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Guadalupe River

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  • Day72

    Cebu City

    June 17, 2019 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    An unseren letzten beiden Tagen auf den Philippinen waren wir in der Hauptstadt der Insel, Cebu City. Wir haben in einem "Homestay" gewohnt, (eine Familie vermietet ein paar Zimmer in ihrem Haus) was sehr schön war. Die Besitzerin May und ihre beiden Kinder waren sehr lieb und so haben wir auch mal einen Familienalltag und die Lebensweise in der Stadt miterlebt.
    Am ersten Tag waren wir im "Museo Sugbo", das die Geschichte von den Philippinen in verschiedenen Ausstellungen zeigt, z.B. über die amerikanische Besatzungszeit oder die Präsidenten. Außerdem am Fort San Pedro, der Basilica del Santo Niño (die erste Kirche auf den Philippinen) und Magellans Cross, ein Andenken an den ersten Besatzer Ferdinand Magellan, der den Katholizismus "hergebracht" hat, was die Filipinos aber sehr wertschätzen. Am zweiten Tag waren wir noch in der Ayala Mall um ein bisschen zu shoppen um unsere Vorräte (Duschbad usw.) wieder aufzufüllen.
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  • Day2

    CebuCity

    March 8 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Nach nur 30 h sind wird endlich in unserer ersten Unterkunft angekommen👌 rooftop Pool inklusive 😎

  • Day148

    Seegraskanal / weiter nach Cebu

    March 4 on the Philippines ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Ich sitze bereits 5.45 Uhr am Strand. Durch das Krähen der vielen Hähne kann ich eh vorerst nicht mehr einschlafen.. 😄

    Sonnenaufgang am Meer🌅...wieder einmal bin ich tief beeindruckt von dem Farbenspiel. Beruhigend wirken die Spiegelungen auf dem Wasser...es ist Ebbe und das Wasser ist weit weit zurück vom Strand....

    Nichts weiter..außer ein paar Krebse, die ab und zu aus ihren Löchern schauen..Fischreiher, die ihre erste Beute am Tag im vorgelagerten schlammigen Wasser suchen...und natürlich die Hähne krähend im Hintergrund. 😅🐓

    So kann der Tag starten. 👍
    Nach dem obligatorischen Frühstückstoast mit Ei mach ich mich noch mal auf zum Strand. (So schön, direkt vor der Tür)

    Der Strand hier eignet sich nicht direkt zum Schwimmen, da er sehr flach abfällt und voller Seegras ist. Deshalb ist hier wahrscheinlich kein anderer Tourist. 🙂
    Aber ich mag es so..und es gibt sogar weit draußen eine schöne Sandbank. 🏖 Ich gelange durch eine Art 'Kanal' durch das Seegras bis dort hin. Das Wasser steht mir erst bis zu den Knien..Später bis zum Bauch.. es ist regelrecht bezaubernd dort durchzulaufen..mitten durch das Wasser, rechts und links Seegrasfelder. Kleine Fische schwimmer direkt vor mir her und 'zeigen mir den Weg' 😊🐟🐟 Ab und zu treffe ich auf Einsiedlerkrebse.🐚

    Wow..echt der Hammer..eine paradiesische Sandbank.Von hier aus kann ich sogar die malerische Landschaft an Land betrachten. Das Wasser drum herum, soooo blau..glasklar..ich entdecke sogar ein paar von den gigantischen Seesternen. Ich lege mich ins seichte Wasser und spüre wie die Wellen immer wieder an meinen Körper vorbei gleiten..herrlich..🤗 ich habe jegliches Zeitgefühl verloren⏳.. erst als die Sonne dann doch zu stark brannte, machte ich mich durch den Seegraskanal wieder auf den Rückenweg.

    Zeitsprung: ich sitze im Tricycle zum Flughafen...dann noch mal, weil ich mein Handy in der Unterkunft vergessen habe🤦‍♀️ (zum Glück hab ich dran gedacht)... dann im Flieger..ich lande sicher und pünktlich in Cebu..ich sitze im Bus Richtung Unterkunft...ich sitze im Taxi zur Unterkunft.... 19.00 endlich ich bin da..😴

    Etwas müde gehe ich noch schnell durch die Straßen um etwas zum Abendbrot zu essen..hier in der Stadt sieht man wieder viel Armut und Elend und einige düstere Gestalten lungern in den Seitengassen..ich fühle mich nicht wohl und kehre wieder in mein Hostel zurück. Was gut gesichert und sauber ist. Ein Glück. Morgen geht's eh weiter... hier ist nur ein Übernachtungszwischenstop
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  • Day25

