As Hong Kong Marks 25 Years of British Handover, Its 'Cage Homes' Remain a Stark Reminder of Its Inequities

A long, meandering corridor guarded by stale pipes and wires lining the walls separate the 10 cubicles stacked on either side. Their occupants—their faces covered in white masks amid the stifling heat—are squeezed into their tiny, allotted spaces demarcated by utensils, clothes and other mundane personal effects in the neon-lit human pen punctuated with electric fans, leaking sinks, and slices of blocked windows offering a grim vista of the back alley outside. Here, twenty-odd folks share one toilet – a privilege for which a few others next door would pay thrice their rent, just to halve the number of fellow users they have to share their own toilets with.

This is the interior of a 400 square foot flat tucked away in the mezzanine of a dilapidated building in Sham Shui Po—one of the poorest, yet also most rapidly gentrifying regions in Hong Kong, a city known for its sky-high property prices, extreme wealth inequality, free-wheeling capitalism, and more recently, anti-Beijing protests that have met with an even tighter control by China over the region it regained in 1997 from the British who ruled it for over 150 years. As the city marks 25 years of the handover, and finds itself in the center of a global power struggle between the U.S. and China, new concerns have been raised over the city’s space for civil and political debate and participation. There is far less global outrage at an old problem: its stark inequality. The so-called “cage homes”, like this one in Sham Shui Po, are its most glaring manifestation.

Roughly one in five Hongkongers lived under the poverty line, discounting for government welfare. With welfare support, the official figure is kept at around 8%, which is still more than half a million people. Over 220,000 people live in so-called “subdivided flats”, a dainty euphemism for the 4 by 4 by 6 ft spaces that the city’s poor, downtrodden, disabled, and neglected are crammed into at night. Out of sight, out of mind.

as hong kong marks 25 years of british handover, its 'cage homes' remain a stark reminder of its inequities
© Paul Yeung/Bloomberg via Getty An occupant of a subdivided residential unit located inside a building in Hong Kong, on June 13, 2017. Paul Yeung/Bloomberg via Getty

Yet, many of these tenants are by no means invisible at day. They are, in fact, ubiquitous, cleaning the city’s streets and sewers, loading and unloading its merchandise, waiting on customers at the thousands of restaurants dotting the metro, and manning shop counters and offices. They constitute the army of workers who keep Asia’s financial hub buzzing, but are so poorly paid that they can’t rent, let alone purchase, decently sized apartments. It shouldn’t take $700 a month to pay for the primitive shelter they take refuge in – but in a city where more than half of young adults make less than the median wage and it takes on average six years for a family to be allocated public housing, living with dignity—or some semblance of it—doesn’t come cheap.

In the subconscious of some of the city’s more privileged citizens lies the conception that cage homes – and their residents – belong to a fundamentally different Hong Kong, one that is both alien and non-existent. One that should be distanced from and pitied in equal parts – as the news cycle lusts for flashier and more excitable narratives of the city: whether it be its status as a financial and commercial gateway for China, or its persisting symbolism as a geopolitical fault line between two competing ideologies. In the eyes of many who have long benefited from Hong Kong’s excesses, radical poverty is a fait accompli. As it is for those who toil away at day and sleep in shoeboxes at night.

It shouldn’t be.

Hong Kong has a housing crisis—one that stems not from a dearth of supply per se but from a lack of affordable housing. It would take 23.2 years for someone earning the median gross household income—with no expenditure—to be able to afford a median-priced apartment. The consequences are dire: youths raised to see little to no prospects for social mobility, with their childhoods spent in suffocating space-lessness; retirees living on meager benefits dying alone, an issue compounded by the ongoing pandemic and lack of medical support for cage-home residents. I spent two months this year seeking to raise emergency funds and medical supplies for tenants in cage homes in Tsuen Wan and Kwai Chung, districts hit by the first mass lockdowns under the deadly fifth wave of the pandemic. The social support residents received was minimal at best.

How did we get here? There’s no simple explanation—neither those who attribute the crisis to speculative investors from the Chinese mainland with little to do with the unaffordability of the lower-end of the property market; nor those who trot out “unbridled capitalism” for everything, get it. To understand Hong Kong’s present malaise, we must turn to history.

In 1972, the British colonial administration sought to expand Hong Kong beyond the already highly urbanized regions of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The New Territories—the vast swathe of rural, low-density land lying to the north of the city—was a natural site for development. In seeking to court Indigenous villagers, the administration implemented the Small House Policy, which would guarantee government funding and land provision for every indigenous male villager to build one house. Inherited by the post-handover Hong Kong government, this policy only served to constrict the supply of developable lands for non-indigenous residents. In 2017, the city’s outgoing chief executive, Carrie Lam, called for a “reasonable resolution to the issue”. A new modus vivendi, balancing all parties’ interests, is very much the need of the hour.

as hong kong marks 25 years of british handover, its 'cage homes' remain a stark reminder of its inequities
© Alex Ogle/AFP via Getty Images Residential units clustered tightly together in an apartment complex in the Quarry Bay area of Hong Kong. Alex Ogle/AFP via Getty Images

Blame should not rest with indigenous villagers, who are as much part of the city as its other citizens. Instead, responsibility ought to remain with those who can and must resolve conflicts of interests through political acumen. Since Sir Haddon-Cave’s tenure as the city’s financial secretary in the late 1970s, the city’s administration had by and large adhered to “positive non-interventionism” as its guiding fiscal ethos.

