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Checking in Country #22 and future travel plans

November 21, 2011
Hong Kong skyline

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks and it’s good that I finally manage to get the blog updated! 🙂

First, I’d like to apologize for the lack of updates for the past two weeks. I’ve been doing a mix of  travel, planning for future travels and then financing those future travels (i.e. going to work).

So to do a quick recap, here are some short snippets of what I’ve been doing.

From Thailand to Hong Kong

My last blog entry dealt with my frustrations about my supposed trip to Thailand. If you’ve been following my Twitter and Facebook  feeds, you probably saw that I didn’t go and decided to re-route. It was a difficult decision but in the end I didn’t really want to worry about my trip while I’m there.

But I didn’t let my week off go into waste and I divided my week to two main destinations – Hong Kong and a trip to the Philippine island of Siquijor.

Hong Kong at night

I decided that I want to travel internationally and at the same time spend a relaxing few days in the beach. I know that in Hong Kong, I couldn’t do that. And other destinations such as Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia are expensive to go to given the last minute nature of my trip. So I opted to split my week between Hong Kong and a beach weekend in Siquijor.

Checking in #22 in Hong Kong & Macau

Despite cancelling Thailand, I didn’t waste the opportunity to tick a country off from my list. As it was my first time to be in Hong Kong (or in China – the country it is officially in- on that matter), I was glad to still be on track of my list and tick off country #22!

Hong Kong – one of Asia’s financial centers – was perhaps the most modern city I’ve been to in Asia and to be honest I don’t mind living there someday. I’m most impressed by the city’s skyscrapers and the city skyline at night. Of course, there is the food (ahem, dimsum) which is cheap and often delicious.

I’ve also made a day trip to its neighbouring city – Macau and discovered both its modern gambling establishments and its Portuguese colonial history.

My trip has been mostly about meeting friends so I missed out on a lot of sightseeing but it doesn’t mean that I don’t have travel stories and tips to share – watch this space definitely!

Rest and relaxation in Siquijor

Then, I flew back to the Philippines to Siquijor – an island province in the Visayas.

A seemingly juxtaposing destination to cosmopolitan Hong Kong, Siquijor is a rural place filled with empty roads, untouched beaches, evergreen waterfalls and friendly locals. I spent a couple of days in our own secluded beach, with a great view of the full moon at night.

Siquijor beach

We spent a few days relaxing by the beach and roaming around the island on a rented motorcycle. This small province also has a surprisingly good nightlife which we didn’t missed out on!

I also got to stay a night in Dumaguete, the birthplace of my father and got to spend roaming around the city’s seaside street.

I plan to write about these destinations as well in the next couple of weeks.

Coming to Europe soon!

And finally, I’m happy to share that I’m going to Europe really soon!

In some really lucky turn of events, I won two free roundtrip tickets to Europe through a contest with KLM Philippines.

And within the same period, I’ve also received the confirmation that my Belgian work permit has been approved! This means that I will start working in Europe again next year! I’ve been waiting for this permit for quite sometime now (14 months).

So armed with free tickets plus a work permit, I’m going to be heading back to Europe really soon!.

With three more countries on my list, and a cool opportunity coming to get back to Europe – I’m looking forward to capping off my 25 country list.

And, my dear readers, I’m happy as well that you’ll be a part of my journey. So if you have any destination advice on where to go in Europe – don’t forget to share some stories below.

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  • Reply Aussie on the Road November 25, 2011 at 09:15

    Not a bad alternative to Thailand at all 😉
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  • Reply James Cook November 21, 2011 at 19:41

    That’s great you won the tickets! You will enjoy Europe. We are able to get on TTOT tomorrow so can chat then 🙂
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    • Reply Jerick November 22, 2011 at 12:09

      Thanks, see you on TTOT tomorrow!

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