    Letzter Tag vor der Heimreise

    October 10, 2019 on the Philippines ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    Heute brachte Stella noch Larissas Hochzeitskleid, welches Cencen von Hand gewaschen hat! Da es noch nicht ganz trocken ist, mussten wir es aufhängen. Danach ging es ins Ayala. Wir brauchen wieder Bargeld für heute Abend. Es wird ein grosses Abschiedsessen geben, zu welchem John eingeladen hat. Er erfuhr dann, dass insgesamt 14 Personen kommen werden und fragte uns daher, ob es vielleicht möglich sei, dass wir ihn beim Bezahlen etwas unterstützen könnten. Natürlich willigten wir ein. Da wir mit insgesamt 1000.- Pesos pro Person (Fr. 20.-) rechnen und wir vereinbarten, die Rechnung zu halbieren, brauchen wir 7000.- Peso (etwa Fr. 140. -). Damit wir noch Kleingeld für den Grab und den Einkauf auf dem Markt haben, mussten wir die grossen Noten Wohl oder Übel verkleinern und Macarons kaufen. ☺️😉😋

    Im Hotel angekommen erfuhren wir, dass Mommy Auntie bereita 5 Kg frische Mangos für uns gekauft hat (etwa 15 Stück). Daher entscheiden wir uns auch aus zeitlichen Gründen dazu, nicht mehr auf den Markt zu gehen. Mommy kauft für und noch die getrockneten Mangos, so dass wir Zeit haben, um mit John essen zu gehen.

    Nach dem Essen mit John ging es zum Coiffeur. Stephan (der Friseur) berut uns und schnitt nacheinander Larissa und Gianni die Haare. Dabei hatte er wieder viel spannendes über die philippinische Esskultur, Diabetes, Politik und Religion hier in den Philippinen zu berichten. Insgesamt bezahlten wir für beide 1900.- Peso, also nicht einmal Fr. 40.-.

    Danach tranken wir noch eine heisse Schokolade und eine Matcha-Latte und traffen uns mit John um zur Abendlocation zu fahren. John bat uns der Familie nicht zu sagen, dass wir uns an den Kosten beteiligen, da dies sonst für viel Disskusion sorgen würde.

    Nach dem Essen fuhren wir zurück ins Hotel. Das Packen der Koffer fiel uns schwer, da wir das Gewicht auf vier Koffer verteilen mussten und dabei die Limiten nicht überschreiten durften. Wir mussten mehrmals umpacken, da mal einer zu schwer und der andere dafür noch "zu leicht" war. Zum Glück hatte Mommy noch Platz im Koffer und bot uns Mommy an, noch etwas in ihr Koffer zu packen, da wir sonst noch einiges in unsere Handtasche und Rucksack hätten nehmen müssen. Nach dem Packen liessen wir den Abend mit Kaffee und Mango Stems ausklinken, bevor wir schliesslich schlafen gingen.
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  • Day11

    Cebu City Sightseeing Teil 1

    November 6, 2019 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Uff... Was soll ich sagen, wir haben heute innerhalb weniger Stunden alles abgegrast, was es in Cebu City Interessantes zu sehen gibt. Zuerst haben wir uns die 'Basilica Minore del Santo Nino' (Bild 1 + 2) und das 'Magellan' s Cross' (Bild 3) angesehen. Die vorherrschende Religion in diesem Land ist christlich, wie man unschwer erkennen kann 😉.
    Danach führte unsere Tour uns weiter zum 'Fort San Pedro' (Bild 4 - 6), welches in der Nähe des Hafens gelegen ist.
    All diese Gebäude waren sowohl von Innen, als auch von Außen wirklich hübsch anzusehen! Und da ich leider immer nur höchstens sechs Bilder beifügen kann, habe ich mich für zwei Teile entschieden 😊. Fortsetzung folgt also 😉.
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  • Day11

    Cebu City Sightseeing Teil 2

    November 6, 2019 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Weiter ging es zur 'Metropolitan Cathedral' (Bild 1 + 2) und danach zum 'Heritage of Cebu Monument' (Bild 3). Weitere schöne Flecken, in einer Stadt, von der wir leider feststellen müssen, dass sie ansonsten nicht viel zu bieten hat 🙄.
    Die Straßen hier sind verdreckt, stinken, Schwärme von Kakerlaken tummeln sich Abends in dunklen Straßen und vernünftiges Frühstück konnten wir auch nicht auftreiben. Gott sei Dank konnten wir nur eine einzige Kakerlake in unserem Zimmer feststellen! 😅
    Am Ende unserer Sightseeing Tour sind wir also in die Ayala Mall und haben uns dort mit Fastfood-Essen die Zeit vertrieben und schließlich sogar einen Film im Kino angesehen! 🤷🏽‍♀️
    Mal sehen was der morgige Tag so bringt!
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  • Day2

    A typical lazy day... For us!

