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10 Things I Learned While Travelling the World

I’ve been back in Canada for a little less than a month now and have had some time to decompress and to think about my trip.  At first, I thought I hadn’t really changed at all during my travels, but it actually has in a million tiny ways.  I’d like to share that with you now:

10. The Journey is the Thing

My trip had no specific goal, other than to relax, enjoy and experience the world that was far away from home.  This turned out to a great way to travel and, for me, to not focus on the result, but to really take the journey for what it was – an adventure into the unknown.

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9. We are all the Same

I included this in my last list, but I want to say it again.  I love people, and the truest realization I had again while I was overseas is that we are all, at our most basic level, very similar.  We just want to be happy; to have enough food to eat, a roof over our heads, some people who love us and a purpose in life that brings us joy.  I saw all kinds of people living in many different ways as I worked though six countries, but they all have this in common. We are all part of one big human family, and it doesn’t matter where you are from or what you are doing with your life, some things are the same within all of us.

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8. Travel is as Easy and as Hard as you Want it To Be

PATIENCE.  This one virtue has eluded me my whole life, and nothing cures the need for control than a less than smooth travel experience.  I learned about the essence of the journey in my search for patience as I met setbacks and mishaps along the road.   I learned how to be more adaptable, to let things slide, and to only care about the most important things along the way.

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7. Roll with the Waves

This one is a good follow-up to #8.  When I rolled with the upsets along the way, the journey got even more interesting: I saw some things I would otherwise have missed, or had a completely new experiences I wasn’t expecting to have.  By saying “Yes!” I got into more trouble, saw more unexpected things, and had more impromptu adventures than if I had stuck to a strict schedule and followed it the whole way along.

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6. Pay Attention

I learned that there is beauty in the details.  That every city is an intricate mess that somehow works in its own unique way.  That the road less traveled sometimes results in a washed out car or monkeys attacking your windshield.  To stop and save the kittens, get lost on a bike and get found again, and that fun can be found in every airport, bus station, or boat ride.  By paying true attention to my surroundings, I was also able to glimpse into the local life of the people, and have real experiences from the country I was visiting.  That, to me, is priceless.

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5. Embrace the Inner Hippie

I’m normally a goal-oriented, round the clock, by the book kind of person.  To escape that mentality for a while and embrace my inner beach bum was an enlightening experience.  I had whole days with no plans and nothing to do, vague ideas of where the day would take me, and days where I just went with the flow.  That rarely happens in my “real” life in Canada, and it was refreshing to break out of the bubble of who I think I am and step into the sandals of my inner Hippie Goddess.  She is someone I want to know better, and a side of me that I won’t soon forget now that we’ve been re-aquainted!

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4. Trust the Kindness of Strangers

In my travels I stayed with family friends, friends of friends, new friends and people I didn’t even know at all. I was welcomed into countless homes with open arms, to people eager to share in my travel journey and get to know me.  I feel SO blessed to now have friends from all over the world, and want to thank each and every one of you for your hospitality and help in exploring all these new places 🙂 If you ever travel, and someone recommends that you stay with a friend or you have family/friends to stay with overseas, DO IT! It will completely change your perspective on the country you are visiting, because you get to see it through the eyes of a local.  A thousand thank-you’s again to all those who put me up while I was abroad!  You are welcome to return the favour here in Canada anytime!

3. Comfort Zones are Boring

I did something new and crazy in every country I went to: Surfing in Indonesia, Parasailing in Philippines, and even Skydiving in New Zealand.  Get out of your comfort zone and try some new and crazy stuff.  It will enrich your travel experience and add a whole new level of fun.  Besides, that’s what travel is for: new experiences and adventures! It doesn’t matter how scared you are – do something wild and crazy!  eat that cricket off a Bangkok bug cart!  Take the jet boat ride through the canyon!  Throw yourself out of a plane! These things are the highlights of my travels as I look back on them now, the times I challenged myself and really went for it.

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2. Theres No Place like Home

Canada is an amazing country. I learned this while I was abroad through other travellers stories about my home country, that it is a well-loved place in the world and worth exploring in its own right.  Talking about it with others made me realize how much I love being a Canadian and how lucky I am to call this place my home.  I never really appreciated it until I left for a long time and realized what a phenomenal place it is.

