Part 1 Destination Philippines

imagePart 1 Destination Philippines

Destination Philippines will comprise of our notes from starting in Taiwan into Manila, Tacloban Leyte, remote Leyte, and into various hotels and resorts. We will try to post our mistakes, tips and compromises along the way for others to learn from. The area of our destination is a beautiful place, but with major Typhoons two years in a row has left damage, nerves stressed for some time now. Our charity work is small in comparison to big charities but much more Personel in nature. We thank our readers for supporting our advertisers who support the site.

As much as we love going to the Philippines; the journey can have it unusual moments. First assuming our flight was at 5:45 PM we left HsinChu and was in the terminal by 3:30 PM. Now to our surprise, and astonishment there was a huge line already.

Our second mistake was not knowing about an obscure regulation for camera tripods. It turns out that any tripod over 25CM is treated as a dangerous device and must be checked it. Unfortunately we did not know this until we reached security, and this prompted myself to have to return to the check in counter.

Our flight was not eventful, and once we arrived we exchange currency for pesos. An important note would be not to ever get your destinations currency until you arrive due to legalities that are not possible to comply with.

We chose the Marriott Hotel close to the airport due to its location, comfort, and spread our next flight to Tacloban out until the afternoon of the next day. When traveling in small groups the logistics can be tricky, everyone in the party must be considered. I for one have been excessively tired from our Taiwan Engineering program and needed rest before we head out to a area of calamity two years in a row.

Now once you get to the domestic air terminal things get more interesting. For starters Crispy Cream Donuts and Mrs Fields Cookies can be had for a hefty price, but when you live in Asia a little comfort food is great!

When traveling in the Philippines one must be patient since being late is normal. They just don’t seem to care about schedules to much, and are considered highly flexible.

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JOHN J GENTRY'S BIO:John J Gentry is a lifelong adventure travel enthusiast and international manager, Philanthropist, and ex-solder. Spent 2011-2015 developing an international team in HsinChu, Taiwan.Early on he spent the better part of the 90’s working with the US Army in Germany, Iraq and Kuwait. For kicks, he studied in Alaska 2008-2010 international history for a greater understanding in his adventure travels.He has had some great experiences, and successes traveling around the world documenting his travels with his family via ExploreTraveler.com

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