A crazy trip around the world

Our first flight was to Beijing, China, before flying on to Qatar, where we were allowed to stay four days before flying on to South America. One incidence of interest was that, when we were confused which line to stand in to get onto the plain, a very nervous attendant quickly escorted us past about three long lines straight onto the plane, as if she was given strict instructions to treat foreigners special.

Another memorable incident is we tried to buy a can of softdrink. After spending some time to find an exchange bureau, we got some coin but none of the drink machines worked as it seemed the coin slots were crammed shut. Everyone was buying with their phones and with some effort we found one local who begrugingly accepted our coins to use his phone for a purchase.

Before our arrival to Qatar we found a person willing to act as our free taxi and tour guide. On flying in the city and streets were lit up like blaring Christmas lights, so I presumed gas must be very cheap in the country. Less than the equivalent volume in Coke we were told. Our guide took us to our free accommodation (found through Couchsurfing), which was at the house of the embassador of an African country. He was very hospitable and we felt we were treated like royalty.

During the daytime we would take a break in our airconditioned room to take a small walk to the local grocery store. But the air was so thick with intense heat it almost felt difficult to breath, almost 50C.

On day three, according to the advice of our guide, we waited until late afternoon when the temperature was more tolerable to have a go at riding candles and dune buggies in the sand. Then it was off to Brazil.

There we stayed a few weeks for free in a basement guest room of a university dorm where Mel’s friend was studying and hopped our way from one surfcouch to another, to Rio de Janeiro, experienced Ayahuasca< in the mountains, across the salt flats of Bolivia and the Inca trails in Peru, until ended in a small surfer fishing village as recommended by a friend of mine: Canoa, Ecuador. <link to individual wanderlusting pages..>

A very cool and chill place where we decided to stop traveling for a while. Which was opportune because it was where Mel delivered our new son. Wrong side up in her belly, so it had to be by C-section, but we were very fortunate since health care is free in the country, even for tourists!

Excited to find a wonderful and affordable housing only two blocks from the beach, we started making various purchases for budding new family and longer term stay, which included windsurfing equipment totalling almost $4,000 including shipping from the US. These purchases drained our reserves dangerously close to zero, but that is okay because are costs are relatively low here and our boat tour business back in the Philippines operating at full force.

The surf equipment finally arrived and I managed to take it out about three times before covid happened. We were no longer allowed to even enjoy the beach, but it did not take long for the local law enforcement to get lax, allowing us to drink a few beers in one of the many closed snack bars, not having to wear a mask, and eventually I was able to take out the surf board again as well.

Perhaps the lockdown and lack of allowed activities resulted in my increased beer consumption, but at one point I woke up from a morning “nap” surrounded by a small group of worried people. Apparently I had suffered a seizure and was out cold for almost an hour. I had epilepsy as a child so I presumed it must have come back.

Once the lockdown sufficiently lifted, we spent a month in the capital to arrange paperwork. We decided it was too risky to stay in the country, expecting a second wave at some point. The conditions to stay here had also changed, requiring apostilled proof of a clean criminal record from every country we stayed in for the past five years, impossible to obtain for both of us. And to take our son out of the country we needed apostilled birth certificate with an Ecuadorian passport and a long list of documents with certified translations from various embassies. The amount of paperwork to get the three of us out of the country back home was insane, but at least our son will end up with four passports (Canadian, Czech, Ecuadorian and Filipino).

It was in the capital that my hemmoroids started acting up again, the second time in two decades that it ballooned to stage four. I slept like an ostrich with its head burried in the sane, my ass up in the air with the fan blowing on it all night. I could not sleep at all and Mel my nurse wife decided we had to go to the emergency ward of the hospital.

Fortunately, medical care again was free, I spent two weeks in the hospital, where I mentioned my previous seizure to they sent me through a long line of diagnostic tests in the form of EEG, MRI and even ECG. At the end of it I was quite surprised to learn that the cause was improper sleep. The lockdown had put an abrupt halt to our boat tours business. Customers were asking for refunds and our paypal account was draining quickly. So I transferred what I could to my bank and scrambled for another source of income. A few years ago the boat tours became successful enough that I decided I would no longer accept translation work. I held my finger over the Quit button, but my gut instinct told me it wasn’t a good idea. So instead of cancelling my account with my top customer, I set up an email filter to automatically delete all their emails. Once I removed that filter the job offers started pouring in again. Unfortunately it takes them a month and a half to pay, but fortunately they owed me about $497 while I had set the payment threshold at $500. Hence, unbeknownst to me, they had been holding onto this sum all these years and it sure came in handy.

