It's hot, it's steamy ... just the weather to spend in an airconditioned super-mall that is this shop-mad city's specialty, writes Belinda Jackson.
It's little known in the West that three of the world's 10 largest malls can be found in the Philippines.
Some of the world's best pampering is not so far from home, writes Rachael Oakes-Ash.
The Philippines leads in celebrations of the season, writes David Wilson.
A secret lagoon is one of the jewels Ellie Fazan has discovered in the Palawan islands.
Nowhere celebrates like Asia. From the Philippines to Japan, David Wilson finds a festival for everyone.
From Shanghai to New York and back to NSW, luxury hotels are set to open en masse.
I am travelling to Manila and Ho Chi Minh City. Is there public transport for transfers to and from airports and hotels? Is the taxi system safe?
Made up of 7000 islands, this Southeast Asian jewel is the one to watch. Why? Its beaches rival its neighbours, without the tourist hordes; the backdrop for any scene is a volcano, smouldering ominously; dazzling green rice terraces are carved out of incandescent valleys; its plucky and embracing people; its tiny, bug-eyed tarsiers that cling to trees like limpets; and the beautiful bumpy landscapes of Bohol.