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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A little dose of Ethical Animal Tourism in Negros

When you think of a conservationist haven, the last place you would think to look is in the urbanized city of Bacalod on the Visayan island of Negros. Yet, the Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation Incorporated (NFEFI) centre and its rare inhabitants live in the heart of the city. Why visit this tiny conservation centre?

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It’s NOT a Monkey: The Tarsier

One of the biggest pet peeves of a primatologist (a person who studies primates), let alone most biologists, is when people call primates ‘monkeys’. Primates are a highly diverse group that includes the Great Apes, Old World Monkeys, New World Monkeys, Prosimians and Humans [1]. Sometimes misbehaving humans are also referred to as monkeys, but is that accurate? Nope. Tarsiers

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How to Meet a Monkey!

It’s a monkey! Up in that tree over there, in those bushes, on the ground! Stealing that tourist’s camera! For many backpackers travelling in South East Asia, the first encounter with a monkey, let alone any kind of primate is one of enchantment, enthrallment and sometimes entanglement. There is something about seeing our distant relatives

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The Case of the Mysterious Bird of Paradise

No, this article isn’t about a beautiful tropical bird with a unique and slightly hilarious mating ritual. It’s about the angiosperm (also known as flowering plant) that I came across in Tam-Awan Village in Baguio, Northern Luzon, Philippines depicted in picture provided. Based on what the employees in Tam-Awan were able to tell me, this

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