Volunteering in Yapak, Philippines

We had been feeling a bit sorry for ourselves that our plans to volunteer this year have not worked out as we had hoped.  We were therefore delighted to find out that the owners of Oasis Hotel in Yapak (where we were staying) do a huge amount for the local community.  Their Christmas event fortunately fell…

Birthday in Boracay!

After a dramatic arrival to the Philippines it was time to do some serious birthday relaxing and pampering!  The Typhoon was now in full force but that did not dampen our spirits – it did not seem as bad in Boracay as other parts of the country. We took a blustery walk up white beach, past all…

Arrival in Boracay, Philippines

Google ‘Boracay’ and you’ll find pictures and reports of a perfect tropical island with white beaches and clear blue seas – we did exactly that and decided it would be a great location for Anna’s birthday, Christmas and New Years Eve. Our dramatic arrival could not have been more different to what we were expecting!…

Kampot, Cambodia

After the sleepiness of Kep, Kampot seemed quite a contrast, despite being only a small town itself.  The slightly frantic feel may have had something to do with the impending Sea Festival, which was about to start. Like the Water Festival we experienced in Siem Reap, the Sea Festival seemed to focus on street food and music,…

Kep, Cambodia

We were delighted to be moving onto somewhere new in Cambodia and particularly excited to be going to the home of the famous ‘Kampot Crab’ dish.  Second to visiting the Angkor temples, this was the thing I was most looking forward to in Cambodia – sad but true! It turned out that Kep had a…

Sok San Beach, Koh Rong Island, Cambodia

After a short tuk-tuk ride from Otres beach, we arrived at the small port at Sihanoukville’s Serendipity beach for our fast ferry to Koh Rong. While we only had a brief glimpse, Serendipity seemed like the polar opposite of Otres; busy, full of bars and young back-packers – a shock to the system making our…

Otres Beach, Cambodia

This was to be the first of a string of beaches that we have planned to visit over the next month – lucky us!  In our usual way we seemed to move between extreme locations – from busy cities to remote settings. First we headed to Sihanoukville – the go-to destination for those tourists and Cambodians who…