Gifts for Female Travellers

I know its 2018 and we are meant to be gender fluid, but the beauty of two of us writing these blog posts is having both genders in mind. We will make a post dedicated to Male Travelers, so they don’t get upset. As Milly is writing this blog post, this ones just for us girls!

Someone you know about to jet off to a tropical place far away? Someone at work leaving and you have been put in charge of arranging the present? It can be difficult to know what someone will need when travelling, not to mention something that will be practical and fit in their bag. No drama, after having a few leaving do’s I have made a list of the best things you could buy someone who is about to be living out of a suitcase for a while.

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1.Travel Wallet from Kikki K 

Travel Wallet - 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

I use this every single time I am on the move. It comes in so handy as I have a small rucksack I don’t have to keep taking on and off when I need to present my Passport or boarding pass at airports. It has enough storage to keep important documents, passport, boarding pass, currency and credit cards. You can also get Monogramming done on all of their products for a personal touch. 

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2. Luggage Tag 

Luggage Tag - 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

Who doesn’t love to match? Also from Kikki K you can purchase a leather Luggage Tag which can also be personalised with initials. There is nothing worse than going to Thailand and seeing 10 of the same bags come round on the conveyor belt at the airport and not being able to work out if its yours or not. 

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3. Instax Mini Polaroid Camera

Instax Mini polaroid Camera - 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

 

This camera has come in so handy for my travels! I don’t always want the typical selfie or standard photo on my phone. Having this Polaroid gives my pictures a unique edge to my photos. I like having a hard copy of my photo instantly not to mention it comes in my favourite colour..have you guessed what that is yet?

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You can also get the accessory kit which comes with a camera bag, a photo frame and a photo album perfect for storing all of your Polaroids. 

Instax Mini polaroid Camera Kit- 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

This is the cheapest I have found film for on the high street or online –> here.

 

4. Chilly Bottle 

Chilly Bottle - 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

There is nothing more annoying when you are out all day exploring a new place and you’re miles away from any shops and your water is warm. Chilly Bottles keep water cold for 24 hours and will keep hot drinks warm for 12 hours. They come in different sizes and colours so there is a style to suit everyone. Speaking as someone who lives off of Diet Coke, having this water bottle makes me drink so much more water than I normally would. It’s bad to admit but I used to never drink water, now I don’t go anywhere without my Chilly!

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5. Passport Cover

Passport Cover - 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

This one may be cliché but if you can’t buy your friend something that screams ‘traveller’ when they are actually going travelling, then when can you?

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6. Bucket List Book

Bucket List Journal - 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

This is one for the stationary lovers like my self. My best friend brought me this book and it is amazing. It has pages like the one shown above which you can write down things on your bucket list and gives you the option to tick them off and write down details about each one. It also has doodle pages, quotes and so on. It’s a great present which is so unique and personal to someone who might spend large amounts of time on their own, on planes or busses with lots of time to write things down without doing the whole ‘dear diary’.

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7.  Emergency Essentials Kit

Emergency Essentials Kit - 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

This one is for the ladies! Think first aid kit.. but things you actually need on a day-to-day basis. This tiny bag holds a shower cap, deodorant wipes, make up remover, nail polish remover, cotton swabs, cotton pad, nail file, bandages, tweezers, toothbrush & toothpaste, hair band & hair clips, tampons and a sewing kit. This can be a life savour on long journeys.

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8. Card Holder

Card Holder - 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

For people travelling to Australia, this one comes in handy! Most hostel keys are key cards and you can be fined for loosing one. Equally Australia has ‘pay wave’ or contact less, which means I never have cash on me, always cards. When I go out in the evenings its much easier to put my card holder in my tiny purse than my whole wallet.

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9. Storage Bags

Storage Bags- 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

Often in Asia when you are doing laundry, you have to give over a bag of your washing to a local and collect it in a few days. Equally in Australia you have to do it your self and to avoid going from your room to the laundry room and dropping dirty underwear everywhere because you’re trying to carry it all, put it in one of these bags! You can either use one for laundry and one for underwear or socks.

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10. Micro Fibre Towels

Micro Fibre Towels - 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

Quick drying, lightweight & compact. Perfect for Hostel life, the beach and the gym. 

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11.Giant Inflatable Pool Float

Giant Inflatable Pool Float - The best travel gifts for female travelers

 

Maybe you’re about to hit the beach for a while and just need something to float around the pool all day.  These are the perfect way to stay cool while topping up the tan. Not to mention they make for a great pic!

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12. She-Wee!

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I know you’re laughing, but this baby boy can save a life! Female Ladies Urinal Wee Funnel Lets Women Pee While Outdoors, Walking or Travelling – No Need To Use Dirty Unsanitary Toilets Again With The Ladies Portable Urinal Toilet. In Cambodia I did not find a single clean ‘western’ toilet while on the road, this saved my life.

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13. Loop Scarf with Zipper Pocket

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Sometimes having a secret place to hide money or your phone can be just what you need if you are tired on public transport. Having a hidden pocket in this scarf if ideal!

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Road Trip Our Journey – Part 2

The next day we drove from Narooma onto the next town, Batemans Bay and found a YHA caravan site which we managed to book for a few days. A small anonymous donation to the ‘Help your child abroad’ foundation helped us out massively. What we were able to book was a tiny caravan in the YHA which was advertised as a ‘private room’. To be honest we were just happy to be inside again. We spent a few days there, blogging and showering in hot water and downloading more Netflix.

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While we were there Olly re-downloaded the Couch Surfer App and began to look for our next place to stay. We found a local guy called Brad who was willing to take us in for a few days. We wanted to stay with locals for a few reasons. One was to save money and the other was to get more information about the areas we were in. The towns we were stopping in along this road trip I have either never heard of, or knew nothing about so locals information was crucial to use exploring.

View from Brads House - Road Trip Our Journey - Part 2

We went to Brads house and immediately we were made to feel right at home. He introduced us to his 3 children and showed us to our room. A DOUBLE BED, INDOORS! Clearly we were appreciating the small things in life once again. We attempted to go and buy some food for dinner but Brad was having none of it, he insisted that he would cook us dinner and it was delicious. Brad also made his own rum which is my favourite drink of all time, was this heaven? Unlimited STRONG rum! We chilled in the living room, chatting to him and his kids, watching TV which was really nice. We looked at each other and realised how nice it was to just sit in front of the TV chatting to people. We haven’t done this in months and it just felt so nice and homely. We were instantly overwhelmed with Brad opening his home up to us and making us feel this comfortable after only a few hours.

