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After 4 months in Taiwan, I left the country to visit a new destination: a beautiful and exciting country of the Philippines. During my backpacking trip, I made round visiting all three main parts of the country including the lagoons and islands in the north of Palawan island.
Here is my trip to the Philippines in numbers:
22 (21) days. Yes, that is how long is spent in the Philippines. I kept moving every 2-3 days in order to visit as much as possible. I booked the flights two months ahead. Nevertheless, I nearly let the plane to go without me.
10 minutes. Due to own mistake when reading the date of the departure, I almost missed my plane. One of the evenings I just realized that my plane is departing in the same night. The rapidly ordered taxi brought me to the airport, my boarding pass was printed exactly 10 minutes before the gate closed.
3 socks. What I was wearing upon departure (and bikini) was actually the only clothes I brought with me for the journey. Apart from passport, camera, charger, and some cosmetics I also found 1 additional sock as I searched through my backpack. Everything else I needed (surprisingly not that many items) I had to buy in the Philippines.
11 beds. I slept in 11 different accommodations including the wooden native hut and house standing on the pillars rising from the sea just like in Venice, Italy. Sometimes I enjoyed the luxurious rooms with the pool, sometimes I shared a hostel room with 5 other backpackers.
10 000 pesos (180 Euros). Only that little I spend on flight tickets. Apart from traveling from Taipei to Manila (capital of Philippines), I only used local planes twice (Manila-Cagayan de Oro and Coron and Manila). For some of them I got a discounted price as I was booking early. Other travels were done mainly by boat and by road.
1100 kilometers by road. This is the distance I have traveled by road using the long-distance buses and vans. Most of the transport on road is concerning my travel from the capital to the mountains in the north, where I got the finest views from the window.
5 boats. The boats in the Philippines exceeded my expectations: most of them were quite comfortable, some of them even had a flat screens inside. To all pleasant boat drives there has been one exception: during the 8 hours journey from El Nido co Coron we had really had waves and so I spend most of the journey sitting at the upper deck (strategically, near the emergency boat) , keep grasping my camera in a waterproof bag and observing how well the capitation is managing the situation.
7 kilograms. That was supposed to be the maximum weight of my backpack as only had carry-on luggage. Luckily, the employees of the airlines never checked how heavy it actually is. I am pretty sure that there were few extra kilos as I was coming back as it was so heavy to carry through all the terminals.