TRAVEL

New Orleans: Cemetery and Garden District Tours

Part of New Orleans’ charm and lore is its relationship with the dead. Its cemeteries have become tourist spots themselves, and have been featured in movies, TV shows, and a surprising amount of music videos. Because of the big volume of tourists and later, the large incidents of vandalism, tourists are only allowed in the […]

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TRAVEL

New Orleans: The French Quarter

I have always wanted to visit New Orleans. The city has inspired so many books, movies, and TV shows. Interview with the Vampire. America Horror Story: Coven. And one of my favorite films, Undercover Blues. I went with my friend L. We hadn’t seen each other since college, but had kept in touch on social […]

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TRUE WEIRD

True Weird: Supernatural Stories from Villa Escudero

If you grew up in Manila the 70s and 80s, Villa Escudero was the place for family vacations. And now, decades later, the resort still hasn’t lost its charm. Highlights included (and still includes) rides in hydraulic carts pulled by carabaos with flowers on their horns, as well as dining at the foot of a […]

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PHILIPPINES, TRAVEL

Netong’s La Paz batchoy: Iloilo Comfort Food

Iloilo is known for its La Paz batchoy, a pork noodle soup filled with innards and egg noodles, topped with fried garlic, spring onion, and pork cracklings. It is believed that the dish was invented at Netong’s, located in the middle of the La Paz market. Netong’s was started in 1948 by Leonito Guillergan, whose […]

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