and you’ll probably think of stalls selling delicious and mysterious local delicacies cooked up by a smiling old lady on a dirty street corner. Street food can make us feel excited about the thrill to our taste buds and apprehensive about the danger to our tummies in equal measure, but they’ve changed all that at Midnight Mercato in Manila…

The Perfect Place To Stay On Mactan Island – The Crimson Resort Cebu

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Perfect Places To Stay, The Philippines, Worldwide Vacation

The Crimson Resort Cebu

The Crimson Resort Cebu

If you’re looking for the perfect luxury beach resort on Cebu’s Mactan Island, it has to be The Crimson Resort Cebu. With stunning Asian-inspired decor and manicured grounds it makes a great retreat after exploring The Philippines’ bustling second city.

The Perfect Place to Stay in Manila – The Fairmont Makati

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Perfect Places To Stay, The Philippines, Worldwide Vacation

The pool at The Fairmont Hotel, Makati

The pool at The Fairmont Hotel, Makati

I’m just going to come right out and say it, Manila’s Fairmont Makati is my new favourite hotel in the world. In fact it isn’t really a hotel, it feels like a destination in and of itself.

Manila may not be the first place that springs to mind for a relaxing break, but after a stay at The Fairmont Makati you can’t help but feel serene – and in an Asian mega city with this much traffic and pollution, that’s no mean feat.