Batemans Bay

The next day we headed out to a beach Brad had told us about called Pebbly Beach which had lots of friendly kangaroos. When we got there, there were none. Kangaroos are normally spotted at dawn and dusk so we decided to go for a walk as we had a few hours until they might appear. We checked our maps and saw a route along the coast line and headed straight for it.

 Road Trip Our Journey - Part 2

This is the last time I am letting Olly plan the whole day as he didn’t tell me the hike was about 3 hours long. Well, it was meant to take an hour and a half but we stopped to take photos, explored off the beaten track ect. As we were in the trees we couldn’t really see the weather but we either kept getting cold at the edge of the cliffs and then freezing closer to the beaches. We made it to Snake Beach which was lovely but the weather started to take a turn for the worst. It started to rain so we tried to run back to the entrance but the track wasn’t as perfect as we had liked and kept slipping over. We were so focused on getting back to the car and we were so tired we forgot all about the kangaroos and jumped back into the car to head back to Brads house.

Road Trip  Our Journey Part 2. Milly running through the bush!

That evening Brad cooked us dinner again which was beautiful, and we chatted all night long about growing up in Australia and just realising the differences between our childhood and his. After a few Rums we headed to bed as I was tipsy as hell. Not drinking anything for a while really does take its toll on your tolerance for alcohol.

Lake Tabourie- Road Trip Our Journey - Part 2

We said goodbye to Brad and headed onto Lake Tabourie caravan park. This accommodation seemed too good to be true. It started off at $22 a night for us to camp and then reduced everyday we stayed. In the end we were paying $7 a day to stay here. This place was huge! It had lots of camping kitchens and stoves, it had mini golf, tennis courts, swimming pool and backed onto the beach. This place seemed like heaven! We had some time to kill so we planned to stay here for a few days, making the most of our surrounding.

Date night!

The first day we sat in the outdoor kitchen, which had a TV, cooking our dinner over the stove and downloading Netflix. This was still pretty cold but they did have inside toilets and hot showers so we weren’t complaining. Most nights we spent in the car, in bed watching Netflix, trying to stay warm!

Lake Tabourie caravan park.

The next few days we worked out, running around the whole campsite, we explored the beach at sunset and managed to get some great photos, we also played some mini golf for our date night. It wasn’t until our 4th day here we realised we had been walking past a room we didn’t even take notice of. Olly had a look in and he found an indoor kitchen filled with an oven, kettles, tv, toasters, etc. We felt like the biggest idiots ever as we had been freezing our arses off for days! This made life a lot easier especially making dinner. After copious about of Tea and biscuits in the evenings we were a lot more comfortable getting into bed slightly warmer.

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The day we were leaving Lake Tabourie the funniest thing happened to me and Olly so far of our travels. We somehow managed to adopt hundreds of children that didn’t understand boundaries,  the children being rainbow lorikeets. They landing on my head and arms thinking I had food due to dropping crumbs of bread on the floor. They then started to fight one another while they were on my arm! A photo says a 1000 words… this one definitely does!

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Jervis Bay was our next location. Olly had once again struck gold and hooked us up with another Couch Surfer near Basin View in Jervis Bay. Tom was our host who was a 29 year old teacher who had once travelled him self in Europe. We arrived at his place and again were blown away with his hospitality. He invited us that night to the pub with his friends to watch the State Of Origins Game, which we knew nothing about. I am sure our 100 questions about the game didn’t help his evening but they were all very nice explaining the rules to us! Tom and his friends gave us some great places to check out over the next few days.

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The next day we woke up early and headed out, exploring every place they had told us about. We walked for a few hours when we arrived at Gosangs Tunnel. Tom had told us that we needed to go here as we could get some cool photos but had never been himself. We arrived and realised we had to crawl through a small tunnel which had naturally been carved out through the rock. If I could see what was on the other side I wouldn’t have done this, as when we got to the other side it was a sheer drop into the sea. Extremely dangerous but seriously worth it! The view was amazing and we even managed to get the drone up to capture this amazing place we had stumbled upon.

Gosangs Tunnel

The light was quickly fading so we headed back to the car which was still a fair walk. Tom had also recommended we checked out Hyams Beach due to it being the whitest sand in the world. We jumped back in the car and headed around to the other side of the bay which was a good 45 minute drive. We had also been told by Toms friend that the houses along the beach front are to die for too it being a very affluent area. We arrived just before sunset and grabbed a coffee from the small cafe on the beach front. Coffee in one hand and cameras in the other we took the short walk along the beach and we can confirm, It defiantly is the whitest sand we have ever seen!

Hyams Beach

We headed back to Toms place and made ourselves at home by making spaghetti carbonara whilst he was out at a boxing class. Tom returned home a few hours later and we spent the rest of the evening chatting and watching videos of him on his local radio station. We forgot to mention Tom is in a band and a great guitarist and singer. We said good night and had an early night due to getting up early the next day for our next adventure.

Wilsons beach

Couch Surfing is something we 100% would recommend. It is so warming to know there are nice people out there willing to help you out especially when your half a world a way from home. It’s an extremely nice feeling, especially to feel at home in someone else house after months of hostels. Not only was this experience welcoming, it gave us lots of things to do and places to explore which we would not have known about. Going to a strangers house can be scary and dangerous, but if there is more than 1 of you then please consider it! We had never done it before and wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was so much fun and interesting. If that isn’t what travelling is about, trying something new and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone then I don’t know what is!

Jervis Bay - Road Trip Our Journey - Part 2

Our next drive is onto Canberra to get the car sorted and back to the Snowy Mountains to start our jobs in a private members Chalet! It can’t get much colder than camping in the car, can it?

The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

The Philippines is a beautiful place and anywhere you point your phone, you’re guaranteed to get a good photo. Some areas have those extra special spots which are an instagramers dream, below are some of my favourite places, along with where to find them!

Disclamer, not all photos are our own unless stated otherwise.

Manila

 

1.Venice Grand Canal 

 

Venice Grand Canal Mall - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

Fancy a little bit of Italy? Head here day or night and confuse your followers where you actually are!

