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A month in Boracay

A month in Boracay

A month on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, nothing but what to have for your next meal, or where to go for a sunset drink to worry about….Boracay is a place where you can do as little – or as much – as you want….I did mainly the former.  For the […]

Manila Weekender Oct 2010 Day 2

Manila Weekender Oct 2010 Day 2

woke up at 9 feeling bright and breezy, surprisingly, and determined to leave Fields Avenue and the sleazy mess of Angeles behind for the sleazy mess of Manila instead.  I had a morning stroll up and down Fields Avenue, and found a place called Evergreen Bus company, which operated from outside the Southern Cross Hotel.  […]

Mount Pinatabu, Philippines

Mount Pinatabu, Philippines

Getting up at 6am wasn’t easy after another big night on the San Miguels, but it was worth it.  Jonah and I had a private tour of Mount Pinatabu to look forward to.  We were picked up in a van, where we slept until we were transferred to a 4×4 jeep.  Our jeep had seen […]

Philippines Day 8

Another day spent cowering under shady areas of the beach reading a book and day-dreaming.  The occasional trip to the shop to buy more suncream, and eating ice-cream provided the only change of pace.  Bored, I started drinking the local firewater, a rum served with a dash of coke over ice.  The drone of boats […]

Philippines Day 7

Philippines Day 7

Decided that today would involve absolutely no strenuous exercise.  A day to relax.  Unfortuantely, I relaxed too much, falling asleep on the sand and waking up with near second-degree burns all over my body.  Agony.  I knew as soon as I woke up from a troubled, sunny sleep, that I was in trouble.  That familar […]

Philippines Day 6

Dive day!  Had a nice continental breakfast at Oops (toast and butter, mango and a cup of tea), and ordered a ham+cheese sandwich to take on my dive.  At 9:30am I headed to Alova Diver.  They had 2 boats going to Balicasan.  My gear was already loaded onto one of the boats.  The boat was […]

Philippines Day 5

Philippines Day 5

Woke at 7 feeling decidedly groggy.  Showered, changed,and went down for a simple breakfast.  Edrick showed up at 8a, and we set off, his 2 kids in tow.  It was a nice tour, taking in many of the islands top sights and attractions. We went to Bool, where the monument to a blood-compact mateship ritual […]

Philippines Day 4

At 7am I went out to get breakfast on the beach.  i had decided to leave Apo, and had hitched a ride with a flambouyant gay old Frenchman called Jack, and his young lover, a tall, elegant Parisian.  Jack was a funny bloke, outspoken and fiercely anti-American. I ate breakfast alone.  Am omelette and a cup […]

Philippines Day 3

Woke at 7:30, as my first dive was at 8:30.  Four of us were diving, and I buddied up with a German woman called Constina.  The dive site eas very close to shore, with a maximum depth of 25m, so it was an easy first dive back for me after a year out of the […]

Philippines Day 2

Philippines Day 2

Woke at 4:30am.  Had to be at Pier One by 5:30.  Packed, got changed, and took a cab.  Got a ticket easily, then relaxed in the waiting area.  Soon enough, we were called onto the ferry and assigned to our numbered seats.  Frustratingly, the headrest of the seats were all set too low, and there […]

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