Because most of the project managers were located in the Czech Republic, I shifted to a routine of waking up at 1am in order to start accepting work, usually ending my work shift around noon. This combined with my overall stress due to the new situation and my increased beer consumption disrupting my sleep, the doctor explained that I was not getting enough deep REM sleep, during when our body stabilises its electrical rhythms, this lack of stabilising resulting in my seizure.

Once the lockdown completely lifted on December 12, over a year since we started our travels, we were given only 30 days to wrap up our affairs to leave the country. We went back to the capital to finalise affairs at some of the embassies and borrowed funds from several sources to cover the expensive flight back. It was difficult to find a route that could accommodate our various passports, especially Mel’s Filipino one, and to find an airline able to take my surf equipment, but we finally settled on Turkish airlines. And what a trip it was, with 20+ hour layovers in Panama City and Istanbul and the long flights it was, it seemed an outright miracle that we managed to transfer our mountain of accumulated stuff, the baby carriage, and an unbelievable well behaved 9 month old baby.

Now we are safely back in Iloilo City, staying at the parent’s place, but a new Covid strain has surfaced in the UK, so to avoid another lockdown we decided to make our stay here short so we can head to our dream location of Siargao. Back to the beach and lax rules where another lockdown will be more tolerable. Our plan is to get a loan to buy some property to develop it for tourists once these lockdowns are properly lifted. Perhaps after they try to vaccinate the world, or it will only be possible to travel if vaccinated. Not in our interest, so preferably to settle down in paradise and let the world come to us. Grow vegetables, hook up to Starlink internet, get off the grid with solar panels and wind turbine, and try to carve out a quiet niche in this increasingly insane world.

Boat Tours Trip between El Nido and Coron


Custom private or group tours between El Nido and Coron (suggested sample itinerary) – best prices in the industry. Check out how we compare against our competition, who don’t even offer private custom tours (other number of days are also possible)!

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These are all-inclusive prices which include three hearty meals a day, all the entrance fees and basic accommodation in hotels, bamboo huts or in tent on the beach with mattresses, sheets and pillows. Or you can stay in fancy accommodation of your choosing – we’re flexible and aim to please!

Boat tours between El Nido and Coron in Palawan, Philippines for as little as 1000p ($22).Discover beautiful Palawan with a group or private custom boat tour between El Nido and Coron for as little as $25/day, all-inclusive tour! Or local Coron boat tours only, or in other areas of the country.

Get an instant price quote for a private tour (or click this big button below), or join or form your own group, or the party boat tour where you can go for free! Check out our videos page!


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Contrary to other operators, our tours are not packaged. You can hire your own boat for as little as 45,000p for a four day tour (price is per boat, not person) – get instant quote. Roughly 5k for each additional or less day. You can invite others to join, or keep it private/closed. Choose which spots to go to and proceed at your own pace. Check out the great testimonials from our customers.

Here is a drone video by one guest on a boat trip through this magical area:

More videos here, or for those who like pictures, check out these on our facebook page:


Meals are 200p each (includes fruits and other snacks) and the boats are equipped with tents, snorkeling gear, mattresses and sheets. Wakeboards and speargun available on request.

Here are some suggested stops you can visit or sleep at, more details for each stop here (part of the booking process, as you will be able to choose your exacts stops of interest, if you so wish):


Sibaltan <> Coron – 45,000p/boat for a four day tour (capacity 8-12), 5k extra or less for each additional or less day. 1,000p extra for each additional person above one. Number of days and routes, starting points and destinations very flexible, get instant quote!

Local Linapacan day tour – generally 700p/pax, 1500p minimum, and includes lunch – more details. Various ferry options to get here from either El Nido or Coron, 1,500p/pax, or 700p/pax if going through San Fernando, just east of El Nido.


Check out the below video for excerpts of a 6 day, 8 island hopping tour of the area to see how clear the water is, a glimpse of some of the many paradise and undeveloped islands, and the endless amount of excellent snorkeling:

Below are samples of what you will be able to experience among the hundreds of islands in this area.




Sleep on deserted islands to yourselves



Fresh seafood caught by local fishermen


Experience rural Filipino life


Caves to explore





A lone caretaker’s hut where he lives with his wife and daughter on one of the deserted islands
(200 hectares with four private beaches)


Snorkeling in Linapacan, clearest waters in the world.








