El Nido – Turning 30 in Paradise

El Nido is far and away the most paradisaical location I’ve ever had the pleasure of vacationing in.  This Filipino Island is consistently ranked as the top beach in the world.  After traveling to blissful places like Thailand’s Koh Phi Phi and Philippines’s Boracay’s white beach before El Nido, I wholeheartedly defend El Nido’s superiority.  It was these very rankings coupled with dozens Read More …

3 nights in Puerto Princessa, Palawan – Philippines

After a few day on Cebu Ronda and I departed for Palawan where my brother, Ben, was waiting for us in Puerto Princessa. Truth be told this city is really just a hub and the best thing to do is head north for Sabang, Port Barton or El Nido but if you’ve got a few days Read More …

Top 10 Travel Photos of 2015 #10

2015 brought me good fortune and even greater photos.  My camera followed me from New Years Eve with my family in New Jersey then back to Korea before enjoying Lunar New Year in Thailand and short stint in Taiwan for Buddha’s Birthday.  Then we went up a few Korean mountains and swam in stunning Korean islands before heading back Read More …

A Week in Thailand’s Andaman Sea

Thailand’s Andaman sea is a fantastic magical, place where dreams go to grow up and become even more grandiose fantasies. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got storm clouds providing a refreshing downpour or blue skies radiating above you, Thailand’s southern islands are sure to please.  This was my second trip to the Andaman (last February I Read More …

Ulleungdo – A weekend on Korea’s exotic island

Exploring Korean exotic islands is quickly turning the summer of 2015 into one of the best of my life!  We jumped on the Seoul Hiking Group bus and headed to he eastern port of Donghae before setting up tents on the beach and waking up to the waves.  The 3 hour ferry from Donghae to Read More …

Bijindo – Take 2 on Korea’s Hidden Paradise

This weekend I took my second trip to Bijin Island (Bijindo).  Last time I called this slice of paradise a “hint of Thailand” just off the southern coast of South Korea.  This trip proved that to be even more true as the waters warmed up and the sun joined us for an incredible weekend.  The only Read More …

Deep Sea Fishing & Fireworks at Hajodae Beach, Yangyang – Seoul Hiking Group

A relaxing day on Hajodae beach is the best medicine after a strenuous day on Dinosaur Ridge in Seoraksan National Park.  Ronda and I opted for a day of R&R instead of biking 50km along the eastern coast.  We were joined by a handful of other beach goers as yoga, sand castles & raw seaweed filled our Read More …

Saryangdo with Seoul Hiking Group 3.0

This weekend Seoul Hiking Group took our usual night bus to Saryangdo was pleasantly uneventful.  Little did I know but my 3rd trip to the island would be just as stunning as the first.   A true testamant to the natural beauty Saryangdo possesses.  We arrived at Goseong Dino Park at 5am for a quick Read More …

A private long boat – Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

After playing with tigers in Phuket Brian and I headed straight to Koh Phi Phi.  This island paradise became famous after Leonardo DiCaprio starred in The Beach; a movie about pot farmers and hippie tourists set on Koh Phi Phi.  Although the ferry from Phuket takes less than 2 hours plan a half day for your journey since they Read More …

A new year begins in Thailand

2015 is the year of the ram and my 2015 will be full of challenging new adventures.  Today I introduced 5 new members to grade 4 as the team leader, Brian and I just moved into an amazing new apartment and I’ve been volunteering with Seoul Hiking Group long enough to start planning my own hikes Read More …