Philippines
Province of Antique

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  • Day3

    Sebaste

    August 14, 2018 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Hey ihr Lieben, nun sind wir endlich in Sebaste angekommen! Es war eine kleine und aufregende Reise mit dem Van. Die Landschaft ist atemberaubend schön und die Menschen so unglaublich gastfreundlich!
    Morgen werden wir zu einem Wasserfall gehen und natürlich ans Meer!
    Bis bald und macht euch keine Sorgen, wenn der nächste Post erst in ein paar Tagen kommt.
    Bis bald, das Alonz
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  • Day11

    Anini-y (Antique)

    April 24, 2018 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Today was a bit further than normal covering 120 km, with the temperature peaking at 40 deg C .... intense !!

    Dinner tonight was at the resort. Free entertainment with the patrons singing karaoke. Nice beach setting with hot springs. Nice way to end the day.

  • Day10

    Tibiao

    April 23, 2018 on the Philippines ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    A not so early start, then short ferry crossing from Boracay back to the mainland. Again heading south staying on the west side of the island.

    Late afteroon once it cools down, the locals come down to the beach to swim. Also a number of homemade kites being flown on the beach this evening.

  • Day23

    Antique day 2

    April 8, 2018 on the Philippines ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Woke up at 7am to have some breakfast. There was a bit of tension in the group as half had decided that they didn’t want to come on today’s tour but had basically booked the same thing through someone else without telling us. Their bus didn’t turn up though and so they ended up sharing our transport anyway! We got a bus 22km down the road to the boat port. From here 6 of us got on our boat to go to Mararison island which only took about 15 mins. We arrived there to find beautiful crystal clear turquoise sea, white sand and big rolling hills in the background. We were shown to a little cabin thing where we could leave our stuff and given some drinks and snacks. Then we went to see the Mararison island children’s choir. This was set up after a cyclone hit the island badly in 2013 and was a way for the kids to socialise and get involved in music. They ranged in age from 7-16 and were all incredibly cute. They sang us 5 songs and at the end came running over to us all and gave us big hugs. They were thanking us because money from our tour goes towards buying them school equipment or shoes or whatever they need. They were very good too, my favourite song was a cover of Flashlight by Jessie J!
    After this we went to get our trainers on to prepare for a hike. This was 2km each way up onto one of the peaks of the island. It was a very warm day and so this was hot hard work. The views at the top were stunning though so totally worth it. It was very windy at the top, so much so that I was a bit scared of getting blown off the top! The view was over towards the sand bar beach, but you could also see out over the rest of the island too. We stayed for a while to soak up the views and so a bit of a photoshoot and then headed down to see a different part of the island. This part was a peaceful little bay where we sat and rested for a bit. We then headed back over to the main beach to get our lunch. The girls on the other tour came and met us at this point as their tour guide hadn’t been able to get them any food! We ate and then had some time to swim in the sea. Our guide Toto warned us that there are sometimes stone fish in the shallows, so we had to shuffle our feet in so as not to step on them! The water was a beautiful temperature and it was really relaxing to just chill out in the sea. At about 2pm we had to head back to the boat back to the mainland. Here we met the other girls again and then all got the van back to where we had stayed the night to pick up our bags. It was then a very bumpy 4 hour journey back to the house! Once we got back we all pretty much ate dinner and went to bed. I felt a bit bad as 7 new people had arrived but we were all too tired to really talk to them properly! I spent the rest of the evening booking my flights to Palawan for next weekend to go and see Beth, then went to bed.
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  • Day22

    Antique day 1

    April 7, 2018 on the Philippines ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Up at 4.30am to get the bus for our trip. 12 of us just about managed to fit into the van although it was pretty uncomfortable. I sat at the back and basically tried to sleep for as much of it as possible. It took about 3 1/2 hours so we arrived at Tibiao in Antique at around 8.30am with breakfast waiting for us. Once we had eaten we got changed ready to set off on our tour. To begin we were told we would need to take a motorbike ride and we’re each given a driver to take us, no helmets though as they wanted us to “feel the breeze in our hair” ummmm... We were driven to a ”museum” which was essentially a room with some giant clam pearls in it. Apparently worth lots of money but they don’t need any security guards there because God will protect them! We then were taken to the oldest bakery in the province which uses a proper brick oven. It was from 1953, so not that old to us. Here he bought us some snacks to take on our hike. We then got back on the motorbikes and headed to the foot of the hill where we were doing our hike. We were introduced to our guide Maralyn who was about 60, less than 5 foot tall and does the hike 3 times a day every day. It wasn’t too strenuous a walk, definitely not compared to the one at gigantes. Took about half an hour with some lovely views of rice padis and a few water buffalo here and there. Got to the top and saw the lovely waterfall. We were given time to go swim in the water and take some pictures which was very relaxing.
    It was then back on the motorbikes to take us to Calawag mountain resort. Here we were told that our lunch table was waiting for us, in the river! We sat with our feet in the water and were served an incredible platter of pork, chicken, rice, noodles and vegetables which was designed to be shared and eaten using your hands. Such a wonderful experience. We were also serenaded by some locals playing us some songs on guitars which was cute.
    Once we had finished eating we got ourselves set up for extreme tubing. Each of us was given a life jacket and helmet and sat in a rubber ring with some netting under it. We also sat on top of an extra life jacket which was mainly there to stop you from scratching your bum on rocks as the water was pretty shallow in parts. We set off down the river with some guides to help us get past tricky parts. There were some sections which were properly white water and it was quite difficult to stay on. I came off once but it was fine and I didn’t hurt myself at all luckily. All in all it was really fun! After tubing there was the option to jump off a rock. I didn’t fancy this so just sat and watched some of the others have a go. We then went back to the mountain resort where there was a “rain swing” and 4 hammocks stacked above one another. Perfect opportunity for some picture taking.
    Next was the main event, the hot pots! These are basically basins which they put hot water in and fire under to make it extra hot. They add various leaves and salts to make it a kind of aromatherapy type of thing. We got to chill out in these for quite a while which was super relaxing. I shared one with Emma so we had a good chat while we were there. They also gave us salt scrubs so we could exfoliate!
    We then went back to the huts that we were staying in. These were located at the Tibiao fish spa and so while we were there we got unlimited fish spa time! I had some dinner and then made the most of the spa. Opted for the medium sized fish as the big ones were a bit terrifying! After feeling that my feet were properly exfoliated, I headed to bed, absolutely exhausted!
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