And while you’re at it, make sure to drop by our kitesurfing nature sports camp!


There is also diving (two shipwrecks) and the Old Spanish Fortress in Linapacan and
climbing island rock faces that plunge straight into the ocean (pictures coming up).

Or check out our suggested travel itinerary for the Palawan area.


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Boat tours itinerary between El Nido and Coron

This page gives a general impression of what is offered on our private or group, custom boat tours between El Nido and Coron. The same as that offered by everyone else, since the best spots are the same, except that our tours are completely customisable. No rushing with the pack, go at your own peace and leisure. We can pick you up and drop you off at the fanciest resorts (our recommended options), or you might be content with our basic default options, such as tents on beach, simple hotels or bamboo huts. Make sure to check out the general conditions.

In addition to our suggested travel itinerary to the entire Palawan area, this page covers a suggested itinerary what concerns our custom private or group tours between El Nido and Coron. Most of our customers are interested in tours from El Nido to Coron or vice versa, so lets focus on that, although the information here can be useful for smaller customized tours within it.
By the way, here are our general prices compared to the competition:

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First of all, where to start? Coron or El Nido (where we also organise tours)?

Coron to El Nido tour

Drone shot of a ship wreck in Black Island, Coron

This direction is generally better because, starting December of 2019, the authorities have come up with a troublesome rule whereby entry tickets to the popular Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoons and Barracuda Lake are valid only for a single day. Therefore, it is not possible to buy these tickets in advance and use them for our tours starting in the south (El Nido). For such tours, others options are available, as explained in the next section.

Note that many of these sites can be flooded with tourists, so if your prefer to get off the beaten path, just tell your boatman your preferences and they’ll help you choose the perfect route for you!

View at the top of Kayangan Lake, Coron

Girl friends from Singapore having fun in Twin Lagoon

Besides being able to see these spots on the way south, another good reason for starting your tour in Coron is that the boats generally depart next to the public market. Meaning that if you have any special culinary requests, you can pick out your goodies from a rich assortment of fresh seafoods, meats and vegetables prior to launch. The crew will be happy to cook them for you on the boat. If you prefer fancier food for an additional price, you may inform your boatman.

If your schedule permits, there are some other sites around Coron which are not on the way south but worth a visit, and which we can arrange as separate tours prior to heading south.

El Nido to Coron tour

This was my previous favourite, because if you have time, I found it nice to end your visit to the Palawan area by taking an overnight ferry from Coron to Manila. They have nice cabins if you want an upgrade, and it can be fun with the karaoke party in the evening, where guests can sing in between the professionally hired singers. I find this a fun, relaxing way to complete your visit to the area, as opposed to flying back.

Note that our tours both start and end in Sibaltan, a nice archaeological village with much nicer beaches than El Nido and a nice chill spot to relax before heading north. Furthermore, there are many more islands and snorkeling spots to see on the east side of the peninsula, where the waters are much calmer than the open ocean on the El Nido side of the peninsula, and it is only a one hour van ride from El Nido.

The only downside is that, due to the regulations described in the Coron to El Nido section above, it is not possible to visit those popular spots near Coron as part of your multi-day tour, although:

  • it is possible to visit Twin Lagoons if you go by the back entrance;
  • on the way up you can see a lot of nice spots such as Malcapuya Island, Banana Island and Bulog Dos, which can be far and more expensive to visit from Coron;
  • you can see many more spots around Coron with a full day tour starting from Coron, which we can also organise; and
  • the three spots mentioned above are rather touristy and not such must-sees compared to the many beautiful spots along our multi-day tour which are pristine, off the beaten path and where it might be rare to see a single tourist.

Some of the beautiful spots you may see along our multi-day tour

Magransing Island

Wakesurf or wakeboard surf anywhere along the way!

Mix shots around Patoyo Island

Maosonon Island

Cliff diving

Araw Beach

Dimancal Island

Dimansig Island

Bulog Dos Island

Malcapuya Island

The sand in Malcapuya island is so powdery fine that you just want to eat it

Banana Island

Skeleton Ship Wreck

Ending the day with a colorful sunset

More info on our private or group, custom boat tours (El Nido, Coron, and in between)
Suggested travel itinerary for all of Palawan
We can also organise for you private or joiner El Nido only tours, on Coron only

Or go ahead and…


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Month plus trip

If you have only about two weeks to travel through the Palawan area, I would suggest my travel itinerary for this shorter time frame. If you have about a month, this page is for you. If you have more than that, at the bottom of this page is a link to other worthwhile places you can visit in the Philippines. 