With its spectacular attractiveness for foreign capital and businesses propped up by its minimal taxes and robust legal infrastructure, successive governments, even after the 1997 handover, eschewed proactive designing of industrial policy in favor of the market. The policy has generated 10-20% of government revenue over the past decades directly from land sales by the government.

The problem is structural, and should not be individualized through vilification of particular bureaucrats or officials. Nor, indeed, should it be reduced into Manichean lenses—blaming property developers and the civil service for creating the crisis. The blame game may suit those with a political agenda, but does little in ameliorating the suffering of those who desperately need a ladder out of deeply entrenched poverty.

Much could be done. Long-term solutions aimed at improving supply of public housing—with the aim of empowering tenants to become home-owners eventually, have been extensively touted. In the short- to medium-term, constructing compact yet well-maintained, humane, and hygienic transitory housing and doubling down on rent controls and subsidies would also help. Empowering understaffed yet highly devoted community organizations and associations with financial wherewithal and resources could rekindle public-private partnerships in a city where trust in government has been gravely challenged in recent years. More fundamentally, we need a robust education and employment safety net designed to provide a viable ladder out of structural poverty for those who find themselves in the city’s dark underbelly. As the city looks toward a new administration on the 25th anniversary of its handover, the time for transformative action to aid its poor has never been more ripe.

There are few lies in Hong Kong that are older and sweeter than the one local proverb, “If you work long and hard at it, you’ll get to own your own house.” That’s the stuff of dreams, actually. As I think about those faces in the neon-lit, claustrophobic corridors I walked during the COVID-19 pandemic, I am reminded of two lines from Wilfred Owen’s Dulcet et Decorum Est: “In all my dreams before my helpless sight/He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.”

News Related


Meet the country’s first woman deputy national police commissioner: Lieutenant General Tebello Mosikili

Durban – Meet Lieutenant General Tebello Mosikili, the first woman Deputy National Commissioner within the SAPS. With 33 years of experience under her belt, Mosikili says one of her immediate ... Read more »

Another tavern shooting in KZN takes two lives and leaves others injured

Two people were shot and killed at the Blue Waters Tavern in Peace Town, Ladysmith. Alfred Duma Municipality urges tavern owners to ensure their businesses are safe The incident occurred ... Read more »

All Blacks block ‘outside noise’, focus on the job against Boks – Richie Mo’unga

Richie Mo’unga said the All Blacks were blocking out the outside noise of their unhappy fans and focusing squarely on the job of snapping their three-match losing streak when they ... Read more »

National pothole repair project rolled out in KZN

Durban — As part of the national project Operation Valazonke, aimed at addressing potholes in KwaZulu-Natal, MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Neliswa Peggy Nkonyeni, conducted pothole patching in ... Read more »

Thiago Alcantara injury: Leaked report reveals length of absence as Liverpool links to Portuguese star strengthen

Jurgen Klopp with the injured Thiago Alcantara Liverpool have learned exactly how long they will be without Thiago Alcantara after the midfielder hobbled off the field during Saturday’s Premier League ... Read more »

Rum cake: A beautifully light cake for those important dinner parties

Cakes don’t just taste great in all their delicious forms, but they need to look the part too. We eat with our eyes and a decorated rum cake really does ... Read more »

‘We’re in hell’: Anele on why she’s NOT celebrating Women’s Day

‘We’re in hell’: Anele on why she’s NOT celebrating Women’s Day There’s a sense of anger,  sorrow, and numbness on the social media streets this Women’s Day. And it has ... Read more »

Chippa United sign Sundowns striker

Mamelodi Sundowns fans may not be well aware of Etiosa Godspower Ighodaro. The 21-year-old Nigerian has spent much of his time away on loan. CHIPPA UNITED SIGN NIGERIAN STRIKER FROM ... Read more »

Sugar and Spice and all things vice – how a South African pen pal allegedly got drugs to US prisoners

A 46-year-old South African woman has admitted to sending ‘legal paperwork’ and greeting cards saturated with K2, a synthetic cannabinoid, to inmates in an Ohio prison. Now she faces 20 ... Read more »

Gary Player in yet ANOTHER messy family feud with son

South African golfing legend Gary Player released a statement on Monday saying he had taken action to recover trophies and memorabilia that had been put up for auction by his ... Read more »

Ramaphosa: Struggle for women not yet over

Ramaphosa: Struggle for women not yet over RICHMOND – Women need to be uplifted to levels equal to men. That’s the word from President Cyril Ramaphosa. WATCH | SA women live in ... Read more »

Kaizer Chiefs TRIO set to miss Maritzburg United clash!

Kaizer Chiefs look set to be without three first team players this evening when they tackle Maritzburg United. Phathutshedzo Nange remains suspended for the Glamour Boys since last season’s final ... Read more »

EFF's Malema slams Zondo appointment as Chief Justice

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) president Julius Malema addresses supporters at the Maluti civic centre at Matatiele in the Eastern Cape during the party’s Women’s Day event on 9 August 2022. ... Read more »

RIP | Top SA cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen killed in car crash

RIP | Top SA cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen killed in car crash Former South African umpire Rudi Koertzen, labelled the ‘slow finger of death’ by the media, has died in ... Read more »

Tshwane fruit and veg market closed in crackdown on non-compliance of labour and immigration law

Cape Town – The Tshwane fruit and vegetable market in Marabastad was closed on Monday following a joint multi-departmental blitz to check on compliance with labour laws and immigration legislation. ... Read more »

Does a 'Chemical Imbalance' in the Brain Cause Depression? Maybe Not

Does a ‘Chemical Imbalance’ in the Brain Cause Depression? Maybe Not TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) — The notion that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the ... Read more »

