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Skimboarding in Mati and a ride in underground river in Puerto Princesa

Mati was only famous for 1 thing: skimboarding and partly surfing. Other than that, there wasn’t much else worth visiting for the average tourist. That was also the reason why I decided to take a 5 hour slow bus ride from Davao to arrive in Mati in the middle of the night in a rundown hostel with no other guests. The next day I managed to fix a ride and pick up to the Dahican beach where all the action is happening. But the thing is, the waves are only good at certain times during the day. Mainly early in...

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A trip down south to Davao in Mindanao

The Philippines consists of more than 7000 islands, they said it takes about 3 decades to visit and experience every Island. As I don’t have that much time, I at least wanted to visit each major region and part of that is Mindanao, the world’s 19th largest island. It’s known for dazzling scenery, primitive hill tribes and an almost complete lack of tourists because of political unrest and occasional fighting between the government and Muslim separatists. Government has warned tourist not to go to Mindanao because of this situation. Even local Pinoys don’t venture out there. However, the north coast...

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Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City is the last city on the list of places to visit in Vietnam. It took a while but I finally managed to make it here after visiting 9 cities in about 3 weeks. I have to be honest, during these 3 weeks, I had a great time, but I couldn’t get used to the Vietnamese way of doing things. Especially all the touts, the motorbike drivers, the difference pricing for “foreigners” and the food. It wasn’t until 20 days into my visit in Vietnam that I discovered that there was more to the Vietnamese cuisine than...

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Songkran 2012 in Bangkok!

The Thai new year celebration festival, also known as Songkran, was actually the main event I wanted to attend during my 1 year trip. I’ve planned my trips and time just in order to participate in this. And boy was it soooooooooo worth it. The Songkran festival is actually held in multiple other countries during different times. But the idea is the same, the people throw water on eachother in order “cleanse” them for the new year. The tradition started out by people pouring water over Buddha statues and then using this holy water to bless family members and friends....

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Shanghai revisited

In 2008 during the summer Olympics, I spent 2 and a half months in Shanghai doing an internship. During that time I’ve pretty much seen most of what Shanghai had to offer. After the internship, I traveled to Beijing after the olympics to visit the historical city in China. This time I came back with the idea to visit old friends living here. But sadly, some of them had already moved back to Europe. Luckily I had another friend working in Wuxi for a few months, so I decided to hop on the train spend a few days with him....

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Daegu & Jeonju

Daegu Daegu in itself doesn’t really have much to offer. The reason I decided to stop by here was only because I had some time to kill before meeting up with my friend in Jeonju. On top of it, I managed to get a couchsurfer to host me for a few days. Not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but for each country I visit, I try to stay with a local couchsurfer for a few days to get a grasp of every day life in their country. Since this was one of the last chances for me and she...

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Start of the Inca adventure in Peru (Lima & Cusco)

Edit: Actually posting this just now, since there is very limited internet speed here in Venezuela! What better time to start writing about my trip(s) in Peru than on my last day in Lima, Peru.  To be honest I didn’t think I’d be traveling so much during my time here in Peru, but there’s just so much to see and visit that you can’t help it. And to make things worse, Peru has a great (and cheap) long distance bus traject all over the country. There are tons of different bus companies that offer you great service depending on the...

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Santiago – Valparaiso // Chile

When I was doing my research on Santiago and Chile in general, I had to really dig for stuff to do. Since I’m only visiting 10 days, I had to manage to find something to do. But in reality, the 10 days I stayed in Chile really flew by.Small warning, this might be a lengthy post, since I’m wrapping up 10 days worth of stuff. Santiago The first impression of Santiago was… not too exciting. The city itself looked quite run down and being the capital of Chile, I expected it to be more “flashy” and entertaining. But truth to...

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Traveling alone and meeting people

At first when I told people I was going to travel alone, most people wondered if I’d be lonely on the road without anyone to talk to and visit places with. After more than 4 weeks traveling, I can tell you that traveling alone certainly has its ups and downs. It just depends how you cope with it. But you’re never really lonely if you put in some effort. This also highly depends on your personality and your social skills of course. For me it’s been rather easy to talk to people and meet new people. Hostels You’d be suprised...

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Whatever happens in Rio…

So it’s been nearly 1 week since I arrived in Rio De Janeiro. The last couple of days have been packed with activities hence the late updates. Although the weather hasn’t been too kind on me here, I still try to make the best of out. Truth to be told, Rio has a lot of outdoor activities so it’s a pity that it was raining for the majority of the time. The first day it was raining too, so the people at the hostel started a nice “little” BBQ and these Brazilians sure know (and love) their meats. To be...