LocationUpper McKinley Rd | Cluster B, McKinley Hill Garden Villas, Taguig City, Luzon, Philippines

 

2.National Museum of Natural History 

 

National Museum of Natural History - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

Become a culture vulture and get the perfect clean instagram photo. The interior of this place is beautiful at any angle!

Location: Teodoro F. Valencia Circle, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines

 

3.  The Penthouse 8747 Rooftop bar 

Penthouse 8747 Manila, Philippines - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

1920’s vibes with a great view of the city! Cocktails and food is also served here to get the instagram boomerang you can’t help but take.

Location8747 Paseo de Roxas, Makati, Luzon 1223, Philippines.

 

4. Art BGC (Bonifacio Global City)

Art BGC (Bonifacio Global City) - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

Art BGC (Bonifacio Global City) - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

Graffiti wall more your thing? Check out this area for some cool street art.

Location: Taguig City, Luzon, Philippines.

 

Cebu

5. Kawasan Falls 

Kawasan Falls - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

This is one of the most famous waterfalls in the Philippines and you can see why. If you get here early enough you can get a photo like the one above, there is a small rock which you can walk along and stick your camera on self timer and run back. They have recently stopped letting people ride on the bamboo floats into the waterfall so this is your best bet in front of the water fall.

 

Kawasan Falls - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

Do it for the gram? If you have the guts, you can walk up a set of stairs to the left hand side of the waterfall and climb up to this spot. I do not know how sturdy this tree is but I have seen this shot a few times on instagram and it blows me away every time.

 

Kawasan Falls - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

If you keep walking up the stairs to the left hand side of the main waterfall, you will come across this beaut location. As with everything in the Philippines, get here early so you don’t get anyone else in your photo.

 

Kawasan Falls - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

Kawasan Falls - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

Kawasan is the gift that keeps on giving, on the path to the waterfall you can find this beautiful walk way which is great with the right filter!

LocationMatutinao | Badian, Moalboal 6031, Philippines

6. Dao Waterfalls 

Dao Falls - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

LocationCebu Island, Samboan 6027, Philippines

 

7.Tumalog Falls 

Tumalog Waterfalls- The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

Location: Tumalog, Oslob 6025, Philippines

8. Whale Watching – Oslob

Oslob Whale watcher - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

Controvertial I know but they are incredible to witness.

 LocationTan-awan, Oslob 6025, Philippines

9. Issa’s Haven – Oslob

Issa's Haven - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

The Super Mini Santorini themed hotel in Oslob

10. Sardine Run- Moalboal

Sardine Run - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

Location: 10 Metres off shore on Panagsama Beach.

 

11. Bantayan Island

THE TOP 20 BEST INSTAGRAM LOCATIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES!

 

12. Magpungko Rock Pools – Siargao 

Magpungko Rock Pools - Siargao Top 20 best Instagram locations in the philippines

 

Location: Pilar, Mindanao 8419, Philippines

13. Cambugahay Falls – Siquijor 

Cambugahay Falls - Siquijor

From any angle this place is amazing. If you get here early enough, this it one of the most photogenic waterfalls. With little tree houses where you swing from, its the perfect instagram shot!

Location: Siquijor Circumferential Rd, Lazi, Siquijor, Philippines

 

14. Starfish Island – Port Barton

Port Barton - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

Port Barton - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

With a drone, this place is ideal! Even without a drone you can get some pretty cool photos. These starfish are OK to hold and pick up but not for long periods of time. If you find the perfect spot you can find white sand and surround your self with these beautiful little creatures.

 

Location: 10 minute boat ride from Port Bartons main beach. 

 

15. El Nido – Literally anywhere on Tour A&C

 

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Location: North on the island of Palawan.

 

16. Barracuda Lake- Coron

Barracuda Lake Coron - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

Beautiful fresh water lake which requires life jackets. That being said, as soon as you jump in from the stairs, on the right hand side is this amazing rock formation which you can swim down and get a good insta shot! All you have to do is wait for others to move out the way as the ladder is directly behind this shot. Oh and make sure you don’t loose your life jacket on the surface.

17. Kayangan Lake – Coron

kayangan lake  - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

After many, many, many stairs there is a look out which is beautiful BUT if you keep going down the stairs then you get to the wooden walk way pictured above. If you get here early enough then you can get a good picture, without people disturbing the water you are able to get perfect reflections if it is a good day! This lake is thought to be the clearest in Asia!

Location: 20 minutes off shore from Coron, accessible by day trip boats.

 

18. Twin Lagoon – Coron

Twin Lagoon - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

Another early boat trip to this one, as is everything in Coron. This is the first stop on most  trips so best to beat the crowds. The water is crystal clear but as the boats can only drop you off at the entrance, there is a short swim (with life jackets) round to these stairs. I have no idea how there is no one in this picture above because it was a sea of life jackets when I was there at 9am.

19. Labasin Waterfalls Restaurant

The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

Who doesnt want water running past their feet while they eat? This is actually located within a Resort.

Location: Tiaong, Quezon, in the Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort.

20. Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces - THE TOP 20 BEST INSTAGRAM LOCATIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES!

 

To the North of Manila is where you find these amazing rice fields, thought to be made by ancestors of the indigenous people. These fields are also on the back of a 1000 pesso note, which is the Filipino currency. They are frequently called the ‘Eight Wonder of the World’.

Location: Nueva Vizcaya – Ifugao – Mountain Province Rd, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines

Medicare – Everything you need to know about Australian health care

Medicare is Australia’s version of the NHS in England. We as Brits are extremely lucky to be offered this service for free. Other backpackers have to pay hundreds of Dollars to even be seen in an A&E.

I can not emphasis this enough, if you are from the following countries then PLEASE SIGN UP TO MEDICARE!!

I had 3 surgeries and one dislocated knee and I did not pay a penny! I was seen the same day I was admitted into Hospital and 2 out of the 3 times I had surgery within a few hours. 

Australia’s health care is so good and it is free for the countries above so please please please register for it as it could save you hundreds of dollars if anything happens to you.

Before one of my operations a German guy had been admitted to A&E after getting a Pool Que in the eye and he tried to leave after a long wait and he was billed around $800 for just being admitted.

DO NOT BE THAT PERSON!