Ashton Kutcher 'Lucky to Be Alive' After Battle With Vasculitis

Ashton Kutcher ‘Lucky to Be Alive’ After Battle With Vasculitis TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Actor Ashton Kutcher is opening up about dealing with a rare condition called ... Read more »

Wanted suspect dies during shootout with cops in KZN

Wanted suspect dies during shootout with cops in KZN Durban – A-28 year-old suspect wanted for business robbery, carrying an unlicensed firearm, and attempted murder,was shot dead on Sunday night ... Read more »

KZN ANC says appointing a woman premier has been long overdue

The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) African National Congress (ANC) says it’s been long overdue for the province to have a premier who is a woman. ANC believes they are ‘way, way, way’ ... Read more »

Ginger snap cookies: A classic holiday cookie for every day

We’ve all loved cookies since we were able to eat solid food. Cookies are amazing and have a way of letting us experience our inner child. As we get older, ... Read more »

UN team finds escalating evidence of Myanmar junta's crimes

Security forces in Myanmar have been engaged in a crackdown against those who voice dissent since last February The United Nations’ Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (IIMM) on Tuesday said ... Read more »

Rand Water: 53-hour planned maintenance to affect 6 municipalities

The 53-hour planned maintenance by portable water supplier, Rand Water, on its existing pipeline from 11 August will affect 6 municipalities. The maintenance will last until 22:00 on 13 August ... Read more »

Lemon sponge pudding: A versatile tea-time snack with friends

Do you enjoy having tea or coffee with your friends for brunch and a chat while enjoying a sweet treat too? There are so many different cakes but some of ... Read more »

'Comedy is a healer', says Tumi Morake on new comedy special

Comedian Tumi Morake in-studio with Bongani about her upcoming Laugh Mosadi comedy. Photo: 702 With rolling blackouts, skyrocketing fuel and food prices, and the often unbelievable things happening in the ... Read more »

Nottingham Forest on Benrahma trail after ruthless West Ham snub; talks with ex-Crystal Palace star ‘advanced’

West Ham winger Said Benrahma Nottingham Forest are eyeing another statement signing in the form of West Ham’s snubbed winger Said Benrahma, while a second deal is at an ‘advanced ... Read more »

Breaking: Springboks unleash Duane Vermeulen on poor All Blacks

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber made five changes to his starting line-up – two of which were injury enforced – for their second Rugby Championship clash against New Zealand in Johannesburg ... Read more »

Lira shares heartwarming health update following stroke: ‘I can still sing’

Lira shares heartwarming health update following stroke: ‘I can still sing’ South African songbird Lira left many of her friends and supporters feeling concerned after she suffered a stroke while ... Read more »

Lindiwe Sisulu: ‘Jessie Duarte’s cancer medicine is in my head, not my pocket’

Cape Town – Embattled cabinet minister Lindiwe Sisulu vehemently denied having secured medicine from Russia for ANC’s late Struggle icon Jessie Duarte, saying: “It’s all in my head… the medicine ... Read more »

The 10 most expensive teenagers in PL history – and how they fared

Premier League clubs are always planning for the future and often invest large amounts of money on promising young talents.  But it’s a very risky transfer strategy as a lot ... Read more »

With machine learning, new app filters out harmful sites for your kids

© vadymvdrobot/ Christopher Wilton is a partner at Lighthouse Technologies and speaks to Refilwe Moloto about their new app, which filters out harmful and offensive content as your kids surf ... Read more »

Three DEAD and 15 injured in multiple vehicle collision on M4

Three people have been killed and approximately 15 others injured in a multiple vehicle collision on the M4 Northbound before Victoria Embankment in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). A collision involving a taxi, ... Read more »

WATCH | SA is at war - analyst

WATCH | SA is at war – analyst   JOHANNESBURG – South Africa is at war and the poor are at the receiving end. That’s according to Political Analyst, Xolani ... Read more »

KZN ANC: Long overdue for a female premier in province

KwaZulu-Natal Premier-elect Nomusa Dube-Ncube. DURBAN – THE African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal said that it had been long overdue for the province to have a female premier. Nomusa Dube-Ncube ... Read more »

Kaizer Chiefs star SUSPENDED for Maritzburg clash!

Kaizer Chiefs will be without a midfielder star when they welcome Maritzburg United to the FNB Stadium tonight. Phathutshedzo Nange remains suspended for the Glamour Boys since last season’s final ... Read more »

Newspaper front pages from around the world, Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Here are the news stories that made the front pages of newspapers around the world. Today’s Newspaper fronts for Tuesday, 09 August 2022 – Newspapers across the globe. THE NEW ... Read more »

Is SA ready for four-day work week?

