045 AirBnB FAQs & Asia’s most flamboyant festival: Masskara, Philippines

Podcast ep. 045 AirBnB FAQs & Asia's most flamboyant festival: Masskara, Philippines

Episode 045 Airbnb FAQ’s: Is Airbnb safe Plus Asia’s most flamboyant festival: Masskara, Philippines Listen NOW! Subscribe on iTunes Subscribe on Stitcher Radio RSS:Use this link in your RSS reader WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK We love to hear from listeners about how we can improve the show or what you love about it already. You can email us using the contact form in the footer of this page or tweet @mytravelfreedom What …

7 Photos that will inspire you to visit the Philippines

It’s not hard for us to be inspired to visit the Philippines. It’s one of our favourite countries in the world. For those who have not been there, we want to offer you some glimpses of why we love the Philippines so much. For those who have visited, I hope these photos will inspire you to go back soon.   Swim with whale sharks In Oslob you can swim with …

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15 Best Foods in Asia and where to find them

Xiaolongbao, Shanghai

You love Asian food? So do we. Taste is always subjective. One man’s spicy is another man’s uncontrollable, red faced pain. One woman’s sweet is another woman’s diabetic nightmare. As foodie travellers there is one thing we can promise – We’ve eaten a lot. In doing so, we’ve drawn a bunch of comparisons in order to compile this list. One year in Asia. Its been one hell of a journey, one …

Best and Worst Travel of Asia 2013

12 countries, hundreds of towns and cities and well over 40,000KM covered – 2013 has been quite a year for travel! (Click here to see our full route and where we have been this year). But, if we were to do it all again, where would we long to go back to and where would we give a miss? There are so many lists of “Best places to visit” but we …

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The Top 5 Must Try Asian Beers

Anchor Beer, Cambodia

Asian Beers have a reputation for being weak flavoured, watery lagers. Although alcohol content varies, taste lies in the same ballpark, regardless of brand. I wanted to put together a top 10 list… I couldn’t. I have actually failed in finding 10 beers of note in the whole of East Asia. I could easily bulk out this list with some sub standard products but who would that help? There were …

How To Get Padi Open Water Scuba Diver Certified on a Budget

Diving is not a budget activity. However, it is a lot of fun, so as a budget traveller, is there a way to get certified safely and cheaply? The answer, of course, is that it all depends on your definition of cheap! We like to find a balance between the best quality experience and the cheapest price. Diving, done incorrectly, can be somewhat dangerous. When you are getting certified you …

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Is it Ethical To Swim With Whale Sharks?

Is feeding migratory animals in order to keep them in one area for tourists a serious moral and environmental concern? The Philippines has many attractions on offer: white sandy beaches, stunning coral reefs, and the rare opportunity to swim with sharks… ok it’s whale sharks so there is no element of danger to be had, BUT it’s still a super cool experience. As with many sea creatures the whale sharks …

The Tarsiers of Bohol, Cute Little Bastards! (Philippines)

Tarsiers, Bohol, Philippines

If you are heading anywhere near Bohol in the Philippines, then the Tarsier Foundation Centre is a must see! You can’t help but love these cute, tiny creatures. For only 50 pesos ($1.20) you have an almost guaranteed chance of seeing these little critters. During our visit we saw 4, of which 2 were willing to pose for us 🙂 Cute they may be, although they are harmless to humans, …

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Eating Balut (Boiled Duck Foetus), Philippines (VIDEO)

Eating Balut, Philippines

TOMMO EATS SOMETHING TERRIBLE. Boiled egg with a difference? This is it. At 18 days into incubation, fertilised duck eggs are robbed from their mothers and boiled up to serve hungry Filipinos. This is one of the holy grails of strange food. The thing that amazed me most was that these are not a rare, impossible to find delicacy. In the Philippines you can find balut on every street corner. …

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Masskara Festival 2013 VIDEO (Bacolod, Philippines)

This is one of the most colourful festivals in Asia and, unlike Holi in India, you don’t need to get coated in paint in order to attend. It is still mostly a local festival but go soon as the word is getting out and it becomes more commercial and international every year. In this video we experience the final day of the festival, the highlight of which is the street …

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Masskara Festival 2013 Photo Blog

If one thing is certain, you can’t help but have fun! The Masskara Festival is one of the Philippines’ most vibrant festivals. We made it to the 2013 event to enjoy amazingly colourful masks, street dancing and a carnival spirit that would seem more familiar in South America. The festival originated out of sorrow as a way to cheer up the local population. In 1980, after a massive economic downturn …