Highlights from one year of travelling (2010-11)

It was an amazing year and I can’t believe we are home. Here are some of the best bits (along side ratings as you would expect from us): Brazil (8.5/10) Staying in the cool neighbourhood of Santa Teresa in a lovely pousada (Rio) Dancing the samba and getting drunk in Lapa (Rio) Watching the World…

Island hopping back to Manila

From Palawan we flew to Bohol in the Visayas from where we spent the next three weeks island-hopping back to Manilla. Here are some of the highlights: Bohol Camiguin   Negros   Boracay   North Pandan Island     Lake Taal From Manila we flew to Hong Kong to begin the last leg of our trip…

Beachtime in Palawan

All the people we had met who had been to the Philippines had recommended the island of Palawan so we booked a flight from Manila. After spending a couple of days in the island’s capital, Puerto Princesa, we headed to Port Barton (five hours in a very uncomfortable jeepney). Port Barton was a typical small Filipino…

A day in prison

We had a day to kill in Puerto Princesa, (the capital of Palawan) before heading to Port Barton, so decided to rent a motorbike and visit the nearby prison. As you do… I didn’t think you could generally visit prisons (unless you know an inmate) so this sounded like an interesting opportunity to get a glimpse…

The most beautiful town in South East Asia?

One thing that South East Asia lacks compared to South America is lovely towns with nice old buildings. In the Latin continent there are loads: a few we visited were Ouro Preto (Brazil), Cartagena (Colombia), Cuenca (Ecuador) and Valparaiso (Chile). Therefore, as we had heard positive things about Vigan we thought we would go and…

The Cordillera: rice terraces and hanging coffins

Tired and grumpy from a ridiculously cold overnight bus (courtesy of the extreme air-con) we arrived in the small town of Banaue in the Cordillera region of North Luzon. Itself not much more than a collection of scrappy buildings tumbling down a mountainside. But, we weren’t there for the town but the surroundings. Behind the…

Q. What is the worst city we have visited?

A. Manila It didn’t start well as the taxi from the airport drove past numerous seedy bars full of old white men with young local women in very dodgy areas and when we got to the supposed ‘tourist area’, it looked like a bomb had hit it! Nevertheless, rather than move on straightaway, we elected…