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Going to Mount Mayon while it’s erupting

Over the last few weeks I’ve been travelling around the Philippines again. Currently I’m on Luzon, near Naga city. We’re driving our motorcycles all over the place. We originally planned to go via Masbate Island to reach Cebu Island.

However, news of Mount Mayon and it’s “imminent and violent eruptions” kept coming in. So we decided to change course for this probably once in a lifetime experience. We drove to Legaspi City via the up-wind route, avoiding the major ash and dust clouds spewing to the east.

The city is right next to the volcano, just outside the actual danger zone which was evacuated several weeks ago. This basically meant we had a good view of the goings on.

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My quest for a refreshing drink

Today I felt like going for a drive but I was also thirsty… Often I then drive to a random place to find said drink. This time my adventure took me way out in the bushes to some super poor town. Foreigners, let alone tourists, rarely go to places like this.

This sometimes leads to many suspicious looks from the natives. But often times they seem happy to see someone else than their neighbour for a change. And in those events I feel like I’m the star of a parade, waving and smiling at everyone.

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Driving to Calapan after Urduja

Storm Urduja was a bad one, half the province got flooded apparently. And as usual the Philippines was wholly unprepared or simply didn’t care too much. People sought higher grounds until the floods subsided. Or were just wandering around trying to go about their day.

Around the Baco area, near Calapan City, a bunch of rivers flooded most farmlands, towns and everything in between. Some areas were more than waist deep. Luckily not over the road, which was only covered in about 30cm deep water at the worst point.
Still, the whole of Baco town was flooded in some places with a strong current.

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Less responsive support until the 5th of October

A quick reminder that I’ll be travelling to and through the Philippines between September 28th and October 5th. During this time I may not respond to email, forum posts, chat or tweets. I’ll try to catch up with stuff in between. Depending on Wifi coverage I’ll be able to answer emails and forum posts.

I’m moving to this place 🙂 Doesn’t it look stunning?
Puerto Galera from the air

Follow my exploits on www.floatingcoconut.net.

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Announcement: I’m moving to the Philippines!

At the end of the month I’m moving to the Philippines. A few of you probably figured this already. I’ve launched a new site a few months ago which was part of the advert examples for a while. On there I’ll be blogging my experiences and stuff relevant to this new phase in my life.

End of the month

At the end of the month I’ll be travelling and trying to avoid Jetlag. I’ll be wandering through Manila to find my way in a strange new place. Probably with dodgy internet until I arrive at my destination on Mindoro in early October.

This means that between September 28th and October 5th I may not respond to email, forum posts, chat or tweets. If at all possible I will try to answer emails and possibly forum posts every few days. But I’m not sure if I’ll be able to.

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