 To Apply for Medicare you will need to go to one of their offices and supply the below information. Once you have applied they will give you a temporary card with your medicare number on it, your official card will be sent to the Australian address you have supplied during the application process, this normally takes between 2-3 weeks. 

Take a photo of this number, text it to your family or simply do not lose the card. You will need this number every time you are seen by a doctor and its hard to access it once you have lost it.

Search on the following website for a Medicare centre near you  Click Here<<

To be eligible for Medicare you must:

  • Be a resident in any of the above countries immediately before arriving in Australia

Documents you need to enrol in Medicare:

  • A current passport – includes those issued in Isle of Man, Jersey or Guernsey
  • Visa documents
  • Australian address ( use a hostel’s address you will be for a long time)

How long your cover lasts:

It starts the day you arrive in Australia.

When it ends depends on the country you’re visiting from. You can only use it while you have a valid visa.

It ends on the day your visa expires if you’re from:

  • Finland
  • Norway
  • the Republic of Ireland
  • Sweden
  • the UK

It ends on the day your European Health Insurance Card expires, or the day your visa expires if earlier, if you’re from:

  • Belgium
  • the Netherlands
  • Slovenia

If you’re from Italy or Malta, it ends:

    • after 6 months
    • the day your European Health Insurance Card expires, or
    • the day your visa expires, if earlier

 Students:

If you’re in Australia on a student visa, you’re eligible to enrol in Medicare.

If you’re a student from one of these countries

You’re not covered if you’re a student from:

  • Finland
  • Malta
  • Norway
  • the Republic of Ireland

Cover:

If you’re from any of the other agreement countries it covers:

  • medically necessary care out of hospital
  • medically necessary care as a public patient in a public hospital
  • prescription medicines at a lower price – this is the general rate for drugs in the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

Seeing the doctor:

You can see a doctor in a private practice or a community health centre. It is up to the doctor how they charge you for the service.

They can charge you by:

  • giving you a bill to pay – most doctors in private practice do this
  • sending the bill straight to Medicare – This is called bulk billing (you must be enrolled in Medicare)

Bulk Billing is a must!! This allows the doctor the send the whole bill straight to medicare ensuring that you will not have a thing. Show your reciprocal health care card and sign a Medicare form after you see the doctor, you won’t need to pay.

If you are at a private doctor the chances are you will have to pay the whole consultation cost which is usually around $70, or you will be able to claim a percentage back from medicare which is around 32%.

If you do get caught out and have to pay on the day:

You can,

Medicare can only pay the money into an Australian bank account.

Going to hospital:

You will need your passport or reciprocal health care card. Tell them you want care as a public patient.

As a public patient in a public hospital you won’t have to pay for your stay or treatment there.

You’ll need to pay the full fees if you choose care:

  • as a private patient in a public hospital
  • in a private hospital

You can’t claim these fees back from Medicare.

Everything Medicare related can be found Here.

Jindabyne – Our Journey

Road to Jindabyne The reason we came back to Australia this time round was to try to get a job at one of the ski resorts. We had been unsuccessful with our online applications earlier in the year due to visa issues, so we thought the next best thing would be to turn up and find work the old fashion way, face to face. In order to do this we needed to get to a town called Jindabyne, which is at the bottom of the Snowy Mountains and the closest town to the three Ski resorts, Thredbo, Perisher and Charlottes Pass. Once we had bought our car in Sydney it was late in the day so we decided to only drive to Canberra as this is only two hours away. We also realised it was the weekend and heading to the ski resorts to hand out CV’s might not be the best idea, so we hung out in Canberra for a few days. We explored the area, which included the shopping centres as it was only getting colder and our clothes we had been wearing in the Philippines weren’t going to cut it. Whilst exploring we went to the parliament building which is located on a huge roundabout and witnessed an aboriginal protest.

Cambera Parliment House

The next day we headed to Jindabyne not knowing what to expect. There is only one hostel in Jindabyne so when we checked in and found out we were pretty much the only guests.. we were a little surprised. We started printing Cv’s off, walking around this tiny town to get more of a feel for the area. As I (Milly) have never skied before I have no idea how anything works or where you stay when you ski, this is all a learning experience for me! It became quickly apparent that the two weeks before the ski season starts the whole town seems to go on holiday, a kind of calm before the snowy storm. This wasn’t helpful as our face to face approach for job hunting went straight out the window.

Lake Jindabyne

We drove to Thredbo which is one of the most popular ski resort and started to ask around about jobs. As it is located in a national park we have to pay $17 a day to enter to hand out CV’s or talk to people, which started to add up as most of the locals were also on holiday before the season kicks off, so we were told to come back in a few days. Not only were most of the shops closed, but the locals who had already started work were complaining to us how hard it is for them to find accommodation on the resort. They explained they were living in Jindabyne which is a half an hour drive in good conditions. Not ideal for a daily commute through the snow. We were only trying to buy coffee and we got a ‘you should have applied earlier’ from a barista…thanks HUN but I wasn’t about to bother you with our visa sob story…We suddenly realised that if they couldn’t find accommodation on the resort then neither could we and the hour drive to and from work in snow looked like it might be our only option. We also learnt that most of the work was housekeeping which didn’t offer accommodation so we started to let go of the dream of working and living at Thredbo. Some lovely locals told us about a Facebook page which most of the town of Jindabyne use to find staff for the winter season, so we went back to the hostel to check it out. This page proved extremely useful as we emailed every single person advertising work on there with lots of responses. We actually got offered 6 jobs, unfortunately none came with accommodation. 

Spencers Creek

We had spent a few days in the hostel in Jindabyne, mainly because I had the flu, sending emails etc and finally we received an email for a joint Skype interview with a couple from a lodge in Charlottes Pass. The WiFi wasn’t great but we managed to have our first joint interview for the roles of live-in help at a private members lodge. Having an interview with my boyfriend is probably one of the weirdest interviews I’ve ever had. We have never had to sell ourselves as a couple before and I felt like it was an intense version of meet the parents. This particular job advertised for a couple, so we were pretty lucky to have seen this kind of job. It came with living quarters for me and Olly and it was helping out around the lodge with the couple that are running it this year. It seemed perfect! We knew there were others interviewing for this role but we fell in love with the idea of it. We were offered a chance to go and have a look around as Charlottes Pass is the most remote of the ski resorts, once it snows and shuts the roads you are stuck there…or you have to pay $$$$ to use the snow overground to the next ski resort. Over the next few days we went to see the lodge and meet Jules and Stephan. As soon as we left we both looked at each other knowing we both really loved it and really hope we were successful with the job. Being in the area helped us massively as the next day we received the call we had got the jobs!!!! We were so bloody excited we went out for a celebratory pizza..which is a luxury as eating out is so expensive here. 

