One thing I love about Asian cultures [generally speaking of course] is the respect and honor the young ones show to their elderly family members.
I've seen it in both Taiwan and Philippines, teenagers going out socially with their parents and grandparents, and caring for them as they get older.
I'm sitting at SM Mall right now, and an older man sat down next to me with his teenage son.
DRIFTER TALES: Why You Should Never Be Too Busy Travelling to Pay It Forward [Kahului, Maui, Hawaii]
by Paul Riel
On a recent trip to the island of Maui, Hawaii, my brother Paully Wog* learned a life lesson through a simple act of kindness. He shared his experience on Facebook, so I decided to share it here. This is what happened...
*Some names have been altered
Did I tell you how much I HATE Cancer? Pay it forward, and maybe you'll get yourself some free Taco Bell.
While the desire to pack up and travel the world without any planning sounds like quite the journey, it's best that you take a few proactive steps before venturing out into the possible unknown.
I don’t say this to be a worrywart or a killjoy, I just want your dream trip to be free of unnecessary setbacks—so look at this as more of a “How to ensure your travels are relaxing and not bogged down.”
Trying different foods while you’re out exploring the sights is a big part of holidays in South East Asia.
Visit just about any town or city in the region and you’ll find vendors selling all kinds of dishes. They look and smell tempting, with the aroma of spices and the colorful ingredients hanging above the cart or stall. But how to choose?
12 Tasty Filipino Dishes: Southeast Asian "Soul-Food" Recipes To Make Your Taste Buds Tingle! [Philippines]
The secret is out, Filipino food is on the rise! With more and more award winning Filipino themed restaurants cropping up across the nation, Americans are finally getting an elevated taste of the soul-stirring comfort food many hundreds of millions of Filipinos have been enjoying in their own home kitchens for generations!
A mixture of salty and sweet, soft and crunchy and slimy and crispy, this dish is a great example of a 'love it or hate it' flavor profile! In Chinese, it's called 皮蛋, or pídàn, meaning leather or skin egg. In English, it's commonly referred to as Century Egg or Thousand Year Egg.
Travel Phrases: Hiligaynon To Help You Get By in the Philippines (Iloilo, Guimaras & Negros Occidental)
Philippines is a country of many different languages. Although Tagalog, the official language, is taught everywhere throughout the country, the local languages are what's really being spoken on the streets, in stores, at the market, while commuting, and in homes. If you really want to connect with the locals, the best way is to speak to them in their local languages.
If you are traveling through Western Visayas, chances are you will be surrounded by a language called Hiligaynon, alternatively referred to as Ilonggo.
As the dominant language on the islands of Panay and Guimaras, as well as in the province of Negros Occidental, there are approximately 8.2 million native speakers of the language.
The island of Molokai is often referred to as "The Most Hawaiian Island". Life there is slow and relaxed. It's rural and peaceful. It's like stepping back in time 50 years. It's a place like no other.
The following pictures, taken by local photographer Ted Kanemitsu, and the stories that accompany them, reflect perfectly the spirit of that island.
South Asia has long been a draw for travelers, and with good reason; the region offers the chance to see and experience things seldom seen in the Western world.
With that being said, a trip like that costs money, and from flights to lodging to food, the expenses can pile up. Here are some tips to help save you money during your holiday to the East.
Cantonese inspired crispy roasted pork belly [SOURCE]
Local style contemporary food in Hawaii has been influenced from many different cultures from all over the world. Although there is a definite Polynesian base of cooking techniques and ingredients, there is also an overwhelmingly Asian flavor to most of our beloved dishes. Crispy roast pork is no exception. If you want to know more, then this post in the "Cooking Hawaiian-style Comfort Food" series is for you.
Riding the Mekong Delta in Southern Vietnam [SOURCE]
If you are planning a trip to Vietnam in the near future, you will likely be looking for some ways to have the most authentic experience. After all it only makes sense to do justice to such an interesting country; of course there is the legacy of the war, but there is much for you to discover about modern Vietnam too.
That is why you should separate your time between the cool mountain regions, emerald green waters and soft white beaches with some time in the towns and villages.
USA Roadtrip - Horseshoe Bend [SOURCE]
Growing up in Hawaii, on a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 2,467 miles away from the North American coastline, the thought of visiting Mainland USA inevitably conjured up mental pictures of cross-country roadtrips from New York to California.
At 17 years old, fresh out of high school, I caught a plane from Honolulu to New York City and finally discovered what it was like to explore America.