I’d suggest you fly into Puerto Princesa. Generally I’d say it is not worth staying there, but if you do you can check out the link for things to do and where the live music scene is. 

You can grab a van to Sabang, which takes about 4 hours, but at the airport we grabbed a cab for about 2-2,500p which took us there in about half the time, the cab driver played my music via his bluetooth, and the ride was much more comfortable. 

Sabang is a nice town to hang out in for a bit, you can check out the underground river tour, and once you’re ready to move on, I’d suggest the next stop would be Port Barton. Ideally ask around and get your own private boat there, because the inland route can be somewhat lengthy and complicated.

From Port Barton you can try to get a boat to El Nido, or van it somehow. El Nido is good for a few days, but be warned that the famous lagoons are quite packed with tourists. The town itself though does have a good live music scene, zipline and other fun stuff, so if you have a whole month, then the town is good for at least a couple of days. 

I wrote this for a friend who wanted to rent a motorbike and boot around Palawan island for a couple of months, but I would not suggest this, because you’d have to return the bike back to Puerto Princesa at some point and it would be difficult to move on from there, or you’d have to cover your same tracks. 

From El Nido you can beach hop your way to Sibaltan and continue on to Coron from there as explained in my shorter term suggested itinerary

Sibaltan is a village well worth visiting, a cool place to hang out for a few days, and if you ask around the locals, you can rent a motorbike and head south for a bit of a drive. 

Once you are back in Sibaltan you can catch a ferry to Linapacan and hang out there for a bit, or if you have the budget for it, either hire a private boat or join or form a group tour to take you on a multi-day boat tour to Coron. There are 82 paradise beach islands along the way, with excellent snorkeling in fantastically clear waters, caves to explore, cliff diving into the ocean and a Spanish fortress. 

Coron itself has a fair amount to offer and a fun nightlife, again good for at least a couple of days. From there you can rent a motorbike fairly cheaply and worth a few days trip around the island. 

On from Coron

You should be able to spread out the above over a nice one month period. You might even consider renting a motorbike in Puerto Princesa to do a loop to the south, where there is a crocodile farm, and potential problems with Muslims in the far south, but I haven’t heard too much in terms of rave reviews concerning this — at least an option worth considering. 

If you are out of time I’d suggest taking the 2Go ferry back to Manila. It is a fun overnight slow ferry with the usual karaoke party. You can sleep comfortably and save on accommodation, even get a cabin if you want to be fancy. 

But if you do have lets say another month, as my friend for whom I wrote this page has, I’d suggest you can head eastward to explore some of the Visayas. 

If you have about a month, I’d suggest to fly from Coron to Cebu, rent a motorbike in that city and make your way around that island, at some point hopping over to the island of Siquijor before making your way back to the city of Cebu. 

If you have more than a month then you can doddle your way towards Cebu by taking a ferry to the kitesurfing haven of Cuyo, from there a ferry to the city of Iloilo, rent a motorbike there (we have a contact if you need) to make your way around that island of Panay and Guimaras, then the island of Negros before you make your way to Cebu. 

The Philippines is obviously not a country you can visit in a mere two weeks (this page only covers less than half of it). There are more than 7,000 islands and best to approach it like it is instead many countries. It’s a great country to visit, because English is an official language and almost everyone speaks English quite well. It is also Christian, so you are not frowned upon for drinking beer, and unlike a lot of other places in South East Asia, the locals clean up their garbage every day and generally maintain a respect for their beautiful nature. 


Custom private or group kitesurfing or kiteboarding boat tour expeditions between El Nido and Coron

Imagine endless virgin kitesurfing territory through one of the most beautiful places in the world, sprinkled with 82 islands of beach paradise. When you’ve had enough of kitesurfing you can snorkel in fantastically clear waters, explore caves, cliff dive, and experience Filipino rural life off the beaten path. 

You can check out the different kitesurfing camps along our route to get a general idea of the different conditions. Cuyo is the best and most consistent, but a bit hard to get to and not along our own route. During the right time of year (below paragraph) there is plenty of wind along our route and the experience is that much better because of the variety and more things to do.

Unfortunately, our two sails have been eaten by ants and I no longer manage my kitesurfing camp, but if you bring your own gear and come at the right time of year (usually around November to end of February – check out weather forecast), you are guaranteed to have a bombastic time. 

