Scuba Diving 101 – Kota Kinabalu

One of the cheapest places to get a dive certification in Southeast Asia is Kota Kinabalu in the Sabah region of Eastern Malaysia. By doing some research, one can find that are different diving certifications. Deciding whether PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), SSI (Scuba Schools International), NAUI, RAID, CMAS, and any other of the…

Happy Birthday Dr. Goodall!

Dr. Jane Goodall has been one of the most significant influences in my life. She is credited with inspiring my love for animals at a very young age. I remember when I was a child, my favorite was her children’s book series that focused on baboons, elephants, giraffes, hyenas, lions, wildebeest, and of course, chimpanzees.…

How to deal with theft when backpacking

As some readers of this blog may already know, my laptop got stolen on a 10-hour bus ride from Probolinggo, Java, Indonesia while travelling to Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia. I placed my laptop in my bag with two security locks by my feet and kept what I thought to be a good eye on it. At…

National Animal: Philippines – The Carabao

The Carabao (Bubalus bubalis) is often mistaken for a large rock, a puddle with huge horns or a big black road block. Though this swamp-loving domestic water buffalo is found all throughout rural South East Asia, in the Philippines the Carabao holds special status as the National Animal. There are two main theories about the…

Laptop Stolen #Sad

In true Canadian fashion, I’m apologizing for things that are beyond my control. Last week while on my way to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, my beloved laptop was stolen from me on a bus. Luckily, I had most of my work backed up with a few exceptions so it wasn’t the end of the world. However, it…

The 3 Top Eco-Tourism Spots in Sagada

Ecotourism is a new conservation movement based in the tourist industry. It has been described as “responsible travel which conserves the natural environment and sustains the well-being of local people” [1]. High up in the Cordillera mountains in the Northern Luzon region of the Philippines exists the town of Sagada. This place is booming with…