Motorcycle Trips · October 20, 2017
Samar Motorbike Trip Photos - Dancalan, Philippines - Ricoh GR ii © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Riding the island of Samar was much more of an adventure than I thought it would be. First of all, it's huge. Second, it's not so developed...and while it's great to get off the well-worn tourist path, the roads are pretty rough. Third, it was the start of the rainy season. However, the landscapes are great for photography, the locals were friendly, and the food was quite good. I'll show you...
Philippines Travel Destinations · October 19, 2017
Tarangban & Bangon Waterfall Photos - Calbayog, Samar - Philippines © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
I was on an challenging (but beautiful) motorbike ride through the massive region of Samar, Philippines. I wanted to stop by Calbayog, because I read there were 2 beautiful waterfalls in the mountains there. Bangon Falls looked pretty nice, but I was really interested in photographing majestic Tarangban Falls further up the trail...
Philippines Travel Destinations · October 13, 2017
Tacloban City Tour - Leyte, Philippines © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
I was in the Philippines during Typhoon Yolanda. I weathered the storm with a family in Legazpi, about 250kms away from the epicenter, Tacloban City. I volunteered doing repacking afterward, but at the time, was not allowed to visit Tacloban. 3 years later, I finally got my chance. I flew to Leyte province, and I must say...Tacloban is doing much, much better than I thought it would be...
Taiwan Hotels · October 08, 2017
Hotel Proverbs - Taipei, Taiwan © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
This is the story of my last night in Taipei...it was so much more than just a hotel stay - it was an experience...and one that I could not pass up.
Taiwan Hotels · September 28, 2017
Gloria Residence Hotel, Taipei © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
I was halfway through my tour of Taipei, and was scheduled to stay with this property in the Zhongshan District. Honestly, I didn't know much about it, but a cursory search resulted in some rave reviews and striking photos. Well, I'm so very happy I accepted the invitation - I loved everything about this place!
Taiwan: Food · September 26, 2017
Chiou Hwa Cantonese Restaurant, Taipei © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Upon walking into Gloria Prince Hotel and continuing to the restaurant on the 2nd floor, it was quite obvious I was in for a treat. The dining hall was quite spacious, adorned with elaborate chandeliers and elegant dinner table settings. CHIOU HWA is a traditional Cantonese restaurant known for its dim sum and roast duck. In fact, the restaurant is famous for serving "Peking Duck" an impressive nine different ways.
Snorkeling and Diving in Philippines · September 20, 2017
Snorkeling Photos in Southern Leyte - Philippines © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
I was on an epic motorbike trip around massive Leyte province in the southern Philippines. Along a peaceful, secluded coastline, far removed from the hustle and bustle of Tacloban City, lies Padre Burgos. Humble and unassuming...yet it beckons adventurous divers from around the world.
Philippines Travel Destinations · September 15, 2017
Tourists on Kalanggaman Island Beach + Sandbar (Photos) - Palompon, Leyte - Philippines © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
During a motorbike tour of the central Philippines, Leyte Gulf Travel and Tours invited me to experience the gem of their province - Stunning Kalanggaman Island. I had received some inside tips about the sandbar on this island, so I already knew it was a MUST SEE...
Motorcycle Trips · September 14, 2017
Motorbike Photography Tour - Leyte, Philippines © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
I'm not sure why, but somehow I always pictured Leyte as kind of boring...and flat. Instead, as my flight from Cebu prepared for landing in Tacloban, I was shocked to see beautiful, mountainous terrain out the window! Add to that coconut-tree lined white-sand beaches, and you see why my excitement really began to grow...
Caluwayan Beach Resort in Marabut, Samar - Philippines © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Staying at Caluwayan is like being let in on a very good secret...definitely one of the gems of the southern Philippines!

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