Check out this video of a Brazilian couple who enjoyed kitesurfing in virgin waters off a deserted island across from our old kitesurfing camp:

Your boat captain always knows where are the good beaches to launch from, depending on the weather and direction of wind, and there are many places along our route. Check out more info on our general route with our private custom boat tours, or you can join or form a group to reduce costs. 

Generally the boat (with captain and about four crew) by itself costs 45,000p (about $900) for four days, plus or minus 5,000p for each additional or less day, plus 1,000p for each additional person above one, plus 200p/meal/person, plus an average of 500p/person/night for accommodation. You can stay in a tent on a beach, on the boat for free, up to very fancy resorts. The choice is up to you as our tours are completely customisable. 

AND! For a change of pace or if the winds are not strong enough, you can use your kiteboard as a wakeboard. We also have two you can rent, as well as two wakesurf boards.

For an instant quote just fill in the form here, as it depends on your chosen route, number of days and number of people. It will automatically calculate approximate food costs each, accommodation, some popular places if you want to visit those, to give you a total per person cost. Let us show you around paradise!


Multi-day party boat tour expedition between El Nido and Coron

Multi-day party boat tour expedition between El Nido and Coron

Go on an all-inclusive four or five day party boat tour between El Nido and Coron for as little as $25 per day (or for free if you round up enough people for us)! Chat with others to form a group according to your available schedule or join existing tours. Camp on remote beaches under the stars after an evening around the fire and live music.


See fantastic snorkeling in the clearest waters in the world. Get off the grid and experience unspoiled nature in rural Philippines, where you can party with the locals. Our boat is equipped with many games, such as paddle board tennis on the beach, volleyball with net, bocce ball, frisbees, decks of cards, even beach bowling with coconuts and plastic bottles! You can even request a kayak, wakeboards and wakesurf boards for unlimited use during your multi-day tour!

A bit of wakesurfboarding around Coron

The tour costs as little as 12,000p for a four day tour, less than half the price of the competition, and includes food, accommodation, entrance fees and as much booze as you can handle. And for each person you can bring with you, we’ll give you a 1,000p discount. Meaning that if you invite 12 others, your tour will be for free, or you can even earn something! When in the party towns of El Nido or Coron you could spread the news and form a group, or post requests in advance on such forums as tripadvisor in El Nido or Coron. Find people that you get along with for a great experience. You can even use our personality test if you find people online before you meet them. If you get together enough people to hire your own boat, you will be in charge of where go and the daily itinerary. Here are some of the spots you can see along the way, but there are 82 islands in total along our regular route, those being just some of the main ones.


Here’s a video of the cliff diving spot, a must see for true partiers:

Here’s a vid showing how clear the water and fantastic the snorkeling is:

Following are our prices per person in pesos based on the number of people on the tour and number of days. You can combine your tour with any other groups trying to form as shown on our boat schedules page.

Four day Five day
6 @ 17k 6 @ 19k
7 @ 16k 7 @ 18k
8 @ 15k 8-9 @ 17k
9-11 @ 14k 10-11 @ 16k
12-14 @ 13k 12-14 @ 15k
15-20 @ 12k 15-20 @ 14k

* Note that this does not include transfer costs between Sibaltan (the start or end point of our tours) and El Nido, about one hour drive away. It is a great village to see or stay at, hence we leave it up to you whether you want to stay or go. Price for van is 2,000p for 1-5pax or 3,500 for 6-12pax. More vans can be arranged.

Or if you’re not in the mood for partying but would prefer to hire your own private tour for a romantic vacation or for your own family or small group of friends, check out more info here.

To join or organise a party tour, click here or this below button (alternatively you can discuss with others to form a group):



While on one of our wonderful private custom boat tours through the beautiful Palawan area, you can grab our kayak for a pleasant perusal of the area. 1,000p entitles you to two days unlimited use, then 500p/day thereafter. 

Last months in the Philippines

wedding island hopping philippines

The wedding was a great party, although not without some hitches. Mostly because I was focusing on things that interested me — live band, dart board, games for the children and general entertainment — while she felt it was important to focus on her interests — romantic ornamentation. After a major tear pouring session I finally convinced her that we should organise the event like a team. Like the compatible business partners that we are. I decided to allocate a budget of 25,000p (about $500), lending her almost the same for her flowery and seashell ornamenting. After all, I agreed to pay all her expenses traveling around the world, but if she wants to buy anything special for herself, or upgrade the accommodation to something fancier, it will have to come out of her pocket. And besides, I’ve long told myself I do not want a wife or a travel partner who lounges around all day facebooking or youtubing, because I find that demotivating for my own work, but rather someone who is self-motivated and can manage herself like a true business partner.

reconstruction island hopping philippinesTo win over hearts and minds, I decided to reconstruct her parents’ living room. Originally I planned to do most or all of the work myself, teaching them how to do it in the process, with my new wife by my side helping me, but when it came time to put up the wall tiles, I realised there was a severe lack of tools. Eventually I ended up just paying the construction dude ten bucks a day to do it all, mostly because we really did not have time to work on it, considering all our own preparations for our upcoming departure. 

