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!
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.
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.
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!
One of the biggest questions I always get is, "What is Hawaiian food like?" It's a simple enough question, but one that may carry with it a variety of explanations. If you want to know more, then this post in the "Cooking Hawaiian-style Comfort Food" series is for you.
For starters, "Hawaiian food" in the strictest sense is just a small part of what makes up the local food we eat in Hawaii today. When locals say Hawaiian food, they are specifically referring to dishes that are of Native Hawaiian origin.
It's been a little over a month since my last post. After my trip home to Hawaii in July, I had to take a much needed break from blogging. I hope you didn't mind. Going home was an emotional roller coaster for me in many ways, and I needed some time to process it all.
Missouri born Michael is a personal friend of mine whom I met when our globe drifting paths crossed on the island of Lanai. Recently, he went back to the state of his birth to reconnect the fibers of his past with the person he is at present. He shares with us his experience here.
You know what the Midwest is? Young and Restless. Kayne West lyrics from one of his songs, but is it true? I don't live in the Midwest anymore, but I did get really good rest on my recent journey back to my birthplace of "The Show Me State", Missouri.
My dad has always had a way with plants. We grew up on acres and acres of land surrounded by trees, shrubs, vegetables, fruit and flowering bushes all planted and cultivated by my father's hand. If anyone has a green thumb, it's him.
Congrats to my blogger pal and fellow globe drifter Megan Claire who was recently picked as one of the six "DTourists" for DoubleTree by Hilton! They're sending her to blog for them across Central and South America during May and June next year with $2,000 of spending money and staying in Hilton Hotels. Her itinerary has not yet been finalized, but she does know it includes Peru and Costa Rica.
In honor of this cool achievement, here is a Guest Post by the blogger of the moment herself, all about her home country of Australia and the amazing wildlife there.
Okay, so we all have wishes and hopes and dreams, right? Well here are some of mine. "3 Random Reasons Why I REALLY Want To Go To..." is a segment on The Drifters Blog wherein I share with you one of the many places I have always wanted to explore and 3 reasons why I feel a trip there is warranted. Next up: Edinburgh, Scotland.
Have you ever wondered what it's like to leave your home country and live in a foreign land? Do you need some inspiration and motivation to do this yourself?
"Chat With an Expat" takes you around the world and brings you into the homes, huts, tents and yurts of global drifters to give you an inside look at what life is like living abroad.
In this installment, we speak to an Australian with the heart of a Gypsy living in Asia.
It's always interesting to meet someone who grew up unconventionally in a conventional world. Kara is a personal friend of mine who, although she was raised in Australia, moved around a lot when she was younger. She was brought up in a household of gypsies with parents who loved to move and travel, and she never lived longer than 3 years in one house. Last year, she moved to the East Asian country of Taiwan. Here is her story of what life is like there:
Koh Phangan, Thailand - Last week we talked about Bangkok. This week, we leave the capital city of Thailand and head south to the island of full-moon parties. Agness from eTramping has been traveling since 2011 and blogging with her best friend Cez. Recently, she took some time out to share with us some tips on how to have a fun and safe trip to Koh Phangan Beach, all for under $25USD.
Okay, so we all have wishes and hopes and dreams, right? Well here are some of mine. "3 Random Reasons Why I REALLY Want To Go To..." is a new segment on The Drifter Journals wherein I share with you one of the many places I have always wanted to explore and 3 reasons why I feel a trip there is warranted. First up: The Republic of Cyprus
Bangkok, Thailand - You either love it or you hate it. During the planning stages of my first trip through Southeast Asia, I had originally decided to use Bangkok as a hub city, a sprawling metropolis worth no more than a passing. As it turned out, some of the most endearing characters I've met during my travels were befriended in Bangkok.
Since then, I have always had a certain affinity towards the real lives of the working class Thai. Street life was introduced to me as being a vibrant part of any capital city, a key way of getting to know the feel of what life is really like behind all the glossy tourism ads.
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...