Ten Photos That Just Scream ‘Miami’!

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Photo Journeys, USA

Miami photos

Miami Beach

One of the most exciting things about some holiday destinations is actually seeing the touristy, clichéd and oft-photographed stuff that you’ve been dreaming about for years up close and with your own eyes, and yes, damn-well photographing them anyway just like everyone else has.

Here are ten of my favourite images from Florida’s most famous vacation spot that just yell ‘Miami, baby’ from the tops of their pastel-hued, beachy-beauty, Florida-vibed, American-twanged voices…

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…

Angkor Not: A Photo Journey To Preah Vihear Temple

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Asia, Cambodia, Continents, Photo Journeys, Worldwide Vacation

Monk at Preah Vihear Temple

Monk at Preah Vihear Temple

The huge unspoiled Cambodian temple complex at Preah Vihear has long been the scene of animosity and fighting between Thai and Cambodian forces, but happily for those seeking an unspoiled temple experience it’s currently safe to visit.

And due to the contentious history of this site there’s just a tiny sprinkling of tourists here even today, making it a hugely contrasting experience to the craziness of the temples at Angkor Wat. 

I Didn’t Kiss A Girl, But I Still Liked It – My Stay At A Gay Resort

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Cambodia, Continents, Opinion, Worldwide Vacation

Golden Banana Alley

Golden Banana Alley – named after the first hotel to open on the road

I don’t mean to pry but are you gay or are you straight? And how would you feel about staying in a gay-friendly resort if you’re the latter?

I’m a straight gal, so why have I been feeling completely at home at a self-proclaimed gay hotel? In true Carrie Bradshaw style I got to thinking…