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Riding mud roads and flooded streets

Riding mud roads and flooded streets

I collect a lot of footage. With the GoPro on the bike every ride,  it adds up. And now with the Sony action cam on the back of my sons motorbike, it becomes a massive amount of gigabytes. This time I made a compilation of driving around after storms and heavy rain, like tropical depression Urduja (Kai-Tak) and the cold front surrounding upcoming storm Vinta. It is amazing how the attitude of Filipinos is when it comes to flooded houses…

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There is a big storm coming

There is a big storm coming

We are in the middle of the rain season. I thought we had entered the dry season already, but somehow we have not. I always get confused about the seasonal changes and the winds here. There is Habagat and El Niño and La Niña, the last one is created over cold seas and brings storms and cold weather. And cold it is. Go to the Philippines they said, nice warm weather they said I wear a sweater and socks, and…

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A Flash Flood in the Philippines

A Flash Flood in the Philippines

Flash Flood warnings are everywhere in the country. Yet, I lived here 2 years before I actually got confronted with one. A few days ago tropical depression Salome past over my barangay here at White Beach, Puerto Galera. And this is what happened. Subscribe to Leaving Holland Channel

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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Stormy weather in the Philippines

Stormy weather in the Philippines

It is the rain season, one typhoon warning after another tropical storm notification is given by Dost-Pagasa. And forceful winds beat up the coasts of this Archipelago. Some areas are more effected than others, like the north of Luzon is under heavy weather these last few weeks. But also east of Mindanao gets it pretty bad as do Samar en Leyte (again) Traveling in the rain season and using public transport is always a challenge. Will the bus make it…

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The other side of travel, what you never see on other websites

The other side of travel, what you never see on other websites

I’ve been in the Philippines for almost a year now and although many of you think it is all white beaches and mesmerizing blue seas, friendly hospitality and all that peaches and roses stuff other travellers write about,  you are very much mistaken. A few days ago I met a backpackers couple on the beach here in Siquijor and she was crying over the dirt on the beaches and the fact that most beaches did not look like she found…

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10 tips to survive in a warm and humid climate

10 tips to survive in a warm and humid climate

I’m Dutch by birth and in the Netherlands I never had to deal with temperatures higher than 25 degrees, only on extreme occasional hot days the temperature went up till 30-35 degrees C. Humidity is not an issue in the Netherlands. The only remembrance I have of extreme humidity was during my stay in Panama City when I was 18, feeling wet and sweaty all day. Only the slightest movement made water drip from my body. The most hottest temperature…

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