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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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The Red Mosque in Taluksangay: by enrico_tobias, Views[11]
 
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Going out to sea, business as usual!: by enrico_tobias, Views[10]
 
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Waterfalls, clinics and tofu- Week 1 in Tacloban!

Sun, 13 Jul 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views [47] | Comments [1]

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 >

To Tacloban!

Wed, 9 Jul 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views [52] | Comments [1]

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 >

Lobac and Nuts Huts-Wayne

Sun, 6 Jul 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views [38]

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 >

Moal boal-Dumagete-Loboc- Wayne

Fri, 4 Jul 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views [35]

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 >

Cebu City to Moalboal to Dumaguete- Kirsten

Thu, 3 Jul 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views [81] | Comments [1]

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 >

Buses,Mango Cake, Coconut Buns, Roosters, dogs and Bat Shit- Wayne

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views [53] | Comments [2]

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 >

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Fri, 27 Jun 2014 | By kirstenroche | Photo Gallery


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Baguio to Sagada to Baguio to Manila to Cebu- WHEW! - Kirsten

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views [53] | Comments [1]

Whew. We have completed 16 hours on buses and planes in the last three days (22 hours in the last five days, and about 32 in the last week) and it is now time for a rest from it all! Our days in Sagada were absolutely wonderful, anyone going to the ... Read more >

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Sabang and a weekly summary- Wayne

Sun, 22 Jun 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views [54] | Comments [2]

June 18- Landing in Sabang and my first crack at diving So we landed and were surprised to find out that we only had about I minute of walking to reach the cabin we rented. There were actually 3 areas to land on in Puerto Galera and we chose the exact ... Read more >

Sabang to Baguio- Kirsten

Sun, 22 Jun 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views [70] | Comments [1]

We have left Puerto Galera area/Sabang and are now in Baguio in North Luzon, the Northern province in the Philippines. What a fabulous couple of days it has been, of course, as always. First, finishing in Sabang… Second impression of Sabang:... Read more >

Makati and Puerto Galera

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views [56]

Wayne- Has been a very interesting few days and I'll start with Makti. It's a suburb of Manila and the approx population for the Greater Manila is about 11.5 mm people. Stayed at a great hotel called St Giles and rooms were very nice with a great view ... Read more >

We have arrived!

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views [81]

We have finally arrived in Manila! Yesterday we got from Kamloops to Vancouver, then hopped aboard a ten-hour flight to Tokyo. We were both unsure of what to expect since neither of us have ever flown for that long at once. We were very, very pleasantly ... Read more >

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Fri, 16 May 2014 | By andreamxavier | Photo Gallery


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Filipinas - antes que as chuvas cheguem.

Fri, 16 May 2014 | By andreamxavier | Views [68]

  Por pouco não visitamos as Filipinas. Pesquisamos rapidamente qual seria a época das monções (período de chuvas intensas) e achamos que não daria para ir agora. Viajar nas monções é... Read more >

Back home

Thu, 15 May 2014 | By gettinglost | Views [38] | Scholarship Entry

Back Home. I’m in a shoddy little night club karaoke lounge, secluded by the wild, jungle vegetation that overruns all of Lubao. The place is starting to smell a little funky- stale beer and musky sweat.The karaoke machine is humming in the background, ... Read more >

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