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Mummy-sitting in Portugal

21 Jun
Great weather & great company in Portugal

Great weather & great company in Portugal

6 months in Asia was a long time, even though it was too short (I nearly jumped on a special Lufthansa offer to Singapore before realism got the better of me). So after my Asian time-out I planned to reconnect with family-life and take my mum to visit my sister & co in Portugal. After the world-travel, it was time for small-travel.

My mother, with a respectable 79 years on her clock, is not used to traveling (she hardly gets out of the village) so I offered to take her to Portugal – and coach her through airports, check-in, border controls, luggage belts and metal detectors (which invariably go off on my mum’s corset). I got my mum a free plane ticket with Continue reading

A bit of Asia travel stats

18 Jun
What does it take to travel Asia?

What does it take to travel Asia?

Did you ever wonder how much traveling in Asia costs? How many people you meet? What it takes to get there? How many borders you cross? What your trip is composed off?

For me it was: 126 days, 40000 km, 8 countries, 20 flights, 34kg luggage, 170 blogpages, 8 SIM cards, 8752 pictures, 10 currencies, 3x diarrhea, 6 books, 16 languages, 8500€,…

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A different kind of Airport

10 Jun
Welcome to El Nido Air-Pasture, euh Airport

Welcome to El Nido Air-Pasture, euh Airport

My days were counted – they had only given me 21 days visa at arrival in the Philippines, so I slowly but surely had to make my way back to Manila to take my return flight home… Sigh. Since the road between El Nido and Puerto Princesa was a bit challenging (as we could experience toppling over into the ditch), I decided not to backtrack and take a plane from El Nido, without knowing what to expect. But I certainly didn’t expect arriving in a scene of the ‘Flying Doctors’ TV series.

El Nido airport was sooooo small that I don’t know if I would call it an airport. Continue reading

Shaky SEAir private jet experience

5 Jun
My private SEAir jet - small enough?

My private SEAir jet - small enough?

The only viable way to get around the Philippines is by plane. No worries, I’ve been taking ‘some’ planes before – till I saw the SEAir plane that was going to bring me (hopefully) to Manilla. The mini-plane looked and felt more like a bus – judging both from the interior décor, as well as from the sensitivity to shaky bumpy roads. I was the only one on board besides a suicidal Korean couple… But I am still alive

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Boracay Beach in the Rain

1 Jun
Experiencing Philipino Planes...

Experiencing Philipino Planes...

Getting there was half of the challenge because the airports and airlines in the Philippines seem to function quite differently from the European ones. Arriving at Caticlan airport was only a first step, it did involve getting a few tricycles and boats through stormy weather to get to Boracay island proper.

View from my room... on an exceptional sunny day

View from my room... on an exceptional sunny day

Luckily I was met by a friend (an angel ;-) on the other side of a rocky and splashy sea-ride who had found me a lovely guesthouse, with beach view and balcony, and whose staff adopted me as one of the family, for better and for worse… (read below)

The beaches were very worthy of the title Paradise (many pics below), but the weather didn’t really cooperate. Rainy season seemed to have kicked in early this year, so I gave up hope of sun and simply went swimming in the rain. A loooovely & liberating experience.

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Someone stole my day!

29 Dec
Flying Thai... very Thai

Flying Thai... very Thai

I just arrived in Bangkok today and feel as if someone stole a day of me. A good friend drove me to the airport on Sunday 28 December morning – I get on my flights (via Frankfurt) and I arrive in Bangkok 10 hours later and all of a sudden it is 7am on Monday 29 December… Where did my Sunday go?!

The flights went ok, even though it started off in a orrying way. When checking in in Brussels, the lady at the counter asked me if she should check through my luggage to my final destination: Manilla? Nooooooo!!! (Manilla is indeed the final destination of my ticket – but I have a stopover of 2 months! in Bangkok- and I’ll travel all over during those 2 months before continuing from Bangkok to Manilla).

So I got quite nervous about Continue reading

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