 

We traveled back to Canberra to get some bits for the car and stock up on toiletries for the next few months and then headed back to Jindabyne. We stuck around for the ski sale which a few locals told us about and managed to get all our ski and snowboard gear for extremely cheap prices. The only thing we bought brand new were our boots as apparently that is the most important part. Safe to say my new boots are so much more comfortable than the rentals I’m used to! We stayed in a different location in Jindabyne which was essentially a cabin within a caravan park. It was amazing, there was a sauna and jacuzzi which was absolute luxury, we indulged!! 

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We took all of our heavy boots and toiletries back up to Charlotte’s Pass before it snows and they shut the roads. Once it snows we would have had to have bought chains for the car wheels and struggled to get there in our 2 wheel drive. We unloaded everything and waved goodbye to Jules and Stephan as we had 3 weeks until we officially started work.

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We made a plan to do a mini road trip which involves camping to try to save money as we have to make our savings stretch another month. We have done road trips before but in huge camper vans which had a bed and somewhere to sit and cooking facilities so we knew we could do it again. Olly was a scout so he loves camping and the outdoors, me on the other hand, I have never camped or willingly slept in a car. I asked my Dad why we had never camped as a family and he said because we wouldn’t have anywhere for my Mum to plug her hairdryer in. That moment right there, I could finally see myself in both parents, likes the outdoors but prefers nice hair. 

Wish us luck for our next journey on the road!

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Bondi – The Travel Guide

We loved Bondi so much that we felt it needed its own blog post! The famous Bondi beach is one of those places you’ve either heard of or seen on TV, mainly for Bondi Rescue! It is a beautiful beach not too far from Sydney with lots to see and do! If we can tell you to visit anywhere in Sydney its Bondi! The whole area is very relaxed and Bondi & Brunch go hand in hand.

Bondi The Guide

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Bondi Backpackers The best ocean views at Sydney’s most iconic beach – Bondi Backpackers is the perfect place to live the Australian beach lifestyle. Experience the culture of Bondi and its surrounds at its waterfront location, mere seconds from the sand. This is one of the best hostels we have stayed at in Australia! It is by far one of the cleanest hostels and every single person cleans up after them selves which is unheard of in hostel life. The people here are really nice and super chill. The hostel offers free morning yoga, free personal training and free surfboard hire.

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Bondi Beach…Durr

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Bondi to Coogee walk – Highly recommended!! Whale season is between June – November and along this walk you are able to see Whales if you are very lucky! The areas along the walk are Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly and Coogee. Many of these areas have salt water baths/swimming pools which you can swim in as well as many cafes and toilets. The distance is 6km which roughly takes around 2 hours, this walk can take as long as you want if you stop as much as we did to take photos..it took us 6. We highly recommend stopping at Bare Naked Bowls along the way for a healthy smoothie or snack in Bronte! 

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Bondi Beach- Bondi The Guide

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All below pictures are from each locations website., unless stated otherwise.

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Depot 

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Location: 286 Campbell Parade, North Bondi

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Speedos 

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Location: 126 Ramsgate Ave, North BondiSpeedos - Bondi The Guide

Lox Stock And Barrel

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Location: 140 Glenayr Ave. Bondi Beach.

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 Porch and parlour

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Location: 17-18/110 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi.

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The Nine

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Location: 163 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach  

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Bare Naked Bowls 

The menu is a dream! Check it out here <<

Location: 145 Macpherson St, Bronte NSW 2024

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Raw

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Sushi! Location: 1/136 Warners Ave, BondiRaw - Bondi The Guide

 

Marceleria 

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Steak! Location: G09/180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach

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China Diner

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Location: 75 – 79 HALL STREET, BONDI

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Brown Sugar

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Location: 106 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach

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Bavarian Bier

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Location: 108 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach

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Gelato Messina 

Ice Cream!

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Coogee Pavilion 

Great pizza! Menu <<

Location: 169 Dolphin Street, Coogee

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Icebergs 

Looking out over the whole beach!

Location: 1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026

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Bondi Fish

Location: 120 Ramsgate Avenue North Bondi 2026

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Bucketlist

Location: Bondi Pavilion, Shop 1, Queen Elizabeth Drive

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Coogee Pavilion

Location: 169 Dolphin Street, Coogee

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This blog post would not have been possible without Becky’s help & recommendations! 

 

Sydney – Our Journey

Leaving the Philippines 😦

 We were in Coron and managed to catch a hell-ish ferry back to Manila which took a very long and hot 15 hours. Once we arrived in Manila we realised it was 7am and we couldn’t check in until  2pm. I had a brilliant idea of going back to the hostel we stayed in on our very first night in the Philippines, Lub D! They served good coffee and from memory, they had a Netflix room. As you can imagine we got a great nights sleep on an open air, 200 person bunk bed sleep over…not. We were exhausted, I was still slightly ill and didn’t fancy walking around Manila for the next 6 hours so we got a taxi straight to Lub D. Olly had some breakfast and we snuck into the Netflix room and I passed out straight away, it was one of the best naps I had ever had! I woke up and it was time to check into our hotel. We simply got up and walked out and no one said anything, it was brilliant! Our hotel was thankfully just around the corner and we checked in to our new digs. I say hotel, it was actually a residence apartment which meant we had access to the gym and swimming pool. We just chilled here, going to the shopping centre and watching a film in the cinema and just relaxing before we have to catch our flight to Sydney!
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WE HAVE ARRIVED IN SYDNEY!!!! Finally back in the land of OZ where we met! During the flight Olly passed out, shock! And I stayed up watching movies and starving as the food was probably the worst food I have ever had… I cant even remember what it was as I am typing this because I have tried to forget everything about it and push it into the depts of my mind. We landed super early and again had the issue of not being able to check in for a while. We took advantage of this and stopped for breakfast at the airport. POACHED EGGS AND SMOKED SALMON, My god it feels good to be back in a place that appreciates brunch as much as we do. I had been craving poached eggs since I left England.