I lived in Long Island, New York for almost four years, and during that time we would take trips across the country whenever we had a chance to, up north to the lakes and mountains of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, down south through the Virginias, Carolinas and Georgia then down to Florida, and out west through Colorado, Nevada and Texas, all the way out to California.
During that time, I learned that there are many different ways to do a cross-country trip across North America.
If you are planning a trip to the USA and Canada, here are just three ideas on how you can go about exploring those places to the full.
Killer Whales and Alaskan Glaciers [SOURCE]
If you're searching for a cruise holiday this year, you'll be simply spoiled for choice.
From the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, from two nights to two weeks, from child-friendly to adults-only, whatever your travel style there is a superb collection of cruise holidays out there to suit virtually every age, taste and budget imaginable.
Eating Snake at Liuhe Nightmarket: Have You Tried This Interesting Delicacy? | Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
The sign above the nightmarket shop couldn't have made it any clearer. Whatever lingering doubts one might have had as to what was being served on the menu here immediately disappeared once you looked up at the giant neon cobra flashing over the entrance way.
I am no stranger to exotic food. Deep fried chicken butt, fermented stinky tofu, boiled pig intestine hotpot, succulent fish eyes, juicy shrimp heads...these are just a few of the things I've not only tried but that I actually love eating as well.
Last minute vacations might have been around forever, but even now they are still a hugely popular way to find a low-cost break.
What's more, you don't have to compromise on value. Here's a tip: These are THE SAME vacation packages that have been advertised all year round! They are just cheaper and as such require a little more spontaneity and creativity to find.
Negros Occidental is a province in the Philippines that has a long story. From a prehistory where the local inhabitants lived and prospered, through a period of Spanish occupation where sugar barons ruled the land from their plantation haciendas, down to modern day Negros where farming is still deeply rooted in the traditional way of life.
Garlic Shrimp Plate in Kahuku, Hawaii [SOURCE]
Have you ever tried the garlic-butter shrimp plates in Kahuku on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii? If you want to know more, then this post in the "Cooking Hawaiian-style Comfort Food" series is for you..
Some people literally travel from the other side of the world just to get their fix of the buttery, salty, tangy goodness of garlic-butter Kahuku prawns.
But don't worry, if you don't have the time or resources to hop on the next flight out to Oahu just for this dish, I've managed to come up with a recipe that (somewhat) replicates the garlicky flavors and silky textures of this iconic North Shore "plate lunch" specialty.
Singaporean Dumpling Ladies [SOURCE]
In order to truly understand a culture, you need to taste their food. A country's cuisine has always been an important part of cultural identity, and Singapore is no exception.
Although Singaporean culture geographically originates in Malaysia, the ethnic diversity and historical cultural interactions found within the borders of this country is also reflected in it's cuisine, making it both vibrant and unique.
There are many reasons why people love visiting Thailand on their holidays. From year round sunshine to the amazing food, the experience can only be topped off by the fact that the country is highly affordable while still retaining an air of luxury.
That means it is possible to book a room in one of the many 5 star resorts in Thailand and still have enough money left to enjoy everything you want to do while you’re there!
Brown coconuts with meat perfect for grating [SOURCE]
When you crack open a coconut, what comes out? Is it a thick and creamy white liquid that looks like milk? Or does the liquid have more of a clear consistency, much like water?
If you picked the second choice, you're right! But if WATER is what pours from a freshly cut coconut, then where do we get coconut MILK from?
I guess I always took knowing the different parts of a coconut for granted.
If you’ve been thinking about popping the question to your partner, it’s likely that you’re trying to think of ways to do it in a romantic style. Even if you don’t usually enjoy the lovey-dovey stuff, you know that your proposal has to be special as you’ll both remember it for your lifetime. What better way to do this than by getting engaged abroad?!
DRIFTER TIPS: TRAVEL SMART | How Do You Protect Yourself From Bank Fraud When Living or Traveling Abroad?
A couple weeks ago, a good friend of mine was a victim of bank fraud. So this week I asked the question, "How do you protect yourself from bank fraud when traveling or living abroad?" Travel bloggers from around the globe took the time out to share with us some of their personal tips.
*Link-up your own travel-tip blog posts at the end of the post!
Recently, I wrote an article for Matador Network where I shared examples on how to speak Hawaii Creole English, colloquially known as Pidgin, Da Kine or Local.
In order to put that post together, I asked all of my friends in Hawaii to throw together suggestions on great Pidgin phrases to share. I received so many responses that it was too much for me to use for my article.
I'm JR. I come from a long line of adventurers, some were nomadic explorers of the sea and others wandering cultivators of the earth. Ultimately, this legacy of drifters has deeply affected my view of travel. Read more...