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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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breakfast food does not get better.: by kirstenroche, Views[27]
Kirsten at Yougurt House for breakfast- fantastic food!: by kirstenroche, Views[24]
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Busy days, crazy nights

Sat, 2 Aug 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views [15]

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 >

Photos: Baguio and Sagada- 2 days in Baguio and then 3 in Sagada.

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 turns
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Photos: Makati/Sabang

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 | By kirstenroche | Photo Gallery

Manila/Makati for 2 days of rest and the on to Sabang for Diving
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Not too much to say

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views [41] | Comments [2]

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 >

Sea turtles and new projects!

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views [37]

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 >

Waterfalls, clinics and tofu- Week 1 in Tacloban!

Sun, 13 Jul 2014 | By kirstenroche | Views [70] | Comments [4]

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 [64] | Comments [2]

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 [44]

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 [38]

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 [90] | Comments [2]

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 [59] | Comments [3]

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 [56] | 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 [58] | 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 [78] | 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 >

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