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Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Moalboal March 8th 2015

Not a big city girl After the first day in Cebu city I started to feel a bit homesick for the first time in 13 months. I spent another night with my host before she was heading to the coast for the weekend and I was invited. The only thing I have planned is my date of departure so I just go along with whatever comes up. The next day I spent in the city with an American guy that also was couchsurfing at the same place, we walked around went on some jeepneys before we got bored and went back to the apartment. I started to regret that I booked 1 whole month and was just wait for our host to come back so we could go. The bus ride Jumped on the bus to ... read more
Hey Mr.Turtle
Titanic
I'm on a boat

Asia » Philippines » Mindanao » Surigao del Sur March 8th 2015

Quick ride from Marihatag to the small town of Cagwait, just past which is Cagwait White Sand Beach. We arrived and rode along the rough road at the back of the beach looking for places to stay. The best we could find was the Government run LGU Beach Resort. Very nice place set in lovely grounds and right on the best stretch of beach. 700 peso for a big AC room with CR but no wifi. The beach is beautiful, a big arc of very clean white sand. Great for swimming and easy to find cheap food at the local eaterys. Even though we arrived on a Saturday there were not very many people staying at the beach. Very relaxed sort of place where you can buy a bottle of Tanduay and sit right on the ... read more
Very rustic beach cottages
Far Northern end of the beach
LGU Beach Resort

Asia » Philippines » Surigao del Sur March 7th 2015

One of the great things with travelling on a motorbike is that you get to discover some great little gems that might otherwise be missed. This day was about to include not one, but two absolute gems of Surigao Del Sur. We left Lianga for the short ride North to San Augustin. Just before you reach San Augustin you pass a lookout point over the Britania Islands. Then you come to Barangay Salvacion and see a big signboard for the Resorts near Port Britania. We stopped for a coffee at a local sari sari store and we were asked if we wanted to go Island Hopping. We sure did! We followed the boat owner on his motorbike down a very rough road to a toll booth and registered our names, then a further km or so ... read more
Beach at Port Britania
Islands in background
Boatmen loading our luggage

Asia » Philippines » Cebu March 6th 2015

First night in the Philippines and at my CouchSurf host Klaudia, came to her cute little apartment in Cebu city had a beer and a chat with her before it was time for bed. Woke up the next day alone in the apartment and had my own key, no trust issues here. I had no real idea where I was but lonley planet said that uptown should be a cool place so after asking around and getting asked at least a dozen times why I'm traveling alone and "where's your boyfriend?" Well we have a long distance relationship since he lives in the future. I didn't want to be a typical tourist and take a cab to the city, not that I seen any other tourist than me but still. So I jumped in a jeepney ... read more
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Asia » Philippines » Surigao del Sur March 5th 2015

Constant travelling has worn us out, so time for a rest day on the beach. Short ride from Hinatuan to the little town of Lianga where we found Kansilad Beach Resort. Bit more expensive than we usually pay but worth the 1000 peso just to relax for a day not riding on the motorbike. Very nice resort with big AC cottages, wifi and CATV. Very quiet as we are the only people staying in a very big resort. Very natural setting in the trees, even has few wild monkeys wandering around! Can even see our next destination, the Brittania Islands, from the resort, so not too far to travel tomorow. Just as well, as finishing off another bottle of Tanduay Rum as I write this on our balcony..... read more
Walkway
View across to Lianga
Nice quiet beach

Asia » Philippines » Manila March 4th 2015

Black bag anyone? Got some hours of sleep before I did one last check for passport and tickets before it was time to jump on the skybus. It’s something special about being in a sleeping big city with just a few people out. You have time to reflect to the people running past you and have a wonder where they’re going and who they are. To look up at the massive buildings and feel so small but still so safe there, I’m a small town girl but I will miss the capturing powerful feeling of a big city. I found the bus stop, couldn’t be much harder to travel The Philippines than to find the right bus stop, I would say that mission 1 is completed. Time for check in, looking down at my small black ... read more
St Kilda Festival
Feeling fab in a kayak
Great ocean Road

Asia » Philippines » Mindanao » Surigao del Sur March 4th 2015

From Cateel we rode to Bislig City, very cloudy and many rain showers so had to keep stopping. Surprisingly Mountainous roads with some great scenery. Just as we arrived in Bislig it totally bucketed down with rain, so we were soaked when we arrived at Riverview Guesthouse. Nice place with AC rooms and CATV for 600 peso and right on the river. Next day the sun was shining so we rode out to Tinuy-An falls. Very rough road unpaved for about 20kms but the little Honda coped well. Very impressive Falls. Next day short ride to Hinatuan and found brand new Hotel, the Casa Isabella, great AC room with CATV wifi and hot shower for 600 peso. Dropped off our luggage and rode out to the Enchanted River. Road was a little rough but it is ... read more
Placid bay
View near Boston
Rain stop!

Asia » Philippines » Davao Oriental March 1st 2015

Our original plan was to ride from Mati City to Caraga and stop the night but somehow we went straight past it! Ended going all the way to Cateel, a long long days ride. Very scenic, especially just North of Mati as you go right up into the Mountains then long flat ride up through Caraga with loads of beaches en route. Found the Oar Inn, simple fan room for 300 peso but wifi and CATV. Next day rode out 23km to Aliwagwag Falls, some very rough roads on the way but well worth the effort. 84 tiers and a height of 340 metres overall! very very amazing. Weather in this area is very unpredictable, heavy rain showers appear very quickly then disappear just as fast. Extremely friendly people who have offered us shelter in thier ... read more
Awesome view of Dahican from the Mountains of Tarargona
River crossing
Beach near Manay

Asia » Philippines » Davao Oriental February 26th 2015

Another early start at 6 am for the ride to Mati. Some great scenery on the way especially just South of the City. Had a bit of a problem finding a place to stay as 6000 College Students were in town for a sporting event. Most hotels we tried were fully booked but eventually we found a nice room at the Baywalk Hotel with AC, CATV and wifi for 650 peso. Next day up early for the 15 minutes ride to Dahican Beach and wow what a beach! Huge arc of white sand, crystal clear water and no big resorts. Fantastic place!... read more
Compostela Valley roads
Lots of ricefields
Nice roads

Asia » Philippines » Rizal » Binangonan February 25th 2015

Mt. Tagapo known to the locals as Mt. Susong Dalaga (Maiden's Breast Mountain) is found at the heart of Laguna de Bay located at Brgy. Janosa, Talim Island, Binangonan Rizal. It stands 438 MASL and would take about 1.5-2 hrs day hike to the summit with a difficulty level of 2/9. Scheduled pump boats will be available at Binangonan Port to give you a ride to Brgy. Janosa. These pump boats will stop at different barangays. You need to sign in at Janosa's barangay hall before hiking and there you can ask for a guide. The locals are very warm and friendly always smiling and accommodating, proof of the Filipino's hospitality. We started our hike at around 0830 hrs. Along the trail are small to medium-sized rock formations, tall and elegant bamboo stalks, tall green grass ... read more
Sto. Domingo Parish Church
Tall Grassy Slopes
Mt. Tagapo




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