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Olly being the travel savvy guy he is, had been to Sydney airport before and directed us to the train station. We both got a Opal card, which is basically an oyster card, and took the right train to our hostel. I haven’t actually used much public transport in Australia as last time I was used to either walking or jumping on the Greyhound. Being back here just feels right! I think its because I’m with Olly and he knows what he’s doing, and just being able to figure out how to use public transport in a foreign country makes you feel like your home. It might sound silly but when you are travelling the feeling of being ‘at home’ in the weirdest of situations is such a nice feeling. 

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We walk from the train to our hostel and it dawns on us how bloody cold it is! I know it wasn’t going to be philippine weather but still, it was freezing! We arrived at our hostel and checked into our rooms. Being back in australian hostel life for real was an eye opener!! The room stank of gross boys, we were put in a filthy room and there was 1 shower and toilet. There were some more downstairs but you would have to walk through a haze of smoke and drunk people to get to them and in your PJ’s.. its not the most comfortable of situations. We dumped our bags and headed out, freezing we decided to go shopping to try and buy a jumper or anything that could to keep us warm. Finding H&M and Benefit damaged my bank account, but I was able to be slightly warmer for us to face exploring Sydney. 

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The night we landed was our 2nd year anniversary to when we met, so we got slightly dressed up and headed to the Opera house for dinner and some drinks. It was so nice to actually take in Sydney as last time I was here I didn’t experience very much. This was due to the fact I had no money what so ever, I didn’t enjoy Sydney and I really wanted to. This time round felt so different, we took a stroll around the harbour area and walked home, we wanted to head out early and explore more. 

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We spent one day over at Manly beach which was a ferry ride away. This place was beautiful and so much more relaxed than the city. We got there quite late as when Olly has his camera out it takes us hours to get any where. Getting there later meant we had to rush to get the drone up before the sun went down but the golden hour proved to be worth all the rushing!

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The next day we got up early, got out of our disgusting room as quickly as we could and got the train back into the city. We spent hours walking around taking photos, having amazing food and taking in the sights. That night we were pooped, we had walked so much and just wanted to relax but we came back to hell. Two of our room mates had a fight in our room, so our room was a tip and had blood all over the walls, my bed was soaking from god knows what and Olly’s bag had been moved. I didn’t feel safe, others wanted to keep the lights on for when the boys came back from their night out so they wouldn’t fight again. It just put me in a bad mood as I didn’t remember travelling being this repulsive.. maybe thats just boys? Olly is so different to these cave men and I cant even put that down to him being older as they were the same age! It was just bizarre. We are all up for having a good night out and drinking but this hostel was just too much. We booked a different hostel and headed to Bondi to live out the rest of our Sydney days.

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Bondi was a different ball game altogether! The hostel was amazing, the people where nice and we had a private room which helped! It just blew our minds that everyone was cleaning up, making food and wanted to just chill and have a chat. This is what I remember travelling to be like! We noticed everyone was super healthy which prompted us to try and be healthier than we had been. The only happy hour we saw here was $5 off salads.

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Bondi beach is one of the most famous beaches there is in Australia and we could see why. Even in the freezing wind we went and relaxed in the sun on the beautiful beach and watched the surfers for hours. We got up early most days and explored to the max! We managed to do the Bondi to Coogee walk which was breath taking and we even had a healthy stop on the way thanks to my sisters friends recommendations!

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We even managed to spot some whales in the distance and was able to fly the drone out to capture it. Not only was this the furthest we had every flown the drone but it was so refreshing that we weren’t on a boat chasing the whales. It actually gives me hope for the future that technology like drones can get people closer to natural wonders, without the danger of getting too close and disturbing the whales.

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One of our main aims while we were in Sydney was to buy a car. A car that would be reliable, get us to the snowy mountains with the potential to sleep in her too if need be. We present to you…BASIC BETTY…! If you have ever seen Riverdale you will know how basic that Betty is, so she is named after her!

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We waved goodbye to Sydney and planned our route to Canberra for a night! We have booked one of only two hostels in the whole of Canberra. Until next time..

 

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Coron – The Travel Guide

Things to knowCoron is located in the North of Palawan, just above El Nido on the map.

Coron, simular to El Nido, can get very busy very quickly. Book your accommodation as far in advance as possible. We had to change hotels three times just to be able to stay here for a week. My cousin also had issues with accommodation and had to move around a lot. 

There isn’t much to do on land, everything involves boat trips. There isn’t a sun bathing worthy beach on land either.

There are 2 ATMs 🙂

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Getting to Coron

The fast ferry from El Nido is the best way to get to Coron if you are travelling north from Puerto Princesa. The Phimal Ferry takes 5 hours and costs around 1700 peso each. You can buy tickets from the Art Cafe in El Nido town. This boat isn’t huge so I would recommend booking a few days before you intend on leaving. The first boat is at 8am, so make sure you get to the port with enough time to sign in, pay terminal fee 15 peso and get your bags on the boat.

Coron also has an airport which you can fly into. I am not sure how frequent these are as I did not fly in or out of Coron.

 

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Backpacker- Hop hostel –  A really nice place to stay, imagine Santorini colours!

Hop Hostel, Coron, Palalwan

 

BudgetDivine Castle Travellers Inn It was a nice hotel with breakfast included. They will also help you with trips and pick ups.

Divine Castle Travellers Inn, Coron Palawan

 

Luxury-  Asia Grand View hotel. This hotel was incredible! The rooms were huge, clean and very peaceful. With a pool and restaurant there isn’t too much of a reason to leave the grounds. 1000 Peso to use the pool if you are not a guest.

Asia Grand View hotel, Coron, Palawan

 

 

Places to Eat

Unfortunately I caught food poisoning here so I didn’t actually eat many places, Olly on the other hand did.

Breakfast and Coffee

Coffee Kong 

Buzz Express – Great coffee and western food. This place takes card!!

Dinner & Drinks

Altrove This place is insanely good! Italian restaurant which is the same owner as Altrove in El Nido. It has the best pizzas and pastas in town! We would recommend the pizza though, the dough was extremely fresh!

La Sirenetta – This place is right over the water, beautiful setting but slightly hard to find. Just look up for this photo (Mermaid photo below) and you will find it at the bottom of the alley way off the Main Street.

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Hangover Bar seems to be the bar open till the latest in the whole town.

