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Articles by Benjamin Johnson

Confessions of a tour guide: It’s a pig of a job!

Running stag tours in the Philippines has led me to realise that whatever problems the country has, there are at least three things it has in abundance — beautiful woman, beautiful beaches and ladyboys (who aren’t always beautiful). These three elements should provide a pretty solid bedrock for the perfect…




Ben’s bargains: How to enjoy Hong Kong without breaking the bank

For me, Hong Kong is one of my favourite cities in Asia. Coming from other nearby countries, it’s impossible not to enjoy the clean, efficient transport infrastructure, the cosmopolitan atmosphere and the wonderful food The only drawback to the place? It’s not cheap. As soon as you cross that border…


Life is short: How the little people of the Philippines think big

Life in the developing world can be extremely tough, for some more so than others. In particular those who have physical or mental impairments can find themselves in extremely dire circumstances. One small group of people however has managed to turn their misfortune into fun-size employment. Mostly in the entertainment…



Ben’s bargains: Top ten Angeles City hotels for less than 50 bucks

Although the Philippines is notoriously cheap, there’s no reason to sacrifice quality in the search of decent accommodation. Having experienced rooms with no running water and beds crawling with millipedes it definitely pays to do a bit of research before taking the budget option. So, here are my top 10 choices for great accommodation in Angeles…