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What to do when you get a STD in Puerto Galera?

What to do when you get a STD in Puerto Galera?

Puerto Galera has many sides to it. Beautiful nature, nice beaches, and a buzzing nightlife. And it is one of the Philippines hotspots for sex-tourism for both gay and straight. In Sabang, you find the nightclubs and freelance prostitutes that offer their company, while ladyboys serve you drinks and food on White Beach. It might be me, and the way I observe, but it seems that the male prostitution is not so visible as the female prostitution is. For women…

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Is it safe to travel to the Philippines

Is it safe to travel to the Philippines

Maybe the most asked questions of the last few weeks since the Marawi incident. Yes, I  call it an incident. Because that is what it is. Like all the other incidents that happen all over the world. The incident in Manchester, London, Paris you name it, they are all incidents. and it is the media, and the hype around it that make us feel insecure and maybe even scared. To scared to travel in some cases.  For I saw already…

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About Motorbikes, dogs and accidents in the Philippines

About Motorbikes, dogs and accidents in the Philippines

I drive a big motorbike, specially for a woman my age. I am 56 and my motorbike is a Yamaha SZ150. Yes, it comes with a clutch. Many Filipino men tell me that is not a female bike. Somehow a motorbike with a clutch is a male thing. Not for me. Although it is a heavy bike (150 kg and with full tank even heavier) I love driving it. And I do not feel ashamed when I’m parked in the…

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Buying Meat in the Philippines

Buying Meat in the Philippines

Every Saturday and Sunday I buy fresh pork in San Juan ‘from the table’. Sometimes I find myself in sweet memories of the pre-packed fresh recognisable meat I bought in the Netherlands. Here it is a whole pig, on the table, or 2 halves and the butcher just chops is in pieces with little respect for any special part of the meat. Pork chops and the belly are usually primary focus areas, but the rest…..just bits and pieces. So you…

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Is it safe to live in the Philippines?

Is it safe to live in the Philippines?

Many Governments issued a negative travel-advice for the Philippines after the so called Bohol Incident. And a lot of people wonder if it is safe to travel to the Philippines or to live there. Since the experience of safety is a personal one, I can only speak for myself. Please do take note that whether it is a real threat, a political game or just a hoax to scare off people: whenever a government gives a travel advice you are…

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How to find Plus Size Clothes while living in the Philippines

How to find Plus Size Clothes while living in the Philippines

When I moved to the Philippines and was preparing to move I realized I would be like a giant among all those tiny and petite Filipino’s. I would be able to oversee the crowds and I would feel big…..real big! When I left the Netherlands I was size XXL. And I had the picture: a huge white woman walking the streets filled with little dark skin people. I must say: I was wrong. Due to the influence of the Spanish…

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About the Philippines: What is Ukay Ukay?

About the Philippines: What is Ukay Ukay?

Somebody asked me a question about Ukay Ukay, what is Ukay Ukay and how did it come about? Nowadays I roam around freely in Ukay Ukay stores: second hand clothing that you can find all over the Philippines. When I was living in the Netherlands I was a frequent donator, but certainly not a buyer in second hand stores. Always afraid of re-buying my own donations. But here it is different. When you do not fit in Asian clothing sizes…

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