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Asia » Philippines » Mindoro » Sabang April 10th 2014

Two simple facts to rest on...if you haven't been to a place, how can you speak about it....and...to become a good diver...you first need to dive... It's Songkran school Holidays in Thailand...Songkran being the Thai New year...everybody is on holidays, the country shut down...well, that's for Bangkok, because the resorts are packed...and the prices high...high...high... So we moved for two weeks to the Philippines...and guess what, it's also Easter Holidays...the places are packed...and the prices are...you guess...high...high...high... But I do my homework, and I booked most of our flights and nights back in November 2013. I write nights are we have decided to go solid backpacking...so proper hotels it won't be this time. Next point, Leslie may have over 50 dives logged and a pretty good diver at it....Tiffany is now just certified, a... read more
Funny puffer fish...
Nemo!
Nudibranch in soft coral

Asia » Philippines » Baguio April 10th 2014

"Villa Escudero is a self-contained working coconut plantation. It was founded in the 1880s by Don Placido Escudero and his wife Dona Claudia Marasigan. Originally planted to sugarcane, the crop was converted to coconut by their son Don Arsenio Escudero in the early 1900s. A pioneering agro-industrialist, he built the country's first working hydroelectric plant to supply his dessicated coconut factory and Villa Escudero, where he and his wife Dona Rosario Adap built in 1929. Their children opened the estate to the public in 1981. From its humble beginnings, the resort has become a prime tourist destination for locals, overseas Filipinos and a wide array of foreign visitors to the country. It has a worldwide reputation as a showcase for the Philippines' rich cultural heritage, offering a beguiling glimpse of its history, cuisine, dress, customs and ... read more
Skies over the plantation
The sing-along carabao ride
"Lunching" with wet feet

Asia » Philippines » Negros » Siaton April 10th 2014

Found a great place to relax for a week in Tambobo Bay. The Tongo Sail Inn has huge bamboo and nipa cottages right on the waterfront and its a wonderfully quiet area to relax in. The cottages are massive! privately positioned and with huge balconies with great views. Also have open air bathrooms so you get to shower under the stars! Nice restuarant and friendly staff, but best thing is the cost, just 390 peso for our big cottage as we stayed a week. Went out exploring on the motorbike but ended up with two punctures in the middle of nowhere. Luckily some local kids guided us to a nearby house and they fixed it for us. Nice beach just few minutes walk away and just a fantastic area to get away from it all!... read more
Nice little beach
View over to Kookoos Nest
Tongo Sail Inn

Asia » Philippines » Southern Leyte » Sogod April 9th 2014

Sorry have not managed to write anything so far. it is so remote out here I barely have mobile reception most of the time let alone internet. suffice to say I am having an incredible time, I'm still alive, and I'll just have to tell you all about my trip when i get back to the UK at the end of May. All the best.... read more

Asia » Philippines » Manila » Malate April 8th 2014

I made it. I'm back in the Philippines. If anyone's been following my blog, they'd know what a frustrating ordeal it was being stuck in Australia. But I'm back, feeling thoroughly healthy, and even hungrier than before. All tests have come back negative and I don't have the slightest of symptoms. It was a big and even arduous decision as to where to spend the final 2 months of my trip. I pored over and did an exhaustive comparison of Asia vs Europe. I eventually resolved to leave one week, and stayed up until 4am weighing up the options. As you can see in my earlier blogs, the plan the whole time was to eventually get to Iceland. So leaving that out of the itinerary would be a significant change. I eventually chose the Philippines for ... read more

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Asia » Philippines » Baguio April 8th 2014

Going on a road trip with 18 people in 4 vehicles is not easy but the enthusiasm and excitement was enough to keep the adrenalin pumping. With on-going road repairs along the route to Manila and 2 of our vehicles coded on that day, we had to leave Baguio at 1am to be able to get out of Manila and on to SLEX by 7am. After 2 pit stops and coffee breaks, we made it to Pancake House in Sta. Rosa by 7am for breakfast. You would think that we would have been dead tired by then. Nope, not us! We were just getting started. Ordering breakfast was first on the agenda. With that over and done with, "selfies" and laughter were served on the table. We knew that it was too early in the day ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Puerto Galera April 7th 2014

Asia 2013 Hi! I am thick in the middle of planning for this year’s dive/travel adventure. Nepal has been on my tongue for weeks now so I have decided to start there. I haven’t researched what I might do but I am thinking I will make it a “vacation”: sleep, eat, walk, meditate, and take some land photos. I tell people that my SE Asia sojourn (five months) last year was not a vacation. Traveling is a way of living. The focus of the trip was diving some of the exotic places I have read and heard about in the thirty years I have been diving. However, during those five months decisions had to be made…where to stay, what to eat, what to see, what to wear? That is not a vacation. My friend Debbie and ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Negros » Dumaguete April 3rd 2014

For a quick daytrip from Dumaguete we rode to the small Barangay of Malabo in the Ocoy Valley, near Valencia to visit the Red River Valley. Very easy to get to and has 3 waterfalls, swimming pools and hot spring nearby. Wonderful scenery on the way up the slopes of Mount Talinis as the road follows the Banica River. Great alternative to the usual choice of Casaroro Falls and much more scenic.... read more
Crossing the Banica River
Banica River
Wonderful scenery

Asia » Philippines » Negros » Bacolod April 1st 2014

After just two quick nights, it was time to bid farewell to wonderful Sugar Beach, and head back up northwards along the western coast of Negros Occidental. And it was another standing-room only jam-packed bus ride from Montilla to the provincial capital of Bacolod, which would also be my last new stop here in the Visayas. A medium-sized city that is a somewhat smaller version of Cebu, Bacolod doesn't offer many tourist attractions per se. But it is steeped in history, and it's difficult to understand the Visayas and the Negros island in particular without having a sense of the importance this coastal port city played during the island's sugar-producing hey-days. So I decided to pay a visit to tie up my entire journey here in Central Philippines. I spent just another quick two nights in ... read more
Dizon Ramos Museum
San Sebastian Cathedral
Farewell Sugar Beach

Asia » Philippines » Negros » Sipalay City March 30th 2014

I guess I shouldn't have remarked that I hadn't taken much land transportation yet in the Visayas. Having made a somewhat last minute decision to make a long detour to a somewhat remote beach on the Southwestern coast of Negros, it was an exhausting 6h+ journey from Bais to my next destination, Sugar Beach, just a few kilometres north of the closest town of Sipalay. And when I say exhausting, I mean 2h standing-room alone Ceres bus ride (Bais-Kabankalan), 2x jeepney (Kabankalan-Inayauan-Montilla), tricycle ride (Montilla-Nauhang) and finally paddle boat ride across a tidal river to Sugar Beach, then 10 min hike with all my gear on the sandy beach-exhausting! Ok, I've taken longer and worse journeys before (the 16h train ride from Mandalay to Katha in Myanmar and 18h trans-Sumatran bus ride from Bukittingi to Parapet ... read more
Yes, life could be worse
Sugar Beach
Bais-Kabankalan




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