Six weeks ago Keith and I embarked on a huge adventure. After months of planning, our trip to South East Asia had finally begun. Originally I’d planned on blogging throughout the trip, but internet stops were few and far between and I just never got started. Right now we are staying in an awesome little hostel that “is running this place like family” (their words) complete with tea and coffee all the time, hippy bikes for free and a computer to use whenever. No better time to start I guess!
For the first month we went to the Philippines. It was a great place to start because most people speak english. The people were incredibly friendly, welcoming us into their country and homes, the scenery was beautiful, and we found lots to do! It wasn’t without it’s struggles though, our first bus didn’t have a bathroom (cue panic attack from me – 9 hours is a long time for ANYONE without peeing…), then later it broke down in the middle of the night (yup, I jumped right off the bus relieved to pee in a ditch). The struggles were great to start with though, because we had to learn quickly on how to remedy them. Patience was the name of the game and we got through most challenges unscathed.
We started off on a beach on South Luzon called Bagasbas Beach for some surfing. It was the perfect place for me to learn and Keith to re-learn and by the end of the week we were in the ‘line up’ on the waves with the locals. We were sad to leave a place that we had been so welcomed, but onward we went to Naga City after a week.
In Naga we had a few mishaps that were all our own fault (always, always make sure you have money with you!) that tripped us up a bit, but on our last day we enjoyed a wonderful hike to three waterfalls with local guide company Kadlagan’s and it turned our visit around. If only we had stopped by their shop earlier!
After Naga we were off to Northern Luzon for my race, of which I’ve already written a ton. This was an amazing week that we won’t soon forget. I can’t wait to go back to visit the Philippines Cordillera again.
The race brought our month in the Philippines to an end. We were very sorry to be leaving, especially because we wanted to spend more time in the Cordillera, but our taste buds were getting called by Thailand, so off we went.
To keep this from being another epic post, I will cut off here to go enjoy a traditional thai massage and write more about Thailand later on…