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Out with Sheila

Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | Views [474]

We had arranged to go out with our new friend Shiela when we got back to Manila. She met us at our hotel and we had a lovely evening at a nearby restaurant. She might be visiting Tokyo in May on business so we may be seeing her again soon! It occurred ... Read more >

Boat on stormy seas

Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | Views [819]

We were booked on the 12.30 boat from Mindoro back to Batangas Pier. A lot of us were leaving and the staff did seem genuinely sad to say goodbye. They came out to the beach to wave us off and didn't stop waving until we were out of sight. We are really ... Read more >

White Beach Fashions

Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | Views [504]

If we spent any length of time at White Beach, I wonder if we would assimilate..... I'd be wearing a tie-dye sundress and a rasta coloured head band. David Would be in a vest and baggy white trousers. We'd both be wearing flipflops, have henna tatoos, ... Read more >

Airline Slogans

Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | Views [2440]

I love airline slogans. In Malaysia we were amused with Air Asia's “Now anyone can Fly” and in Indonesia there's Lion Air's “We make people fly”. In the Philippines we have Air Cebu with “Every Juan to Terminal 3” and Zest ... Read more >

Aninuan Falls

Sunday, 15 Mar 2009 | Views [2718]

Today we thought we'd hike to the local waterfalls. Apparently they are very beautiful and relaxing. Since we have been here about 50 people have offered to guide us to the falls and maybe we should have paid someone to take us (to give back to ... Read more >

Gallery: Aninuan Falls

Sunday, 15 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Lexy's Scrabble Challenge

Sunday, 15 Mar 2009 | Views [526]

I love Scrabble. When I can find humans to play with either in person or via Facebook (Lexulous), I play robots on my computer. We discovered that Lexy, the owner of our resort also loves Scrabble so the three if us sat ... Read more >


Saturday, 14 Mar 2009 | Views [459]

Each town in the Philippines is divided into “barangays” and each baranguay has a series of officials. Officials, mayors, governors are given a lot of respect here and there are posters dedicated to them in towns. We were ... Read more >

White-knuckle tricycle ride

Saturday, 14 Mar 2009 | Views [427]

The main town here is called Puerto Galero and has nothing going for it. It's a couple of hot dusty streets crammed with tricycles and lined with shops selling the same stuff. We bought sun block in a stiflingly hot supermarket ... Read more >

Tags: mindoro

3 in 1

Friday, 13 Mar 2009 | Views [528]

I read that the Philippines is one of the top ten coffee producers in the world. It makes me mad when we keep getting served bloody “3 in 1” instant Nescafe sachets. Don't get me started on the tea.

Girls who are boys and boys who are girls

Friday, 13 Mar 2009 | Views [727]

We are staying on a lovely quiet long stretch of beach in the north of Mindoro. There are only two small resorts here and no shops, restaurants or bars. It's perfect. Around the headland is another beach called “White ... Read more >

Tags: mindoro

Lounging in Mindoro

Thursday, 12 Mar 2009 | Views [411]

This resort is incredible and we want for nothing. Endless lounging possibilities, soft white sand, clear blue sea, beach bar, extensive menu and cocktail list, massages on demand and even wireless. I am blogging from the ... Read more >

Gallery: Mindoro

Thursday, 12 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Day out with Vic and Olive

Wednesday, 11 Mar 2009 | Views [479]

We got a lift to Batangas Pier from a couple in their late 50s called Vic and Olive Hernandez. They own jewelery stores, but Vic does a bit of driving on the side. He had brought Olive along with him on this trip so that ... Read more >

Gallery: Lake Taal

Wednesday, 11 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

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The girl from the doughnut

Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | Views [643]

The reason we came all the way to Talisay, a place in the middle of nowhere, was to visit the crater lake. This was the lake we had seen from the sky a couple of years ago when flying from Taipei to Denpasar (Bali). Where we are staying is situated ... Read more >

Gated Community Resident

Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | Views [640]

It was one of these posh residential communities in the holiday home market for wealthy Filipinos, but they also let rooms and villas. It was a really beautiful place and did take credit card so we decided to check in (we went straight back to Green ... Read more >

Green Lake Hell

Monday, 9 Mar 2009 | Views [449]

It was very run down. They really should flatten the place and start again. The fact that it had a pool wasn't a plus – it was a grimy concrete thing with a ton of leaves floating on top. The room was tiny and basic with ... Read more >

Planes. Jeepneys and Tricycles

Monday, 9 Mar 2009 | Views [866]

Today was a long hard day, but there were rewards at the end! We had to get up at 5.30am to take the 6am shuttle to Naga Airport. Naturally the flight was delayed, but there was plenty to keep us entertained, like at least three people checking ... Read more >

Something to crow about

Sunday, 8 Mar 2009 | Views [464]

We got back to Naga and called our friends Ferdinand and Carol (the ones we met at the hot springs). They were to pick us up at 7 to go for dinner. We spent a lovely evening with them, we tried some local Bicol dishes and ... Read more >

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