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Feb 23, 2011 - Planes, Boats & Automobiles: From The Mountains to The Sea in Just Four Days!

February 3 - 6 No matter how much I travel, I often forget how inefficient transportation can be in certain regions of the world. Of course it can make it worse when you're on a relatively strict budget, because in that case you have to strike a balance between the most efficient option and the least expensive. Unfortunately, these are rarely the same. We loved our time up in the mountains. Coming from warm, tropical Kauai by way of the madness of Manila, it was just the escape we needed. After a week, however, we were more than ready to...

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Feb 3, 2011 - Welcome to the Hotel California....

Such a lovely place .... .... You can check-out any time you like, But you can never leave! I just typed for over an hour and then when I hit the "Save" button it wiped out everything I had written. You can trust me though when I tell you that it was brilliant, funny, informative and now that I think of it way too wordy! So, here goes the "Readers Digest" version. The weather sucks, wind and rain, visited Siargao, met great people, nightmare traveling, visited Malapascua, saw a shark, back in Cebu. Love, Frank Okay, that is a little...

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Jan 18, 2011 - All we need is music, sweet music....

They'll be music everywhere They'll be laughing, singing, music swinging and dancing in the street.... Another great week. The Philippines just keeps getting better and better for me. The Filipino people are amazing. Our flight out to Siargao was canceled yesterday due to bad weather so we dropped back ten yards and punted and wound up in a great little place - Myra's Pensionne House nearby. I am sitting in an Internet Cafe inside the Ayala Mall riding out a lot of rain. I thought it was supposed to be the dry season? No worries, it is...

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Dec 8, 2010 - Dryga böter & hackad

Vi har nu äntligen lämnat Borocay till fördel för storstaden Cebu. Vi tog in på samma hotell som förra gången (GV Tower) och inledde med att avjnuta en lunch i restaurangen på sjunde våningen. Utfodrade tog vi oss så mot Carbon market och ett ställe som utlovade billiga pärlor i stora mängder. Döm om vår förvåning då vi korsar en vanlig gata som vi alltid gör och farbror polisen haffar oss. Förseelsen innebar att vi fick välja mellan att lyssna på hur man beter sig i trafiken i fyra timmar eller betala böter om 8 kronor per person - svårt...

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Filippinerna 2010

Nov 28, 2010 - Beslutsångest

Många timmars underbar och god sömn utan tuppjävlar gjorde att vi denna morgon faktiskt vaknade av oss själva. Morgonen bjöd på strilande regn och åska. En god kontinental med extra allt intogs innan transport till flygplatsen i Puerto Princesa för vidare förflyttning mot de lite mindre öarna. Efter incheckning tog vi en latte och en capuccino till ännu ett "seeker"-avsnitt. Därefter fick vi i skydd av knallorangea paraplyer springa ombord på flygplanet mot Cebu. Vårat stora problem nu var att bestämma vad som skulle hända kommande vecka....

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Filippinerna 2010

Jan 23, 2010 - Cebu City

Another day of jeepneys, a ferry and taxi and I've arrived in Cebu City. The ferry drops me off in down and out downtown Cebu which seems to have more than its fair share or drunken men wandering aimlessly and the homeless. Cebu's three main sights are all conveniently located within 5 minutes walk of each other, only they're in the downtown area. However it is Sunday morning and that means Sunday mass and in this part of the world they take mass very seriously. First up I went to the city's main cathedral, the Basilica Minore del Santa...

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Where's Malcolm?

Nov 30, 2009 - Leaving Malapascua

After a much quieter last night than planned, due to me feeling so sleepy by midnight that I could barely even string a sentence together, it's finally come round, having to say goodbye to the dive staff, the boat boys, the dive guides and all the staff in the shop and the restaurant. I get it over with quickly, as I hate goodbyes, and then when I'm all set, realise that I've forgotten to get a refill of water for the trip, so I then have to go back after saying goodbye, which I hate. You always feel so awkward, after all the hugging etc,...

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Travels of a Kinnie

Aug 25, 2009 - No more Plan A

Get the first boat of the day back to Cebu and then bus it down to Cebu City. It doesn't pull in to the terminal until 12.15 and the doc is shut from 1pm until 4pm, so I splash out on a cab, ignoring his attempts to get me some girls for some 'boom boom' as he elegantly puts it. Rush in to the medical centre, open the door to the waiting room, and it's empty bar his two receptionists, who inform me that the doc has gone home as there weren't any patients, telling me I should have phoned. When I explain that I didn't because they don't take...

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Aug 20, 2009 - An expensive day

Up early, reckoning that if I can do all my internet, finish my shopping, see the doc and be at the bus station by noon, I should be back in Malapascua by 5pm. Dashing in and out of the mall, still saying 'no' to the same Viagra guys, and then I find an unprotected WiFi spot outside the National Bookstore, looking over my shoulder all the time to make sure none of the streetkids try and mug me. Then it's off to the ScubaPro shop which is having a sale on diving computers and there it is, the Suunto D4, with a cash price for PADI Divemasters...

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Aug 19, 2009 - Back to Cebu City

Back to Cebu to see the doc about the ear infection which has stopped me diving for the last four days, hurt like buggery (not a comparison based on experience, at least not yet) and has made me completely deaf in one ear. Strange how you can make the same journey, but in reverse, and see things you just never spotted before, like when you flick your thumb over a trick pack of cards and it looks shuffled, but flick it the other way and all you see are Aces. I must have seen about a dozen funeral parlours today, many with Ghostbuster-style...

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