    November 1, 2018 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    So after our 38 hour travel to get here it was obviously going to be a slow start to the morning. We slept off and on till 10:30am, but could easily have done with a couple more hours. We had fried eggs, bacon and toast for breakfast with our homestay family. During breakfast May, the mother, just kept staring at me and at one point apologised and said "I'm so sorry, I'm so star struck by your beauty". This has happened a lot in the Asian countries we've been to. It seems like the Indian look is really adored, something about the shape of our eyebrows?? I have no idea! Eventually we got out, after moving very slowly, at about 1pm.

    Jeeze what a difference in temperature, we are back in sweaty land. I can't blink without sweating endlessly. Within 2 seconds of leaving the house we were both fully drenched. When your knees and elbows start sweating you know its hot!

    Today's plan is to do a self guided city tour which included the following: Fort San Pedro, Plaza Independencia,Malacañang sa Sugbo, Magellan’s Cross, Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Cathedral Museum of Cebu, Rajah Humabon Monument, Colon Obelisk, Heritage of Cebu Monument, Jesuit House of 1730, Yap-San Diego Ancestral House, Casa Gorordo Museum. Along the way Will found a burger stall selling burgers for 28 pesos. That's 40p! And it was Get One Take One, so he got 2 burgers for 40p. I question the meat content but it was substance. As it was a Bank Holiday for All Saints day a lot of the places were closed, but it lasted a pleasant enough time to feel shattered, but enough time to not rush round everything.

    As we finished by 4:30pm we decided to walk Ayala Mall where we can try the famous Lechon, suckling pig, and finally get some free cash at the HSBC cash machine (the only one on the whole island that is free for foreigners). On the way we found a department store with super cheap clothes, finally I can get some tshirts which fit me! All my clothes are 2 sizes too big... I know you're probably thinking why didn't I just get some new ones from the UK when I came back? Well I bought 2 new tshirts and some sunglasses (yes I broke them again, wups) for £2.80. That's why!

    Initially we were thinking of getting one of the really fun looking buses they have here but in the end for ease we walked. The main reason I like to walk around places is because you really see and feel the true side. It is very clear that you are either unbelievably rich or horrifically poor, with little in between. Although technically GDP wise it is not the poorest country we have visited it really feels like it. There are so many homeless people on the streets and hygiene doesn't really seem like a thing here, adults and children are covered in dirt. It's so sad to know that the Philippines is for most people seen as paradise and therefore on most people's bucket list when actually for the locals it feels like poverty. When I was talking to my hairdresser in Taiwan I remember talking to her about going to the Philippines and she was from here too. She was saying that if people get the chance to leave them they do and the only jobs they can get are as cleaners or a like because if you're Philipino you are seen as very very low in class.

    The walk was about an hour long, but luckily it was much cooler now, well 28 degrees 😂 First stop was the House of Lechon and it seemed quite posh so we were worried it would be expensive but as we were due a We got 1/2kg of Spicy Lechon, 2 garlic rice, a vegetable dish and 2 mango shakes. The food was way more than needed, really tasty, Will must have had 2 full sized portions and me 1 and the total bill came to £14. I think we have finally come back to the real asia.

    Here they call everyone Ma'am and Sir, which at first I thought "Ooo I'm not old!", but it's becoming quite cute.

    Finally after dinner we went to pick up our cash and then walked home. I can't believe how drenched we must have looked when we got in. It looked like we'd been rained on haha
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  • Day16

    Hmm Rain or Baking Heat...?

    November 15, 2018 on the Philippines ⋅ 🌧 29 °C

    All night there has been a huge storm, we finally got out of bed in preparation for our scuba day but the weather was just horrific. We would have got soaked getting to the dive shop, got soaked and cold on the boat and we expected the visibility to be really poor so we decided to cancel it. So we spent the morning chilling in the common area with Mocha and then when the rain finally stopped around 10 we made our way to Cebu City where we will fly out to Singapore tomorrow. As we were flexible for time we decided to get to the ferry the local way. Our host dropped us off at the main road, we then jumped onto a Jeepney (an elongated jeep with 2 benches as seats in the back) which had over 40 people in (not even joking) and then took a tricycle for the final 15 mins journey to the port. I've really loved how honest most people in the Philippines are. There's been no scamming at all and it's been so easy. Even though the weather has been off and on we've had such a fun time here and have so many plans for next time we come. Watch this space for more!!