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1. I am SO lucky

The fact that I was able to pull off this trip still boggles my mind.  There was so much planning involved – a years worth of time and effort went into it, and now that I’m back I can see what a privileged position I hold as a citizen of Canada.  I have enough food to eat, a roof over my head, and friends and family who love and care about me.  The rest is just gravy!  Upon returning I went to my bathroom and turned on the tap, thinking back to all the times I didn’t have access to fresh water on my travels. Something as simple as turning on the tap can take on new meaning after travelling: it represents all that we take for granted, being from a first world country were every comfort is provided for.  I feel that, now, I am able to name how lucky I truly am.

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Well. That’s it!  I’m sure I will update this blog again in the future as life takes me on more travels, but for now I am happy to have landed back in Canada, ready to take on the world 🙂

xo

D

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Manic, Muggy Manila

Wahoo!  I am finally out of Palawan!! To be fair, the place did grow on me after a few days, it’s a super cute if not smelly place, and its very cultural for someone who wants to experience the real Filipino way of life, I met some great locals and made new friends, so I can’t say it was all bad.  I was just ready to leave and am soooo excited for Malaysia + Singapore, having bought a Lonely Planet and started reading all about the places I’m going!!

I flew out of Palawan around 1pm and got to Manila without a hitch.  I’m staying with some mutual friends here, who turned out to be excellent hosts and great company as well 🙂  I got to their gorgeous penthouse condo, and there just happened to be a birthday in the house, so we went out to celebrate my new friend Marshalls Bday!  After the first decent shower I’ve had in weeks, we went out to the Sofitel, a very fancy hotel on the bay, doesn’t look like much from the outside, but man was it ever nice inside!  We played some pool while waiting for our table, and had a great ( if not expensive) dinner while swapping travel stories.
The next day I was on my own as my new friends had to work, so I ventured out into the sprawling big city by myself in search of adventure.  Instead of adventure I found a pancake house for breakfast and settled for that, lol.  Everything is so Americanized here! There is TONS of fast food, A Mcdonalds on every corner, and I even found a Starbucks to satisfy my caffeine craving!  Not quite the authentic experience I was looking for, but the Philippines was an american colony for 50 years and before that belonged to spain for 400 years, so it truly is woven into the culture here.  A hybrid mix of old and new which struck me as strange but, hey, its part of their legacy here!
I ignored the shouts and catcalls of the many touts and guys and duders and security guards and walked along the big, dirty, dangerous, smelly streets.  Seriously everyone shouts hello at you, whats your name, where are you from, where are you going….you get the picture.  I just smile and pretend not to speak english. I`ve got nothing against meeting the locals, in fact i love it but they way they approach me makes me feel threatened so i just play dumb.  I found myself at Rizal park, the place where Filipino independence was declared, and although its majestic, its basically just a big fancy park.  i got lost after that trying to find the historic district, and luckily got approached by a sweet lady tout, Mary Jane, who told me I was going the wrong way and offered to give me a tour of Intramuros, the `city within the walls` which is the oldest area in Manila.  I got into the sidecar and had a really enjoyable few hours in the old city, checking out all the old buildings, forts, and museums that I could handle, and talked to MJ about her life in Manila, which is hard but she was super cheery about it and assured me that it was way better here than her life of poverty in the country. She overcharged me for the tour but at that point I really didn’t care, so I gave her 700 pesos (about $18) and decided to check out some of the newer parts of Manila.  I swear I could have walked faster than the taxi that took me to Robinson’s Place, the traffic in this city is actually the WORST.  Add the smog and the heat to that, and , about ten million people, and you have one big dirty mess on your hands.  Still, it is an interesting city and I`m glad I made the effort to stop here.  I even saw my first prostitute deal go down!  A tiny Filipino girl and a big American dude – go figure.
At the mall, I experienced a new kind of culture shock – i felt like I was in America again!  Everywhere I looked were american brands, stores, and chains.  But it all came with some distinctly Filipino touches, lots of kiosks selling Filipino food and drinks, the strangest assortment of foods, and pretty much anything you can dream of was available in this mall.  I ate some delicious Pho (Vietnamese, Not Filipino, so sue me) and successfully maneuvered my way back to Bayview towers, a small accomplishment but I was still proud of myself!!
As I walked back, I noticed two more things – one is the huge population of transgendered men and women in Manila – the concept of gender is very fluid here and nobody seems to blink or care as lipsticked men and butchy women mingle and go about their business.  Its awesome!  The second thing that I saw was absolute poverty everywhere – people living on the streets, sifting through the garbage and living hand to mouth. It was hard to see, and while i was busy feeling sorry for them a whole family noticed me, broke into huge smiles, waving, saying hi and being super friendly and polite.  Wow.  To have such a happy, upbeat attitude for what they had, it really gave me a new perspective.  i waved and smiled back, gave the littlest one some change I had, and continued my way to my penthouse, feeling infinitely luckier than before.
My lovely hosts made me dinner that night, thank you Duncan and Marshall for taking such good care of me in Manila!  i went to bed early and was up at 4:30 am to grab a cab to the airport and flew to Kuala Lumpur without a hitch. My Malaysian and Singapore adventure was just beginning!!
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My Solo Journey Begins