Originally we planned to take the motorbike with sidecar to travel around the Visayas, expanding our business to include tour packages there, but Mel pointed out that we probably won’t make so much money for that and it would be better to do a boat tour through Palawan, since she is now offering tours there and would like to understand better what she is selling. Besides, after boasting how beautiful the area is, it perked her curiosity and thought it would also make a nice honeymoon. 

Meanwhile, her parents had yet another argument and went their separate ways instead of going together as a family to the famous resort island of Boracay. They planned to bring their daughter too, but calculated they lacked the funds, so grudgingly Mel’s sister had to stay at home. Realising how I was going to take her sister Mel around the world, I felt sorry for her so I invited her to come along with us through Palawan. I barely finished my sentence when she already replied yes. So off the three of us went on a wonderful one month vacation. 

sabang island hopping philippines

We flew into Puerto Princesa and planned to take a van directly to Sabang to meet a contact to show us around and to a secret cave entry 8km up the famous Underground River. But at the airport a taxi driver convinced us to take him instead, saving us much time for a little more money, and making the long journey much more pleasant. Especially since I could stock up on beers and play my own music through the stereo’s bluetooth.

We explored the nice town of Sabang for a day, and wanted to explore Port Barton as well, but our contact proved unreliable and our boatman to Coron said he will soon be in Sibaltan. He was finishing a tour from Coron, and was due to take his boat back to Coron for another tour. That meant we would have a cheap ride with him, since he was heading that way anyway.

sibaltan island hopping philippinesSo we had to skip Port Barton, spent a few wonderful days in El Nido, then one night in Sibaltan before heading off to Coron. 

In Sabang I had my first opportunity to test out the new Sparky video drone, then a few times in El Nido and along the way to Coron. I was getting fairly good at it and Mel was showing significant prowess with video editing, using some free app on her smartphone which automated much of the process. It really showed itself to be a promising combination for our future travel business ambitions. 

rodney island hopping philippinesIn Coron we stayed for a few days with our friend Rodney up in the mountains, then found workaway volunteering at a local hostel. Not only would we not have to pay for accommodation, which was rather expensive, but the girls would have something to do, as sis was becoming noticeably bored while we plugged away at the infinite work needed on the computer. 

A while back a certain gentleman had approached me with potential business partnership. But he wanted to start boat tours of his own, was a local, and I feared he would use my boatmen, so I declined to cooperate with him in my affiliate program. But it turns out that this Brandon was in fact the owner of the very hostel we were volunteering at. We quickly became friends and realised we have quite different customers — I small groups willing to pay more for a private tour, while he focuses on large, 80pax capacity boats for budget backpackers at a much lower price. 

He left us behind for the girls to manage the place while I worked on his new website<, so he could go to Manila to buy his first big boat. After some reflection, I suggested that I handle all the bookings, taking 30% commission from all sales arranged for him, while he can earn $100 in my affiliate program for all sales earned through his website. I can advertise the possibility of budget tours on my website, while he can advertise the possibility of more expensive but private custom tours to visitors of his website. It seems like a win win relationship for the both of us. After all, I have many visitors to my website who simply do not have the budget for my tours, in which case this way I can still earn some income from them. 

Future strategy

Originally the plan was to drive around Visayas with the trike until the rainy season hits around the start of June, then travel for the next six months during the rainy season through SE Asia, China and Russia, but arranging tourist visas for a Filipino proved so frustrating that we decided the first priority must be to get her a better passport.

I first tried Canada, then Czech (as for each I have citizenship), but that seeming daunting, we then thought of Spain, and after extensive research finally decided on Argentina, as apparently it is possible to attain citizenship there after living there for only two years. Their constitution states that there is no legal definition of an illegal alien, and it should be easier if we have children there. 

In South America there are five countries for which no visa is required. Flights seemed cheaper to Sao Paulo, so we plan to stay up to 90 days in Brazil before flying out of Rio de Janeiro to Buenes Aires.

