It's hard to complain when you're sitting in Premium Economy and there's no-one sitting next to you.
A favourite haunt for this expat is La Mesa Eco Park - the last rainforest in Manila.
Six of the best luxury stays on Boracay Island in the Philippines.
The passenger next to me decides to watch an expletive-laden documentary - without headphones.
A bamboo bike enterprise gives local jobs and sightseers a unique city tour.
General Douglas MacArthur returned, but The Beatles got out of town... The Manila Hotel has some tales to tell.
Whether taking off or landing, observe the islands and beaches of this archipelago spread out below.
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.