The COVID-19 pandemic that saw many countries going into lockdowns also changed ways of living for many communities. Some of these changes included adapting and finding new ways to work ... Read more »

Unconventional fashion icon Issey Miyake dies at 84

Unorthodox Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake died at age 84 on 5 August 2022. JOHANNESBURG – Unorthodox Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake has died after more than 50 years in ... Read more »

Watch: Fabrizio Romano explains Man Utd’s latest transfer failure

Slovenia’s Benjamin Sesko celebrates scoring their second goal, UEFA Nations League – Group H – Slovenia v Serbia – Stozice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 12 June 2022 You can’t always get ... Read more »

Curried green beans: The perfect old-school salad addition

Are you looking for a few pickling ideas? Do you know the most popular South African favourite pickling vegetable, especially in Afrikaans family homes? Curried green beans are a tangy ... Read more »

Roast of Khanyi Mbau: Memorable moments that had us screaming [watch]

Roast of Khanyi Mbau: Memorable moments that had us screaming [watch] The Roast of Khanyi Mbau has to be one of the most entertaining yet we’ve seen on Comedy Central, ... Read more »
5 Fantastic Stops On A Missouri Road Trip From St. Louis To St. JosephFolks Are Flocking To New Mexico For A High Flying Milestone This October15 Best Things to Do in New CarrolltonSurprising Shark Discovery Found Thousands Of Miles From Its HomeWhat You Need To Know About Road Closures At This National ParkThird-Culture Kid Blues: My Experience as an Indonesian Who Grew Up in MalaysiaA Guide to Ukay-Ukay Shopping in and Near Metro Manila7 Historic French Brasseries You Must Visit In Paris7 Amazing Outdoor Activities To Experience In Big Sky, Montana In The SummerTop 8 Questions To Ask Before Moving To Costa RicaEverything You Need To Know About Visiting Qatar¡Felices fiestas! A guide to Spain’s best annual events17 Amazing Things To Do In Beautiful Austin, TexasFancy Feast Isn’t Just For Felines, Where You Can Dine On Cat-Inspired Cuisine Why October Is The Best Time To See Elk In This StateBorobudur Temple – The World’s Largest Buddhist TempleMantigue Island: Camiguin’s Little Jewel | LakwatseroThe Wave of Utah and Arizona: Where “Amazing” is Understatement | LakwatseroMonad ShoalHow to Get to Luna ApayaoTales From Sadanga: The Trek to Fowa-as Falls | LakwatseroAbout BatadHow to Commute to 21 Kilometers Coffee and Back#13 Himalayan Mountain Range (Nepal)NATAS Travel Fair 2022: Best Travel and Tour Package Deals!Batanes: Sweet Rendezvous With My Playground | LakwatseroNaked IslandThe GreeneryBalabac Sojourn: Immersion in Bugsuk Island | Lakwatsero1. Chocolate HillsHow To Get to BulalacaoSurprises in Naujan | LakwatseroNatnat BeachScuba Diving in Mantigue Island: Revisiting Underwater HomeLubang: En Route to Big Surprises | LakwatseroAbout Cuyo1. Fortune Island (Nasugbu, Batangas)Climbing Mount MitsutogeWaterfalls of Mount Romelo: Buruwisan, Batya-Batya & MoreSurigao: Scuba Diving in Mabua | LakwatseroRooms and RatesBud Bongao: The Revered Mountain of Tawi-Tawi | LakwatseroHow to Get to CoronGoing In and Out of PokharaVisita Iglesia in Manila: Nine Churches to VisitA Day Trip to Seven Falls of Lake Sebu | LakwatseroBataan: Dunsulan Falls, Ambon-Ambon Falls & Limutan FallsHow to Get to MoalboalHow to Get to Kansalakan Enchanted RiverDetour to Mainland Sablayan | LakwatseroWaterfalls in Real, Quezon: Cawayan, Balagba & Noknok FallsRuwanwelisaya StupaSan GabrielColibra Island: Dasol’s Island Hideaway | LakwatseroHow to Get to Malamawi IslandHow to Get to Maosonon IslandBalabac Sojourn: Bugsuk Island Stole My Heart | LakwatseroAttractions in Igorot Stone KingdomNacpan & Calitang: The Twin Beaches of El Nido | LakwatseroCalinawan CaveClimbing Mount Fuji: Frequently Asked Questions1. Tropical Four SeasonsMasasa Beach Travel RequirementsPacsafe Toursafe Wheeled Duffel: The Ultimate Urban Adventure Buddy | LakwatseroHow to Get to Mount KitadakeKiltepan View Deck (Sagada, Mountain Province)A Solo DIY Trek to Kawah Ijen of Indonesia | LakwatseroFirst Time in NAIA Terminal 1: Seriously, It’s Not As Bad As You Think! | LakwatseroHow to Get to Mount Cayabu and MaynobaTagbilat Falls: The Curtain Falls of Zamboanga SibugayHow to get to Quitinday Falls and Underground RiverPaoay Church: UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ilocos NorteThe Island in FocusBicycle Diary: Kaybiang Tunnel Loop | LakwatseroSelf Guided 6D/5N Annapurna Base Camp TrekA Weekend of Ultimate Adventure in Baler | LakwatseroHow to Get to Camotes IslandsHail to Hulugan FallsIloilo: Where to Indulge in the City of LoveIntroducing SibaltanHow to Get to Kabutongan