All posts in Philippines

Sagada & the Banaue Rice Terraces

Hello from the United States of America!!

Kevin and I are finally home-sweet-home after an unforgettable 23 months of traveling, volunteering, working, scuba diving, tutoring, eating, motorbiking, meeting people, and making memories all around Asia! Before I go on, I would just like to say thank you one more time to all the folks who so closely followed our travels, took the time to read my longwinded blogs, and left encouraging and thoughtful comments. It meant more to us than you probably know, and we reallyreallyreallyreally appreciate your support.

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In a country as rich in diversity, history, and culture as the Philippines, it’s main travel hub, center of business, and capital, Manila, should be a great place to visit. It has Intramuros, the old Spanish walled city, one of the oldest Chinatowns in the world, and countless malls– some of which seem too shi-shi for the depraved and sprawling mess that is Manila.

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こんにちは from Japan! So excited to be in Osaka, which we have already fallen completely in love with. Unfortunately, our desire to see everything we possibly can in the last two days has completely worn us out. We’ve both been running mild fevers and having various muscle/sinus pains, but Japan is way too fun for sitting at home, sick or not! We only have 13 days left in the Asian chapter of our journey, and we’re more motivated than ever to make it count. We might just collapse by the time it’s over, though…

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Hey party people! Writing to you from an overnight bus that is fancy enough to have wifi but not enough to have even moderately comfortable seats. Since the probability of sleep tonight is looking pretty low, I figure I might as well try to throw up an update. Please excuse my being exhausted and probably slightly incoherent. Sorry in advance.

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Couchsurfing in Cebu

Hey y’all. Writing to you from the airport, where we are scrambling to figure out how to not eat the cost of a flight we’re about to miss due to our first plane being delayed. Ah, the joys of travel. Just today Kev and I were discussing how we’ve missed exactly two flights, one train, and countless buses since we started this journey. Looks like we’re about to add one more to the list! Sigh.

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Puerto Princessa & Sabang

Hello from Boracay, where we are actually having a bit of good weather at the moment!! (Hope I didn’t just jinx it..)

Last time Kevin wrote about El Nido, where it rained on us every. single. day. And not just a sprinkle in the afternoon. Heavy rains and thunderstorms pretty much the entire time. Eventually, after 5 days inside trying to wait out the weather, we had to give up and move on. We decided to spend our last few days on Palawan in Sabang visiting the Underground River, so we headed first to Puerto Princessa to secure our permits.

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Rained out in El Nido

After having a great and relaxing week in Coron with Scuba Steve, we made our way to El Nido: an up-and-coming, somewhat isolated beach town known for it’s remarkable sceneries. We were not disappointed. El Nido was splendid and, with the right weather, can be considered one of the most lush and tropical destinations out there! However, it seems that some of our luck and, possibly, smarts left with Scuba Steve. Continue Reading →

Getting Scuba Certified in Coron

Heeeeey, all!

Trying to overcome the crippling writer’s block that has kept me from documenting our first stop in the Philippines: Coron.

Despite the never ending rain that has canceled the majority of my plans thus far in the Philippines, I feel like I’ve been pretty damn busy. No one ever tells you how much work goes into planning a multi-country, long term trip, especially when you’re trying to do it from the road. I’m really loving it here, though, despite the terrible weather, and I feel like it would be a disservice to not power through and finish blogging to the end. So, here goes.

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