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Feb 17, 2014 - Manila for the moment and yesterday's photos

We are here in Manila for about 10 hours in preparation for our overnight bus trip to Banaue. Yes, this is the fated prolonged local bus ride that somehow Barb and I never feel our trip is complete without. Today we are at a local Manila mall in search of internet and perhaps a prolonged foot massage. Will update you about the bus journey once the elusive internet is found again. Barbara

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Feb 17, 2014 - Contemplating our next move in Coron

Today we spent a lovely day relaxing in Coron before heading up to the north of Luzon and the rice terraces. We found a charming, somewhat quirky place to stay run by Germans (which seems to mean that the innkeeper sits, drinks beer and chats with buddies while the Filipino women do most of the actual inn-keeping...). There are a variety of small cottages and a large garden with fountains, hammocks and general lounging apparatices. There is a wonderful, gentle breeze and the trees provide shade and cool the tropical sun. You might wonder...

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Feb 16, 2014 - The Castaways have landed in Coron

Welcome to the castaways. We boarded the Magdalene day before yesterday on a sunny morning with Tox as our Philippina leader and Jesse her faithful assistant. Oh, we must not forget Betty the dog, a jack russell terrier who is glad to make herself at home on any available lap. We cruised to a white sand beach for a breakfast on the beach including locally grown coffee. The waters range from a deep azure to green to the white sand. The water is so clear that you can see the outline of the reefs that we stop at to snorkel. It's warm as...

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Feb 10, 2014 - Elegant Hubris

Hubris? Today the gods were laughing. It must have been the gleeful anticipation that the B2's exhibited prior to our departure for the sunny Philippines. Our escape from the wet, grey Seattle skies. How can it be 80 degrees yet the skies opened up and the deluge was like nothing that I'd ever seen? Sustained, huge drops that caused rivers in the streets. It was sunny as we stopped for breakfast at a tented, Italian Inn. Lovely, yet puzzling plate. The Continental breakfast had a green muffin and oreo like cookies along with marmalade and...

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Jul 6, 2013 - Palawan Pondering

Palawan, an amazing island with more mosquitoes than I know what to do with. Underground River (one of the 7 wonders of the world since 2012), fun beaches and great people. But all the things we did made nothing of my experience. I would have left behind the tours we took and the things we saw just to repeat the last afternoon/evening we had on the island. Searching for the perfect beach is not easy, especially when you have to walk over jagged rocks trying to find it. And to be completely honest we never did. We came to a split in the...

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Oct 29, 2011 - Last Week in the Philippines

So after spending hours upon hours in Manila waiting for my ferry ride, it was finally time to head to the port. With a 11:45pm disembark time, finding the port at night in Manila wasn't my cup of tea. Ended up stumbling on a local police department to ask for directions, and to my surprise I asked the police chief. Lucky me I got personally escorted to the port by the police chief and made a new friend. Made myself at home on board the SuperFerry in what felt like a 200+ person dorm room, filled with purely Filipinos, not that I was...

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Apr 17, 2011 - Ghosts of WWII... and a Weird Lake

March 6 - 10 Of course, the highlight of our visit to Coron was diving the many WWII wrecks that are scattered throughout Coron Bay. A large Japanese supply fleet had moved there and camouflaged the ships themselves to look like small islands. Because the islands in this area are much flatter, browner and rockier than those in other parts of Palawan, it makes sense that the Japanese would choose Coron as a place to seek shelter. Why they were not more successful is undecided - either American reconnaissance pictures showed that the...

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Apr 5, 2011 - Nesomania, Part II - Calamian Group

March 6 - 10, 2011 From El Nido, we took a ferry north to Coron Town, on the island of Busuanga. 'Ferry' may be a stretch - the vessel was really just an oversized bangka, perfect for travelling within the protection of the islands. When we got out into the open water between the Bacuit Archipelago and the Calamian Group, it was a totally different story! It was a rough seven hours on VERY hard wooden seats, but not entirely unpleasant as the boat had plenty of open areas to enjoy the fresh ocean air and the beautiful views, as well as a...

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Mar 30, 2011 - Nesomania, Part I - Bacuit Archipelago

March 1 - 6 From El Nido, one is provided with amazing views of the islands making up the Bacuit Archipelago, primarily Cadlao Island, an enchanting, mysterious-looking isle directly across from the beach. This island, described by the Lonely Planet as 'a mini-Tahiti, miraculously relocated to the Bacuit Archipelago,' is somewhat spellbinding. Its perfect location - close to El Nido and yet just out of reach - as well as its white sand beaches, dramatic peaks, and what I can only guess is an impenetrable interior, make it somewhat...

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Mar 27, 2011 - The Nest

When we first arrived in the Philippines, we had no plan to visit Palawan. It sounded really cool, but it also seemed really out of the way, and really expensive to get to. But literally everyone we met had either been there and told us it was a must or already had plans to visit later in their trip. So, we jumped on the bandwagon and bought plane tickets, and we are definitely glad we did! Once again, the map is misleading in its representation of our journey to Palawan... of course we didn't go straight from Moalboal there. We first took...

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Feb 16, 2011 - But that lucky old sun got nothin' to do ....

But roll around heaven all day.... Wash all my troubles away Like that lucky old sun, give me nothing to do But roll around heaven all day .... Again I can't believe almost 2 weeks have passed since I last typed an entry. It has been an eventful and marvelous two weeks. The traveling continues to be challenging but the weather has mostly been cooperating and the places we have made it to have been unbelievable. When I last left you I was in Cebu where I recharged with hot showers, good food and Starbucks coffee. I was also fortunate enough...

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Nov 26, 2010 - ..och på den sjunde dagen

Klockan nio masade vi oss käckt ur sängen för att fixa lite frukost samt preparera packningen inför kommande dags färd mot Puerto Princesa. I övrigt gick dagen och kvällen mest i lathetens tecken som sig så bör under en semester. Vi försökte göra så mycket som möjligt på internet, men dålig uppkoppling mellan de avbrytande ovädrena fick oss till slut att ge upp. Snart gick vi vidare till Squidos för att under överseende från deras fantastiska julgran bestående av stålställning och fryspåsar, äta en magiskt god seafoodtallrik med en...

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