Filipina for one year

Dear Philippines, where should I start? It’s been a rough and bumpy year for the two of us. A whole lot of new experiences, heat, realizations about this world, cockroaches, rice, conversations and bliss. When I tell people I went to live in the Philippines for one year, they associate dreamy beaches, nice weather and […]

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Palawan dreaming

They say: best leave on a high note. Every good thing is coming to an end at some point and so was our trip. Even though we were in the middle of experiencing all this craziness every day we were aware that it was unreal. Too nerve-jangling to go on forever, too overwhelming to still […]

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Enjoy Cebu

I just realized how little remembrances such as photos/memos/notes I have from Cebu compared to other places I went. It might sound super off-hook, but Cebu to me was just another paradise with loads of tourists on the way as it is together with El Nido the main destination. When you spend a lot of […]

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(Apo) island life

Welcome to Apo Island, one of THE diving paradises and what I didn’t know: the only sustainable place the Philippines have to offer. Apo Island is located just off the southern tip of Negros. Even though it’s not too far off Apo Island feels like a different planet compared to the busy university town of […]

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Hohol in Bohol

Next stop was the green island of Bohol. People visit Bohol for two reasons: the Chocolate Hills and the tarsiers. It is possible to rush through these two highlights and relax at a dreamy beach in Panglao at the same day. The island has everything a tourist could ask for. But I love Bohol for […]

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Luzon wonderland

They are said to be the 8th world wonder: the rice terraces of Batad. No question I had to go and see this beauty / compare to the other world class rice fields I visited in Bali and Flores, Indonesia. I looked up the north bound bus terminal in Manila and we actually made it […]

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Stop-over in Manila

I only took two photos in Manila. One of the sunrise at 5 am through the uber window when we arrived and the other one 24 hours later at the bus terminal that was supposed to send us to the other end of Luzon. All the snapshots, recordings and impressions in between are captured and […]

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Crush on Singapore

I am still speechless. Singapore is superlatives over and over. Gorgeous to a point that you question if this is real. Singapore is perfection. After a six hours bus drive from KL we finally reached the lion city at late evening. It took forever to go through immigration and there was this Chinese couple in […]

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Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Now this was a great surprise. As I already advertised in the last post, this museum was one of the best ones I was ever able to visit. I am honestly so excited about it. I am personally very keen of islamic art – as you maybe remember from my love letters to the mosques […]

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