Trip Start Jan 16, 2012
40Trip End Mar 13, 2012
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From cuddling under big warm duvets to keep warm to lying under noisy A/C units to cool down!!
From turning on the sauna upstairs to sweat to walking outside the room and sweating none stop!!!
From eating normal yummy food to eating rice rice rice and a bit more rice!!
My god, the sacrifices!!
So after pretty much no research whatsoever and going on good things that a handful of people (thanks!!) have told us, we are off to the Philippines!
I guess i am starting out a bit late on beginning to write about our travels, having been to several countries already, mostly in Asia, and to be honest, now i' ve not even a whole page i am regretful because in years to come, as my memory fades, (which it already has!) would be great to grab these notes and remember all the awesome experiences we have had on our travels!
I mean , i don't even know how this book, blog , journal , whatever you want to call it is going to turn out!
It may amuse whoever is reading it, maybe bore them, but it is what it is, so at any given time you want to hit 'skip' , feel free to.
This is purely a good way to basically get things down. Hell , nobody might not even read it except for me and Linda, my girlfriend, (HII!!) so i guess i should stop going on about it and get some stuff in here that i intended on doing before i started blabbering!!!
So now let me fill you in on what i am going on about before i start shall we??
Right now i am lay in a weird hotel named 'Soho -tel, its 3 in the morning, and, due to insomnia, jet lag, time change (+ 7 hours from Sweden) i have been passed this empty notepad named 'Philipinerna 2012' , told to be quiet and write my thoughts down instead of talking keeping Miss Kovacs ( Linda) up!
So here is the plan of action ..... (it wont take long) of our 8 week vacation :
Sun , sea , sex , relax , travel , explore , lose some pounds , get a tan , see as much as we can , walks , biking, taking pics , meeting new people , trying new things , get along, seeing cool and not so boring sights , and whatever this country has to offer that we are gonna like in any order!!
Now of course its time to put the things down that we are going to try not to do, or get done to us:
Get burnt, drown , not have sex, stress out , get fat , get sunstroke , not get too lost , argue about stupid things , listen and talk , but most of all have FUN , whatever the situation , good or bad, have a kick ass holiday!!!
Now the other point of this 'blog' , or whatever you want to call it, is for my personal use.
I think , and believe , that writing stuff down that happens sometimes helps you (me!) look at situations a bit different , and deal with them better in the future! Well it helps me anyway!!
In my words - look at the way i am , behave, react in places and situations, and tyr and get out of it the best way possible!! or at least make the best of a self - fucked - up situation, which i'm quite good at getting myself into,!!
A bit about me........ and Miss K.......
So here i am , Stephen (Steve) Ball , bartender by trade, travelling with my girlfriend, Miss Linda Kovacs, also a bartender, but alot better looking than me!!
We have been together for the past 3 years. So far we have been to Dubai (work) in 2009, Thailand 2010, Vietnam, Laos , Thailand last year , blah blah blah.
We are awesome together, but honestly, sometimes i don't know how she puts up with me!!
Having travelled to different places , living out of each others pockets, experiencing all different cultures, countries, good, bad , weird , and strange i would like to think that we know each other pretty damn well by now, and this is going to be the Best trip ever!
Fingers crossed !!
Now , the Philippines!!!! what i know or have been told anyway!
More than 7000 islands, scattered over a very large area, great weather, awesome beaches , clear sea and skies, friendly people , cheap food, beer and living, sounds like its right up our street!!
I know the capital is Manila, we arrive there, and from there i have been told about or read about a handful of places we HAVE to visit:
1. Boracay - beach
2. Palawan - underwater river
3. Bohol - chocolate hills, tarsiers (little furry gremlin-type creatures!)
4. Obslob - whaleshark watching
5. Malapascua - remote island
6. some ricefields somewhere!
7. Cebu - cant remember why!
8. Puerto Galera - white beach
- in 8 weeks!!!!! shouldn't be a problem!!
But for now its nearly check out time 4am (i'll explain later) shower, grab the bags (me!) and let our journey begin!!