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Okinawa Corona Fest

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Corona Sunset Festival

This weekend I was fortunate to attend Corona Fest in Okinawa. It was a pretty fun event all sponsored by Corona so the only downside was that was the only thing you could drink. There were only 2 artists I had heard of who were playing which were Soul Clap and Autograf. The Autograf show was amazing and in the video below it shows most of his show.

Travel South East Asia E-book!

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My New E-book!

Hey guys! This is a pretty exciting moment for me as I have just released my first E-book and it is live on the Amazon store for download. It is also available here on my website on the store page.

This book is a little tips and trick guide on Bali, Cambodia, and Phuket Thailand! The best part is right now it’s only selling for $3.99!

Here’s some Info!

Arе уоu рlаnnіng to travel tо South Eаѕt Aѕіа? Dо уоu wаnt tо gеt ѕоmе іnfоrmаtіоn аbоut thе Aѕіаn рlасеѕ to Visit and hоw to access thеѕе рlасеѕ? Here is ѕоmеthіng уоu are іntеrеѕtеd іn.

South Eаѕt Aѕіа іѕ an еxоtіс lосаtіоn аnd drаwѕ mіllіоnѕ оf visitors thеrе each уеаr. Lооkіng for аdvеnturе, fun аnd rеlаxаtіоnѕ – thе rеgіоn hаѕ muсh tо оffеr еvеrуоnе. Stеереd іn hіѕtоrу аnd trаdіtіоn, іt іѕ a bеаutіful рlасе tо vіѕіt. Hоwеvеr іt іѕ uѕuаllу a lоng hаul journey fоr mоѕt trаvеllіng from wеѕtеrn соuntrіеѕ аnd ѕо оrgаnіѕіng trаnѕроrt mу bе difficult.

“Trаvеl Sоuth Eаѕt Aѕіа Part 1” rеvеаlѕ thе unіԛuе attractions to see wіthіn thе соntіnеnt. Thеrе аrе lots unіԛuе cultures аnd fаmоuѕ buildings асrоѕѕ thе continent. Thеrе are аlѕо lоtѕ оf ѕhорріng dеѕtіnаtіоnѕ асrоѕѕ thе continent. Thе сlіmаtе in Sоuth Eаѕt Aѕіа іѕ mоѕtlу trорісаl аnd ѕub-trорісаl аnd саn be dіvіdеd іntо twо ѕеаѕоnѕ – wеt аnd drу. Of соurѕе іtѕ bеttеr tо gо іn thе dry ѕеаѕоn іf уоu’d lіkе tо bе оutdооrѕ a lоt. Thеrе аrе аlѕо mountainous rеgіоnѕ whісh аrе ѕkііng раrаdіѕеѕ іn thе wіntеr mоnthѕ. Sо аdd tо уоur lіѕt оf rеаѕоnѕ tо vіѕіt Sоuth East Aѕіа thе fасt thаt you саn dо lіtеrаllу аnу оutdооr асtіvіtу dереndіng оn thе tіmе of thе уеаr.

Part 1 includes Bali, Phuket Thailand, and Cambodia! Soon there will be a second ebook out with many more countries so look out for it!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07372Y61C

Get it for Kindle reader HERE^^^^^^^^^^

My Phuket Adventure And Tips

So you wanna go to Phuket? Well, let me tell you a few things about Phuket first. It is a beautiful Island that hosts some of the best beaches in Thailand. A place you will want to go to if you want to relax or party! Phuket has places to go for every type of traveler.

Getting There

Getting to Patong from Okinawa was about a 12-hour endeavor. We had a flight from Naha to Bangkok which took 2 hours and then a 7 HOUR layover in Bangkok. While there we took a cab to the city to get some food at 1 in the morning. Why? because there’s nothing else to do in the airport except sleep. Going to the restaurant and back and having the driver wait for us at dinner was around 500 Baht.

When we finally arrived in Phuket we took a shared Van down to Patong Beach for about 100 Baht.

Our Accommodation

Trying to find a place to stay in Patong is very easy. Since it is a touristy location there are many hotels, resorts, and hostels available. We stayed at the Ramaburin Resort which I booked using Agoda. Let me tell you, that place was amazing. The 4 of us booked our own rooms and were living like kings for 50 USD a night. Right below the balcony of our rooms was a huge pool and a bar that was run all day.

Accommodation Prices

Like I said looking for a place to stay was not hard so you can stay in a place like that for 50 USD a night. You can also stay in a 5-star Hotel for around 2500 Baht which is around 75 USD a night if you want to ball out lol.

