Above the Sea

Calatagan, Batangas, the Philippines

April 29 – 30, 2013

This was closer to the water than beachfront. Obviously Maldives-inspired, Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort boasted of eight cottages perched on stilts out in the sea. Why should we bother with a beach when we could just jump out of bed to the crystal waters of the West Philippine Sea?

Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort
Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort

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The City of My Concession

Shanghai, China

February 20, 2012

China showed some cracks. And we could see a continent half a world away through them.

Back in the era of steamers, when Westerners sailed into Shanghai through the Huangpu River, they were greeted not by ancient pagodas, but by a far more familiar sight – the decidedly European skyline of Old World buildings at the city’s iconic waterfront, the BundΒ (Waitan in Chinese).

Shanghai in Sepia
Shanghai in Sepia

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