The Philippines on Film

Shaun always brings a film camera along for our travels, and every time it’s always so exciting to have the photos developed and be pleasantly surprised with what was captured. This is the unedited film roll from our two weeks in the Philippines.


Driving along Tourist Road, you pass by several palm tree fields with peek of the ocean as you buzz by on your motorbike.

Statue at the beginning of the Cloud 9 Pier.

Walking down Tourist Road for a post-beach poke bowl!

VACATION vibes in front of our villa rental named CHILL OUT!

On the opposite side of Tourist Road (across from the ocean), is a mix of 5-star resorts and local housing.

Statue at Cloud 9, during the opening ceremony of the surf contest with all the locals out to celebrate!

Local market across the street from Chill Out. Bananas season!

Cute docking pier at the town center of General Luna. Come here to catch a boat to the outer islands!

High tides bring crystal clear almost translucent water with the white sands below.

I love the differing colors the reefs and white sand show through the water from above.

Shaun’s always my personal paparazzi when traveling.

Guyam island (the tiny one) and Daku island (the larger) offshore from Siargao.

Wearing my PARIS tourist hat all over the globe!

Sometimes we trade places and I get behind the film lens, too.

One of the many beautiful and always empty beaches along Tourist Road. Pull over at any side trail and you’ll plop out to your own private piece of paradise.

Some of the surfbreaks in Siargao are hundreds of yards offshore. I suppose you could paddle out, but most people chartered a boat ride for just a couple bucks. You can barely see the white wash out in the photo above.

The local boys were always out hanging at the surf spots, usually in awe of Shaun and his surfboards and sometimes run circles around me. One little boy even gifted me a starfish he found!

Views to the left of our villa, Chill Out. These boats will take you out to the surfbreak a few hundred yards off the coast of our rental.

The endless coconut palm jungle! Coconut palms forever!

Our mode of transportation for island life, our trusted motorbike complete with surf racks.

Pitstop on the route to Pacifico was this wetlands town, with tin and bamboo huts built on stilts over water with boats docked right to the home.

Open, straight roads were the only roads I dared drive on.

Our road trip to Pacifico offered beautiful scenery along the ride. Here’s a tiny tin hut, surrounded by greenery.

Another isolated hut. Can’t help but wonder if it’s abandoned or inhabited.

Another view of the endless coconut palm jungle, showing smoke from likely a trash burn.

Another paparazzi shot as we walk down to a smoothie hut! Yum!

Beware of falling coconuts.



Back to Manila to catch our flight back to San Francisco…

At least the ride was luxurious! If you didn’t already read about how we scored business class seats for the price of economy, check it out here.

Read more about our visit to Siargao…

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