For Budget travelers, you can find places to stay on Airbnb for 300-400 Baht a night. I personally don’t like using Airbnb when I go to Islands or really touristy areas because they will usually have resorts around those areas for good prices. But hey when your on a budget all that matters is a place to stay. Traveling isn’t about staying in the nicest resorts or villas it’s about the experiences and people you meet.

Food And Drinks

The prices for food and drinks are very cheap in Phuket. Depending on where you go you can get a full meal for 130 Baht at a local Thai restaurant. For a meal at a nicer restaurant that serves Western food like burgers and pizza, a meal will cost around 300-400 Baht which still isn’t bad at all. If you want to get fancy you can split a bottle of wine with your friends for 600-800 Baht and still not break the bank. I recommend trying a lot of the local foods because they are really good.

Beer in Thailand is cheaper than water in the U.S. For a Chang beer you can expect to pay around 70 Baht which is like 2 dollars. For a Water at a 7/11 in Thailand, you can pay 10-15 Baht which is 50 cents. I don’t know why the U.S charges so much for water I mean come on.

Bangla Road

Ok, so when I was planning my trip to Phuket one of the recommended places that I was told to go to was Bangla Road. This place is like party central for all those people who want to party. It’s just a long road full of bars, ping pong shows,  clubs, and restaurants. Definitely a really fun place to go for one night if you’re alone or with friends. I wouldn’t recommend this place for a family trip because it can get quite wild there. Not suitable I’d say for the children under 18. When my friends and I went we were cat called all night long by ladies and they tried to drag us into their bars, which was fun but only for our age probably haha. Benefits of being young and free. You really just have to go to this place to see what its like for yourself.

Talk to Locals!

It doesn’t matter if you’re at a bar or at your hotel just start up a conversation with the locals. They usually know the best places to go for any type of adventure you’re looking for. They will also tell you a little about the culture in Thailand and places not to go. One thing I would say though is don’t play connect 4 with the bartenders they are professionals and you will end up losing every time. It’s like getting hustled in pool but only connect 4…

Transportation

To get from place to place I would recommend getting a tuk-tuk. They are basically just scooters with these side carts attached to them. They are very cheap probably 60 Baht for a decent trip anywhere. When we wanted to go do tourist things we actually just talked to the locals outside our resort and they ended up owning a taxi service. They drove us around the Island for 600 Baht all afternoon which is an amazing deal.

Tiger Kingdom

Have you ever wanted to see a tiger before? If you don’t have the option to go on a safari in Africa then I would say the next best thing is to come here.  I think the tickets cost me 900 Baht which I was gladly going to pay to pet a tiger. Now, these tigers are domesticated and raised there which isn’t the best thing but hey its what ya get. IMG_1387

Lastly The Beaches

There are many many nice beaches in Phuket you just have to know how to get to them. An easy one that is huge is Karon beach which we actually went to and jet skiid there. I wouldn’t recommend Patong beach really if you’re looking for nice well-kept beaches. Patong Beach is very crowded and is not super well kept so don’t go there if you’re looking for a picturesque beach.

One you should go to is Freedom beach which I did not end up going to in my 3 days there but it’s definitely one that I was wanting to go to.

Summary

There are a whole lot of things to do and places to go in Phuket so figure out where you want to go and what to do and stick to the plan. I will be making an in-depth guide to traveling Thailand in the future so stick around and safe travels to everyone!

 

 

 

 

Shanghai In 2 Weeks

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Here I come Shanghai

Originally I wouldn’t have thought that I would be going to China yet. I was planning on exploring Vietnam and Cambodia first but sometimes you gotta go with plan B.

So the decision I had to make was Hong Kongo or Shanghai. Why was Beijing not in the mix? The flight time to Beijing was ridiculous to stay there for only a 4 day weekend. I ended up choosing Shanghai though because of the diverse settings I might find there. It has the westernization city feel but also the traditional feel too. At least that’s what I heard from the good old internet. Anyways I’m excited to go!

When?

I’ll be heading out on June 30th and staying until July 4th. I’ll be flying a completely new airline relative to me. The airline is called Juneyao and If anyone has ever flown on this airline leave a comment below!

What I Want To Do There

Movie time. Over the weekend I just invested in a Canon EOS M10 so I’ll be able to make vlogs and movies of my upcoming trips. Expect those to be out the week I get back or maybe sooner depending on the amount of free time I have.

