Make it More Than a March

Today is the day that we celebrate the existence of Earth, and we make more sustainable decisions like turning off the lights and taking shorter showers. For whatever reason, people don’t do this daily. To some, being environmentally friendly is considered “trendy” and not vital. What people fail to understand, whether it be from ignorance

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Kota Kinabalu – Mangroves

Plants are expected to consist of roots, stems and leaves. It’s usually assumed that dirt is somehow involved. Mangrove plants, however, are an exception. Mangroves are groups of trees and shrubs that grow in saline or brackish water in inter-tidal areas between land and the sea in subtropical and tropical regions. There are 69 “true”

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Scuba Diving 101 – Kota Kinabalu

One of the cheapest places to get a dive certification in Southeast Asia is Kota Kinabalu in the Sabah region of Eastern Malaysia. By doing some research, one can find that are different diving certifications. Deciding whether PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), SSI (Scuba Schools International), NAUI, RAID, CMAS, and any other of the

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How to deal with theft when backpacking

As some readers of this blog may already know, my laptop got stolen on a 10-hour bus ride from Probolinggo, Java, Indonesia while travelling to Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia. I placed my laptop in my bag with two security locks by my feet and kept what I thought to be a good eye on it. At

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National Animal: Philippines – The Carabao

The Carabao (Bubalus bubalis) is often mistaken for a large rock, a puddle with huge horns or a big black road block. Though this swamp-loving domestic water buffalo is found all throughout rural South East Asia, in the Philippines the Carabao holds special status as the National Animal. There are two main theories about the

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Laptop Stolen #Sad

In true Canadian fashion, I’m apologizing for things that are beyond my control. Last week while on my way to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, my beloved laptop was stolen from me on a bus. Luckily, I had most of my work backed up with a few exceptions so it wasn’t the end of the world. However, it

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The 3 Top Eco-Tourism Spots in Sagada

Ecotourism is a new conservation movement based in the tourist industry. It has been described as “responsible travel which conserves the natural environment and sustains the well-being of local people” [1]. High up in the Cordillera mountains in the Northern Luzon region of the Philippines exists the town of Sagada. This place is booming with

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The World Through His Eyes: Bangkok Art and Culture Center

Usually, art and science don’t go hand in hand. Often, art and science are unfortunately pitted against each other when both can compliment each other. That is the case with the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre in Thailand. In the heart of smog-choked and traffic ridden capital, there is an oasis of art entwined with

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Standing on the Edge: Northern Negros Natural Park

Imagine hiking through 805 square kilometers of pristine rainforest in South East Asia. Envision walking for an hour and a half to see the magnificent 60-foot Pulang Tubig waterfall with a local guide. It’s hard to believe it only costs 150 Philippine Pesos which is 3 DOLLARS AND 93 CENTS CAD which can be split among

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