It’s day three of my solo adventure and things are going great!  I found a much more awesome guesthouse called Banwa Art House and settled in there for three more nights.  I thought about going to El Nido, but its a seven hour bus journey there and I leave again from Puerto Princesa for Manila – so a fourteen hour round trip just doesn’t sound worth it to me for one night in El Nido. Damn.  I decided to make the best of my time here, and the owner of my hostel has been so helpful and lovely in sorting everything out for me! What a nice change from the previous guesthouse I was at!  The owner lives most of her time in Ireland and has two very sweet daughters who are spending their summer here with her, the hostel is filled with other lovely travelers and I feel right at home, even though there is no aircon in the room and a few neighborly mosquitoes, gotta take the good with the bad I guess!

My first solo day was pretty uneventful as I settled into my new place and took a looooong walk around the little city, which is slowly growing on me. Slowly.  I caught up on my world news and chatted with friends from home that evening, hitting the hay early because i had a scooter rented for the next day and was excited for my journey!
I woke up the next morning and packed up my stuff, getting ready to scoot off on an adventure to find Emerald Beach.  I got directions from my lovely hostel owner and drove off down the streets of Puerto Princesa, loving every minute of my drive and finding the beach no problem after about twenty minutes on the road.  It was awesome!! Even though I was parked in front of a hotel, NOBODY was around save for the hotel staff, and I had the beach/pool to myself for pretty much the whole day.  I sunned myself and ate a lovely lunch by the pool, my friend Laura from the hostel showed up about halfway through my day and we chatted about backpack life.  I went to leave in the late afternoon and realized – uh oh, I had somehow lost the key to my scooter!! Yikes 😦
I pretty much had every maintenance guy, security officer and tourist police guy looking for that damn key, and finally one of them triumphantly pulled it out of the sand!! WHEW! I was so relieved that I didn’t have to pay a major fee for losing the key!! I scooted back to my hostel after that without any other bad things happening, and spent the evening relaxing, playing a very interesting game of chess with a five-year old and chatting with the other travellers in the place.
Today has been a quiet, relaxed, blogging kinda day, ive been to two coffee shops so far and have been typing away, trying to record the events of the past week (feels like so much longer!) and staying out of the rain.  Tomorrow I finally leave Puerto Princesa and move on to Manila and Malaysia awaits!  I’m sure there will be lots of new adventures waiting for me there 🙂
xo
D

 

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Underground River and Goodbye Chelsea!

Today we checked out the underground river, a natural wonder of the world which consists of a network of caves extending 8 km underground that you can paddle through on a boat.  We woke up early to board the bus for a bumpy two-hour ride to the other side of the island. Big surprise, everyone else on our tour was – Asian!! Weee!  Oh well. Nobody new to talk to but we were used to it by then.  Our bus stopped at Sabang Beach, which was beautiful!  We had a great buffet lunch filled with local foods and after that took a small boat to the entrance of the caves.  We got to see some cute monkeys and humongous lizards as well.

The caves themselves were very impressive, just the type of place you might expect to see tons of bats and an underground lair worthy of Bruce Wayne.  The boat ride itself was cool, our tour guide was very funny and pointed out the sights to us.  Just me, Chelsea and a whooole bunch of Asians. Sigh.
After the river and a bumpy ride back to Puerto Princesa, we took a long walk and discovered a sweet department store and a cute restaurant called Heavenly Desserts by Dorothy, where we ate dinner and had some heavenly desserts!  Then another very quiet night at our guesthouse – Puss in Boots was on (our only movie option) so we watched that and called it a night.  In the morning me and Chelsea said our goodbyes, she was off to Manila and eventually Vancouver while I had the pleasure of staying in Palawan for another three nights!! urg.
xoxo
D
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A Few Suprises in Palawan

Oh man. We finally took a wrong turn in our travels – ending in up in Puerto Princesa was not the kind of ending to our vacation that we had hoped it would be. After spending a few (too many) days here myself, this little city has redeemed itself somewhat in my eyes, but when we first got here we both had the same reaction. WHAT THE F. AND WHERES THE BEACH?

