Posts Tagged 'travel'

Day 21: Manila – Home

Mid-morning, corner of Ponte and Pasong Tirad Streets, Makati, Manila. The two nights we spent in Manila at the beginning and end of our trip were just a short way down the street from here.

Mid-morning, corner of Ponte and Pasong Tirad Streets, Makati, Manila. The two nights we spent in Manila at the beginning and end of our trip were just a short way down the street from here.

Pasong Tirad Street, Manila

Pasong Tirad Street, Manila.

Tricycle driver, Makati, Manila

Tricycle driver, Makati, Manila.

Rooster and bicylee. Ponte St, Makati, Manila

Rooster and bicyles. Ponte St, Makati, Manila.

Kids, Makati, Manila.

Kids, Makati, Manila.

Boy washing. Everything happens on the street here. Makati, Manila

Boy washing. Everything happens on the street here. Makati, Manila.

Woman wasihng clothes. Makati, Manila.

Woman and chicken. Makati, Manila.

Sucks to be a duck in Manila.

Sucks to be a duck in Manila.

Jeepney

Jeepney.

Fish market, Makati, Manila.

Fish market, Makati, Manila.

I'm not sure if this was guy baulking at me, or the quality of the fish...

I'm not sure if this was guy baulking at me, or the quality of the fish...

Homeward bound.

Homeward bound.

The final leg.

The final leg.

Return to the Land of Mountains.

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Day 19: El Nido (boat trip 2)

On our last day at El Nido we went for a second boat trip, to some further-flung islands in the bay.

On our last day at El Nido we went for a second boat trip, to some further-flung islands in the bay.

Rock on the flanks of Matinloc Island.

Rock on the flanks of Matinloc Island.

Somewhere on Matinloc.

Somewhere on Matinloc.

Another swimming/snorkelling spot.

Another swimming/snorkelling spot.

More rock than you can shake a Hilti at...

More rock than you can shake a Hilti at...

Intestines from a pig (i think), not sure, but I ate them anyhow. Yum.

Intestines from a pig (i think), not sure, but I ate them anyhow. Yum.

Bakery treats - don't be fooled by colourings and different shapes - they all taste identical. Although the small 'breasty-like' ones with a single red spot have nice coconut stuff in them.

Bakery treats - don't be fooled by colourings and different shapes - they all taste identical! Although the small 'breasty-like' ones with a single red spot do have nice coconut stuff in them.

Tricycles, Hama Street, El Nido.

Tricycles, Hama Street, El Nido.

Serona Rd, El Nido.

Serona Rd, El Nido.

Serona Rd, El Nido.

Serona Rd, El Nido.

Day 18: El Nido (boat trip 1)

El Nido Bay, Cadlao Island

El Nido Bay, Cadlao Island.

El Nido - and what could be a sweet limestone crag.

El Nido - and what could be a sweet limestone crag.

The way to spend your time in El Nido is to go out on boat trips round the islands, lagoons and narrow straits that surround Bacuit Bay.

The way to spend your time in El Nido is to go out on boat trips round the islands, lagoons and narrow straits that surround Bacuit Bay. For around NZ$40 you can hire a boat and a guide (who cooks you barbequed fish for lunch) for a whole day.

The trip visits several lagoons, some big enough to float a bangka into, and others that you can only enter by swiming through a small hole.

The trip visits several lagoons, some big enough to float a bangka into, and others that you can only enter by swiming through a small hole. A gap in the cliff ahead allowed us to swim into Small Lagoon (Miniloc Island).

Inside Big Lagoon - Miniloc Island

Inside Big Lagoon - Miniloc Island.

Heading back out of Big Lagoon. Miniloc Is.

Heading back out of Big Lagoon. Miniloc Is.

Limestone karst. The entire bay is formed like this - and the rock forms everything from jagged slabs to massive overhanging walls.

Limestone karst. The entire bay is formed like this - and the rock forms everything from jagged slabs to massive overhanging walls.

One of the many amazing beaches we stopped on.

One of the many amazing beaches we stopped on.

Coconut palms and our bangka.

Coconut palms and our bangka.

the full range of coral, reef fish, barracuda, turtles - really good visibility too.

The snorkelling around these islands was amazing: the full range of coral, reef fish, barracuda, turtles - really good visibility too.

Day 17: El Nido (Cadlao Is.)

We had some postcards to send.

We had some postcards to send.

What better to do after 4 days in a row in the saddle than paddle out to a desterted beach and listen to your ipod in the sand.

What better to do after 4 days in a row in the saddle than paddle out to a deserted beach, go for a snorkel, and listen to your ipod in the sand. (Photo: Hana)

Looking back across to El Nido bay.

Looking back across to El Nido bay.

Cool trees around.

Cool trees around. View across Bacuit Bay.

Tree and limestone boulder

Tree and limestone boulder.

Chilling on Cadlao island.

Chilling on Cadlao island.

Day 11: Sipalay – Dumaguete

Sugar Beach, sans bike

Sugar Beach, sans bike.

Not far out of Sipalay we ground our way up a short steep climb. My 10-year old drivetrain was starting skip really badly. It had slowly been dying, but not we were faced with having to replace it right away, before we hit the hills of Palawan.