Shanghai Circus World.

http://www.shcircusworld.com/

This place looks crazy and I have never been to the circus before so I feel like its something I have to do. It’s pretty impressive some of the things that people can do. Now I’m not a super-talented guy so these things really impress me. Next to zoos and aquariums, I think the circus might be another random form of entertainment that I like.

Shanghai Maglev Train

This will be the train that I take from the airport into the city. What is so great about this train? IT’S MAGNETIC and goes to speeds up to 267 MPH making you arrive at the city in only 8 minutes… Yea I’d say that’s pretty cool and an easy thing to knock off the list.

The Bund

The Bund is a long tourist boardwalk from what I hear, that is lined with 1920s look-a -like city buildings. It has many different types of buildings styles such as Gothic, baroque, and neoclassical. What’s cool is that right behind this long street are the modernized buildings of Shanghai where you can compare the differences of the two. The Bund is normally called “The Museum of Buildings“.

Last But Not Least: Nightlife

I am young and free spirited so you know that I’m gonna go out to some bars and clubs. I’ll do some research before and then write a review of the nightlife when I get back. The key to traveling is to be a tourist during the day and then party at night to maximize your time spent there. I always meet the best locals and people when I go to bars. Whether they are from Australia, U.K, U.S, China, India, Dubai, France, Spain, Germany, and so on. I’ve met sooo many different people on my travels and it always amazes me who I’ll find.

 

FOOOOD

Yes. It’s time to finally try some authentic Chinese food that I’ve been waiting for my whole life. Gone are the times of ordering that take out Chinese food you get from your local restaurant down the block. Gone are the times of going into “China Town” to get food. Gone are the times of P.F Changs. Now we’ll be LIVE and IN- STEREO in CHINA. I really hope that I didn’t set the bar too high for the food because I’ll be slightly disappointed if I’m not into it. Although I’m the kind of person who will try anything and everything and like the weirdest things. Food never disappoints me especially when I’m traveling.

More Info:

Accommodation: I will be using Airbnb for my stay due to the cheap prices of apartments.

Trip time: 5 days

 

What To Do In Tokyo, Japan

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(Picture above) My view as I stand on the roof of the tallest free-standing building in Tokyo with a great view.

So you want to go to Tokyo? Tokyo, the capital of Japan is one of the best cities I’ve ever been to. To understand this you will need to go there yourself but I will do my best to explain why to go and what to do!

1. Shibuya

This video should about sum it up for anyone wondering if they should see the Shibuya crossing. I mean, have you ever seen that many people crossing the street in one place? Maybe in New York City but definitely not anywhere else. This place is iconic and if you’re going to Tokyo you might as well check it out.

A little secret: If you go to the Starbuck’s on the 2nd floor of the department building you can get a great video of the crossing from the window. You’ll also meet 100 other tourists doing the exact same thing.

2. Roppongi

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When you visit Roppongi make sure to visit the Tokyo Skytree http://lang.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/

The tower is 250m high and gives you a 360-degree view of the city that you would be crazy to miss out on. The tickets to the top of the tower are as displayed:

18 and over 12 – 17 years old 6 – 11 years old 4 – 5 years old
TOKYO SKYTREE
TEMBO DECK
Floor350
¥2,060
(¥1,030)
¥1,540
(¥770)
¥930
(¥460)
¥620
(¥310)

The prices are not too bad for an experience that you will never forget. The view up there is amazing and if you have an actual camera instead of the iPhone like I had you can get amazing shots.

There is also an art gallery at the top of the Skytree and a restaurant. Fair warning the restaurant is a little expensive if you couldn’t guess. Pro tip: go to the restaurants on the lower level floors for some amazing food.

3. Eat Ramen Noodles

At least one time while you’re in Tokyo you should go to any ramen shop for a good filling meal. This ramen is heavenly compared to all the instant ramen people usually eat. I’m not saying everyone does but most do and I did it too until now. I won’t ever go back.

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4. Try new Beer

Find Yourself a restaurant called “Kirin City”(Kirin City) it was one of my favorite restaurants while in Tokyo. They are everywhere and they serve great food and beer. In the picture, I compare my beer on the left to my friends on the right. It was like drinking out of a goblet.

Kirin is definitely my favorite but this is given that I’m no beer connoisseur.

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5. Go Party or See Temples

Ageha

Do you want to go out partying with your friends for a night? There’s one recommended club that I’ve only heard good things about. This club is called Ageha. This place has 3! floors for dancing and 3! bars. Need I say more? Probably not. They change their themes constantly and you’re bound to have a good time.

