New Year in Hong Kong

Kat and I arrived in Hong Kong and found that the public transport is super easy. I paid 200$HK (£20) for an Octopus card, of which £15 was credit and the rest is a refundable deposit. The metro and lots of shops accept Octopus as payment so it's handy.Our bags had been delayed as we... Continue Reading →

Around Almaty – the excursions

In the morning we drove in Zhanar's 4x4 up to Big Almaty Lake. I'm not sure there's anything scarier than a nervous driver so the ride over the pass was quite nerve-wracking but we made it! We arrived at the lake in a light snow shower and everything was pure white, even the lake which... Continue Reading →

Christmas in Kazakhstan

I'm so excited to be in Kazakhstan! I arrived late last night, was met at the airport by Zhanar, my guide, and she drove me to the guesthouse and I went straight to bed as it was around midnight by the time I was settled in. Zhanar was shocked by my attire as I emerged... Continue Reading →

Diving with Giants at Donsol

After another delayed flight with Philippine Airlines (I think they misplaced a plane) I arrived in Legaspi and reached the transport terminal to find a UV Express van service to Donsol. We left at 4pm. It's a good day to travel because the weather is overcast and miserable. I am staying at Woodlands Resort and... Continue Reading →

My limited experience of Cebu

I don't really think it's fair to use a country's driving as a measure of whether you like a culture or not but sometimes I really do struggle with the way Filipinos operate. The Jeepneys are awesome. But the traffic and the decisions people make when they drive are insane. There is utterly no obligation... Continue Reading →

Island Hopping from Coron

Andy and I booked a day trip island hopping around the Coron area. The trip cost 1,600 Pesos (£24), with snorkeling gear costing 150 Pesos extra. It is my first proper touristy activity in the Philippines and it's funny already. The guide is nicknamed 59 Seconds and he is a real comedian. Our first stop... Continue Reading →

Wreck Diving in Coron

Woohoo! I'm now a PADI qualified Wreck Diver after my time diving in Coron Bay with the World War Two wrecks. They can be sombre places but they are really full of life and are also historically interesting dive sites. I arrived at Reggae Dive Shop in Coron at 7:45am and it was chaos. There... Continue Reading →

Diving at Sabang/Puerto Galera

I loved diving at Sabang! Some of my favourite diving in the Philippines; a great mix of abundant life, colourful corals, wrecks and excellent visibility. It was also the cheapest per dive price of my trip. First though, I had to reach Sabang from Anilao. After my trike ride I got some more cash out... Continue Reading →

Restful Sunday in Manila

I have been feeling pretty achy so I decided that I needed a day to relax. I found an amazing spa that was open until 11pm last night so at 10pm I went for an hour reflexology session for an expensive (but entirely value for money) 820 Pesos at Ritz Spa. The woman gave me... Continue Reading →

Daytrip to Corregidor Island

My alarm went off at 5:35am but because of some inconsiderately loud alarms going off in the dorm at 5am, I was already awake! I took a Grab to the Ferry Port at 6am and saw a beautiful dawn. The ride cost 150 Pesos and was much more convenient than the public transport options. I... Continue Reading →

Landing in Manila

My flight to Manila landed nice and early but immigration involved standing in a slow queue for most of an hour. I collected my bag and got cash out from an ATM. I checked three different banks and they all add 250 Pesos (£3.70) for a foreign bank withdrawal. I took out around £100 worth... Continue Reading →

Singapore

My flight landed late so I didn't get through immigration until around 10pm and then I followed signs to the MRT (metro) to take me into the city. As usual I got some cash from an ATM before leaving the terminal but this time it wasn't quite good enough because the ticket machine only takes... Continue Reading →

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