Our blog which is now focusing on our travels in Europe during the Winters and working across the UK in the Summers.
It also has all our adventures from travelling India and South East Asia in 2018, the Philippines in 2020 and Sri Lanka in 2021/22
After Agonda we went to Benaulim for 3 nights, which is a
very long, flat, white sandy beach. This does mean you must walk a bit between
places, but it’s worth it for the solitude you get.
The place we stayed at was very laid back and run by a group
of lads that preferred to sit and play on their phones than hound you for
custom -This had its benefits and its drawbacks but all in all it was a very
nice little place, just a shame the Wi-Fi was terrible. (Anthys Guesthouse)
had a lovely couple from the Wirral in the room next door and they helped teach
us a few tricks as had been coming to this area for over 7 years.
Most of our days seem to be taken up by swimming before it
gets too hot, reading in the shade/ bar or a/c room for the hot bit and then
back out again for sunset swims or drinks about 5:30. It’s not a bad way to
spend your time and as we knew North Goa would be more active we embraced the
lazy beach way of life.
We did manage to get a taxi to the big market at Margao
town on Wednesday morning, which is a huge manic undercover market selling
literally everything you can think of. You do get accosted at every turn by
people trying to entice you in their shop but it’s amusing to hear what the
different conversation starters are – The best one was after she learnt our
names she asked me if Paul had a big willy! I’m sure I didn’t mishear as she
fell about in giggles after she’d said it.
On the first night, we met a local guy called Shiva and it
turns out he’s a bit of a local celebrity. He asks you where you live then
rattles off your postcode plus the names of all the surrounding towns – Bishopbriggs, Shawlands, Mansfield, Derby and then he goes on to list their
postcodes. He can speak fluent welsh and our neighbours said there is a youtube video out there of him somewhere.
I also discovered a cocktail bar called Firefly that had the
best 80’s playlist playing loudly and Donovan the owner was practising his new
Cashew Feni recipes. It would have been rude not to be a guinea pig for a few
Yet another short monthly update, it's now 5 months (22 weeks) since being back in the UK so here is what's happened since last the last blog. We splashed out and got some new crockery and new saucepans, frying pan etc as we were fed up using the ones we had since getting Daisy which actually came with her! Daisy got a few more bits of work done for the MOT, including front brake pipes & hoses, caliper and the previously mentioned power steering issue was just a pipe which saved us a lot of money. Anyway she passed her MOT first time, with only a couple of advisories which will be sorted soon, so that's a relief and now means her MOT is a July date which suits us better as we will be in the UK around that time each year. So with the MOT done and the leak fixed, we took off up to the Peak District for an overnight stay at a pub campsite, just to get out of the city for a bit and also I had a couple of DIY jobs needing doing which required hook up. First up was a small
To get to Ipoh we had decided to do the 3hr bus journey. My sickness bands seemed to have worked quite well so far on other transport, and when you book online you can choose your seat allocation, so we got the front seats with a view to the front. Ipoh isn’t a huge fancy town but we had heard good things about it and it was on the way to the Cameron Highlands, so we decided to stop for a few nights. We were staying at the Ritz Garden hotel, which is a bit rough round the edges but was quite cheap and included a breakfast. It also had the most enthusiastic doorman ever, that dragged me off to show me maps and point out the directions you need to walk in for any of the sights. The hotel does boast of a pool, 3 bars, a library, a cinema and a gym but most of these rooms were locked and empty when we went for an explore, so not sure if they are really used facilities. After a settle in we headed out to figure out the town and to grab some food. The town is quite run down
So, we had arrived at Coron Port, but the island we were on is actually called Busuanga Island, the actual Coron Island is where most of the tours go to, more on that later. Coron is part of the Calamian Islands, of which form part of the Palawan area of the Philippines, where we will be visiting the popular areas of Coron, El Nido and then leaving via the capital city Puerto Princesa. This area is known for its huge expanse of islands, mostly formed with limestone and very similar to Halong Bay in Vietnam. Our first stop here was in the middle of the town, so it was a short tricycle ride at 120 pesos to our hotel, Balaibinda Lodge and we got checked in to our room. It was decent enough, with a little garden area outside and was clean and well looked after. Although one of the reception staff was a miserable sod, we had a pleasant time here for the 3 nights we had booked. We had arrived around 5pm, so we got freshened up and went for a walk around the town. To be ho