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Category: Daily Life

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

On road or off road, riding a motorbike in the Philippines

On road or off road, riding a motorbike in the Philippines

The philippines have pretty good roads, especially around the big cities. But when you live in the countryside roads may look nice when you enter them, and give you a big surprise half way by ending in dirt trails, messed up asphalt or concrete, or been blocked by a landslide. The weather, heat and/or rain take a toll on the pavement here and that is noticeable. Many road repairs, road construction and renewal is going on on every major island….

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Travelling from Siquijor to Dumaguete with a Motorcycle

Travelling from Siquijor to Dumaguete with a Motorcycle

Before you can leave your region in the Philippines with your new registered motorcycle you need an signed authorisation from the Land Transportation Office. This paper comes with your registration and plate numbers. Without this letter of authorisation you are not allowed to leave your region, and fines can go as high as 2,000 pesos. Once you have your set of registration papers, you are free to travel I travelled with Montenegro RoRo leaving Siquijor Island at 10am on weekdays….

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Can you save a palm tree

Can you save a palm tree

This morning I was sitting in the restaurant writing my diary when I noticed the hotel owner and staff were working on the beach, a lot of rope, chains and people and a palmtree in the ocean, tipped over by the harsh winds. They tried to save the tree. Amazing. So I jumped to the opportunity to film it and add it to my fast growing Leaving Holland Channel on YouTube.   And here is the rescued tree. It took…

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Healers on Siquijor cooking medicine

Healers on Siquijor cooking medicine

Every year during Holy Week, faith healers and herbalists of Siquijor Island meet on Mount Bandilaan to prepare their special ‘medicine’. A black sticky substance that can only be prepared during the week before easter. In the weeks before holy week the harvest they herbs and burn them to ashes in order to prepare a year long supply of this magical material. They call it ‘medicine’ but it is not a medicine like: pills or potion, you do not take…

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August a month of chances

August a month of chances

Since I’m single and free to travel again, the world is mine to explore. So lets plan some trips and move to another house, away from the memories of my broken relationship. I found myself a place near the sea again. So today I leave the mountains and the minty green cottage to move away from all the memories of a broken relationship. Packing and sorting through all the items I bought to start a new life was harsh. It…

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Why People Leave the Netherlands

Why People Leave the Netherlands

Reasons to emigrate from the Netherlands are multiple. Finding your luck elsewhere is an appealing thought to many, but not all of us make that big step to actually leave. Every Emigrant has his own story to tell. I have y own story as well. The question why I left the Netherlands was asked by one of my subscribers on Leaving Holland Channel on YouTube. I thought it was a good question to answer in a vlog. People leave the…

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Why did I leave the Netherlands

Why did I leave the Netherlands

People often ask me the question why I left the Netherlands. There are many reasons. Today I answer that question on my YouTube channel and my blog. A decission to leave your homecountry behind for ever does not come easy. Although the jhorizon may beg you to cross and search what lies beyond, once you start serious preparations you face many questions, doubts and even fear, all mixed with that sense of excitement for a new future, a second chance….

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