After beholding the overwhelming, unsullied magnificence of this paradoxical island, we were badly torn between a) shouting out to the world how damn fine this place is, and b) keeping its majesty to ourselves. We would have preferred the latter but we so want you to get a superlative summer experience right here in the Philippines. Continue reading NORTHERN EXPOSURE: BATANES→
SHE is the most potent legacy of the behemoth, feisty Channel-crossing blue bloods of a vanished, glorious era. She is the largest, tallest, and most expensive passenger ship ever created and launched in naval history. She is Queen Mary 2.
CHINESE, not Chinese-ish. This is what China Star is.
On the surface, it doesn’t look anything like the red-and-gold Buddha food enclaves that supposedly represent Chinese cuisine in this city. No mall-style red banners screaming “We’re a Chinese restaurant!” nor any of the “talk-to-the-chopstick” attitude of stick-in-the-mud oriental establishments. Notably gone, too, are traditional Chinese trimmings that promise transportation to the Mainland.