Diniwid Beach

I ended up on Diniwid Beach by total accident - and it was one of the best un-planned visit during my visit to the Philippines. 

I set off from downtown Boracay in the morning in search of Chowking's Halo Halo, and determined not to take a tuk tuk, I ended up walking on the road for over an hour - just to reach the shopping mall for a very well deserved Halo Halo! After making it that far I decided to find the closest beach to Chowking to rest my legs and jump into the ocean. Thankfully for me, that closest beach was the quaint Diniwid Beach. 

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Downtown Boracay

After spending two weeks in the Northern Philippines it was time to head down South to explore the Islands. The first stop on my Island tour of the Philippines was Boracay - a very popular tourist island destination. While I tired to get off the beaten path in Boracay and explore more remote areas, it was still exciting to walk around the busy 'downtown' area where locals sold hats and sunnies on every corner and the vibe was exciting and alive. 

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Batad

Batad is a very tiny village only accessible by foot. We started the journey to Batad in Banaue with a stop in Bangaan. After several pit stops we hopped out of our Jeepney and began trekking in the misty rain up the Batad where we were staying for the night at a local homestay. 

While the hike isn't too long (around 45 min) it was a bit slippery in the wet weather conditions so we took our time and slowly made it to Ramon's Homestay - a special place in the middle of the rice terrace amphitheater known as Batad. 

We had quite a unique experience as Ramon's sister had just recently passed away - and following the Ifugao Tribe traditions - the whole family had come from near and far to celebrate her life together in the small village. 

Our group chatted over local cuisine (and rice wine!), observed funeral traditions, and took in the stunning rice terrace surroundings of Batad. 

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Bangaan

On our way to Banaue we stopped into Bangaan to visit a local school and trek down to the tiny village in the folds of the mountains. We were welcomed onto the school grounds and watched the children in their classrooms as well as during a cultural performance which included songs, dance, and traditional tribal games. 

I loved the teeny tiny village nestled into the rice fields. With only a handful of huts and several families living together there was a feeling of simplicity and ease. Bangaan was a perfect stop on our way to the main event - the ampitheater of rice terraces in Banaue 

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Sagada

Sagada is a lovely and remote mountain village nestled into a valley in the Northern Philippines. After leaving Baguio we hopped onto another local bus and headed further north into the village of Sagada where we spend three days exploring the tiny village (complete with one main road) and the surrounding mountainous country side. 

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Baguio, Philippines

Baguio is known by the local Filipinos as the Summer Capital - the perfect place to spend a weekend away from the heat of Manila and the surrounding lowlands in the Philippines.

We arrived into Baguio at the end of the Flower Festival, a very festive and lively time in the city, where locals and Filipino tourists come together to celebrate the colorful flowers and vegetation that grows around the region. I wandered around the city watching as visitors enjoyed street food and flower floats in the park. Children dressed up in the costume of the local villagers and families hopped aboard swan shaped paddle boats for cruising in the small lake. It was a wonderful experience to see Baguio alive and energetic! 

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Local Manila

Manila is a world of its own - hectic streets, local neighborhoods, children running wild and free! While I only had one full day to explore the city of Manila, I managed to fit a lot of action into 24 hours in the big city before heading up into the Northern Philippines. 

I started my morning with a quick hostel breakfast (nothing to write home about!) and headed out on my own two feet to explore the city. Many visitors tend to just see Chinatown and Intramuros but while I was wandering around I saw a whole different side to the city of Manila - a vibrant and lively local Manila! 

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Langkawi

I loved my time in Langkawi. While the island is relatively small there are many small roads and little beaches to explore that my four days in Langkawi were quickly filled with adventures. I scootered around to beaches, local restaurants, night markets, and had a ball! 

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Langkawi SkyCab

It was time to get out of the city and head to the beach ... and Langkawi was the perfect place to spend four days. I hopped on the ferry in Penang and several hours later arrived to beautiful Langkawi where I rented a scooter to get around the island for several days. 

My second day on the island I scootered to the SkyCab for an amazing experience high in the island mountains. Hovering over the jungle the cable cars climb over 650 meters above sea level and the views are fantastic of the island below. 

After experiencing the SkyCab I jumped back onto the scooter and headed to the beach for a cold beer and a swim! 

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Georgetown Street Art

Street art makes Georgetown, Penang an extra special city to explore in South East Asia. I loved wandering around the city and stumbling across large murals of artwork on old (and sometimes crumbling) walls. 

Most of the street art was done by Ernest Zacharevic and he used everyday Malaysia life as his inspiration. I especially loved 'Boy on Motorcycle' as an actual bike was embedded into his mural design. There are many other pieces around town - from small sketches to larger pieces spread across whole buildings! 

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