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The Hot Springs at Los Baños

We’d been invited to Los Baños, on the northern foot of the forested Mount Makiling, by a couple of friends for the weekend – leaving after church, a short 90 minute drive would give us plenty of time to enjoy the hot springs the area is known for before staying overnight and enjoying another day […]

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Burot Beach

When we first considered moving to the Philippines, I bought a Lonely Planet guide and started planning all the places we would be exploring – the beautiful beaches, remote and untouched islands, tropical forests, volcanoes, rice terraces… the list seemed endless. But these dreams were brought to an abrupt halt with the realisation that we […]

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At the Immigration Office

Mine and the boys first trip into Manilla proper started at about 6.30am in the pouring rain. We all slept through most of the journey and only awoke when we were driving the last 20mins past some interesting landmarks.   Rizal Park, Intramurus and the old Cathedral to name a few.  Until then I hadn’t been […]

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