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Essence of “yolo”

25 Jul

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ohh..you only live once

Bonjour from Paree! I haven’t posted in aggges due to working 70+ hours a week, months before my holiday, and since leaving in June, have been flat out enjoying this “gap” travel time in Europe.

I don’t even know where to begin.. I have hands down had the time of my life, starting with a 29 day topdeck tour, met friends for life, partied with them as if we’d been best friends forever..and made memories to last me till my nursing home days..so cliche, but so effing true.

here’s a quick snapshot of my favorite memories… I’ll just post photos,and captions..In no particular order..

Bear with the photo quality,all taken with my phone..

Currently in my second month of travel and loving it! This is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.

xx ciao for now

Overall, one of my favorite memories has  been skydiving over the swiss alps, hung over with a good friend after partying all night with marines,then getting one hour of sleep before getting up…

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a sigh of relief …
(before i puked later)

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getting upto no good

getting upto no good

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meteora

meteora

night out in Switzerland

night out in Switzerland

Dinner on a rooftop in instanbul, blue mosque in the background

Dinner on a rooftop in instanbul, blue mosque in the background

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love valley in cappadoccia

love valley in cappadoccia

hot air ballooning cappadoccia

hot air ballooning cappadoccia

sunset from the Eiffel tower

sunset from the Eiffel tower

billionaire cocktail lounge, monaco

billionaire cocktail lounge, monaco

last night in instanbul

last night in instanbul

gardens in meteora

gardens in meteora

the louvre

the louvre

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louvre panorama

louvre panorama

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nearly getting eaten by a camel

nearly getting eaten by a camel

shooting in Turkey

shooting in Turkey

quad biking in mykonos

quad biking in mykonos

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the basilica cistern ,Istanbul

the basilica cistern ,Istanbul

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The Philippines -Part 5 Secret beach, El Nido

29 Dec

In the Philippines,you can rest assured you will constantly be surprised.
You thought a motorcycle was for one or two people ? Well not here apparently. I’ve witnessed families of five  quite comfortably cruising along a road looking pretty blase about it. Oh, and also the ones on motorbikes  AND mobiles , i was sitting there constantly comparing and whining… this IS SO ILLEGAL IN AUSTRALIA.!
Amazingly enough it seems these sort of places never have as many accidents as drivers do here.
I like to think of it like this; just as ants appear to the human eye as a chaotic, scattered mess of a bunch- it only takes a closer look to realise  they work in perfect harmony as a community. Just as the traffic in Manila looked  somewhat chaotic to me, i felt pretty safe in the end growing accustomed to the last minute  swerves and lane changes, they had they own system, different.
A horn would be used here to show your annoyance  at another  driver, but it seemed  a beep had many uses over there-another communication system. From saying hello to warning others you were overtaking-as you were doing it. When we were suck in traffic the drivers formed some sort  of horn acapella, i couldn’t figure out for the life of me why they were all beeping, i think it was for their own amusement.
Anyway, just as the people of the Philippines had their own charms  and surprises, the landscape of el Nido was full of just as much mystery to keep us in awe for our entire stay.
What seemed like just another a limestone cliff from the outside,later revealed there was so much more than meets the eye.
I felt a rush as a I jumped into the water, a mix of excitement and adrenaline, getting ready to witness this place  i had Google imaged the shit out of since the start of my travel plans.

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How someone discovered secret beach must be one hell  of a story,because i can’t picture why anyone would randomly stop there among the kms of lime stone cliffs and swim underwater in that spot.
The activities guy swum ahead if me,we ducked underwater for a second and resurfaced to crystal crystal clear  waters and warm white sand.
Like a private pool,in this safe little haven we were protected from any rough  seas.
You could picture memaids  bathing here in this magical cove. In a legend where some lucky sailor would end up washed up after his ship had wrecked.
Secret beach.

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Underwater Entrance

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Paradise

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Philippines-Part 3 Lagen Island

17 Dec

Howdy!
I just realised I hadn’t mentioned this earlier, but the resort we stayed at was called Miniloc Island Resort. All are under El Nido resorts- http://www.elnidoresorts.com/
It had a partner resort called Lagen Island, where we could spend the day, to eat their buffet, go on a little hike through the forest, use their pool, go to their bar etc.
It was something refreshing if you got sick of the scenery at your resort (*cough*  which wouldn’t happen) and only a boat ride across the bay. In fact, you could jusssst make out their lights on at night in the distance.
Call me biased in saying I preferred Miniloc better, but yeah we had a beautiful  reef out the front to snorkel with their resident turtle, and the lovely authentic looking bungalows right over the water. 😉

We spent one day at Lagen, and did the walk. We were told to sign a waiver, which made me question if there were any snakes, tigers etc we should know about haha. It was just us two on the walk. Through that still, lush green forest.
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Me with my Gandalf stick to break up any spider webs ahead.