I had come here in good faith, as an awesome tour company from Canada had highly recommended this destination, and I thought they could do no wrong.  Truth is, Palawan is pretty awesome but we have totally ended up in the wrong part of it.  El Nido is beautiful, Coron supposedly even better, and Puerto Princesa? not.  Boo!
Let me back up here. When we got off the plane we were picked up by two perfectly lovely Filipinos who pointed out some “sights” to us on our way to the Guesthouse (which they call Pensions here for some reason).  We arrived at our shabby little Lola Itang Guesthouse and soon figured out that our hosts knew NOTHING WHATSOEVER about what there was to do in Puerto Princesa.  Is there a beach? “uhhhhhhh…”  what can we do here? “uhhhhhh” how do we book a tour to the underground river? “uhhhhhh” no clue. at all.  We were used to lovely guesthouse owners who could tell us about the surrounding area, but these guys, although perfectly lovely, were clueless.  Also – it seemed like there was nothing to eat or really do around us so we had to settle for McDonald’s and call it a night.  Also – it’s as if nobody in this town had ever seen a white person before – there are hardly any tourists, and we were quite the novelty in our shorts and tank tops apparently.  Hmmm.
The next day we figured out how to get to the permit office for the underground river ourselves and found out about Honda Bay, which is a group of islands close by where you can sun and swim. After getting our permit we walked out of the government building and a guy approached us and asked us if we needed help arranging a tour to the underground river.  After initially being wary of him, he actually turned out to be the nicest and most helpful person we had met so far, and we agreed to go with Marlon to his tour office to book a trip to the Underground River, which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
After arranging our trip, Marlon drove us in his sweet tricycle (a type of sidecar attached to motorcycles which serves as a local taxi service here) about thirty minutes to Honda Bay, where we rented our own boat to take us to Cowrie Island, a cute tiny island where we hung out all day drinking beers, eating lunch and getting massages while sunning ourselves.  Bliss!!
That evening after finally finding a pizza place that looked ok to eat at, we went to bed early because there was NOTHING to do besides potentially hitting up a few local dive bars that looked sketchy at best.
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Boracay Beach Bums

Things I have learned in Boracay so far:

1) It is the Asian version of Mexico, as far as I can tell EVERY SINGLE Asian on vacation is here, right now.  Which is hilarious.
2) Despite being on vacation, the ladies insist on being covered head to toe to maintain their whiteness, and dress up in full-out hats and high heels on the beach, tottering around while their husbands pose them in front of palm trees, souvenir shacks, locals, etc.
3) There is nothing to do here except eat, sleep, drink and do ocean-centric sports like snorkeling, para-sailing, sailing, etc.  And that is just fine by me.
Boracay has been pretty sweet, honestly besides the gorgeous view and people-watching, though, there is not much to do here so three nights was more than enough to check out the sights.  We met a few cool people (Hi Magnus! Hi Tom!) and caught some great rays in the BOILING HOT sun, ate some great food and chilled out after our horrific travel day.  It’s super touristy here, so there are tons of souvenir shops, expensive restaurants and luxury resorts, we are tucked into our little guesthouse just off the beach, I highly recommend Trafalgar Cottages for any backpacker coming through here, it was cheap and cosy and there is a super cute puppy named Nelson to hang out with, along with great friendly staff.  It rained both nights we were here which seriously put a damper on our party plans, we managed to have some nice dinners with our new friends but missed the party scene.  Oh well.
The highlight of our time here has definitely been the parasailing trip we took, it was 1500 Pesos ($35) and included a sweet speedboat ride and AMAZING view of Boracay and the surrounding area.  I was scared, but Chelsea was there with me, taking pics and making me laugh, so I ended up having a great time and wasn’t too scared after all. We were super high up, and even though it only lasted about 15 minutes, it was an experience that will stay with me forever 🙂
Our 3am wakeup was rough the next morning, we had to take a bus/ferry/bus to the airport to catch our 8am flight, which went off without a hitch, until we got to the Manila domestic terminal (aka the fourth layer of hell) and found out our flight had been CANCELLED outright (grrrrrrr ZEST AIR!! *shakes fist*) and that we wouldn’t be able to get a flight until 5pm that day.  So we settle in for another long haul at the airport and managed to laugh it off….Palawan was our next stop and we were pumped!!
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A Roundabout Trip to Boracay

Oh, travel days. How I DON’T love you. That’s right. I said it.

