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The Island of Healing, Siquijor, only one and a half hour away from Dumaguete and definitely worth a trip.

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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Islandia Beach Resort, Gold Sky Sea View and Coral Cay

Islandia Beach Resort, Gold Sky Sea View and Coral Cay

Siquijor offers a wide range of resorts and homestay facilities for both short stay and long stay. From dorm to high quality resorts, all is available. During my one year stay in Siquijor I used both homestay for long stay rent and resorts. Here is an overview: Islandia Beach Resort A little outside the hustle and buzz of the tourist strip in San Juan you can find Islandia Beach Resort. Their beautiful palm tree planted beach is a pleasant place…

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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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Best Filipino restaurants to eat on Siquijor

Best Filipino restaurants to eat on Siquijor

When you visit Siquijor Island and you want the full Island experience, there are a few nice local places to eat. Eating in an eatery can be quite adventurous when you come to Asia the first time. But believe me: it is good, tasteful food, completely safe and cheap. For me it is a matter of how busy a place is. The more visitors the faster the food is finished the more likely it is to get fresh cooked food…

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A motorcycle ride through the rain in the Philippines

A motorcycle ride through the rain in the Philippines

It is rain season in the Philippines, and sunny days sometimes change in rainy days. And when I say rain, I mean rain. Like raining cats and dogs, pouring, a gray fog of water between you and the rest of the world. Streets turn into rivers and big potholes are emerging, landslides, mud roads, you name it, during rain season it all occurs. Sometimes you are on a road trip, like I was the other day, when lovely weather turns…

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Fire dancers on Mount Bandilaan, among things

Fire dancers on Mount Bandilaan, among things

The One minute videos of Leaving Holland Channel show you the Philippines in a moment of time. No need to watch long items on someone else’s roadtrip. They contain it all, beaches, nature, cities and daily life for you to enjoy. There are playlists to organize them on subjects like: Islands, Beaches, 360º Views and Cities. There are random videos, videos of stunning white beaches and of daily life in small villages. There are no words, it is for you…

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Living on Siquijor Island in the Philippines

Living on Siquijor Island in the Philippines

Some call it the Healing Paradise and I believe it is. This Island holds all: it is the Philippines in small. It has white beaches, waterfalls, dive sites, waterfalls, mountains, cliffs, and endless jungles trails. It has been over a year ago since I arrived on Siquijor Island, and I’m probably here to stay. If all goes well. I love this island and it’s magic. And it has a healing touch to all those arriving here in a buzz from…

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