South East Asia

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.

Rice field on the side of the road on the way to Bagasbas.

Rice field on the side of the road on the way to Bagasbas.

A shot of the beach/ocean while on a beach run.

A shot of the beach/ocean while on a beach run.

Selfie on a beach run. I had to keep dodging little crabs running all over the place while they tried to dodge me.

Selfie on a beach run. I had to keep dodging little crabs running all over the place while they tried to dodge me.

Not a great shot but Keith surfing at dusk.

Not a great shot but Keith surfing at dusk.

A beach bonfire and singalong with the locals and a few other travelers.

A beach bonfire and singalong with the locals and a few other travelers.

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!

One shot from our less-than-24-hours trip to Caramoan Peninsula that we totally botched. The islands that we missed out on exploring!

One shot from our less-than-24-hours trip to Caramoan Peninsula that we totally botched. The islands that we missed out on exploring!

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…

Mount Mayon in the distance. It erupted while we were in the Philippines, sadly killing nine climbers. It is said to be a perfect volcano - completely symmetrical.

Mount Mayon in the distance. It erupted while we were in the Philippines, sadly killing nine climbers. It is said to be a perfect volcano – completely symmetrical.

This gal is ready for anything! Looking like a complete dork waiting for a boat to Calaguas, a virgin island, for an overnight on the beach.

This gal is ready for anything! Looking like a complete dork waiting for a boat to Calaguas, a virgin island, for an overnight on the beach.

Still looking dorky in my hat on a walk on the beach while the sun is setting with my fave travel partner:)

Still looking dorky in my hat on a walk on the beach while the sun is setting with my fave travel partner:)

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s