We boarded the plane for Singapore, and had a three-hour stopover there after an uneventful flight.  We figured out that between us we would be taking over thirty flights on our travels!! I think I will be happy to be grounded for a long while after this trip!!
The Singapore airport was UNREAL.  Even in the middle of the night, every store was open, the entire food court was open, and there was tons of stuff to see and do, including some weird Asian gardens (even an outdoor one), an entertainment center, many sweet lounges and lots of WiFi! there is even a rooftop pool but we didn’t see it so maybe it doesn’t exist?  We chilled with some life-size M+M’s though…
After our airport stop there was a supremely uncomfortable and full three-hour flight to Manila in the middle of the night (literally 12 to 3 am for us) and when we got to Manila, there was an overpriced taxi to the domestic terminal and no one for us to talk to about booking a flight to Kalibo and onwards to Boracay.  That’s right, the stupid tourists thought they could arrive at four in the morning and book a flight onwards without any trouble.  RIGHT??? WRONG.  The next flight was at 11am and we were S**T outta luck until then.  So we settle in for a nap on the tiled floor, hugging our bags and trying not to look like the greasy backpackers that we were by that point.
After finally checking in and finding some adequate breakfast in what has got to be the grossest domestic terminal I’ve ever seen (the roof is caving in…) we found, to our delight, that the flight was delayed!! woo!  So there was more waiting and waiting and waaaaiting to do.  Our flight finally boarded two hours late and we took the hour-long flight to Kalibo.  We were delirious by this point, and there was still a two-hour bus ride to go and a ferry trip AND a bus ride to our hotel, but this was actually made very easy for us by the lovely SouthWest Tours Boracay, which handled all our transport arrangements as we were in no shape to do so.  We just forked over about 500 Peso (12.50) and they herded us this way and that until we wound up at our guesthouse, Trafalgar Cottages, where the very lovely Julie awaited us and showed us some beds we could crash in. And crash we did!!
Thirteen hours later we woke up in Boracay, and to our delight discovered our trip was worth it, as it was one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen!!
Note: Zest Air (affiliate of AirAsia in the Philippines) is officially the worst airline I’ve ever flown with – most of our flights have been delayed, on was outright cancelled, and they have added an extra layer of stress to our holiday.  I strongly suggest that if you can afford it to save yourself some hassle and book on another airline.  Their customer service is some kind of awful, as well.
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Surfing in Kuta

Even though this was only about a week ago, it seems like AGES!  So much has happened, Im already in another country and in the midst of new adventures, but lets pretend I’ve been faithfully blogging all along, shall we? 🙂

We bussed it back to Kuta from Ubud in Bali, and found our beautiful hotel, AP Inn, was under construction – hmmmm. Oh well. we decided to stay anyways. After a long, hot bus journey a trip to the pool was in order and we settled into our rooftop pool chill quite nicely, I even bought a “takeout” lunch from a local warung (food stall) and had a delicious lunch by the pool.  For dinner we had Pizza Hut, and I had a new experience there – corn on my pizza.  Yuck. Lol.
The next day was pretty lazy as well, with some more poolside action and a visit to the Bali Dynasty resort to hang out with our friends the Thompsons, who were in Kuta and invited us to their gorgeous resort for some volleyball and happy hour drinks!  We had a wonderful afternoon with them and invited them to come and party with us at Skygarden that night.  The younger ones took us up on the offer and we met up with them for FREE DRINKS.  I may have had one (twelve) too many cause the next day I had my first official Bali hangover. ughhhhhh. Oh and guess what we had planned? Surfing! Ughnghghgghhhhh.
Luckily our surfer dude was way late and I had time to nap all morning, so by the time we finally hit the waves I was feeling much much better! Our instructor Ewan was a great teacher, and we both managed to get up on our boards and hit the waves, it was thrilling!  I can officially say I am a surfer now – lol.
The next day Chelsea and I shopped and shopped and shopped until we were literally out of Indonesian Rupiah, we had waited until our last day to clean out our $$ supply and all the shops, too!  I bought a gorgeous dress for myself and a bunch of presents as well.  We boarded our flight to Manila, it was a super long, roundabout trip. But hey – it’s all part of the experience, right??
xoxo
D
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The Long Road to Bali

