The Philippines: A few of my pictures

I will start with an apology. After a really long day fighting through the bustle of Manila, then a long hot wait in the chaos of the airport, followed by four hours on a restless plane to Singapore my day finally had some punctuation. I was shattered. I plodded my booty down on the plush carpet outside of the connecting gate and began to write. In the following four hours I poured my little heart into a huge piece of writing, not leaving a single ounce of memory on the cutting room floor. My error however was that I was just typing, glazed eyed at the screen with no thought of backup I just tip-tapped away. The call for the plane to board came so I pressed the “hibernate” gizmo and closed the lid on my computer with the intention of going back to writing as soon as I was sat on the plane. The second leg of the journey was longer and I had lucked into a really nice seat (very rare on Jetstar, they are usually crap) so I decided to have a quick snooze. By the time the plane had taken off and we had the all-clear to stand up I was fully passed out. Dead to the world and didn’t wake up until we were about to land!

It wasn’t until I arrived back to where I was staying in Perth that I decided to finish off the writing. When I opened up my laptop however the page was blank. I’d left it for so long the hibernate had become a fully fledged shutdown (much like I had done myself on the flight) and all of my scribblings were gone. “Bollocks”.

Instead of writing it all out again I have decided to write the electric “sorry Miss I forgot to save my homework” story (that you have patiently just read) and then load up a few pictures that I took while I was there. So yeah, sorry you don’t get to read my stream of consciousness written on the floor of an airport*, instead however here are a selection of bloody lovely pictures from my trip to The Philippines. I hope you like them.

A beautiful wedding on the beach.

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Reunited with family after 2 years.

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Starting off the day with some “Gasoline”.

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A beach front hostel for 400PHP (about six quid).

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Safety first.

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A huge parade for Good Friday.

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Magellan’s cross.

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Traffic.

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Manny Pacquiao’s signed gloves.

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Dusk on the beach.

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Trekking in the hills.

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Rush hour.

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Blue ice cream!

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“We’re going to need a bigger boat”.

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Fresh from the catwalks of Milan.

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One of the cheapest meals that I’ve ever had. “Eat all you can” noodles for 10PHP (16 pence).

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Nips.

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Exploring an old unused hotel reclaimed by the jungle.

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Thriller in Manila.

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Morning at the markets.

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Folded towels and a nice bed (I lived for 3 weeks out of that little bag).

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The end of the beach.

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“Darling. Fetch my king outfit and umbrella, we’re going for a regal ride in the rain”.

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JT phone home.

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“Tom”. Blatantly taking the Mickey.

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Arriving into Cebu’s port after an episode of seasickness on the ferry.

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A Taoist temple in Cebu.

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Worth it?

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Sassy Jesus.

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The hills of Boljo-on.

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The pre-Latin Filipino alphabet (Why does “da de/di do/du” have the same symbols as “ra re/ri ro/ru”?).

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Home for a few days.

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The wedding resort.

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Japanese tourists.

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Potato flavoured crisps.

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Feeding the fish.

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Very happy with the new nails.

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Trees growing out of the rocks.

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Tagbilaran trike.

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The end of the jungle.

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I love a photo opportunity.

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The last sunset.

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Thanks for getting this far! A note about the whale shark diving. Although the animals are phenomenal, the way that they are treated ruins the whole experience. Please read this before you consider going, I wish I did – https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/eat-yourself-green-14874229/why-you-shouldnt-dive-with-whale-sharks-in-5502178293

Safe Travels!

 

*A post written whilst sat on the floor of Auckland airport about my time Tonga – Memories from Tonga: A diary

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