Places to visit

Boat trips 

We did one trip as a group with 20 other people which cost 1500. 

Super Ultimate tour is the most popular one to do as you see the most amount places. This normally costs 1500 peso per person, this was the cheapest we found at a shop called Timothy Travel and Tours. All you need is your self, a camera and maybe some cash to buy some beer when you stop for lunch.

Private Boats 

The next day we hired a private boat for 2700 for 4 of us, plus the entrance fees to each location and we went to a market and picked all of our own lunch. 

Kayangan Lake – This is the most popular spot so get here around 8am to beat the crowds. There is a a moderate amount of steps up to the look out and then a walk down to the other side to access the lake. As it is fresh water, you have to wear a life jacket and there is a marshal on guard who will not let you pass without one. The water is crystal clear and worth the hike. Swim around the sides to see the hidden caves!

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Kayangan Lake

Coral Garden & Siete Pecados – Grab a snorkel and go enjoy this incredible reef.

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Coral Garden 

 

Twin Lagoon – Life jackets must be warn here too. Short swim around as the boats do not enter, to some stairs which shows you the other side. You can also swim under the stairs but it is crowded.

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Twin Lagoon

 

Skeleton Wreck  – WW2 Japanese ships are in an abundance in Coron. Most of the wrecks here are only visible from scuba diving, but there is one which you can see from the surface.

Barracuda Lake – Another Life jacket destination. Fresh water lake is the clearest water I have ever seen. You can see straight down to the bottom as it is 70% fresh water, 30% salt. If you are lucky you will spot the famous instagram rock which is very popular for photos!

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Barracuda Lake

Beach/Reef & Wreck tour – If you want to check out a few beaches and snorkel some ship wrecks then this trip is the one for you. 

 

On Land 

Mt Tapyas – Hike to the Coron Sign! Imagine the ‘Hollywood’ sign..but a Filipino version. Lots of stairs for a beautiful look out over the whole island.

 

Leaving Coron

 Go2Travel Ferry to Manila – 2500 Peso Each (Non Aircon)

This is the only company which has a ferry to Manila, this also sells out very quickly. There is 2 boats a week, Thursdays and Sundays and I suggest booking this as early as possible. Air con accommodation sells out and we had to book the open air accommodation which was hell, it was boiling! There is about 200 of you on one floor (see photo below) You do get linen with your ticket which is worth collecting from the first class section. Bring snacks and water as there isn’t much on board. This ferry leaves at 4pm and gets to Manila around 7am.

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Flights were sold out for 2 weeks in advance leaving Coron to Manila. If you are planning ahead, make sure there is an affordable flight if you would rather fly out of here.

Click below for the Manila Guide!

Manila Guide

Coron – Our Journey

After what felt like just a nap for me we had arrived in Coron! While I was in a mini coma Olly had been chatting to some people around us who turned out to be a Videographer for Five Guys. He was interested in Olly’s drone photos which he was editing at the time and I woke up and interrupted their bromance as we had arrived. We headed to our hotel and checked in to Divine Castle Inn, surprisingly there were huge photos of Disney Land castle everywhere..it was very odd! We headed to a restaurant to grab a snack and the staff were so rude we left. I hate how British we are when it comes to manners. If someone doesn’t have basic manners then I need to let them know that they are on the same level as a cave man. I can’t help it..a bad review on trip advisor is coming their way! 

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Anyway.. we headed into the tiny town of Coron to explore and grab a coffee at a highly rated cafe on Trip advisor. It was the first time in so long we had proper coffee! It tasted so strong just because we are used to coffee flavoured water which the Filipino people call coffee. We walked up and down the street and booked a tour for the next day as we wanted to jump into exploring and taking photos. We bumped into Ali, Mo and Patricia ( drone wars from El Nido) and we all decided to go and grab some dinner. Mo and Ali warned us the food was rubbish but me and Olly ordered differently to them so we assumed we would be fine. I tried a chicken dish I had never tried before because I am Queen Fussy eater and I stick to what I know, but Olly is always trying to push me to try different things. We are so similar that normally we order the same thing or I get jealous of what he’s got so I trusted his judgement and ordered this chicken dish. 

The next day we were waiting at our hotel for the trip to pick us up but after an hour we assumed they had forgotten. Our hotel receptionist had called the company and sure enough they had forgotten us, not only that but they walked in and picked up 4 other people and didn’t acknowledge us sitting there. When we eventually got to the boat, Ali, Mo and Patricia were nowhere to be seen and we had to run through two different boats to get to ours. We had made everyone late and It was awkward as hell! We sat down, confused and trying not to make eye contact with the rest of the boat. Once we got enough courage to look around, Olly noticed his mate from the ferry, the Five Guys..guy?

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We stopped off at the first location which was the Twin Lagoon which was a lot of swimming. The guides were adamant on wearing life jackets which was confusing as this was the first sign of health and safety we had experienced the whole time in the Philippines. This lake was beautiful but after some awkward swimming and pushing, me and Olly decided swimming with life jackets was not only ridiculous but we looked pathetic. Do you know how hard it is to get from point A to B when your back is perfectly straight and floating? No, nor did we so we took them off and pushed them in front of us. This was also our first time flying the drone off of a boat which sent my anxiety levels through the roof. I am a great at helping Olly now, he has taught me how to get the controller set up and phone so I can actually help, other than shouting at people to move because did I mention that nobody seems to have manner here? If the drone is landing, chances are its going to hit you if you stand in the way taking a selfie. I can say from experience when the drone hits you, it bloody hurts!

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Five Guys guy had given us his email to send him all the drone photos of course and we learnt that the reason they are so strict with the life jackets is because two tourists died last year, drunk, freediving or something. They hit their head and drown or so the rumour goes.

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We stopped at some more incredible snorkelling spots and some lakes. The first lake was hell, naturally it had 500 steps up and down to reach which I didn’t moan about once. I did managed to refuse to go any further and made Olly walk on without me but after 2 minutes of sitting there on my own with lots of Chinese tourists staring at me, I picked my pride up and ran down to find him. This was a fresh water lake so we had to wear life jackets again which made it hard to find him as it was a sea of Orange. The water was the clearest I have ever seen and because it is fresh water, you do tend to sink which was fun. 

