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FOUR MONTHS IN THE PHILIPPINES WOW.

My time here will come to an end on May 15.

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I didn’t have a clue that I’d spend so much time in here! I just knew that I wanted to stay in the Philippines for at least one month. Obviously my plan has completely changed, as usual. That’s what I love the most about long-term travel: You never know what’s going to happen next!

 

I arrived in Manila the 20th of January 2014, straight from Yangon – Myanmar, and the Philippines instantly stole my heart: These months have been incredible, so  intense and filled with a plethora of emotions, breath-taking landscapes, adventures and beautiful people.


WHY THIS POSTS?

 

Cutting to the chase: This is a photo essay, a Teaser Campaign – Coming soon on these screens post. I want you to know what I’ve been up to until now, introduce you to my next destinations and give you a glimpse of my next posts.

Yesterday, forcing my spontaneous nature, I sat down and planned the rest of my trip. I hate Planning but there are activities and places that  I’ve dreamed about for a lifetime and now it’s time to fulfill these dreams.

 

Because we only live once. In my vocabulary there is no space for “I’ll do it next time”.

Remember: There is never a better moment than NOW to fulfill your dreams.

 


WHAT ABOUT MY BLOG?

 

I have so much material to write about that it will take me months to accomplish my mission impossible, but I’ll get there.

For now I will simply enjoy the rest of my time here. I’ll forget about my job and just DO the things I love the most.I need time to detach myself from the experiences I’m living, to absorb them and create a memory. At that point the words will flow like a river.

So here they are…my crazy days in the Philippines: One shot for each place I visited or planning to visit with the dates.

 


 

 JANUARY 20| MANILA

My very first day in the Philippines!

Manila, philippines, manila streets, streets of manila, jeepneys and tricycle in Manila

Living in Thailand for so long  this is how it went when I first arrived in Manila: Jeepneys? Tricycles? What are you talking about?Where are the buses? and why there are no Temples in here? Well, the streets are much cleaner than Bangkok at least..Wow, the taxi driver put the meter on, I didn’t even have to scream at him, awesome!”

Yes, you got it. I am not a huge fan of pre-trip research. I could start a post called “The hall of shame”, what can I say? I love to be surprised, ashamed and amused by my vast ignorance.

Manila? Mission Accomplished, you surprised me big time. In any possible way.

 


21-28 JANUARY | BORACAY ISLAND

Boracay Island, white beach boracay, white beach boracay sunset, sunset on white beach boracay philippines, philippines beautiful sunset

After Manila I headed straight to the party Island and White beach blew me away with its turquoise water. I had a great time admiring some of the best sunsets ever.

The downside? Too much chaos. After Thailand I  had enough of the party scene. Or maybe I’m simply getting old!There is not much I can add to this well-known Island, but I will compare it to its twin party Islands in Thailand. Same same…but different.

 


28 JANUARY- 1 FEBRUARY | CARABAO ISLAND

Carabao Island Philippines, deserted beach philippines, island of carabao in the philippines

What it’s like to live on an almost deserted island? or Change your clothes on a beach and find yourself in total darkness after 11 PM when all the lights on the Island switch off?

You will discover this, and much more on my post about the beauty of Carabao (Loved the experience). Stay tuned!

 


1-5 FEBRUARY | MANILA

Visit to the Slums

Manila slums, kids in the slums of manila, black and white portraits of kids in the slums

This is an article I wanted to write for quite some time. I didn’t publish it yet, as I am pondering how I’m going to write it.

I think about my experience on the Manila’s slums almost every day. And this says it all. Post coming soon.


 

5-8 FEBRUARY | CAMOTES ISLANDS

CAMOTES ISLAND SANTIAGO BAY , CEBU AREA PHILIPPINES, WHAT ISLAND ARE NEAR CEBU, BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS NEAR CEBU

I only stayed in the Camotes Islands for a few but very intense days.

A post on this Island is mandatory not only for the place itself (the picture speaks louder than words), but also for the many emotions involved during that trip.

 


8-19 FEBRUARY | SIARGAO

guyam island siargao

With more than 6000 words and 5.2K shares on social media, I don’t’ think I need to add anything about my eternal love for Siargao. If you missed the article, here is the Link. Enjoy!

 


19- 22 FEBRUARY | BOHOL

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I bet you were expecting a picture of a Tarsier or a panoramic view on the Chocolate Hills, right? Well sorry to disappoint you, but I choose the Phyton instead. What a memorable moment. FYI, that smile is totally fake. Just in case you were wondering: I was PETRIFIED. I ‘ll mention Bohol when I’ll be writing about the Filipino Islands and their peculiar vibe.


 

23-27  FEBRUARY | ILOILO – ANTIQUE REGION TOUR

ANTIQUE REGION

The 4 more exhausting yet intense days in the Philippines so far.Should I write a detailed recap post including all my adventure or write shorter, single posts for each one of them? Decisions decisions…What a ride it was this Antique Tour! Unforgettable experience and people.

 


27 FEBRUARY-14 APRIL | PANDAN -ANTIQUE

pandan beach resort antique

This view has been my home far away from home for more than one month. Definitely worth a post, or even more than one.

Let’s see. I’m still here as I write this and I already know that I’m going to miss the peace of this place SO MUCH.

 


14-22 APRIL | PALAWAN – CORON

SCUBA DIVING IN CORON PALAWAN

Welcome to the future! I always wanted to visit Palawan and I left it as one of my last stops:  To close these 4 months in style!