Sensoji Temple

Maybe you want to relax and get some great pictures. Go to Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo. This is one of Tokyo’s oldest temples dating back to 628… A great location for all your tourism needs and to get some of that travel bug off your shoulder.

More Information

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Accommodation: Use Airbnb if you want to save money. You will be able to get a small apartment for as low as $20 USD a night.

Tips: Stop thinking and go.

Travel Cheaper & Smarter

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Everyone wants to travel but no one wants or thinks they can pay for it! These are a few ways that can make flights and accommodation more affordable.

1. Agoda -<- Link

Agoda is my number one pick for resorts and hotels. Sometimes you want to upgrade your stay to be a little bit fancier. This is the BEST website to do it with hands down. I recently just used Agoda to book my trip to Phuket Thailand. The resort was amazing and very affordable. Sign up for Agoda and keep on using it because this is where you will get some of the best deals.

2. Skyscanner- http://www.skyscanner.com

I absolutely love this website and didn’t even know about it until last year. On Skyscanner they cross-reference with almost every airline there is to find you the cheapest and best tickets. Another great thing about Skyscanner is that you can set alerts for specific locations and it will tell you when the price goes up and down.

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3. Cheapflights- http://www.cheapflights.com

This is my second go to website to find airline tickets. Why? It’s in the name and they do the same thing that Skyscanner does with the cross-referencing different websites. The only difference is that I noticed Cheapflights sometimes has more local airlines which means better prices.

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4. Google Flights- http://www.google.com/flights

Google Flights is one of my recently discovered search engines that is amazing for finding cheaper flight dates. What it does is it will tell you when the cheapest days of the month are to fly. It will also tell show you prices for a few months ahead if you are planning a trip in the near future.

skyscanner calender

For the example above if you were to travel on the 16th of June instead of the 14th you would save 13000 Yen which is about 130 USD. This is awesome if you have flexible days to travel.

5. Fly Indirect

A lot of people won’t do this but I’ve found that you can save hundreds of dollars flying into different airports in the same country. For example, fly into Seoul instead of Incheon and you might save $100 on a ticket. Then once you get there all you have to do is take a taxi or short train ride to your destination.

6. Airbnb- http://www.airbnb.com/c/noahd1639

Use the link above to get $40 off your first stay!

If you’re not using Airbnb then you’re missing out on a WHOLE lot of savings. Most mainstream hotels these days charge 100 USD or more a night for a single room. In Bali using Airbnb you can get a WHOLE VILLA for anywhere from 20 – 70 USD a night. That villa could host you and all your friends while you each split the costs. Yea. It’s great.

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7. Buy Local food

I just went to Thailand and there I found that some local food is waaaay cheaper than anyone would think. My friends and I ate at a family owned, hole in the wall Thai restaurant. How much did we end up spending? 150 Baht. For those of you who don’t know that’s 4 DOLLARS & 40 CENTS that was for 4 of us. Yea that’s 1 dollar each.

8. Walk

Even though in the Asia area Taxis can be cheap the best way to see the country/locals is to walk. You will save money, burn off the beer, and see more places that you wouldn’t have in a taxi. Some taxi drivers may scam you so watch out for that. I will explain that in a later post.

Need more tips specifically for Bali, Cambodia, and Phuket? Try my new E-book here!>> https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07372Y61C

It’s only $3.99 at the moment!

New Years in Osaka, Japan

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“The Iconic Running Man” (picture above)

Osaka, Japan

I would say from my experience in Osaka that it is half party half culture. It is a good middle ground I would say from Kyoto and Tokyo. Tokyo being the place to party and Kyoto being the sightseeing/ culture trip. I really can’t say enough about this place. The food, the locals, Universal Studios, the bars, and culture really are what made the trip so great.

The Abnormally Large Food

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Alright, I don’t know what it was about the food around where I stayed but I guess it’s a thing to make the meals HUGE. This was the price of a normal plate of Gyoza for maybe 800 yen at a regular restaurant but instead of giving you 5 or 8 they give you like 52 pieces. It’s just insane that this could feed the whole table and of course we got carried away and also ordered 50 WINGS to go along with this…

A Bowl of Sake….

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Really Osaka!? I guess if you go big with the food you gotta go BIG with the Sake as well. So I don’t remember the price of this bowl exactly, but it was cheap and this was for Three people. I’ve personally never been served alcohol out of a bowl before but it sure was an experience, to say the least. As you could guess that served up enough shots for all of us to go into a coma right after eating.

