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Baler

posted on 2015-07-19 21:29:49 in May 2015

Baler The town of Baler is the provincial capital of the Aurora Province to the north east of Manila. It is a relatively small city with a population of under 40,000 this number is swelled by the large number of tourists who visit the region. It is often talked about as being the Philippines first surfing beach and regarded by many as one of the Philippines best surf beaches. The province also has a rich history with Spanish, American and Japanese occupation all taking place along the Aurora ...

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posted on 2015-07-16 11:00:06 in May 2015

Bus to Baler Leaving the hotel at 4:45am I was astounded to see how busy the place was, while not as chaotic on the roads compared to the previous evening there was still a continuous stream of traffic and the footpath had lots of pedestrians milling around. Unfortunately due to the one-way system operating on the roads the 800m trip from hotel to terminal took nearly 15 minutes to navigate as it was the opposite direction to the traffic flow and the taxi had to travel down to the next U-Turn...

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May 2015 Wellington to Manila

posted on 2015-07-13 12:28:35 in May 2015

I have caught the 6:30am Wellington to Sydney flight many times now and have never had any trouble getting to the airport for 4:30am This time was no different in that respect what was different I decided to walk to the airport from home. With my pack on my back I opened the front door at 3:55am to a cloudless starry sky and proceeded with the walk. It was a little chilly but the brisk pace I set and laden with 2 bags soon warmed me up, what I didn’t allow for was the strong wind. True to Well...

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Last Day in The Philippines

posted on 2013-08-19 13:00:27 in Philippines

You could almost say it was a bit of a washout, From the minute I got up to the time I went to bed it rained. The resort was almost empty apart from 2 kids and there parents so it was great having a big pool all to myself. It rained so heavy the road to the pool complex was like another swimming pool! It would be a good complex in the sunshine but not worth the effort to get there on this occasion.   To summarize my time in Philippines I thought I would finish with a few keywords:- ...

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The Underground River.

posted on 2013-08-17 22:09:57 in Philippines

A great day out even with the rain it didn’t matter. The hotel pick up was at 7.30am and for a change the van was early. As I am now used to working on Filipino time it means I was not ready! I must get back to old ways before I get home. The journey to Sabang was quite comfortable in the mini van despite I manage to get the tiny “Jump Seat” by the door, 2 tours and twice I drew the short straw for seating. The road to Sabang was sealed all the way with the exception of some minor ro...

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Puerto Princesa

posted on 2013-08-16 20:05:49 in Philippines

It was nice to have electricity all night and so I left the AirCon on all night. Surprisingly, when I woke up I felt quite cold but I did manage to sleep the whole night. Maybe I am used to being warm now. The morning started very dismally with heavy rain and dense cloud cover, partway through eating breakfast the clouds brightened and the rain eased back. By 10am it had stopped altogether. Breakfast in the hotel was very basic, I was given the continental breakfast without being asked. I had...

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New Pictures added to previous 4 posts.

posted on 2013-08-16 00:40:12 in Philippines

I am able to get back online so I have added pictures to previous posts....

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The Return Journey to PP

posted on 2013-08-16 00:37:30 in Philippines

An early start today began with a use up breakfast of fried spam, scrambled eggs and fried tomatoes, finished packing then sat around waiting for the bus to arrive. After the long journey out I was hoping for a more trouble free one back and one that keeps roughly to the timetable.  In Port Barton you can request the bus to pick you up at the house or go to the Tourist Office and wait there. I saw the bus driver yesterday and so asked him to pick me up at home as I had 3 bags to carry. The pick...

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Last day in Port Barton

posted on 2013-08-14 22:12:59 in Philippines

To make the most of my last day I took another little boat ride today departing at 7am to go snake spotting! The boat was very small so we could paddle up a river through Mangrove trees. We did manage to see 2 snakes coiled up in the trees, which I was very pleased about, although I would have liked to see a few more. The snakes feed mainly at night on small frogs and similar creatures then head up the trees when the tide comes in to sleep. The snakes I saw are called Gold Ringed Cat Snake and I...

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Pamuayan Waterfall

posted on 2013-08-13 20:28:03 in Philippines

The day dawned with a clear sky again, a far cry to yesterday. At least I can make the most of the penultimate day in Port Barton. Today a day of walking to explore the last couple of places I heard about. The first to visit a local waterfall called Pamuayan Waterfall to the north of the town. I was given some basic directions of I could hire a guide at 500peso. I thought the opportunity to be explorer was much better than paying for a guide who probably wouldn’t have the patience required to ...

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