Whew! We are finally in Bali after two and a half days of travel, four flights, and a whole lotta stopovers.  I left Manila in the morning after five restless hours in a very boring airport.  I was super restless on the flight to Jakarta, cause there was nothing for me to do – no book, and I’d already seen the movie that was playing 😦

Getting into Jakarta I was SO pumped to see Chelsea, and waited by her baggage carousel for her to get in from Taipei, her stopover point.  It was such a great reunion!  We hadn’t seen each other in a year since she lives on the other side of Canada, but it felt like no time had passed at all as we caught up and waited for her bag to appear.  The Jakarta airport was hot and confusing, but I love a challenge and soon we found a Starbucks (!), got iced coffees and found out where to catch the shuttle to the other terminal to catch our final flight.
The traffic!  Oh man the traffic was the worst thing I had ever seen in my life, literally inching along, people cutting each other off, motorbikes zooming around in the tiny gaps, and near misses at every turn. What should have been a two-minute ride turned into a twenty-minute crawl. Our choice to give Jakarta a miss was a good one, I think!
Our seven hour stopover was cool, though, I tried my first Indo dish (can’t remember the name but it was flat noodles and beef, mmm) and we got our AirAsia flights all sorted out as well, with a real human behind a desk – way easier than trying to figure it out from Canada.  We waited in the (very boring) terminal for EVER, made friends and traded travel stories with some Americans headed to Bali, and finally boarded our last slightly delirious flight to get to our final destination.  It is noteworthy to mention that our Asian seatmate was singing karaoke to himself, to our delight and awe.  We felt bad but totally had a case of the giggles over it!
BALI, BABY!!
We arrived, found a taxi and found our hostel, which is so gorgeous!! I booked it at the recommendation of another travel blogger and she did not disappoint.  It is perfect for us, centrally located, super clean with friendly staff.  I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a great place to stay in Kuta.
We crashed hard, in our lovely soft bed, and slept and slept and slept. Heaven!
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Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

I’ve survived the first two parts of my journey, including the longest flight I’ve ever taken in my life.  Whew.  I’m almost there!  I said goodbye to Canada and my family yesterday (at least I think it was yesterday, I’m between time zones right now). We had a teary goodbye at the airport and I had deja-vu from my trip last year, feeling nervous and excited all at the same time – anxious to go but apprehensive about my capability to pull this trip off.  I didnt cry this year, I was too wound up to realize how long its going to be before I see my wonderful family and my amazing friends!  I cried a little on the plane but I followed my best friend Holly’s advice about crying in public: put your damn sunglasses on, hold a tissue and pretend its allergies. Thanks babe.
The view from YVR

The view from YVR

The first flight was uneventful, I’ve done the YYZ-YVR trip so many times it seems pretty natural. It was sad to only be able to stay in Vancity for a few hours, I lived there for fouryears and wish I could have hopped off and seen all my friends!  Next year!  The second flight was 13 hours long. Euuugh. I popped two heavy duty motion sickness pills and drank a beer which was my patented sleep remedy for long hauls in T-land last year. It worked like a charm!  I awoke to find that I only had five hours left until touchdown in Manila. Yay!
It never hits me until I get on the plane. What am I doing this for? Why do I feel the need to go halfway across the world just to see whats out there? How will it change me?
The secret that I’m learning is this: life and people are the same all over the world – you go to see something new and all you see are skyscrapers, bland airports and fast food restaurants just like you have at home. Globalization at its finest, people.  The challenge lies in the journey, of pushing yourself off the cliff and WAY out of your comfort zone.  The places I visit may very well be breathtaking and unusual, or maybe boring and uninspiring, but the experiences I have along the path will change me either way.  Adventure awaits!
But for now im sitting in an ugly transfer lounge in Manilla’s Ninoy Aquino airport, waiting for something (anything!) to happen so I can get on my next and second last flight. THERES NO WIFI! FOR THE LOVE OF GODDDDD!!
Plus I read my whole damn book on the way from Toronto to Vancouver. Curse my magical speed reading capabilities.
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