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5 things: my favourite islands in the Philippines

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How lame am I? I bought a scratch map of the Philippines on a flight last year with Cebu Pacific Air (I also steal their inflight ‘Smile’ magazine because it’s actually quite good!). I couldn’t resist, mostly because I love maps. My husband even had a wall sized world map made for me when we lived in Nepal.

Anyway, I digress. The map. I started scratching off all the places I have been to in the Philippines, and counted that I’ve been to 30 islands. Now considering the Philippines has over 7,107 islands, this is a mere drop in the ocean (no pun intended), but to get you started here are my top 5 islands in the Philippines:

  1. Siargao – So I might be a bit biased here, considering Siargao is in the same Province as my mum’s home (Surigao del Norte), however you can’t go passed its surfy laid back vibe. It is still relatively untouched and I’ve got a blog post on it coming right up!
  2. Cabugao Island (Isla de Gigantes) – The natural and rugged beauty of this place, and its surrounding islands, made me feel all Robinson Crusoe-y. The lack of typical touristy facilities and difficulty of getting phone reception really added to the adventure. I have previously posted about it here and here.
  3. Palawan – despite our experience there, I have vowed to go back and conquer Palawan! That is, to go when it is not raining…
  4. Bohol – a special place because my grandmother and grandfather and their families were originally from here. Additionally, Bohol has so many things to do, that don’t just involve lounging on the beach.
  5. Boracay – you may be surprised that I included this, but like I said in my post about Boracay: despite the crowds, White Beach really is a beautiful beach.
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Camarines Norte: Instagram Travel Diary

It is always nice when you come across a beautiful, off -the-beaten-track place that you are sure only a few other tourists have set Continue reading “Camarines Norte: Instagram Travel Diary”

Palawan Part I: El Nido

Palawan 5 Before we left for our end of year holidays people told me,

“Typhoons never reach Palawan because it’s too far west!”

“The end of December and early January are the driest and best times to visit Palawan!”

I can definitely dispel both of those sayings and say first hand that they are myths!

Continue reading “Palawan Part I: El Nido”

Isla de Gigantes – Part II

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After traveling to some beautiful places around the Philippines since our trip to Isla de Gigantes, I still can’t help comparing everything to it. Perhaps it was fact that we had no expectations for the trip, or the fact that we had beautiful beaches all to ourselves or the fact it was actually sunny (!!)…I’m not sure.

But while looking through our photos, I realized that I only gave you a small taste of Isla de Gigantes in my previous post. Here are some more photos to help you understand why I can’t get this place out of my head.

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