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China Border Crossing

Entering China seemed somehow different from crossing any other country border we’ve crossed to date. It might have been the tenuous relationship between the US and China, the difficulty acquiring a visa, entering a country with a, ehm, strong central government or that the guide book warned that it might be taken from us on crossing because of its depiction of Taiwan as a separate country. No photos were allowed, as is custom at every border,... Read More

Climbing Mt. Fansipan

When we entered Vietnam, I had never heard of Mt. Fansipan (or Phan xi Pang). At 3,143 meters (10,312 feet), Mt. Fansipan is no Mt. Everest. But it does rightfully claim the superlative of the tallest mountain in Indochina. Since I am hoping to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in a few months, I figured this would be a good start to my training regimen. When we arrived in Sapa, I shopped around for a tour operator in town and, in the process, found two folks... Read More

Sage Words?

An entertaining and bewildering article from Cebu Pacific’s in-flight magazine that I read on our flight from Manila to Bangkok today. In it, Tim Tayag, writes about his Mama’s top five sage words of advice on love and marriage that all Pinoy (Filippino) men should follow: 1. “Wait ’til you’re 30 to wed.” Sounds reasonable. 2. “Don’t marry an ugly girl.” Reasoning (paraphrased): when she becomes... Read More