Every month I will be writing a round-up of my #gaplife adventures. From where I’ve been to what I’ve eaten, I’ll be keeping you up-to-date with everything that’s been happening on and away from The Student Travels. Enjoy!
Places Visited: Manila, Philippines. Boracay, Philippines. Palawan, Philippines. Melbourne, Australia.
What’s Been Happening Away From the Blog
- Since arriving in Melbourne I’ve been trying to set down some roots! I’ve got an Aussie bank account, phone number, a new place to move into on April 13th (more on that soon) and I’m on the hunt for a job. It’s going to be a busy 3 months…
- The first day with the moped in El Nido. Having the freedom of controlling where we went and when was perfect. When we were bored of one beautiful spot we would simply move on to another. Bliss!
- Every sunset in Boracay. Watching the sun spectacularly melt away with a 40p rum ‘n’ coke in hand was as far away from the 9-5 as you can get.
- Having clean laundry for the first time in 3 weeks. I was overly excited about slipping into clean clothes after nearly a month of re-wearing and sink washes.
- Arriving in Melbourne. I was so excited to be back in Oz and to make myself at home in Melbourne. I can tell that I’m going to be falling head over heels for this city.
- Every single pinch-me moment. And there were a lot. Every time where I took a step back and thought how lucky I was to finally be living out my dream!
- The smog in Manila. I am only the tiniest bit asthmatic but Manila turned me into a wheezing, sickly mess. You could feel the smog clog your pores and coat your lungs, something that I have never experienced before even in highly polluted Chinese cities. Never before have I had to scrape black gunge from my ears or nose after a day in the city. Yuck.
- Waiting five hours for a taxi at Manila airport. Yes, there is a Manila-bashing streak going here. After touching down from the island bliss that is Palawan, we were burdened with a FIVE HOUR wait for an airport taxi. Landing at rush hour was never going to be ideal but with seemingly only 3 or 4 taxis serving the entire domestic terminal, this was just horrendous. The queue was easily a kilometer long and even multiple San Miguel’s at the night market after did little to ease the pain and frustration.
- Chundering on my birthday. Usually if I’m sick on my birthday it’s because I’ve had a pretty good night the evening before. This time however, I was just sick. And it sucked. In between throwing up, we managed to escape to the Underground River but it meant that I couldn’t eat or drink anything all day. Anyone who knows me will know that was torture! Watching Ryan devour my gorgeous birthday meal was a very sad time indeed.
Most Popular Blog Post
This month saw the best stats I’ve ever received and continues the rise in readers on thestudenttravels.com! So thank you to each and every one of ya and please keep reading!
Most Liked Instagram Picture
It was a good first month for Instagram, with record likes and follows. The spectacular scenery of the Philippines spoke for itself (#nofilter) but this shot of beautifully bright Bulabog Beach on Boracay shouted the loudest.
But after browsing the hundreds of images I’ve already captured, the top spot has to go to this shot of Nacpan Beach. This was probably the most beautiful view of the trip and looking at this snap already brings back some warm and fuzzy memories.
First place would have easily have gone to Kalui in Puerto Princesca for my birthday meal. This seafood extravaganza was cheap and looked incredible but unfortunately I had to experience it solely through Ryan’s continuous praise.
For food that I could actually digest, the winner has to be the falafel burger at Blue Azul in El Nido. I didn’t expect to find the best falafel I’ve ever tasted in the Philippines but I did. I may have eaten this more than once, or twice…
Nacpan Beach, El Nido. This place is stunning and beautifully underdeveloped. It had the perfect level of amenities with a few hammocks and a beach bar to keep me stocked up with juice straight from the coconut. When I wanted the beach completely to myself, I could just head further along and hunt out a patch all to myself. You can’t ask for more than that!
What I’m Looking Forward to Next Month
We are kicking off the month seeing Adam Hills and Sara Pascoe perform at the Comedy Festival and are on the lookout for more gigs and nights out in Melbourne. Any suggestions Melburnians?