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Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

Children in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
Chuck Sat, 2017-02-04 00:40
Today’s blog is short on the normal array of pictures for such a visually interesting destination as we’ve experienced the last week and a half. The reason is that Internet service has been such that the approximately 1,000 pictures we’ve taken are stuck on our local devices, unable to sync to Dropbox on the Internet-over-hemp-vine service we are enjoying here on the island of Palawan in the Philippines. Dodgy Internet service, however, goes hand-in-hand with visually interesting destinations, so you will simply have to rely more than usual on my stunning wit to spark your imagination...

The Unspoken Rule(s) Of Travel

Chuck Fri, 2017-01-27 22:08
Our recent 5 hour layover in Tokyo notwithstanding, we've not spent time in Japan, but we understand that when you ride the Tokyo subway you are expected to maintain complete and respectful silence. If you utter as much as a snide harrumph , Japanese officials will forcibly remove you from the subway and brutally chastise you with chopsticks. For multiple offenses, you may be subjected to an even worse penalty: being made to watch Japanese television for an hour. The Japanese are renowned for their politeness. We joke about our own inexplicable behavior in thanking toll booth attendants who'...


Boat Cruise on Pasig River, Manila Philippines
Chuck Sat, 2017-01-21 05:32
We love Manila because they don’t charge us for plastic bags at the grocery. Just kidding. Well, maybe not really. “Love” of a city is a complex thing. People ask us all the time about our favorite places, and without thinking we typically respond, “Spain, Portugal, the Oregon coast, Paris, and Des Moines”. And maybe a few other favorite spots. Asian megacity Manila, capital of the Philippines, may never earn a ranking in our ad hoc list of favorite destinations in the world, but we can say we’ve been here, and it IS likely that we will return. And to be honest, we've never been to Des Moines...

#RTW2017: As Of Now

View From Delta Airplane Landing in Seattle, Mt Rainier in Background
Chuck Sat, 2017-01-14 00:59
If recent blogging behavior is any indication, you'll get infrequent and irregular communications from us as we work our way around the globe in 2017. Our “Round The World 2017” trip is, in fact, already underway: I pen this on my iPhone sitting by the pool of our highrise AirBnB place in Manila, the Philippines. Lest you think we live a glamorous life of jet setting leisure, it is somewhat humid here. And there is nobody around to bring us drinks. See what sacrifices we make for your travel blog reading enjoyment? We set out just over a week ago. As Weather Channel people issued dire...

TSA Pre-Check, Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, and Foot Massages

Global Entry program logo
Chuck Sat, 2016-11-26 07:00
On our recent flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Atlanta, we were automatically given TSA Pre-Check status when we checked in with Delta. Of course we didn’t notice the little checkmark that graced our boarding passes until we approached the regular security line. Fortunately for us, an attendant checked our boarding passes and directed us to the Pre-Check line. So we walked an additional 50 yards or so and stood in the Pre-Check line. We very likely spent just as much time following this serendipitous process as we would have just getting in the plebe’s security line. But at least we didn’...