    We jumped on the ferry in no time and arrived in Cebu City just after 1pm. As the ferry dropped us off at Fort San Pedro we decided to have a look around it before walking to our hotel. Wow what a change in weather. I was drowning in my own sweat within 2 seconds of getting off the boat. We had a guided tour around the Fort (still carrying our luggage) and I was just sweltering the whole time. It was gorgeous in the sun though.

    We then walked for 35 mins to our hotel. Why we thought this would be a good idea with our luggage and in the heat I don't know but we did. Luckily I booked a room with AC and we just de-sweated in the room haha

    Last time we was in the city it was over All Saints weekend and honestly the city was generally quite dead during the day. This time it was unbelievably busy. I don't think I can go back out there!!

    We put off going out until dinner. We must have been staying in an expat area as all the food was ridiculously priced and 100% meat. Our last night was spent eating rubbish. First we had Liempo (crispy pork), which I really didn't enjoy so didn't eat, then we went to Jollibee for Will as he wanted to try the disgusting sweet cheesy spaghetti thing and then I finally caved in and just went to McDonald's for a McChicken burger meal. Let's just say I'm ready for a change of scenery now...
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  • Day1

    Happy Halloween - Country Number 10!

    October 31, 2018 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Well, I'm pretty thankful to be honest from about 1pm to 4pm I was able to get some sleep and we were not the only ones I was surprised to see when I woke up. The area we chose was full of others doing an overnight stay. It was much more comfortable than my sleep in Gatwick Airport helped by the China Air blanket and pillow 😊

    So now its 4:30am and I'm pretty wide awake so I decided to make the most of their free showers and get myself feeling a bit more human for our last destination, in our 2 days of travelling,Cebu in the Philippines!! I'm sooo excited 😊🇵🇭

    So why did we choose the Philippines I hear you say. Well it was actually a quite difficult decision. When we left England for the 2nd time we had a couple of countries on our bucket list, Japan, Nepal, Philippines and to be honest Japan was a very close contender. The flights from Hong Kong were only £25! But after quite a lot of research, by the time we booked it and after spending a very long time in cities we decided to go for a beach holiday for a bit. Throughout our travels we have only done the odd bit of beach life and so this time we are going to spend 2 weeks relaxing in the Philippines. I say relaxing... Let's see if we actually do that!

    After passing through immigration at Hong Kong, we had to check in at the desk and pass through security again. A slight inconvenience but it all went quite quickly so we were back round by 7:15am. Time for breakfast! Having been out of Asia for a week I was craving noodle soup of any kind so we treated ourselves to a Michelin starred Ramen. Yum!

    When we got on the flight the leg room was super small, even for little old me. Reclining seats especially on small flights should be banned. Sorry for those readers that enjoy a good recline but honestly you are just annoying the person behind you and its not acceptable. My knees now have huge red marks on and I couldn't even put my table down 😔

    When we arrived at the airport it was tiny so we quickly got out, attempted to get cash out with zero success, exchanged our $4 dollars instead and then jumped on a bus. Oh my goodness the difference in temperature was extreme. It was about 8 degrees when leaving NYC and here it was 31 degrees on arrival! The traffic was pretty chokka so it took a long time to get to SM Mall where we needed to change and get a taxi. We thought as we were there we would sort out the cash and sim situation and wow what a pallava that was. Because it is Halloween and All Saints tomorrow everyone and I mean everyone was in this shopping centre. It took 45 mins to get out cash and another 45 mins to get a SIM card which turned out, although it was recommended as the best, was shockingly terrible. Its 5pm and we have finally grabbed a taxi to our homestay. Traffic was unbelievably bad again and so we asked the driver is this just because of halloween to which he said "No it's everyday between 3pm and 8pm. After 38 hours of travelling we finally arrived at our end destination. The family seemed really lovely but we hadn't eaten since 7am so we were starving. We asked for recommendations and she mentioned a vegan restaurant 1 min from the home, so win win!

    My goodness, what a day, couple of days, god only knows/ time zones have screwed me up!
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