Archive for February, 2012

Trip Roundup: Holiday 2011-2012

Here’s a summary in links of our trip to the Philippines and Hong Kong through Christmas 2011 and New Year 2012: Photo and Video Flickr photo collection YouTube playlist Travel Log Entries: IAD-SFO-HKG-MNL Holiday in Manila and Coron Dive Log: Wrecks of Coron Oceans and History in Hong Kong HKG-ORD-IAD


A few notes on the trip from Hong Kong back to DC: We were originally supposed to fly through SFO on a 777 but at some point United did a schedule change and it became a 747 to ORD. The change meant departing an hour earlier, and our seat reservations were wiped. We lost our […]

Oceans and History in Hong Kong

After leaving the Philippines we spent a few days in Hong Kong before heading back to DC. This is our third time doing so, as United usually flies as far as HKG en route to MNL (I usually book the HKG-MNL trip separately so it’s cheaper), and it makes for a convenient “decompression” stop after […]

Dive Log: Wrecks of Coron

Coron Wreck Diving photoset Coron Wreck Diving video Rocksteady Dive Center Coron’s main draw for scuba divers is the fleet of World War II Japanese shipwrecks sunk around the Calamian Islands by US bombers in September, 1944. Around an hour by boat (give or take a few minutes depending on which wreck) from Coron proper, […]

Holiday in Manila and Coron

We were in the Philippines for about a week and a half — in Metro Manila for Christmas, then in Coron, Busuanga after Christmas through New Year, and back in Metro Manila for a few more days onward.


Our adventures started the night before, with United changing our seat assignments without notification, then disabling Amy’s online check-in. Then, some excitement on departure: a transformer blew up at the corner as we left in our taxi.