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Sometimes I find it boring to walk on my feet like everyone else, so I switch to my hands. πŸ€™πŸΌπŸ˜ This picture was taken on the Kalanggaman Island, which is located near to the island of Cebu. The beach and especially the water were both incredibly beautiful. #50shadesofblue? 🏝🌊
Sometimes I love to just sitt somewhere and enjoy the atmosphere or the scenery around me. As I did on this bench, overlooking the impressive rice terraces in Batad. Despite my fear of heights, I fully savoured this moment. In situations like these I often think about how lucky I am to have the possibility to actually experience such places all around the world. Of course I have to sacrifice other things to do so. Nonetheless, I know that for most people it is harder or even impossible to travel around. Be it due to health, financial or other issues. Which frankly makes me sad, because I would wish for more people to have this opportunity. πŸ’­
Easily one of my most favorite shots during my trip through the Philippines. πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­
This trip has now come to an end and I am currently sitting in the airplane to Zurich. Once again it was a trip full of unforgettable moments. With its over 7'000 islands the Philippines offer a variety of stunningly beautiful places. Whether it be under or above the water, there is something for everyone's taste. The Philippines promote themselves with the slogan "It's more fun in the Philippines", which is definitely achieved thanks to its people. Everywhere I went, I have been welcomed warmly by friendly and humorous locals. πŸ™πŸ½ Thanks for a month full of enriching experiences to everyone who made this trip so awesome. From my main travel buddy @adriantom to the locals who made my day with their kind smiles. See you soon Philippines, that's for sure. πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜Š
Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras in Batad, πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ β€’
The Rice Terraces are commonly referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. 🌎 To get this picture I had to hike up to the top of the mountain while balancing across the rice terraces. As I was like "naah, I don't need a guide", I ended up taking the longer and much more difficult way to the top. Nonetheless, it was totally worth it as the view was breathtaking. Especially if you think about the fact, that these have been built by hand around 2'000 years ago! Moreover, Batad is only one of the five clusters belonging to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Incredible.
From the warm sandy beaches I changed to the cold green mountains. After a 12 hours long nightbus from Manila, I am now in Sagada. This place is inhabited by the Igorot tribe. The Igorot tribe follows many traditions and rituals, one of these being their extraordinary way of burial. Since centuries the deceased are being burried in hanging coffins. However, this ancient ritual is slowly vanishing as Sagada's elders are among the last to follow it. The younger generations usually prefer to be burried in a cemetery according to their Christian beliefs. By the way, such coffins can be found all over the valley in Sagada. Some coffins can even be observed in the hole of a cliff, 50-100 meters above the ground. According to our guide it is unclear how they managed to do this, as these coffins are approximately 300 year old.πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ
A glimpse into the daily life of the kids on the island Malapascua. πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ So far I have to admit that Malapascua has been my favorite place in the Philippines. The island is beautiful. There are many dive sites (including one were you get to see Thresher Sharks at a depth of ~30m). Therefore, the island is full of divers and diveshops. Nevertheless, it is such a peaceful and in my opinion authentic place. Authentic in the sense that even though many travellers come here, they do not exceed the amount of locals and it seems like the culture and ways of living have not changed much (with the exception that luckily many locals can positively benefit from the tourism). While walking around the island you get various impressions of the locals daily life and the chance to learn more about their culture. Oh, and the locals here are unbelievably friendly and welcoming (basically like most Filipinos). I am really enjoying it a lot here and just don't want to leave this paradise. 🌊🌴
Diving four days around the coast of Dauin, Apo- and Sumilon Island blew my mind. Every breath I took under water while slowly hovering over the reefs felt surreal and simultaneously so enriching. Nonetheless, the time has come to move further. My stay at @liquiddumaguete was magnificent. With new friendships and many unforgettable experiences I am now heading to Cebu for the night before I go on to Malapascua for my last dives in the Philippines. 🌊🦈🐟
Pssst... she is sleeping in the corals 🐒 πŸ’€ 
The reefs here are incredible and well-preserved with a very diverse fauna. During my last 8 dives around the Dauin Coast, Apo Island and Sumilon Island I saw countless different animals like seaturtles, jackfish, seasnakes, clownfish, giant trevally, lionfish, scorpionfish and more. I was even lucky enough to see a white-tip shark and dolphins. 
Tomorrow @adriantom and I will do two more dives at the home reef of our amazing dive resort @liquiddumaguete before we head to our next destination Malapascua for even more diving. 🌊🐟🐠🦈
10.00 a.m. at the port of Tagbilaran. We are standing at the edge of the peer and watching our ferry leave – without us. We missed it, even though we arrived at the port 45mins before departure. At least that’s what we thought, since we expected the ferry to depart at 10.30 a.m., which was not the case. We somehow had the wrong time schedule in mind. So, we had to spend a few extra hours in Tagbilaran as the next vessel to our desired destination Dumaguete was planned for 06.00 p.m.
With a delay of a few hours we finally arrived in Dumaguete, where we will do our first dives in the Philippines! Pretty excited! 😁
I did not take any post-worthy pictures today, so here’s one of the Chocolate Hills from yesterday’s trip. These hills got their name by their appearance during the dry season. The green gras turns brown (like chocolate) and therefore the hills look like giant chocolate kisses. 🍫
Today Adrian and I grabed a motorbike and set off to explore some parts in Bohol. What we enjoyed the most was driving through the scenic countryside. 🌴🌲 Nonetheless, we did visit the main sights like the famous Chocolate Hills and the Tarsiers (the animal you see in the picture). Tarsiers are vulnerable to extinction and the future existence of this species is depended on conversation centers. Some facts about this fascinating living beings: πŸ”Ί they are nocturnal and can rotate their necks a full 180 degrees
πŸ”Ί though they look small and cute, Tarsiers prey insects, snakes, birds, lizards and bats
πŸ”Ί they can jump 40 times their body length meaning 4-5 meters (= 16 feet) in a single leap
Today I stayed almost the whole day in my hostel trying to recover from my sickness. πŸ€’I am sure I would already be back on 100% if I would not have done the island hopping in Coron. However, missing it was no option for me. Even though I went back to bed with fever that evening, it was totally worth it! πŸ™ŒπŸ½ The nature above and below the water is simply amazing around Coron. If you make your way to Palawan, put in the extra effort to get to this part of the region, you will not be disappointed. 🏝
The scenery we had during this sunset was surreal! πŸŒ… Nacpan Beach was surely one of my greatest highlights in Palawan. The beach is famous for its twin beach and counts as one of the most beautiful around the globe. 🌎 We walked down the whole beach which took us around 45-60mins, so it is needless to say how long it is. 🚢 Anyhow, my adventure in Palwan has ended. Even though I was there for roughly one week, it feels like I am travelling since a month, as I already gathered so many unique experiences. Partially because of the amazing company I had. I knew Adrian already from studies, but travelling with a class mate is a complete different story. Luckily, we share the same traveller mindset, so we decided to keep on exploring together until our plans differentiate. πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ Luca is a longstanding friend of mine and we did not see each other since almost a year. He decided to travel to the Philippines before he moves to Tokyo. As I most likely will be in Colombia or Mexico for a year upon his return from Tokyo, this was the perfect and only chance to meet up again. 🀝 Now Adrian and I are in Bohol, while Luca already went on to Moalboal. - Okay enough text, this should not turn into a book. See you tomorrow with a new post 😁