Travel Gear · February 28, 2018
Olukai Ohana Koa Flip Flops Close Up - Copyright @idreamedofthis
Hawaiian Flip Flop manufacturer Olukai is known for creating waterproof, "adventure footwear". However, I took a pair of less adventurous Oofos on an island trekking trip, too. They performed surprisingly well! Here are the pros and cons of each pair...
My Family History · February 19, 2018
Nathan Allen and Pocahontas (Photo on left © Tiffany Schoepp - via tiffphoto.com)
February 28, 2018 – Did I just find a drop of honey in the milk pot? It started just like any other day...here I was, a (very) white American searching my family tree online. It ended with the surprising discovery that I am the great, great* grandson of Pocahontas – one of the most famous Native Americans of all time. Well, you can add this little bit of ancestry to the list of things I never saw coming.
Singapore - Streets & Culture · February 05, 2018
Thaipusam Festival Photos - Little India, Singapore - Sony A7 ii © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Legend states that the Hindu mother goddess gave a spear to Murugan, the god of war. With this spear, she helped him destroy an evil demon. Once a year on the full moon, Tamil Hindus around the world commemorate this during the fascinating Thaipusam Festival. They do so by fasting for 48 hours, and carrying heavy pots of milk on their heads. Others, incredibly, by “spearing” their own skin. Some even wear heavy, elaborate metal cages that are literally “fish hooked” and chained into...
Motorbike 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 Destinations · October 19, 2017
Tarangban & Bangon Waterfall Photos - Calbayog, Samar - Philippines © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
I was on a 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 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.

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