Coming into 2017 HOT

Celebrating the New Years in Osaka Japan is something I believe everyone should do at least once in their lifetime. It is Japanese tradition to party on New years Eve, New years day, and 3 more days after that. Kind of crazy I know. I called it quits after New years eve because Osaka does something special to you. It channels your inner alcoholic being. This made for a very interesting New year day by having a crazy headache all day. It was one of those times you tell yourself I’m never drinking again but of course, that’s not what anyone does.

Leading Up To The Ball Drop

OfCourse since it was New Year’s Eve we had to do a little bit of bar hopping until we found the right place. We started out at a few popular bars in the area to just relax and have a few drinks but as the night went on that’s when things got a little WEIRD. 

There’s Something About Karaoke Bars I Love

At this point in the night maybe two hours before midnight is when we stumbled upon this heavenly karaoke bar. OK maybe it wasn’t all that great but it was the experience that felt great. We were at that point where we slapped 1000 Yen on the table and said to the bartender “Give me whatever is going to get me fucked up“. Responsible? No. Fun? Definitely. We start belting out the Lyrics to “Don’t stop believing” and “Piano Man” thinking were the next best singers in the world.

Weird Bars?

Yea, I don’t even know what to say about this place. It was one of those places you kinda want to go inside just to see but at the same time don’t want to get involved with drugs. I NEVER WENT IN! I just thought it was very odd to see something like this in Japan/ let alone anywhere.

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Side Note: 1000 Yen is about 10 USD. I wish I could say I was ballin out but I wasn’t.

The Ball Drop

For the ball drop, we were at this club spending a ridiculous amount of money on overpriced drinks but it was New Years so does it really count? I’m kind of one of those people who just gets lost on the dance floor swinging yourself around thinking you’ve got the best dance moves when in reality you don’t.

To Be honest, after this point I don’t remember that much except for ending up at this McDonalds later on. It was crazy how many people were taking naps at this McDonald too… Not exaggerating this was like the McDonalds lounge.

Universal Studios Japan

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https://www.usj.co.jp/e/

If you ever make it out to Osaka I recommend taking a short train trip out to Universal Studios. A 1-day pass will cost you around 7500 Yen or 70 USD which is not a bad price for a theme park. This place has many attractions but it’s not a huge park for roller coasters. They run a lot of shows and their main attraction is probably Harry Potter world which was really cool.

Harry Potter World

If you’re not a huge Harry Potter fan but you’ve seen all the movies or maybe even read the books this is still a really cool place to go. They literally recreate scenes from Harry Potter and it almost feels like you’re on the movie set.

Harry Potter world had everything from little gift shops to roller coaster rides. It’s a good place to spend a couple hours out of your day in Universal Studios.

Jurassic Park World- The Flying Dinosaur

This ride is a must if you’re into roller coaster rides. This ride will take you 360 degrees and all around the Jurassic world park. Unfortunately be ready to WAIT IN LINE for at least 2 HOURS. This is the reason why I refused to go on the ride because I cannot wait in lines that long. If you can, get a Flash Pass so you can skip all the lines at the park.


In Summary

Go to Osaka anytime for a little bit of fun or maybe just to see Osaka Castle. Maybe you want to hit Universal Studios in a different country to see the differences. You would have to go there to really experience all of it. Our 4 day trip to Osaka was plenty amount of time for what we wanted to do.

Cost

If you go to Osaka use Airbnb to get a great deal on a small apartment and you won’t end up spending that much money for accommodation. The only thing you would spend your money on here is probably food, attractions like Universal, and shopping. I would say its definitely on par with taking a vacation somewhere in the states for a price comparison.

Info

Where: Osaka, Japan

Accommodation: Personally I would use Airbnb because both trips I’ve taken to mainland Japan I’ve found very cheap apartments that could also fit my friends.

 

It’s More Fun In the Philippines

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I’ve heard this quote various times from people who either live in the Philippines or those who travel there often. This was the quote that made me want to go to the Philippines. When going to the Philippines I was looking for a fun yet not too crazy location that also had a beautiful picturesque beach that you always see in the photos. Luckily for me, I knew a master dive instructor who had been there plenty of times so he gave me some good advice.

Bohol, Philippines

Relaxed, Laid back, and stripped of all social media I sat back in my chair with a glass of wine thinking about the bigger things in life.

