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With a reputation for being chaotic and corrupt, the Philippines has something of an image problem. But most who make the journey to the 7000-odd islands that comprise the Philippines are pleasantly surprised by their beauty and by the friendliness of the people.
Most of the Philippines is laidback, stable and relatively safe. The locals are an exceptionally helpful bunch and there are fantastic reefs and fish. On top of this, transport is cheap, the food is good, accommodation is plentiful and (for the monolinguistic) English is widely spoken.
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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 | By wanderlustfilmmaker | Photo Gallery
ATFC 2014See all 10 photos >>
Tags: 2014, atfc, bangkok, chumphon, filmmaking, khao yoi, pala-u, short film, thailand, thailand international film destination
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 | By wanderlustfilmmaker | Views  | Video
A friend and I luckily got a spot to enter for the second time in this year's film competition in Thailand, all expenses paid! That's two year's in a row!
A year ago we trekked the beautiful ruins of Ayutthaya, just an hour and a half away from Bangkok.... Read more >
Tags: adventure, asia, film, filmmaking, music video, short film, thailand, travel
Sun, 10 Aug 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views 
I’m not ready to come home!!
It’s so exciting getting to come back in a week and a half to see everyone, but at the same time it’s so sad. I feel like I’ve settled in so nicely here, and have adjusted to everything but the ... Read more >
Sat, 2 Aug 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views 
Well, I have to say that this has been my favorite week since I’ve been in Tacloban, as far as work goes!
Monday- Went to the clinic to learn that the only doctor there is away for a week at a seminar in Manila, and we can only handle emergencies ... Read more >
Fri, 1 Aug 2014 | By kirstenroche | Photo Gallery
It was 234k from Manila to Baguio which took 7 hours and about 140k to Sagada which was 6 hours of S turnsSee all 40 photos >>
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 | By kirstenroche | Photo Gallery
Manila/Makati for 2 days of rest and the on to Sabang for DivingSee all 39 photos >>
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views  | Comments 
Well, I don't have many interesting things to say today since it's only been two days since my last blog entry, but since I have access to reasonably fast internet this morning I figured I would say hello anyway!
Friday night about 12 of us went out ... Read more >
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views 
Whew! Apologies for the lack of updates, but the internet here is only fast enough to load pages until noon most days. I am in transit or at the clinic from 6:30am-1:30pm on weekdays so you see the issue.
Where did we leave off? On Thursday night, ... Read more >
Sun, 13 Jul 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views  | Comments 
Tacloban has been a great experience so far. Here’s the breakdown:
Homestay is great. I love my little windlowless room, it’s quite quiet with the fan going so I can actually sleep without being woken up again and again by roosters! ... Read more >
Wed, 9 Jul 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views  | Comments 
I have arrived in Tacloban!
Dad and I spent our last night in Cebu together, going out for Indian food (yum!) and drinks at a bar on the street, then watching television (what a treat!) at our fancy $30/night hotel until we went to sleep. He set off ... Read more >
Sun, 6 Jul 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views 
Spent 3 great nights at Nuts Huts. Unbelievable jungle get away with a great laid bac k feel. Didn't dp too much for activities as Kirsten is preparing for her 6 week volunteer assignment in Tacloban so thought some downtime would be good. We did rent ... Read more >
Fri, 4 Jul 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views 
I liked our tricycle ride (motorbike with sidecar) into Panagsama Beach town when we arrived. The deal was 150p ($4) to our hostel but he asked for an advance of 50P to get some gas. I thought it was very funny but afterwards when I chatted with someone ... Read more >
Thu, 3 Jul 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views  | Comments 
Well, where did we last leave off? After Cebu City we took a short 4-hour trip down to Moalboal (Pangasama Beach) to rest and relax for a few days. We planned nothing, we did nothing, it was wonderful. The first night we arrived at 7pm and went to Moalboal ... Read more >
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views  | Comments 
Kirsten is giving an update of the happenings over the past 3-4 days (or is it 8-10 days???) so I will throw a few bullets at you about the things we have seen and experienced so far:- SAGADA a) w hen we got there (about 3500 people) we went and ... Read more >
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 | By kirstenroche | Photo Gallery
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