When i get older, I will be stronger...

Trip Start Sep 05, 2011
Trip End Apr 05, 2012

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

They'll call me freedom, just like a waving flag...(K'Naan)

As if I'm not the symbol of freedom yet :P still have to work a bit on the being stronger part i guess...
Now before i tell you what great stuff i have been doing and what great weather i have been enjoying the last weeks, let me start by telling you a bit more

About this blog
I have been telling myself already a long time that i should sit down and update my blog but damn...I'm just way too busy enjoying this trip...good excuse no?
Jah B, I didn't know about this Jah B in roots and culture, but i do wanne make a special thanks to you for not only being a faithful blog reader but also my private psychologist every time i need one...if i were you, i would stop using facebook :P

About Cebu
After having spent some very nice days in Bohol, i left for Cebu...Cebu, i love you...i should become a poet once i stop my rep career...First stop over there was Moalboal (still don't know how to pronounce it) to go Canyoning (yes after the Frenchman told me i have to have a goal for my trip, i make one up for every stop that i make...euh...NOT)...Unfortunately they didn't have enough people for that, so I ended up horse riding...and I loved it!!! Amazing nature in the high mountains, great views, quiet surroundings and a nice quiet horse...without a saddle...AUW...Moalboal is not at all as busy as Lonely planet says it is (why even still bother believing them anyway) so i really had  great time with Eppa and Ashley (2 Canadian girls) in the most relaxing Guesthouse ever (and off course, relaxing still goes hand in hand with a lot of hammocking).
After Moalboal back to Cebu City where the only exciting thing that happened to me, was the earthquake that passed just when i was about to board my flight to Boracay (I honestly thought it was just a plane taking off...yes, i admit, i sometimes am  little bit blond)...but Boracay...Boracay...where to start...

About Boracay
Although an island full of tourists, with white sandy beaches, bars, restaurants every where you look, breathtaking sunsets every single night, but not the real Philippines feeling, I did have a great time in Boracay...First of all because you can have party every night of the week if you want and if you can handle it...
And second of all, cause here i really did have a goal for my 6 days' stay...learn Kitesurfing (how cool is that???or no, how cool am i???). After 5 months of going from here to there, it was moreover nice to have once for 6 following days the same bed, the same cold shower, the same program every day...sounds like routine to me (is this still me 'the anti routine girl' talking?) and let me tell you how that went: Go to the kiteschool at 9am (way too early after way too little sleep), wait half of the day (or the whole day) for the perfect wind and sea to start kiting (most of the time getting disappointed cause this good weather didn't come), go home, shower, go for dinner, do some shithead or other drinking games with way too much rum, go dancing in crazy Summerplace and end up way too late in bed...The kiting wasn't meant to be (will end my course in Bali jejejej)but the partying on the other hand for sure was a big success...
A little sad about leaving the island and some really nice people i met there, but excited to spend my last day in the Philippines in Manilla with some Dutchies i met there, i left Boracay to take the flight at 10am...which eventually left at 10pm...After being stuck in the airport for 10 hours because an airplane had overpassed the runway, getting no information at all (where was that pretty Jetairgirl), getting really annoyed about this all, just being on the point to go and cancel my ticket and go back to party paradise,the plane did finally take off and i was able to spend another night out in the Manila streetbars with some very nice (drunk) company...Even Valentin's day was for once a nice day, sleeping long,  have late breakfast in the mall, play Valentin's games at the guesthouse, have free Valentine's food in the guesthouse and end with a True Manila walking tour through the real manila streets attending a local party, play with the children, have a shot of Manila beer and see the real Philippino life...
The day went by way too fast and so did the night and before i knew it it was time to say goodbye to another amazing country with delicious food, friendly people and interesting places...next stop...

About Singapore
Not having thought that it would take 4 days for my Indonesian visa to be ready, i was due to stay 5 days in Singapore...not bad at all, but way too expensive and chique for me (or at least this 'budget backpackers' me) No need to say that Boracay with an average of 3 hours' sleep a night, was even for me a bit too much, so my stay in Singapore was a rather lazy one...luckily i could stay at Gio and Robby' s place, the 2 Italians I met in Cabmodja and man, did i enjoy the comfort and luxury that they offered me...hot water, a big bed, wine, swimmingpool, sofa with TV, internet,washing machine...it was for sure the best hotel i stayed in...
Besides millions of malls there isn't really that much to see in Singapore but in the end i did see all the tourist places...Sentosa, Chinatown, Little India, Orchard Road, swimming pool,dancing in Clarks Quay...I even bought my first pair of real Allstars, a beer for whom can guess which color they have:)
The last day i hang out with Laurence, a funny Singaporean guy that i met in Thailand, who gave me a good idea about life in Singapore...thanks for a nice day and see you in Belgium ;)

And that was it for Singapore, yesterday i arrived in the last country i will see during this trip...Indonesia..havebig expectations but will tell you next time hownice it is:) Although i can already tell you now that yesterday, after having spent only 4 hours here, i already got myself a 2 days' trekking with the Orangutans AND an Indonesian freak telling me he loves me...HELP...

So, i think the Orangutans are waiting for me, but before i go, did you know that:
- Even in my most awful backpackers' outfit with unwaxed legs and grey hair, decent dressed men in Singapore turn their head to look at me...yes, i still didn't lose it
-it was no problem at all to just walk past all those nice but expensive shops all over Singapore until i ended up (don't know how) in a Desigual shop (should have known better) and had to leave behind the nicest looking pants ever, cause they didn't fit in my budget
- after Singapore i have again nice smelling clothes
- Asian ants are the most aggressive insects ever
- I keep on telling people that i have been traveling for 5 months and that i still have 2 months left...but that is not true :(
- and even if i don't want to think about going home, i do have some nice things to look forward to, such as a crazy birthday-girls-weekend, looking for Easter eggs with my nephews, going to the LMFAO concert with Hansie Pansie (cause they do know i'm sexy and i know it), a private party @ Mr Beerenfenger's house, meeting my new niece/nephew
- but that is taking a lot more time than i imagined, cause my sister Silvie was due to give birth last Saturday but till now nothing is happening down there and i' m getting sooooo excited
- i might have found a new tattoo saying
- but the one i already have still counts...this trip= CARPE DIEM

hasta la vista baby

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punam on

I enjoyed reading this....can't wait to hear about the rest of ur Indonesian leg :-)

kristel on

how was the monkey business ?

Line on

Wat een leuke ontspanning jouw blog lezen, het leest als een avonturenverhaal!

Tot heel snel xxx

silvie met nog steeds de boelie in haar buik on

ik dacht ik lees maar snel de blog van ons eef want dan besluit den boelie misschien om er wat sneller uit te komen om zo zijn avontuurlijke tante te leren kennen... maar zijn vader kennende heb ik nu aan dat klein mormel al niks te zeggen en blijft hij inderdaad waarschijnlijk zitten tot hij in april live zijn tante kan ontmoeten:-) soit, wees voorzichtig in de jungle, hou je gsm af en toe boven je hoofd, zonder dat een of andere aap er mee weg is, zodat ik je kan bereiken met het goede nieuws

sille en den boelie

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