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Five most tolerant Southeast Asian countries for gay travellers

Many gay people assume that South East Asia isn’t a friendly destination for travellers of their sexuality, but they couldn’t be more wrong. While some countries, such as Malaysia, Brunei and parts of Indonesia are notorious for their lack of tolerance, most other places are entirely relaxed. Here, avid traveller…


Philhealth gouges foreigners – premiums to rise steeply

As I’m sure many expats have heard by now, those of us who are taking advantage of local rates for Philhealth are about to have our premiums go up. Rather significantly. No more are we going to get away with a few hundred pesos per quarter, a price worth paying,…





High five: A solo traveller’s top experiences in the Philippines

Reshma Narasing is an avid traveller from India, who particularly loves to fly solo and get off the beaten track. Here, she shares some of her favourite experiences in the Philippines (and one disaster) that can be found beyond the country’s perfect beaches: The Philippines is a nation of more than 7,000 gorgeous…



Showbiz for ugly people? How Filipino politics is one big soap opera

Ever wondered why politics in the Philippines is so melodramatic? Or how any Filipino who gets even remotely famous ends up in public office? Here Anna Cristina Pertierra of Western Sydney University discusses how the country proves the old adage that “politics is show business for ugly people”… The international press has become…


Phnom Penh: Where I found that elusive work-life balance

After a restless nomadic life, Ben Johnson says he’s finally found a place he’s happy to call home in the Cambodian capital. Here he sings the praises of the rapidly developing city: Phnom Penh, like any city in a developing country, presents unique opportunities for work and leisure, acting as…


The human cost: One family’s experience on the frontline of the drug war

The human cost of President Duterte’s controversial war on drugs is most usually measured in stark numbers — a steadily mounting body count, ticking its way through the hundreds and thousands. However, this report by journalist Aie Balagtas See for Inquirer.net looks behind these faceless numbers to examine how one death…