This the vibe you get when in Bohol. It was one of the most peaceful vacations I had ever had. When arriving in Bohol you will land in Tagbilaran airport which is one of the smallest airports you’ve ever been in but the good thing is you can get through it fast and easy. Maybe 5 minutes tops from getting off the plane and into a cab toward your resort.

Now if you’re going to Bohol you’ll want to stay in Panglao around Alona Beach. I can’t say enough good things about the area and people. It has just the right amount of tourists to the point where the local population is close to greater than the amount of tourists. Before landing try to arrange with your resort a pick-up time at the airport. This way it will be a cheap ride and you won’t have to wait in the heat for a 45-minute cab ride down to Panglao.

The Locals

Some of the nicest people I’ve ever met were in Bohol. One night my friend and I were drinking at the local bar on the beach when he got into a conversation with the bartender about his musical talent. She then proceeded to tell the local band that was playing on the beach about us, and she dragged him out there where the band gave him a hand drum and told him to play! This was also a part of one of those cool fire swinging shows where they have ball and chain and swing them around like crazy.

 

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The Cost

Aside from the fact that a lot of places don’t fly direct to Bohol it was actually very cheap to stay there. We only stayed for 3 days but in those 3 days we saved a lot more than we thought we were going to. A meal at a mid range restaurant with your own bottle of wine was around 20 USD just showing how cheap it can be compared to some other prices around the world. Our room cost we split 50/50 and ended up paying 25 USD each for 2 nights WITH FREE BREAKFAST.

 

What to do? Where to travel to?

If you don’t want to be a beach bum like myself for 3 days go check out the following

  • The Chocolate Hills

  • Tarsiers

  • Scuba Diving

Although I didn’t do the 3 things listed above they are the most sought after activities to do in Bohol. The diving experience in Bohol is world class and when I get the chance to go back I will definitely dive it.

The chocolate hills are these naturally formed brown hills that look kind of like Hershey’s kisses. Another cool sight to see.

Finally Tarsiers, the world’s smallest primate. These wide-eyed little guys can’t be bigger than your hand I imagine and I’ve heard they are hard to find even in the Tarsier Sanctuary.

There is nothing wrong with enjoying the local entertainment on the beautiful white Alona beach either. If I were there for another 3 days I would go do each of the above things on a different day then come back at night to enjoy the local nightlife.

Info

Where: Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

Location: Southeast of Cebu Island in the Central Visayas

Accommodation: Lost Horizon Resort Annex. I also use Agoda (linked at the top of my blog) to book cheap hotels. http://www.losthorizonannex.com/

Side Notes: The WiFi was very limited unless we were in the hotel so plan to put down the phone for a while and enjoy the locals.

 

 

How to get your PADI (Scuba) license!

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Get started

One of the first things I told myself when I arrived in Okinawa was “GO GET YOUR SCUBA LICENSE” and that I did. My first month on Okinawa I took advantage of possibly one of the cheapest PADI classes around the world. The class was only 6 days long which consisted of 2 nights in the classroom to watch a bunch of instructional videos. Then 4 days actually practicing the dive skills in the pool and in the ocean. If anyone was wondering the amount of swimming skills required to be a diver I will describe them.

  • Swim 200m (any stroke no time limit)
  • Tread water 10 mins (any way you want

https://www.padi.com/padi-courses/open-water-diver

Pretty easy test if you have been swimming for a while and even kids can get their license.

so after that, you will start to learn all the essential diving skills like buoyancy control, clearing your mask, diving with a partner, gear assembly/ disassembly, and hand signals. To be honest It was one of the best experiences of my life and now that I have my License I can dive anywhere in the world. You won’t know how great the feeling is to breathe underwater until you try it. Its a whole different world under there where you are not the dominant species anymore.On top of that, the ocean is really beautiful and the fish are friendly (most ). I see sea snakes all the time and have every time I swim as far away as possible haha.

Test it out

There are some PADI instructors who will let you dive with them without having a License to do a beginner dive where they have the tank and you just share their alternate regulator. This is just to see if you are comfortable in the water and would like to pay the fee for a license, pretty good deal I think.

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Why I’m Getting Started

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Hey! My name is Noah Decaille, I am 20 and currently living in Okinawa Japan. I will be here for another year (have been here for one already) because this is my duty station for the United states Marine Corps (USMC). I want to take this opportunity that I have here to travel as much as possible and get the most out of my experience here in Okinawa. After all I am half way across the world and this is a great opportunity to a beginning of a hopefully future travel career. I will be traveling to locations in Japan, Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Australia. Might have left out a couple and have already been to a few but I hope everyone enjoys the blog!

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