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Do I look big in this butt?

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And finally! The trail out to the beach- where we had to kayak back around to the resort front.

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My Boyfriend had a look at this photo we took, and thought it seemed soooo familiar but couldn’t work out where we had seen it before, we figured it was on the cover of Lonely Planet or something.

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Just casually doing yoga poses on a remote tropical island.

Afterwards, we made out way back canoeing, after a little dip from being so sweaty and hot from that walk. ( yes, unfit)

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Photos of Lagen Island from the front.

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Fascinating camel shaped rock..

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This is the resort pool, ok this is one thing we didn’t have at Miniloc, but hey you can’t have everything- even on paradise. I really adore how the palm leaves look like peacock tails.We were told by staff that Monitor Lizards( Big lizards) often came by and swum in the pool. I was shocked and said “then what?!!- how do you get them out?” He just laughed and said they let them swim because it was their home before we got here- which is true, and I respect that. They are pretty harmless and don’t cause much trouble- unlike the monkeys haha. Naughty bastards.
The wonderful bar man said he would make me any sort of daquiri, provided he had the fruit-so I requested a papaya daiquiri  Not bad, Not bad 😉

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you put the lime in the coconut …

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The massage room. Ahhh.  Sweet Memories…
The massages were amazing at the resort(all resorts have massage places), you could go to their massage tent such as this, or request them to come to your room. At a fraction of the cost for a massage in Sydney you can’t complain, but thats how it all add up when we got the big bill at the end lol. “Just one more cocktail, one more wine, one more massage..”
Even cheapness is only cheap in moderation.

Random memory flashback but I remember this day I had a grain of sand stuck on my eyeball under my top lid- let me tell you this was the most uncomfortable sensations i’ve ever experienced- the resort nurse tried multiple times flushing it with eye wash, I really wanted to cry. It felt like anything I did made it worse. In the end I got it out by opening my eyes in the salt water and moving my eyelid around with my finger. * note to yourself for future*
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I’ll end with a picture of dolphins we came across on a boat ride back from one of the islands, apparently if you stop the boat ( which we had) and clap, the dolphins come closer in. They were curious little friendly fellows and probably loved the attention.
They would pop their heads up every now and then. This made my afternoon as i’ve never seen dolphins that close before 🙂

Good night everyone

oxxo

Typhoon Bopha / Philippines

5 Dec

I just read of the typhoon in the Philippines “Typhoon Bopha”, http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/04/world/asia/philippines-typhoon/index.html
Over 200 people have already been killed.

It’s such a tragic situation, so many of the people there have very little to even call home in the first place, and to have this taken away from them, as well as family and friends is truly heartbreaking.

I’m not sure if you guys have been there or know any Filipinos but I really love the Philippines- so many beautiful islands to see. I love the people- friendly, hardworking, always making light of any situation- not dwelling on any negatives, regardless of how little they have they will joke about it!
I would really just LOVE to start a foundation or some sort of charity/ business with proceeds going  to the people there. I was in tears witnessing how the children beg and run around on the busy roads, wearing old torn clothes,dirt all over their faces risking their lives for some change. My Mum told me so many people there sniff glue so they don’t feel the hunger pangs. They are very sweet people with a lot of faith.

If you have never been to the Phillipines I highly suggest you go, you will fall in love with the place and people. In fact my background photo on this blog was taken there.

However the reality in the majority of areas there is that parents struggle to make ends meet, those with tertiary level education still struggle to find work, even at the local fast food joint.  These are people who work so hard, in the hope they can have a better future.
This is a photo taken of the area known as Tondo, where my mother grew up- not in this sort of dwelling though.


Tondo Slum Photo from: http://bit.ly/TP9msW

  • More than a quarter of Filipinos struggle to make the equivalent of $390 AUD/ $412 USD in ONE year.
    (Philippines Government, Philippines Development Plan 2011-2016, URL: http://www.neda.gov.ph/PDP/2011-2016/default.asp)

Think about it. That is less than one weeks’ pay here in Australia.

In contrast, many of the islands in the Philippines are pure paradise
and i will upload some of my personal photos in another post but here are a few from the net:
Palawan

Source: http://bit.ly/TJ4uWD

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