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Barracuda Lake

We also stopped at Barracuda Lake which was out of this world. This lake was perfectly still, perfectly clear and perfectly refreshing. Olly was blown away at how deep this lake was and you could see the whole way to the bottom. It was mad how you can’t see this deep in the sea but yet here you can see everything, catfish and all! After a hell of alot of swimming, climbing and moaning we headed back and were exhausted! We managed to find the energy to meet up with Mo, Ali and Patricia for some amazing dinner at the sea front. We had some drinks and headed home.

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Lake Kayangan from above

That night turned into hell. If you have read all of this page you will know that Olly made me try a new dish a day before this evening. This turned into a bad idea as I have now got food poisoning. I have never had food poisoning before as I am a fussy eater and the one pro of being fussy is that you don’t get ill from food! The next two days I was trapped in bed with nowhere to go, nothing to do other than moan and watch Netflix. Poor Olly was going out getting me all kinds of medicine and when I thought I was hungry he went to get me food which turned into another bad idea. 

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We booked a fancy hotel for our last few days in Coron as there wasn’t actually much to do on land here, other than do boat trips so we booked into Grand Asia Hotel. This was the perfect place to be ill as it had a pool and HUGE room and was so peaceful.

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My not so baby cousin

The next day my bébé cousin had arrived and wanted to do a boat trip with us. Olly pumped me full of pills and we headed out to find a boat. We managed to get a private boat and choose all of our lunch which was really nice. This was the first time I have ever hung out with my cousin, how crazy is that. We have never been in a room together without our dads being there either. It was nice to gossip about our Dads finally. We had a really nice day chilling and swimming and taking lots of photos and I had started to feel better, still not eating but not in pain. 

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The next day we invited my cousin and her friend, also called Olivia, to our hotel and we chilled by the pool all day and caught up some more. I had started to feel worse again and relaxing done me some good.

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Asia Grand View Hotel

A few days later we took a ferry to Manila, a 15 hour journey in what looks like hell. I can only describe it as the prison Bridget Jones goes to in Thailand. Air con sleeping quarters had sold out so we were in the very local, very open air accommodation. It was boiling and it was awful. Olly pumped me full of pills again so I wouldn’t feel too bad on the ferry but there was no happiness on this ship of doom. We did meet some lovely Americans on this ferry who heard I wasn’t well and came and found me to give me some crackers which was so nice of them. I hadn’t eaten for 5 days at this point and it was just what I needed to survive the night.

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Coron from above!

Next stop Manila for the last leg of our journey in the Philippines. We have booked an apartment in a residence building as they have a pool and gym we can use and being in Manila isn’t particularly fun. Theres not much to do here and we just want to relax incase I am still ill.

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Lake Kayangan 

Olly once again has proved to be the best boyfriend in the world. Putting up with me in general is a hard gig but he’s put up with me at my worst and hasn’t battered an eyelid. I am the unluckiest person in the world, that’s a fact. But the fact I have him makes me extremely lucky. I don’t know many people who would do as much as he does for me and I will be forever grateful to have him in my life. He even let me watch 6 hours of Greys Anatomy while I was ill.

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El Nido – Our Journey

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My favourite place in the world is El Nido and I am finally back! As soon as we get closer to somewhere I recognised I instantly am in awe of how much El Nido has changed. I was thinking maybe my minds playing tricks on me and I don’t remember as much as I used to. We arrive at the hotel and I want to go and explore to see if I am right and again I am shocked how much everything has changed. There are so many more hotels, restaurants and generally more western looking shops. I was only here a year and a half ago, how could it of changed this much in that time?!

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That evening we met up with Sasha and Simon and headed to the Outpost hostel for some food and drinks and to book our trip for the next day. This place is amazing, brand new, great food and cheap trips! I was beginning to think that change was a good thing for El Nido. Unfortunately the next day it rained all day and we postponed our island hopping trip but as we had a private boat we didn’t loose any money. We spent the day in bed, watching films and updating the blog and doing ‘Life admin’. 

 

Island hopping day!! First stop was to the Big Lagoon, which our boat literally drove in and drove out as it was very busy. We then went to Shimizu Island for some snorkelling but the current was so strong I thought I was going to drown!

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Our highlight of the day was the secret  lagoon, we arrived here later than we expected and we were the only ones here. Me and Olly became the dream team and kayaked though the cave to reach it. We stopped paddling and just floated around, amazed at how clear the water was and how blue it was. It was amazing!!!

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We kayaked over to a secluded beach and of course a photo shoot broke out. This boat trip was amazing and I was reminded why I loved this beautiful place so much. 

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The next day I demanded a beach day to top up the tan, we headed to Las Cabanas beach which was the closest one to El Nido and spent the day chilling and swimming and not really doing much. As the sun was setting we headed to Beach bar to grab a bean bag and a few drinks and this is where we met Ali, Mo and Patricia. These guys had a drone and drone wars took place which was cute to watch as Olly and Mo were teaching each other about their drones. I didn’t care too much as I found two puppies and instantly my day was made.

 

We figured out that we were all on the same ferry to Coron together and planned to see them there. The ferry was a 5 hour fast boat at 7:45 am which I wasn’t too happy about but once we got on board it actually wasn’t bad. I couldn’t even feel the fact I was on boat and passed out while Olly took photos of me 🙃

El Nido  - Our Journey

El Nido is so beautiful, but I can already see how it will slowly lose some of this beauty. The amount of tourists they put on boat trips, the amount of new hotels going up and the amount of money things are costing, not to mention they now have a functioning airport. It’s loosing it’s untouched feel already and it is 100% due to how much the Philippines has blown up on social media and bloggers promoting it. This place is still as popular as ever, the hotels are still booked up weeks in advance and it’s still people’s number one place to see here in the Philippines. Not all of it is bad, every restaurant is adamant on not using plastic straws and reducing their waste. This can only mean good things and hopefully the government won’t have to close it like they have Boracay.  

El Nido  - Our Journey

 

Coron is the last island we are visiting before we head back to Manila to catch our flight to Sydney. We tried to look for flights to Siargao as Olly really wanted to go surfing here, but Boracay has closed and everything has sky rocketed in price. Coron is also another island neither of us have visited. I enjoy going to new places much more as I don’t have any expectations or anything to compare it too. So far every place we have moved on too has seemed to top the last place. Hopefully Coron doesn’t disappoint and tops what El Nido has to offer. 

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