Category Archives: Philippines

XXIX – The Philippines; love it OR hate it…

It’s time to reflect about my short stay in the Philippines… I loved: Sagada was adventurous, Banaue was educational, and Palawan island was paradise!! Filippinos were so kind, helpful, and smiling! All owners of hostels were attentive to my well-being, … Continue reading

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XXVIII – Turning the big 3-0, a milestone in paradise…

How does one describe paradise on earth? A cold refreshing ice cream on a warm sunny day. A whole day spent in a huge shopping mall with unlimited funds. A comfy mattress after many crappy nights sleeping on the floor. A glass of red wine paired … Continue reading

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XXVII – A walking tour in Puerto Princesa a.k.a PP

After the Chinese New Year’s celebrations, I went to the airport to book a cheap last-minute flight. My next destination was Palawan Island (which capital is Puerto Princesa City), a long and narrow main island surrounded by smaller ones. It is a … Continue reading

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XXVI – Celebrating Chinese New Year in Manila’s Chinatown…

After a long night bus ride from Banaue to Manila, I took a quick nap and then headed towards Chinatown with Sylvie and Raymond (the french couple I met in Banaue). We were just in time for the beginning of the … Continue reading

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XXV – Rice terraces in Banaue and a new-found meaning to travelling…

After our little detour to Mainit, Rosa and me, were back on the road to Banaue. Along the way, there are many viewpoints with beautiful panoramas on the rice terraces. Too bad, our driver was in a hurry to get us to Banaue. In the … Continue reading

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XXIV – Change of plans, direction MAINIT and its HOT SPRINGS!

On our jeepney to leave Sagada for Bontoc (where we would take another jeepney to Banaue), we met Domenico, an Italian train driver, retired since a couple of years. Since his retirement, he spends each year a couple of months traveling around Asia. Everyone in our jeepney were … Continue reading

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XXIII – Going on a spelunking adventure in Sagada!!

Sagada, a village in the mountain province of Luzon (up North of Manila), is famous for its caves, hanging coffins, rice terraces and pine forests. It’s the place to trek (and fill your lungs with fresh air), rest, read a … Continue reading

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