When I think back to the Philippines, I think of the most beautiful beaches and the clearest ocean I’ve ever seen. Even the prettiest places in Cuba, the Antilles or Thailand haven’t been able to come close to the beaches of Palawan.

The colors in this place are just incredible. The deep blue and cyan hues of the ocean. The sharp white of the beach. The bright purple, pink and yellow of the sunrise and sunset. Even despite the sometimes unbearable heat, i’d spend a month on one of those islands for those sunsets alone.

It seems like the common theme of almost every trip is how you’re confronted with the fact that people everywhere are happier with less income and possessions. The Philippines are no exception. What a bunch of happy smiles.

May 2018