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This category is about my life in the Philippines.
Trips & travel-tips are categorised in ‘Travel’.
‘Daily Life’ is exactly what it is: My daily life on the island of Siquijor in the Philippines

Intermittent Fasting revisited

Intermittent Fasting revisited

I wrote about it before as being such a good way to eat in a tropical climate. For it will help you  burn fat and get rid of the water your body will hold because you drink so much. After being on the motorbike for almost every day the last 6 months I somehow do not slip back into my ‘old’ self. I feel old. My years start to count and I dislike that. And my sugar-balance is off. I…

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What is this longing I feel?

What is this longing I feel?

The moment I heard my friend say he was going back to Europe there was this sting of…..envy maybe? I did not want to analyze it and pushed it away. And when I listened to his enthusiastic stories about Greece or maybe Spain, or should he move to Portugal after all? I remembered all those nights I planned on leaving this country. Yet all I seem to do is bed myself even more in, in the Filipino society and bureaucracy…

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I’m that kind of Girl

I’m that kind of Girl

I’m that kind of girl that loves soft fabrics, brocante patterns and has no favorite color. I’m that kind of girl that needs beautiful things to be inspired. I’m that kind of girl that has a favorite mug and only that mug drinks the best. I’m that kind of girl that travels the world with 5 plastic lucky spoons and a tiny teddy bear in whom she confides. I’m that kind of girl that likes to roam through art galleries…

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Good morning, give me money!

Good morning, give me money!

It is almost a daily greeting from the neighbouring children when they spot me: Hello, give me money! At first I thought: you impolite little greedy ones. Now, after a week or so, I wonder if they even know what they ask, for their notation of the sentence is more like: have a nice day. Maybe somebody pulled a trick on them and taught them wrong. Like I did so many years ago on Curacao when I told my Brazilian…

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The cost of living in the Philippines 2018

The cost of living in the Philippines 2018

Whoever seeks in the internet about the cost of living in the Philippines probably ends up with a bunch of outdated forum posts in how cheap this country is compared to ones home place. But be aware that information is outdated and the Filipino economy is moving forward very fast. Although when I write this article the Peso is very weak and your dollar or euro is worth a lot, you cannot buy as much anymore as 5-10 years ago….

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Conquistador: Fighting Windmills

Conquistador: Fighting Windmills

While listening to my ‘bass-playlist’ over and over again to block the German news voice from my next door neighbour, I write you this note, wondering why on earth people watch the news, at 6.30 on the front porch without a headphone. I guess he has to put up now with Juno Reactor, sorry man I just love their “Master of the Universe” number and I have every version of it, even the Basement remix…..eat your heart out with your…

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5 Things they do not tell you about the Philippines on Google

5 Things they do not tell you about the Philippines on Google

I have been in the Philippines for over 2 years now, almost due for my first visa run. And it has been quite an experience. I ride from Island to Island, lived on the Island of Siquijor for a while and learned a lot about this country, its people and culture and travel in general. What I also learned were a few things you only discover when living in the Philippines. Google will not show you these 5 things I’m…

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