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How women prepare for emigration

How women prepare for emigration

The first thoughts that come up in a womans head when she is thinking about moving to another country are How about family? What can go wrong? Men and women differ in preparing for moving abroad, where women have 1000 questions, men just seem to go and solve issues along the way. Yet many men end up stranded, without money and disillusioned in their (maybe hasty?) decision. Men and women both dream and make plans, but the actual emigration is…

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The crazy traffic in Calapan City

The crazy traffic in Calapan City

Driving a motorcycle int he Philippines is madness. White men keep telling me that over and over again. And I know that the day I hit the pavement they will all say: Told you so! I do not care so much for what they think. I’d rather think outside the box than inside and coloring between the lines has never been one of my skills. So, here I am, I got my driver’s license in the Philippines, I learned to…

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Trip to Batangas, Philippines

Trip to Batangas, Philippines

How far have I come, did I travel from Batangas to Puerto Galera 2 years ago to enter this beautiful country, now I made a trip to Batangas on my second visit in Puerto Galera. Remembering the first time, when everything was exciting, strange and even a bit scary, now I just go through the hoops and habits of the country and culture. Price for the ferry: 240 pesos per person including terminal fee. Click here for timetables¬† The video…

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A visit to Batangas Public Market

A visit to Batangas Public Market

Living in Puerto galera means: traveling to Batangas every now and then. With the bankas leaving from Muelle there is a good connection to Luzon Island and Batangas is the gateway to Manila as well. Hop on a bus and within 3 hours you enter the metropolis. Batangas offers just a little more than Calapan on Mindoro does. SM Mall for example, with a lot more variety on shops. But also the city center is fun to roam around. I…

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Puerto Galera Beaches, Big La Laguna

Puerto Galera Beaches, Big La Laguna

Sometimes when walking around int he tourist spots in Puerto Galera one has to wonder where those beaches are. In Sabang it is easy, not much m=beach left. Although they make a nice attempt to recreate the beach feel in the right side of the parking area at the end of the road entering Sabang. I saw the other day that that little cove is all sandy now. The other side, where all the stone walls of restaurants and dive…

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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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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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