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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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Kagusuan Beach Siquijor, Philippines

Kagusuan Beach Siquijor, Philippines

The joy of living on Siquijor is that there are plenty of white beaches to visit. Even when the Habagat winds blows the endless stream of rubbish and plastic soup on the Filipino shores there is always the other side of the island to go for a swim. My favourite beach is Kagusuan Beach. It is white, coral sand beach, with huge rocks in the water. The seagrass is a little further out in the ocean so there is a…

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Solo Travel and Feeling Disconnected

Solo Travel and Feeling Disconnected

Picture this: terrace in Rome: there you are, you feel the sun on your face and you taste the sharp bitter taste of the espresso and you watch the crowd. You hear people around you speak Italian, and maybe you pick up some of their words, but you cannot understand their conversations. You see them connect……and you do not connect. Ah, yes, maybe that one moment the waitress asks you if you are okey, but in generaL; you are alone,…

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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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Ancestral Houses on Siquijor Island, Philippines

Ancestral Houses on Siquijor Island, Philippines

For a while I have been taking photos and video footage of ancestral houses in the Philippines.The patience of the owners has been great and their hospitality abundant. Proud as they are for being the owner of the house sometimes even from the Spanish occupation or post Japanese war they have tales to tell about the history of the house. Some houses were build for the Japanese generals, looking for a comfortable place to stay during the war. Others were…

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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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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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