While traveling we would compile useful information for each area and look for tour packages we could sell, basically the same like we are doing here in the Philippines but for a new website to cover the rest of the world, wanderlustingfamily.com. We plan to homeschool our children and take them with us around the globe, so this website will focus on safe and fun things to do for the whole family, but also offer the useful information and packages for those not traveling with children. The world is our oyster and we wanna gobble it up!

Since I will soon be leaving the Philippines (we expect it will take us at least five years before we come back, and at some point we hope to start a resort with our growing family), I will continue my blog entries on the new website (I’ll post the link once I set that up). 

End of one big chapter, start of another


First stop is Cuyo, a major kitesurfing destination of the Philippines and a small island in the open ocean halfway to my first detination of exploration – the Visayas.

After renting a motorbike and exploring the island of Cuyo, I head off to Iloilo City, the largest on the first of the major islands of Visayas, and find three days of rest at an airbnb joint I found online. The mosquitos, dogs and roosters were somewhat of an annoyance, especially the neighbour’s rooster who would venture too often into my open patio space and leave droppings on the beds, but soon enough I found a reasonable place which I could rent for $120 a month.

Iloilo City

Unfortunately, it had no windows and felt like a depressing jail, so after the first month I found a nice shack on a beach nearby. I like to explore new territory on foot, the best way, and after a long Sunday stroll, one elderly genteleman called out a friendly hello to me as I passed by his little resort. I decided to rest there for a bit when I noticed a lone hut. One of the very few right on the beach in the entire city. I inquired into its availability and soon enough he threw out all his sons to leave room for me, at the same price as the last place I was staying at.

Much nicer this one, with its own patio, where I could work during the daytime amid pleasant breeze by seaside. He even played ukulele and we soon played together almost every evening. It was a great way to polish up and practice my viola playing skills.
I also found a few places I could play at around town, and it was nice to get back into a routine of comfort, off the island, where I could shower easily every day, walk down the street for an easy meal, or go out to any number of numerous venues to socialise for an evening.

I was so excited to get back into shape I signed up for boxing three nights a week and karate four. However, after a month, it quickly became apparent that it was an entirely exhausting venture which I could barely utilise for my one month membership. I decided to settle for a local weight room gym where I could go six days a week, for about half an hour a day and use their showers, which were better than the new beach hut I was staying at, which used an old hand pump out of the ground without any privacy.

The owner of the new place I was staying at, Edward, has a lot of contacts and we begin to explore them as I start to formulate how I will expand my business in other parts of the country. I soon decided that this will require a motorcycle with sidecar, so I spent the next six months saving up and customising that, while accumulating more toys to bring with me.

Overall, like many cities or towns in the Philippines, I found Iloilo rather boring to live in, even though it was supposedly ranked by Forbes magazine as the fifth most liveable city in the world. A complete farce, as it lacked practically any park and is the same jumble of cars parked on sidewalks, streetshops and cheesy karaoke bars as any other city in the country.

Out of boredom I ventured to try out the local couchsurfing events, as I was invited by my sole couchsurfing friend to a pancake party organised by a Dutchman who traveled around the world, this being his estimated 500th such organised party.

I asked him why he would organise such an event, he seemed to be offended by the question, I don’t eat pancakes, and the venue didn’t even sell beer. So I went to the local shop on the ground floor and brought up a few brewskies to accompany some more palatable dishes, which I ordered separately.

Next to me sat one girl who inquired into the possibility of borrowing one of my beers, promising to run downstairs to replace it later on. I’ve heard enough tall stories from Filipinos not to readily lend new people anything. Besides, I hardly noticed her as I was more preocuppied staring at another girl across the table.

Eventually I managed to save up enough for my motorbike with sidecar and all the other bare necessities I felt I needed to make a pleasant tour around the country, and announced a second couchsurfing event at my hut in the form of a potluck whereby I would make my usual famous marinated steak to be fired up on the grill. The same girl responded that she was sad to see me go and that she happens to be up for a beer that evening, complaining that all her friends feel like staying in. Since I had not noticed her the first time we met at the pancake party, I could not remember who she was, but after perusing her profile pictures on couchsurfing I decided, why not? She took a couple of jeepney rides all the way down to my place from the other side of town and we decided to start off the evening at the local kiosk where I occasionally like to hang out, as I can sit outside amongst lots of traffic, the people are friendly to me, and lots of locals passing to and fro buying their various kiosk needs.

