Columns

(First of two parts on the Philippines)

A kind of frenetic mania pervades the urban streetscape as the cultural combine of East and West continues to define itself while the business of daily life goes on. In the Philippines, all journeys seem to begin and end in the sprawling megalopolis that is Manila. One cannot know or hope to understand the modern-day Philippines without comprehending Manila.

An island outpost in Asia controlled for over 350 years by incumbent Western...

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by Kevin Keating

After boarding Oceania Cruises’ M/S Regatta in Barcelona, my friend Joe Lynch came to anchorage in a ship’s bar called Martinis. Lloyd Mthenby, a barman from South Africa, was juggling the ice and the olives, “And,” Joe told me, “this young man from Johannesburg is the best bartender I’ve ever met at sea.”

Now, that’s high praise coming from Joe, because he travels more than most people. And he’s a good judge of barkeeps over the waves and on the shore.

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 335th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

His column last appeared in our May ’03 issue and I was holding out hope that he would continue it, but I received word this month that our longtime Contributing Editor Bill Bennett has decided to retire from writing the Cruises column for ITN. Bill has moved into a retirement home and will no longer be traveling extensively.

Starting in 1974, Bill and Louise Bennett — true lovers of...

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by Philip Wagenaar, Contributing Editor

I heaved a sigh of relief. I had just filed our income tax return. It was March 2, 2003. Now I could fully enjoy our cruise, which left on March 10. I only had to make sure that the IRS would receive my payment by the April 15 deadline.

I figured I had two options. I could either send the tax due before we departed on our cruise and lose more than a month’s interest or I could ask our daughter to mail the check on April 14. However...

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by Kevin Keating

Hanging in the home of my friend Joseph Lynch is one of the best travel posters I’ve ever seen. It promotes Air Nepal’s Yeti Service and features a huge, hairy hand holding a tray with an iced martini. When you’re flying over the high Himalayas, wouldn’t you expect your cocktail to be served by a mythical beast? Of course you would.

Joe has retired from Merrill Lynch and travels frequently all over the world. He has sharp eyes and sees things a lot of people...

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