Not far out of Sipalay we ground our way up a short steep climb. My 10-year old drivetrain was starting to skip really badly. It had slowly been dying, but now we were faced with having to replace it right away, before we hit the hills of Palawan.

At the

At the bottom of the hill we cruised into Hinoba-an, and there it was - a likely looking bike shop (bikes are popular in the Philippines, but are usually in disrepair). Looked like it had Shimano parts too, and we had just enough pesos left ... (Photo: Hana)

At the bottom of the hill we cruised into Hanoba-an, and there it was - a likely looking bike shot (bikes are popular in the Philippines, but are usually in total disrepair). About an hour later we rolled back out of the shop with a new mid-range Shimano drivetrain on my bike, costing a grad total of NZ$60 - bargain!

About an hour later we rolled back out of the shop with a new mid-range Shimano drivetrain on my bike, costing a grand total of NZ$60 - bargain! The guys in the shop were stoked for the business and helped me transfer it all over. (Photo: Hana)

Spot the dog.

Spot the dog.

Hana chatting to villagers on the road between Hinoba-an and Bayawan. Most of was gravel, but we managed to knockout the 92km that day pretty fast.

Hana chatting to villagers on the road between Hinoba-an and Bayawan. Most of it was gravel, but we managed to knock out the 92km that day pretty fast.

70-year-old guy in same village.

70-year-old guy in same village.

Planting rice - got to be back-wrecking work.

Planting rice - got to be back-wrecking work.

Rice and grain shop at Basey. We were right out in the wops here and I think tourists rarely pass this way. We attracted heaps of stares here, and people were really shy. Makes you feel quite self conscious, especially with a big camera round your neck.

Rice and grain shop at Basey. We were right out in the wops here and I think tourists rarely pass this way. We attracted heaps of stares, and people were really shy. Makes you feel quite self conscious, especially with a big camera round your neck.

We stopped at chatted to this village tailor for a while. His sewing machine was treadle operated.

We stopped and chatted to this village tailor for a while. His sewing machine was treadle operated - cool! He and his wife were another couple that seemed so happy, with so little, that you really do wonder about the gig the Western world is on.

After 92km of mostly gravel road from Sipalay we hit Bayawan tired and dirty. We needed to be getting a ferry to Cebu the next day, so to make up time we caught an early evening bus the last couple of hours to Dumaguete.

After 92km of mostly gravel road from Sipalay we hit Bayawan tired and dirty. We needed to be getting a ferry to Cebu the next day, so to make up time we caught an early evening bus the last couple of hours to Dumaguete.

Departure – Arrival

a 9hr flight; 14 hours at Changi Airport, Singapore; and then another 3hr flight to Manila.

Leaving Christchurch with a bike and two panniers each - the way to travel! So on the 3rd July Pete dropped us at Christchurch airport and we began the long journey to Manila: a 9hr flight; 14 hours at Changi Airport, Singapore; and then another 3hr flight to Manila.

In Singapore we joined the legions of spaced out travellers who drift around the gigantic airport and after much persistence (and a couple of hours of sleeping on the floor) we managed to get ourselves a room in the transit hotel for a few hours sleep before the final leg to Manila.

In Singapore we joined the legions of spaced out travellers who drift around the gigantic airport and after much persistence (and a couple of hours of sleeping on the floor) we managed to get ourselves a room in the transit hotel for a few hours sleep before the final leg to Manila.

The mega-airport.

The mega-airport.

Arrival in Manila. Shortly before we left NZ typhoon Frank had reaped havoc in the Philippines - causing widespread flooding and capsizing a number of large ships - including the much publicised ferry tragedy that drowned 800 people. Thoughts lingered of monsoon deluges, typhoid outbreaks, road damage, and really not knowing a whole bunch about the regions we were going into.

Arrival in Manila. Shortly before we left NZ typhoon Frank had reaped havoc in the Philippines - causing widespread flooding and capsizing a number of large ships - including the much publicised ferry tragedy that drowned 800 people. Thoughts lingered of monsoon deluges, typhoid outbreaks, road damage, and really not knowing a whole bunch about the regions we were going into.

Francis Gumapec and Megan McNeill (an Aussie living in Manila with her Filipino husband Mike). Francis met us at the airport, took us to her place and made our arrival there really easy.

Francis' place, Makati, Manila. Through couchsurfing we had made contact with a couple of locals: Francis Gumapec and Megan McNeill (an Aussie living in Manila with her Filipino husband Mike). Francis met us at the airport, took us to her place and made our arrival there really easy.

Makati, Manila. Just down the road from where we were staying. It's so much better having a local to stay with than the anonyminity of a hotel. We were leaving the next day anyhow - so with Francis, and later in the evening Megan and Mike we made the most of our time there and explored a tiny bit of Manila.

Makati, Manila. Just down the road from where we were staying. It's so much better having a local to stay with than the anonyminity of a hotel. We were leaving the next day anyhow - so with Francis, and later in the evening Megan and Mike we made the most of our time there and explored a tiny bit of Manila.

Downtown Manila.

Downtown Manila.

Firearms anyone?

Firearms anyone?

Hana, Mike and Megan.

Hana, Mike and Megan. We met Mike and Megan through couchsurfing.


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