Marinated meat for my potluck party.

She instantly hit it off well with them, and although she had a bit of a belly, I grew to quickly like her, the sound of her voice and her overall mannerisms. We went to another bar later and she eventually slept over at my place, and within a very short time she became my first official girlfriend since I have set off on my world travels from Prague some 12 years prior.

As planned, I soon embarked on my travels, driving up along the coast, exploring some places along the way, checking out one place near the famous Carles as I had arranged through Airbnb some months beforehand. Alvin, the owner of a particular resort, said he knows of a possible place for me since I inquired into the possibility of staying at least one month with a preference of paying what I had been in Iloilo – $120 a month.

My new hut in Estancia, near Carles.

I arrived and was quite happy with the hut, a significant upgrade from my stay in Iloilo. My new girlfriend, Mel, would take the bus up on her days off and together we’d explore the area as part of my plan to add content to my website to increase business – and she liked exploring with me.

Over time I discovered we had very similar interests and were highly compatible, enjoying hiking in nature and discovering new areas. She has a particular fondness for waterfalls and it occurred to me to start a new tag/category “lover’s waterfalls”. Which I am sure would be appreciated by some couples on a romantic vacation and who also like to hike in nature.

Soon enough I started to drop hints that we are perfect for each other and would talk to her about her views on raising children and other matters. She loves traveling and does not shy away from the thought of traveling together with children. A real trooper who is not afraid of asking a guy on a date, not the prissy princess who is afraid of adventure and just wants to stay safe at home watching endless television.

The problem is that she is a nurse and her big dream of travels is to move to the UK to earn big money as a nurse, and she already had a job offer lined up and was planning to move there later in the year. But not before agreeing to first travel a few months with me around the Philippines. I set out in all earnest to lather her with all the charm I could muster during this period in hopes of convincing her to stay with me.

I explained that it is very expensive living in London and that she cannot expect to save much to send back to her family, and that the UK countryside is not that exciting. At best she might hope to check out some other towns or beaches during her days off, or perhaps a long weekend to Paris, but I had already visited all that and tried to convince her she could travel much more with me, and possibly even save more, since I could find some work for her on the computer and would be paying for all her costs (it does not cost extra for accommodation if two people share a hut or bed).

In spite of all my efforts, her mind was firmly set on her UK plans, until one day I thought I could up the stakes with a bribe of sorts – an all-expense paid, six month road trip from Alaska to Antartica. It was a short sales pitch, she casually agreed, and now we are busy with our wedding plans and starting a family. By the end of this month her employment at the local hospital will come to an end, she will move in with me, and the wedding is planned for the 20th of the following month, after which the plan is to embark on our travels around the Philippines until the start of the rainy season sometime in June, after which we would travel somewhere in the world for the next six months before continuing our travels in the Philippines during the dry season from June until the end of November.

As part of my sales pitch I showed her some of my last travels through that continent.

I already bought her a laptop and we have decided she should become the social marketing expert. Whenever I post something on Facebook I might get a trickle of responses, but she loves taking and posting pictures, is great at it, and this is a task I don’t really enjoy. I am convinced we will make a great team, and she can make extra income beyond the hourly rate I offer in the form of commission on sales. Or running my other businesses, or starting her own. The world is literally our oyster and we look forward to swallowing it.

By marrying, after three years I will be able to apply for permanent residence here, which would be a welcome convenience, and I would work to getting her a Canadian passport, as it can be quite difficult for a Filipino to travel around the world, often required to pay $60 in advance to apply at an embassy in Manila, a city I detest to stay in for whatever short period of time.

For a long time I had been yearning to start a family. Although it has been a great adventure traveling around the world for the past 12 years, continuing down this road until the grave seemed increasingly lackluster. I yearned to start a new chapter in my life and end it on a deathbed surrounded by a big, loving family with lots of grandchildren. I love how my beautiful trooper is fine with traveling around the world with children and with me homeschooling them. After all, with AI just around the corner, some 90% of jobs will become redundant, and the present institutional educational system will become more obsolete than it already is. Not to mention I want to raise warriors of light, not the average, conditioned being who is not taught to think out of the box but brainwashed to submit to the system, not questioning anything but to become an obedient, good little robot.

This henceforth marks the last chapter of my single years and I look forward to an amazing new chapter in the latter years of my life.

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A new addition to our team, Ghea manages three boats of capacity around 10-12 and lives with her crews in Pical, near Sibaltan. She has one of the wakesurf boards and speargun.


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