FallsHow to Get to Calinawan CaveAbout CaramoanHow to Get to Cabagnow Cave PoolFive Hours in Jakarta: A Walk in the Old Batavia (And Misadventures in Jakarta) | LakwatseroRacuh a Payaman (Marlboro Hills)Machu Picchu HouseAbout LubangHow to Get to Nagpatong Rock by Public Transport:A Glimpse of Manila Metropolitan Theater | LakwatseroAbout LunaAbout Capul IslandAlalum Falls: Shared Majesty of Sumilao and Impasug-ongSnake IslandZunsibarPico de Loro Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)Tulay na Bato Falls48 Hours in Brisbane: A Quick Guide & ItineraryAbout BiriTales of a True Wanderer: The Joys and Pains of Solo Travel | LakwatseroWelcome to Surigao del SurMt. Palay-Palay  National ParkAbout PagudpudFive Levels of Aguinid FallsIntroducing San Pascual, MasbateMount Manmanoc ItineraryAdventures in Fortune Island of Nasugbu | LakwatseroNext Level Mobile Photography with Sony Xperia XZ1 | LakwatseroScuba Diving in Siargao: Discovering the Underwater Treasures of Daku Island | LakwatseroAbout Davao CityHow to Get to AndaJanuary: Cebu & IloiloHow to Get to Mines View ParkKamay ni Hesus: Pilgrimage Site in Lucban | LakwatseroPoon Hill: Three Days of Himalayan AdventureCalvary Hill Cemetery of SagadaHow to Get to TambobongMilford SoundTen Things To Do in Sagada: Bucket List for NewbiesDahoyhoy FallsPilot for a Day: The Ultra Light Aircraft Experience | LakwatseroReal Coffee and Tea Cafe of Boracay | LakwatseroGhorepani Poon Hill TrekAbout Maniwaya IslandHow to Get to Binanga FallsPalo Alto Falls of Baras, Rizal | LakwatseroExplore Moscow: Best Things to Do in the City | LakwatseroStairway to HeavenMount Guiting-Guiting Overnight Trek Complete ItineraryCape Melville LighthouseLa Cathedral Café: Restaurant with a View in IntramurosKapurpurawan Rock Formation: White and BeautifulDay Hike ItineraryThe Sandbox at AlvieraHow to go to Mararison IslandA Weekend of Adventures in South Cebu and DumagueteCalayan Island: A Virtual Diary of Our Epic Journey | LakwatseroFaro de Isla Jintotolo (Jintotolo Island Lighthouse)Low’s PeakAbout Taal VolcanoHow to Get to Mag-aso Falls of BoholSamar: Biri Rock Formations Up Close | LakwatseroBonbon BeachIntroducing Jomalig IslandAbout Cotabato CityAbout TabukLeyte Landing Memorial: A Memorial for a Fulfilled Promise | LakwatseroSilyang Bato, Mount MaramiPanimahawa Ridge and Cedar Falls Day Hike ItineraryFun in the World’s Best IslandSample Albay ItinerariesMagpupungko Beach and Tidal Pools6 Tips for Living in the Philippines | LakwatseroDaraga Church: The Nuestra Señora dela Porteria ChurchTulgao Rice TerracesCape Melville Lighthouse (Faro del Cabo Melville)Canyoneering to Kawasan FallsLake FewaLong Weekend: Five-Day Suggested Itineraries in Luzon | LakwatseroAbout CaponesThe Wichcraft Café of Zamboanga City | LakwatseroHow to Get to GuiuanAll-Female FloorHow to Get to Neri’s VilleDiotay’s EateryShort but Sweet Melaka Getaway | LakwatseroHow to Get to Tinuy-An FallsOslob: The Lost Grandeur of Tumalog Falls | LakwatseroIlocos ItineraryDitumabo Falls: The Mother Falls of San Luis, Aurora!Biking in Kalinga: Trek and Bike to TabukParadise Garden: A Haven for Sea TurtlesSiargao: Magpupungko Beach and Tidal Pools | LakwatseroAbout Bucas GrandeCoral GardenSagadaA Walk in Sangay Siapo Island Before it is Gone? | LakwatseroAmbaguio-Akiki ItineraryCorregidor Island Lighthouse (Faro dela Isla de Corregidor)Faro de Punta de Malabrigo (Malabrigo Point Lighthouse)About CulionNaidi Hill LighthouseBoquete IslandHow to Commute to Temple of LeahCatanduanes: The Heritage Church of Bato | Lakwatsero1. White Water Rafting or KayakingMount Fuji Overnight Climb ItinerarySip & Gogh Paint Studio: Unleash Your Inner Van Gogh | LakwatseroBatanes ItineraryHow to Get to Quitinday HillsAbout Callao CaveDiscover LakawonBiking to Taal: A Fun Ride to Batangas’ Heritage TownAntique Blooming: The Rafflesia of San RemigioMalasimbo Lights and Dance FestivalBacolod ItineraryPoon HillAttractions in Mirador Heritage and Eco ParkHulhumale Public BeachRomblon Island: Bonbon Beach, Tiamban Beach & MoreAdventure in Sabah: White Water Rafting in Padas River | LakwatseroHow to Get to Hinakpan Mystical HillsWelcome to Lake SebuAbout CasiguranAbout BuscalanHow to Go to Kalanggaman IslandFaro de Cabo Bojeador (Cape Bojeador Lighthouse)Backpacking Maldives: Budget Itinerary, Expenses & TipsHow to Get ThereOffbeat Bohol Itinerary: 3D/2N of AdventuresHow to Get to Tawi-TawiAlona BeachPangilatan Falls: The Forgotten Gem of Tapaz, CapizWorld War I: SMS Cormoran II3D/2N Taiwan Itinerary: Taipei – Yehliu – ShiffenLaos for Backpackers: Getting There on a BudgetBasic RequirementsHow to Get to Antong FallsCathedral CaveHow to Go to Gubat, SorsogonAbout SadangaHow to Get to Bugui Point LighthouseHow to Get to Cabra Island LighthouseCebu