Category: Travelling Pumbas

Diving in Malapascua – home of the thresher shark (2of2)

April 29, 2017

From Palawan we have a direct flight to Cebu. The plane leaves 30min ahead of schedule, they were done with the boarding πŸ™‚ From Cebu it’s a 3.5h drive to the northern tip of the island and a 30min boat ride to Malapascua. We’re back at Ocean Vida and diving with Martin at Sea Explorers. […]

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Diving in Malapascua – home of the thresher shark (1of2)

April 27, 2017

From Palawan we have a direct flight to Cebu. The plane leaves 30min ahead of schedule, they were done with the boarding πŸ™‚ From Cebu it’s a 3.5h drive to the northern tip of the island and a 30min boat ride to Malapascua. We’re back at Ocean Vida and diving with Martin at Sea Explorers. […]

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1’780 islands of Palawan (2of2)

April 22, 2017

After an awesome trip to the Philippines in 2013, we just had to come back for some more. This time, we travel to Palawan, for its rocky islets, turquoise waters and hidden beaches. Really well hidden, there is one where we have to snorkel through a hole in the wall and get out on a […]

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1’780 islands of Palawan (1of2)

April 17, 2017

After an awesome trip to the Philippines in 2013, we just had to come back for some more. This time, we travel to Palawan, for its rocky islets, turquoise waters and hidden beaches. Really well hidden, there is one where we have to snorkel through a hole in the wall and get out on a […]

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Tanah Lot

March 17, 2014

a very long overdue post…

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Day 65 – Mt. Bromo

July 16, 2013

waking up at 3 AM is never easy…

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Day 63 – Prambanan temple

July 15, 2013

this must have been the nicest Ramayana story we’ve ever seen, still wondering why they called it a ballet though…

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Day 55 – Bukit Lawang (home of the sumatran orang-utan)

July 4, 2013

and our camp site for the night

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Day 51 – Sumatran farming

July 2, 2013

proof of the haze that invaded SEA, courtesy of the oil palm farmers of Sumatra the mt. is 4200m high, officially it was a sunny day… and this is Kuala Lumpur one day later, same haze (aka smoke)

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Day 49 – Kota Kinabalu

July 1, 2013

the nicest night market we have ever seen

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Day 46 – Diving in Sipadan (Barracuda Point)

June 29, 2013

one of my favourite images: a shoal of jack fish swarming, a tuna in the middle and 5 sharks at the bottom

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Day 45 – Diving in Sipadan (Barracuda Point)

June 28, 2013

depending on what diving magazine you read, the Barracuda Point in Sipadan is considered to be the best place in the world to dive. we returned here after 2 years and for sure we’ll come again. the white-tip fin shark – the world’s laziest shark, i took this picture from about 1 1/2 -2 m.

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Day 41 – Singapore

June 24, 2013

absolutely the most developed town in SEA; except being “over-mall-ed” is amazing how the underground is a series of interconnected malls…

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Day 39 – Tarsiers (some of world’s smallest and cutest primates)

June 16, 2013

I’m pretty sure the Gremlins movie was inspired by tarsiers; deadly cute by day, ferocious hunters by night, they hunt insects, birds and bats, by jumping up to 2m at them (when you are abt 10cm tall that is impressive)

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Day 36 – Diving in Bohol

June 13, 2013

the parent trigger fish is known to defend the surroundings of its nest even from divers, by no means this is a little fish, its bite can be rather painful, the guide needed to jump in my defence as of a wired reason it targeted me as potential predator…

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Day 31 – Diving in Malapascua

June 8, 2013

everyone loves Nemo squat shrimp mating tobbies

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Day 30 – Diving in Malapascua with the thresher sharks

June 6, 2013

2 tries, 2 sights! love this place! yes, waking up at 4AM isn’t fun, but is worth seeing them. and finally i got a proper picture of a ghost pipefish

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Day 29 – Diving in Malapascua

June 5, 2013

first dive at 4.45 AM trying to see the thresher sharks, beautiful very shy 4m long creatures, quick encounter and swam away…

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Day 22 – Hikking Mt. Pinatubo

June 2, 2013

in 1991 it produced the second largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century reducing the global temperature by 0.5C and the hight of the volcano by 259m. massive amount of ash was thrown into atmosphere and surrounding areas. what you see in these pictures as “canyon” is actually huge layer of ash being eroded by […]

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Day 21 – Stacked coffins of Sagada

June 1, 2013

Coffins were mostly carved from one whole piece of wood. The locals can still chose even nowadays this way of burial. β€œIt was said that the hanging coffins could prevent bodies from being taken by beasts and also bless the soul eternally.”(wikipedia) It was also said by our local guide that this type of burial […]

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Day 20 – Hanging coffins of Sagada

May 31, 2013

Coffins were mostly carved from one whole piece of wood. The locals can still chose even nowadays this way of burial. “It was said that the hanging coffins could prevent bodies from being taken by beasts and also bless the soul eternally.”(wikipedia) It was also said by our local guide that this type of burial […]

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Day 18 – Trekking in Ifugao along the rice terraces

May 27, 2013

second day in Batad, a wonderful location (unless it rains from 2pm till midnight)

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Day 17 – Trekking in Ifugao along the rice terraces

May 26, 2013

the rice terraces of Batad are often (locally) referred to as the 8th wonder of the world; this is the 3rd 8th Wonder of the World we have seen…;)

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Day 16 – Trekking in Ifugao along the rice terraces

May 25, 2013

we had a beautiful three days hike, sometimes in extreme humidity. First set of pictures is between Banaue and Cambulo.

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Day 15 – Manila

May 24, 2013

visiting the pig roasting centre…

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Day 12 – Diving with Mantas

May 22, 2013

cannot describe the feeling when you see a manta ray, every diver longs to see them, rare majestic sights

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Day 11 – Diving with the Jellyfish

May 17, 2013

actually THIS was the reason we went to Palau: thousands of jellyfish isolated from the sea, with no predators therefore they dropped the defence mechanism making no problem having one touching even your face. A surreal experience!

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Day 10 – Diving in Palau

May 16, 2013

if you look closely you will see six sharks πŸ™‚

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Day 9 – Diving in Palau

May 14, 2013

with the bigeye jacks on this island they shot the first season of “Survivor”

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Day 4 – Banteay Srei

May 9, 2013

i’ll be honest, the Banteay Srei (or the pink temple) is the jewel of the entire region, very small but astonishing Beng Mealea is not as famous as Ta Prohm ( no Hollywood movie yet), it was left almost untouched since its discovery, it is a clear example of nature reclaiming its rights. If you […]

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Day 3 – Ta Prohm

May 8, 2013

Marked on the map as “Tomb Raider Tree” Early morning at the cow wash Getting up at 4.30am for the perfect sunrise picture is tough for all of us

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