On a whim, I booked a flight to Manila, and swung by LA for a few days. The last time I visited was about four years ago, and I thought it was the vapid city they said it was: hard to get around, with mediocre food, poorly dressed people, and generally not much to do. All of that has changed, and I’m working on finding ways to spend more time in the City of Angels. I flew home to Manila filled with wonderful food, and inspiration I never expected to find in that city. Here’s what I saw, ate, and did, in LA and Manila, on film and nothing more high-fi than an iPhone 6 camera.