Itinerary: Three-Day Adventures in the SouthAbout AndaLuna: A Day in the Show Window of Apayao | LakwatseroMargues Blue LagoonFinding Palaui’s Cape Engaño Lighthouse | LakwatseroHow to Get to Mantayupan Falls of Barili, CebuHow to Get to MaligcongLinapacan Islands: Between Paradise | LakwatseroKLIA to KLCCHow to Get to JomaligBanaug ShoalEspadang Bato – Payaran Falls Day Hike Itinerary10 Remarkable Philippine Destinations for Solo TravelMiagao Church: A UNESCO World Heritage Site in IloiloAbout Carbin ReefAbout Parola IslandCabra WreckageCobra Falls: Ozamiz City’s Best Kept SecretBasco: The Chapel on the Hill of Tukon | LakwatseroBack in Kathmandu’s Lovely Mess | LakwatseroHimalayan Adventure: Kathmandu to Pokhara Overland | LakwatseroItineraryChinatown Vancouver (Stop #23)Situbo Falls: Tampilisan's Awesome SurpriseHow to Get to Inambakan FallsTuasan Falls: Another Camiguin’s Charmer | LakwatseroHow to Get to Lake SebuMarinduque Loop: Biking in the Heart of the Philippines1. Batanes: A Piece of HeavenMe Gusta Sunzibar Tacloban! | LakwatseroHitachi Seaside Park: Quick Guide from Tokyo and NaritaBeautiful Islands and BeachesSunzibarTrekking NotesSnapshot: In Love with Batulao | LakwatseroPalaui IslandHow to Get to Mount PinatuboBicycle Diary: The Ride to Infanta | LakwatseroSwimHow to Get to Osmeña PeakDaranak Falls of Tanay Rizal | LakwatseroHow to Get to Stobosa Hillside Homes ArtworkSurf or Learn to SurfDIY Solo and Self-Guided Trek to Annapurna Base CampBatanes by Bike: North Batan Tour | LakwatseroThe BeachSta. Cruz Grande IslandBasilica de San Martin de ToursBaguio Budget Stay: Upstairs Bed & Bath | LakwatseroBiking in Batanes: Batan Island Loop | LakwatseroCandaba Bird SanctuaryCape EngañoAbout HungduanIligan Tourism Triangle: Mimbalut, Tinago & Maria CristinaAbout Jose PanganibanCadapdapan Rice TerracesHow to Get to Casaroro FallsKiltepan: Sagada’s Best Sunrise | LakwatseroBeguet: Colorado Falls of Tuba | LakwatseroFollow the Call of the Great Outdoors: Go Out & Get More | LakwatseroSanga-Sanga ReefMasbate City: Where to Eat in the City | LakwatseroAbout Carabao IslandRain Vortex at the Jewel of ChangiPacsafe Venturesafe 65L GII Travel PackIrakoWhere to Stay in CarmenHow to Get to Tangadan FallsHow to Get to Samal IslandEverest Base Camp Trek: Into the Dream ZoneTop Things To Do in Gangwon-do: Korea’s Adventure ProvinceJomalig: The Golden Sand of Salibungot Beach | Lakwatsero1. Tubbataha Reefs (Cagayancillo, Palawan)IitineraryAbout Anini-yNacpan BeachAbout Legazpi CityHow to Get to Shifen FallsScuba Diving in Pearl Island of Guiuan, Eastern SamarHow to Get to Nagtabon BeachSiargao Travel RequirementsHow to Go to TanayHow to Get to Garin FarmDay 1: Paoay and San Nicolas (Ilocos Norte)Nueva Vizcaya Weekend ItineraryHow to Climb Mount HamiguitanHow to Get to Santa Cruz IslandMount TalamitamHow to Get to Sambawan IslandBacuit Grill12 Places to Satisfy Your Affogato Cravings in the MetroLion’s RockVictoria HarbourCoronPicture Perfect: The White Island of Camiguin | LakwatseroPanglao: Alona’s Allure | LakwatseroSecrets of the Lakeside: The Waterfalls of Laurel & TalisayMiyaru FaruMemorial Temple of Lord BaoHotel Siesta ShibuyaHow to Get to Tinago FallsSimunul Island: The Birthplace of Islam in the Philippines | LakwatseroBalabac: Onuk Island, Pink Beach & Melville LighthouseBike Diary: Bike and Trek to Buscalan (Mount Polis – Bontoc – Buscalan) | LakwatseroTagaytay (Cavite)Yearend Adventure with Pacsafe Venturesafe 25L GII | LakwatseroFavorite Beach: Punta Sebaring of Bugsuk Island, BalabacWelcome to Apo Reef & Pandan Island!The Ruins of A FamosaHow to Get to Canyoneering SitePacsafe Ultimatesafe Z28, My Newest Ultimate Travel Buddy | LakwatseroPulangbato Falls: The Red Waterfalls of ValenciaLocationSpider House: Boracay’s Chill Corner | LakwatseroThe 10,000 Roses Café of Cordova, Cebu’s Newest CrazeHow to Get to Asik-Asik FallsHow to Get to Dao FallsWelcome to Concepcion1. First Single-Aisle Aircraft to Fly Non-Stop from the Philippines to AustraliaHow to Get to Casino PeakMaadhoo Finolhu (Picnic Island)Cagbalete Travel RequirementsNacpan and Calitang BeachesThe RockiesBalabacPagbilao: Iringan, Malicboy, Bahay-Pagi & Katapang FallsPetronas Twin TowerSta. Fe, Bantayan IslandEverest Base Camp Trek Primer: Frequently Asked QuestionsTaraw Cliff: See the Best View of El Nido | LakwatseroHow to Get to Elephant MountainAbout MandalaySpelunking Rate in Capisaan CavesScuba Diving in Romblon: Blue Hole and Gorda WallHow to Get to Imugan FallsHow to Get to Awao Falls?About SipalayComiran Island: The Pink Beach of Balabac, Palawan | LakwatseroBagan! Oh Bagan! | LakwatseroBuntot Palos Falls, Laguna’s Hidden Grandeur | LakwatseroSandugan WallMagtutuka RocksKoh Dac MaiPresenting Calayan IslandAbout Dumaguete CityOffbeat Cebu: Ten Amazing Waterfalls of the SouthHow to Get to Merloquet FallsMount Masaraga ItineraryBudget Stay in Boracay: W Hostel Boracay | LakwatseroRetail Therapy? Here Are 18 Best Places To Go Shopping in Seoul!10 Essential Tips for Exploring Tokyo on a Budget6 Reasons This Quaint Nova Scotia Town Is The Perfect Weekend Getaway From Maine10 Bantayan Island Resorts, Hotels, and Rentals for Your Tropical EscapeThe Incredible European Bike Tour That Takes You Through Three Countries In A Single Morning9 Foods You Must Experience In Alaska And Where To Find Them8 Things You Should Do Every Time You Walk Into A Hotel Room According To A Flight AttendantRetirement Diaries: Jan Suggests Staying Active But Not Too ActiveI’ve Only Paid For One Flight To Europe In 12 Years, Here’s HowI Worked At EPCOT, These Are My 10 Favorite Delicious Treats To Try At The Food And Wine FestivalFor The First Time, It’s A Family Affair In The Cockpit Of This AirlineAfter Nearly 70 Years, This Popular Train Route Returns On The East CoastThis Week’s Full Moon Is The Last Of Its Kind This Year, Here’s WhyWhy A Popular National Park Attraction Is Now Off Limits And Could Cost You ThousandsFarmers’ Almanac Predicts Cold, Snowy Winter For Most Of U.S., Here’s Where It Will Be Mild And DryPort Klang Day Trip: 10 Hours in Port Klang & Kuala Lumpur11 Extreme Things to Do in Queenstown New Zealand — The Adventure Capital of the WorldMuseum Of Ice Cream Singapore – 14 Playful IG-worthy Exhibitions, Unlimited Ice Cream, and the Largest Sprinkle Pool EverBurias Island: Your DIY Island Hopping in MasbateEl Nido Tour A: Breathtaking Lagoons7D Hong Kong Itinerary — Exploring Beyond the Food And Shopping Paradise17 Exciting Things to Do in Perth — Not For the Faint-Hearted19 Unique Travel Experiences You Can Buy That Make You RicherUlleungdo (울릉도): Misadventures at the secret island in KoreaTokyo Famous Food Guide: 7 things you can’t leave Tokyo without trying5D Lake Toba & Medan Itinerary — Caldera views and Gastronomic Adventures10D Germany Itinerary under S$1.1k — Gems in Munich, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Dortmund, Frankfurt9 Exciting Day Trips from San Francisco to Escape The City — From Skydiving to Exploring Coastal TownsKota Bharu Guide: Gateway to the Beautiful Perhentian Islands and a Lesser-known MalaysiaInterview with Alvin Ng on Travel Photography3D2N Koh Samui Itinerary — The Luxurious Adventure Getaway You NeedUltimate Singapore Food Guide — 54 Local-Approved Things to Eat in Singapore30D Backpacking in Japan Itinerary: 12 Cities Under S$3.1k for the Adventurous with the JR Pass — Sapporo, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto & KyushuHow I managed to convince myself and everyone else I could travel solo for a yearVisit the New Singapore Garden Oasis Tucked Away in a 51-Storey Skyscraper6 attractions in Busan you shouldn’t missBook a Staycation and Earn 50% AgodaCash Rebate For Your Next Holiday — Agoda 2.2 Flash SaleAll you need to know about WWOOFing in New ZealandOne-Week Bali Itinerary — The Lesser Known Side Most Tourists MissThe Only Guide You’ll Need To Nightlife in Phuket: Top 11 Places to Check Out for an Epic NightPhoto Guide to 15 of the Most Photogenic Places in Europe – France, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary Edition7D Budget Tokyo & Mount Fuji Itinerary For S$1.3k Including AccommodationWhy you should skip Boracay and vist Palawan instead10 Taobao Travel Essentials Recommended by Frequent Travellers for Your Next Trip13 Reasons Why a Cruise Getaway is the Best Vacation Anyone can have7 different ways to experience the cultural activities in Yogyakarta10 Best Adventurous Things To Do In Bali Other Than ChillingThe Best Multi-currency Travel Card For Travellers — YouTrip vs Revolut vs InstaReM vs TransferWise ReviewYunnan Nature Bucket List For Outdoor Lovers — Best Spots in Kunming, Lijiang, Dali & Shangri-laWhy This Is My Favorite Hotel Credit Card, And Tips For Scoring The Most BenefitsSurviving the Wilderness at Sub-Zero Temperatures — Travel to Mongolia with TTI ExperiencesHow to Fall in Love In & With Tokyo2D1N Matsumoto Japan Itinerary — The Hidden Gem 3.5 Hours From TokyoSydney Food Trail Guide – 10 Must try things to eat in SydneyAn upgrade on your airline – Emirates Economy Class ReviewWhere to Stay In Taipei — 11 Gorgeous Hostels & Hotels at Prime Locations from S$14/nightA Rockstar Experience — Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya ReviewThe Ultimate Sapporo City Guide: 18 Things To Do-See-Eat In The Gateway To HokkaidoUltimate Bali Accommodation Guide — Value for Money Hostels to Affordably Luxurious VillasGuide to Climbing Mount Fuji — Everything You Need To Know About Climbing Japan’s Highest Mountain9 Ways to Satisfy Your Wandermust