A Walkable Day Tour of Manila City

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Asia, Philippines | No Comments
A Walkable Day Tour of Manila City

Frequently ignored as a travel destination in its own right, by tourists visiting the Philippines who are attracted to the pristine islands rather than life in the city, Manila is often simply used as a transit city due to its widely connected international airport. Manila can indeed be intimidating; it is a city which is […]

Cheeky Passports’ Favourite Instagram Shots

Cheeky Passports’ Favourite Instagram Shots

Instagram is one of our favourite social media platforms, yet it takes a lot of work to plan ahead and choose what photos to post. Here’s a small collection of Cheeky Passports’ favourite Instagram shots taken over the past months. Remember you can get a daily dose of our pictures by following our Instagram account CheekyPassports! […]

Meeting the Kalinga Tribe in Buscalan

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Asia, Philippines | No Comments
Meeting the Kalinga Tribe in Buscalan

Buscalan, the village of fierce (former) head-hunters, is today famous for being home to Whang-Od, the 100-year old, world-renowned tattoo artist who continues to ink enthusiastic visitors using the traditional Kalinga backhand tap technique. In fact, this is the reason why we found ourselves in Buscalan. I wanted to get a Kalinga tattoo made by […]

Getting to Buscalan, Home of the Kalinga

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Asia, Philippines, Planning | No Comments
Getting to Buscalan, Home of the Kalinga

This is a post dedicated solely to the logistics of getting to Buscalan from Bontoc and back. Since we found it so difficult to find the relevant details about getting there and away when we were planning to visit Whang-Od, here is detailed information about how to do this, which we hope will make your journey […]

Two months in the Philippines – Travel expenses and costs

Posted by on Jun 17, 2017 in Asia, Philippines, Planning | No Comments
Two months in the Philippines – Travel expenses and costs

After having spent the last 15 years of our lives living on a professional wage which we mostly spent on wining, dining, travel and entertainment in general, setting a restrictive daily budget for traveling around the world was no easy task. Expensive dinners and wine had to be set aside and replaced by affordable accommodation […]

Discovering the Caves and Coffins of Sagada

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Asia, Philippines | 16 Comments
Discovering the Caves and Coffins of Sagada

Sagada was our next stop after having explored the rice terraces of Banaue and Batad.  People we met raved about how beautiful Sagada was and how we should spend time there, so we booked a three-night stay without actually having a clear idea of what to do there. Indeed it was a good decision, the […]

15 Must Try Street Foods In The Philippines

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Asia, Food, Philippines | No Comments
15 Must Try Street Foods In The Philippines

Since we travelled around the Philippines on a budget, most of our meals consisted of street food and cheap (but hearty) dishes at local eateries. Street food is often deep fried or grilled and very tasty, though definitely not the healthiest option around! Healthy or not, here are 15 must try street foods in the […]

The Rice Terraces of Banaue and Batad

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Asia, Philippines | 2 Comments
The Rice Terraces of Banaue and Batad

Just when we thought that the Philippines couldn’t get any prettier after having spent two weeks exploring deserted beaches and waterfalls, we made our way to the north, heading towards the rice terraces of Banaue and Batad. Actually, it didn’t start off that well; we arrived by overnight bus from Baguio on a dull rainy […]

50 Tips for Traveling in the Philippines

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Asia, Philippines, Planning | 6 Comments
50 Tips for Traveling in the Philippines

The Philippines is by no means an easy country to travel in. It is sometimes complicated to get around, transport is difficult to book and you will find that “I don’t know” is the most common response to your questions. Many procedures are overly slow and complicated and information is hard to obtain, very often […]

Cheeky Passports’ Chicken Adobo Recipe

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Food, Philippines | 5 Comments
Cheeky Passports’ Chicken Adobo Recipe

Perhaps there is no dish that encompasses Filipino cuisine, culture and history in the same way that the Adobo does. The dish consists of meats marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, peppercorns and garlic cooked until very tender, whereupon the meat and thickened sauce is served over rice. Pork and chicken are typically used due to […]