I struggled  a lot between Coron and El Nido. Then I said to myself: You only live once, so I’ve chosen both 🙂




I will stay 8 days in Coron, scuba diving with manta rays and discovering the amazing ship wrecks full of corals. I  can’t wait!

 


22-26 APRIL | PALAWAN – EL NIDO

big lagoon el nido palawan philippines

They say it’s Paradise on Earth.  How could I skip that after such an inviting statement. I’ll be there for 3 full days, island hopping and taking tons of pictures. Paradise is quite expensive this time of the year, but I bet it’s worth the investment and the effort.

I will take a 8-hour boat from Coron and a 4/5 hours bus ride to reach Puerto Princesa and catch a plane to my next destination.


 

27 APRIL- 2 MAY | DONSOL

WHALE SHARKS DIVING DONSOL

This is a dream coming true: Scuba diving and swimming with Big Whale Sharks. I decided for Donsol instead of Oslob as they say the fish there are much bigger and the area offers plenty of other water activities. I also decided for Donsol because in Oslob they feed the Whale Sharks and it’s not the same as seeing them in their natural environment. I want the real deal! Give me water and you’ll see a very happy girl!

I hope I’ll be lucky enough to see one of these big boys. Send me positive vibes while I’m there!

 


2-12 MAY |RANDOM WANDERING

Mt Pinatubo view

Mt Pinatubo view

From this point on, I just decided to go with the flow and see what happens. I have 10 days left before heading back to Manila for 2 days and catch my flight to Thailand.

I want to stay close to Manila, let’s say within 2/4 hours by bus-train. Mt Pinatubo trek looks awesome, but I’m not sure I’m fit enough to do that, let’s see.

I might just chill out in some cheap place, try Couch surfing or whatever my adventurous spirit suggest me to do. I’m wide open to everything. So if you have any advice,  write it in the comments and I’ll consider it!

 


12-15 May |MANILA

Manila By night

Manila By Night

On the 15th of May, my long-term adventure in the Philippines will come to an end right where it started: Manila. Hopefully, I will be able to meet some of my new Filipino friends for our goodbyes and just relax before my departure.

After such a long time in the Philippines, it now feels like home here and leaving is going to be sad. But don’t worry, I always go back  to the places that stole my heart.


A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL THE FILIPINO PEOPLE, FOR WELCOMING ME WITH SUCH A WARM HEART AND LET ME DISCOVER YOUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY! I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN ONE DAY, I PROMISE.


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  3. Hello Clelia!
    It is wonderfull to read your blog, and I must say it was part of the reason I booked my holidays to the Philippines this year 🙂 We will arrive in Manila on the 16th and leave on the 29th. As my boyfiren is a surfer, we plan to split the trip between Siargao and 3 to 4 days in El Nido. DO you thin Cebu is worth spending 2 nights? I would really appreciate hotel tips or other tips you can think of… We plan on renting a bike for moving around places.
    Thank you again for such an inspiring blog and pictures! <3

  4. This article is Amazing., Thank you for sharing.. It is really nice that you like Philippines and yes I agree about boracay.. with all the partying there it surely is chaos.. I hope you would be able to visit the underground river in Palawan..

  5. Hi Cle, love your quote and couldn’t agree more : “There is never a better moment than NOW to fulfill your dreams”. And I see that you are living your dream..:) Philippines is indeed ideal for adventure seekers and nature lovers, and offers an unforgettable experience. Come and visit us at Taytay on your next visit to the island. Cheers!

  6. Kumusta? This is by far the best travel blog i have seen. I love the way you feature Siargao. i have been planning to travel there and i guess you covered everything especially the expenses. Thank you for appreciating Philippines. You are always welcome to wander =) By the way, do you travel alone?

  7. I’m from Manila and I must say that you’ve been to more of our islands than I did! I’ve only been to Boracay (twice or thrice a year, even!) and Coron. So shameful of me, LOL! But I’m glad to read that you had a wonderful four months spending your time! I’m an amateur wanderlust-er (so to speak) and someday hopefully I get to travel the world and not just within SE Asia. Truly inspired by your blog! 🙂

    1. Hey Daphne, you are so lucky!! think about this…you can visit any island in the Philippines at any time:)
      I just have one suggestion if you don’t mind. Before traveling around the world (which is totally legit, I know that feeling very well), take your time to discover your own country. It is truly beautiful.

      I also did like that. Coming from Sardinia and Italy in general, I first explored as much as I could about my own country and, as a second step, I traveled within Europe and FINALLY i was ready for the world 🙂

      Good luck to you for your future amazing trips!

  8. The photos are absolutely incredible. Palawan certainly does look like paradise. All of those places are incredible it seems. I can’t wait to read your posts over the next few months. Can’t believe your time there is almost at an end!

    1. Thanks Anwar! Yes I know…Palawan is awesome and I’m staying a bit longer than planned before heading to Donsol (still need to make sure the whale sharks are still there before buying the ticket!

  9. Thank you for appreciating the Philippines. What I really like about this is the way you embrace our culture no matter how different it is from where you’re from. You don’t compare it to yours that others tend to do, you praise its beauty and accept its flaws. You are smart and open minded. We are blessed with 7000 awesome islands and I thank you for appreciating them and its people. I hope you enjoyed your previous trips and I know you’ll enjoy the next ones. There are other wonderful islands here that are yet to be developed and commercialized. I hope to meet you somewhere here. Visit us again next time. THANK YOU AND GODSPEED.

    1. Thanks Joel!

      Well there is not much to complain about the Philippines, except maybe for the slow internet connection, but I’m a travel blogger and that makes working a bit difficult, other than that is paradise 🙂

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