Without Breaking Your Wallet11 Instagram-Worthy Places in Singapore That Are FreeHakone Guide — The Day Trip You Need in Your Tokyo ItineraryFirst Timer’s Guide to India — Everything You Need to Travel India Like a ProWhere to Eat in Hanoi — 31 Local-Approved Places to Eat in Vietnam’s Charming Capital21 Most Rewarding Hikes Around the World — From Stunning Glaciers to Active VolcanoesTokyo Capsule Hotels — 11 Surprisingly Luxurious Places to Stay in Tokyo for Under S$707-Day Cambodia Itinerary Under S$600 — An Epic Journey of History, Adventure and TranquilityMorocco Photo Guide: 15 Insta-worthy Locations That’ll Change Your Mind About Africa40 Lesser-Known Things to Do in Australia Highly Recommended by Locals, Travellers and Celebrities3D2N Blue Mountains Itinerary: The Perfect Getaway Just 90-Minutes From SydneyHow to pack light and smart10 Essential Apps for Travelling in ChinaConquering Fears 1,463 Miles Away — TTI Bootcamp in PhilippinesWhere to Stay in Shanghai — Centrally-located Hostels, Hotels and Apartments Under S$53/pax15 Cheap Things to Do in Seoul for Under S$12Standing between India and Pakistan; the Wagah Border Experience10 Cheap and Affordable Hostels in Singapore Under S$30Where to Stay in Seoul — 14 Aesthetic Yet Affordable Accommodations In Rising Hipster Districts5D4N Japan Itinerary — A First Timer’s Experience in Niigata and the Remote Sado IslandWhat to Do in Cebu, Philippines — 10 Epic Experiences That Are Surprisingly AffordableTravellers in Quarantine — 12 Satisfying Things to Do Before Your Next AdventureTop 11 Outdoor Activities in Singapore — Places to Hike, Picnic and Get Closer to Nature13 Tips to Travel in Japan Over Peak Seasons — Cherry Blossoms, Autumn Foliage, Golden Week8-Day Japan Itinerary: 9 Cities in Kansai for Under S$900Swimming With Whale Sharks in Oslob — IG Worthy Photos at What Expense?5 Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends Who Love TravellingThe Complete Phillip Island Guide: The Day Trip From Melbourne You Can’t MissByron Bay Guide: 25 Things to Do in NSW’s Ultimate Hipster ParadiseWestern Australia’s Best Photo Spots — Hidden Gems In Perth, Rottnest Island, and Kalbarri for your Instagram9-Day Australia Road Trip Itinerary Around The Best Of NSW — Sydney, Blue Mountains and BeyondDream Cruise’s Thailand Seacation — What to Expect on This Cruise to Nowhere13 Reasons Why Byron Bay Should Be on Every NSW Itinerary5 Places to Visit in Bali Other Than the Beach10-Day Japan Itinerary — Tokyo to Osaka With The JR Pass for $1.1k5 Animal Cafes in Osaka not to be missedBarcelona in three courses15 Unique Experiences in Shikoku — The Laidback Island of Japan Undiscovered By Most TouristsHiking Chestnut Nature Park — Bicycle Pump Tracks and Rare Bird SightingsThe Best Day Trips From Tokyo For Food, Arts & Culture — Northward Golden Route9 Things to Do in Singapore That Are Perfectly Ok to Do Alone48-Hour Dubai Itinerary — The Best Stopover For Thrill SeekersThis New Lifestyle Card is Changing the Way We Travel — MCO Card6-Day Kyushu Itinerary — Chasing Autumn in a Quieter Side of Japan (Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Beppu)6D5N Nagano Itinerary — The Romantic Getaway 3 Hours from Tokyo (Kamikochi, Norikura and Matsumoto)Phuket Travel Guide: Making the Most of Your Day Trip in 11 Hours12 Unique Restaurants in Singapore Even Non-Foodies Will Find ImpressiveUSA Road Trip: 11-Day San Francisco to Los Angeles Itinerary Under S$1.8k3D2N Pattaya Itinerary — An Unexpected Adventure 2hrs from BangkokThe Ultimate Bali Food Guide: 21 Things To Eat in Seminyak, Ubud and Nusa DuaBukit Brown Cemetery — Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting This Old Singapore GraveyardWhy I Chose Travel Writing As My Retirement CareerBa Na Hills Guide — 10 Things To Do In Vietnam’s Breathtaking Hidden PlaygroundSingapoRediscovers Vouchers Ultimate Guide — maximise your S$100 incl. Pro-tips and FAQsIs Travelling Solo Scary? Not For This Singaporean Deaf Traveller — MairahThe Singaporean girl who rode on a Vespa from Singapore to Georgia (Ft. The Wandering Wasp)12 Top Eats in Hong Kong — A (very) Honest Food Review8 ways to see Hangzhou and Nanjing like a localLife after The Travel InternAir Taxi Flights in Singapore by 2024?Hiking in Switzerland — Stunning Hikes That Aren’t on Most Tourist’s ItinerariesThe Ultimate Phuket Guide — 27 Fun Things to Do for an Adventure-Packed Holiday10 Ways to Travel Budget on a Gap Year5-Day Singapore Itinerary — Best Things to Do For First Timers9 Practical Benefits of Solo Travelling That Have Nothing To Do With “Finding Yourself”Penang: The Ultimate Guide To The Most Iconic Georgetown Street Art25 Unique Things To Do In Taiwan Besides Visiting Night MarketsWhy Qatar Is More Than Just a Transit Destination