greenphils: (noun) nature lovers; ones who have an affinity for nature.

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Permaculture on Hawaii’s Big Island

La’akea Community is an intentional permaculture community near Pahoa, on the Big Island of Hawai’i. On our recent trip to the Big Island, we had a chance to visit La’akea and spend a night there learning about some of the farming techniques used in the community, as well how the community structures itself. […]

Coron is Not Your Bikini Bottom

By now, you probably know about Viacom International Media Network’s plan to develop a Nickelodeon Resort and Attraction in the Philippines. The attraction is part of the 400-hectare undersea-themed Coral World Park to be developed (no, they won’t!) in Coron, Palawan, and is expected to open in 2020. […]

Things to Do in Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is a beautiful city along the Pacific Coast in San Mateo County, California. If you live in the Bay Area, and want to get a feel of the scenic Big Sur, or the Morro Bay ambiance, without having to travel too far, this is the place to go. The city is super charming, it offers more than what meets the eye. […]

Getting Around to Improving Public Transport

What is the best way to get around?

We are fortunate enough to live at a spot in the Bay Area where many modes of public transportation are available. From Oakland, we take the train or the ferry to get to and from San Francisco, even to and from the airport, or take the bus or walk to go do groceries or meet up with friends nearby. We only use the car when we are going out for a far hike, or when we have to travel somewhere really remote. I would say we are truly lucky to live where it’s convenient. […]

Sweet Destinations You Will Love in the Philippines

There’s no place more beautiful than home.

We have been to quite a lot of places in my home country, the Philippines, and there are still a lot to see. It will take a lifetime to visit each of its over 7,000 islands.

Here are our six picks for our most-loved places in the Philippines. […]

Desolation Wilderness

The Desolation Wilderness has been a favorite spot among backpackers since it was founded in 1969. It’s all for a great number of reasons — it is seemingly untouched; photos don’t do justice to how beautiful the area really is; backpackers you would meet (if you see them at all, as there’s not a lot) are friendly; its plentiful wildlife; the cold refreshing waters you bathe in after hours of endless hikes; the night sky… this list could go on and on. […]

CNN International Puts the Green Agenda Centre Stage Through New Series ‘Eco Solutions’

Air quality, polluted oceans and energy production: these are just some of the environmental issues blighting our planet today. Who has the answers? What has been proven to work? Starting on July 23, each month CNN’s new TV and digital series ‘Eco Solutions’ will tell the stories of people around the world creating innovative solutions to preserve the planet. Hosted by CNN international correspondent and anchor, Isa Soares, the 15-minutes show will take viewers from the cities improving the air they breathe to the countries running on renewable energy. […]

Backpacking Guide for the Clueless

We’re back from a five-day straight backpacking/camping trip, and as a clueless (formerly, now, just slightly), newbie backpacker, I would say it’s a fun and adventurous leap forward. As a city dweller, I learned so many things — very shockingly basic and at times, difficult to do, but it’s the kind that as you keep walking, you get used to it, and well, learn the joy in doing it.

Wanted: Good Food


Food. Shelter. Clothing. I remember growing up learning from school that these are our three basic needs. In this trinity, food is king for the very obvious reason that we will die without it. However, these days, with the proliferation of genetically-modified, chemically-manufactured, and highly-processed food, we can no longer say that what we are buying at the stores, and have been putting in our mouths, is safe. […]

Saving Manila

Early this week, news about the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) teaming up with the Office of the Ombudsman to file charges against barangay officials who would allow the waterways to be polluted again after their Estero Blitz clean-up operation came out. I would say this must definitely be out of frustration on the part of the MMDA after ‘possibly’ realizing that clean-up drives are futile when communities do not have the will — and the local governments too, do not really have the political will, to put into effect policies that should have been implemented over a decade ago. […]

Bucas Grande Island, Philippines

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have your own private island beach? I’m a lucky wife because for our anniversary, Larry booked us a private island cove at my father’s hometown, Surigao. If you are the nature-loving quiet type who enjoys the quiet serenity of being really far from the city (and with this, I really mean too remote you can’t leave because you really are on an island), then, Bucas Grande is perfect for you. […]

Reusable Menstrual Pads, Anyone?


Fact: I am old enough to remember the days when my older relatives would use a pasador whenever they have their period. A pasador is a piece of white cloth women would fold and line their panties with when its the time of the month, which they would wash and dry after every use. […]

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