Jamie and Sophie's Adventure

Jamie Longmore and Sophie Jones travel the world

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Kuala Lumpur.. once more

We flew back from the Philippines today and are here for 2 nights before getting the bus to Singapore.
We didn't make it to White Beach as I had a 24 hour bug which had me throwing up every half hour or so for most of the day which was rather unpleasant. We had fun the night before though, making friends with an older Welsh guy called Aled and enjoying some of the local cuisine and beverages (I'm pretty sure it was neither of these that made me sick).
The day after I was sick we travelled by coach to Angeles City, on our bus Sophie was the only Western woman, the rest of the coach party were all old, overweight Western men looking for a Filipino bride. The size of some of these men was truly astounding and would make anyone from the cricket club feel slim - and that is saying something.
We found a nice hotel called Patio Inn and Sophie negotiated the price down a bit which saved us a few Pesos. Mount Pinatubo was great, we got picked up from our hotel at 4:30am but it was well worth it. We travelled there in the back of a 4x4 and were absolutely freezing at that time of the morning, wearing shorts and t-shirts! The ride got incredibly bumpy once we got near the base of the volcano, driving through streams and over boulders, we're covered in bruises from being thrown about so much. We climbed up with our guide called Armando, a 62 year old with very little teeth but certainly knew his Pinatubo history.
It took about 2 hours to climb to the crater and we were amazed at how beautiful it was, I have taken loads and loads of photos, some of which are now online in the galleries, though it's hard to do the place justice with words and pictures, I definitely recommend the trip to anyone heading that way.
I have put photos from the end of our Thailand trip (added to the end of our Thailand gallery) aswell as a new Malaysia and Philippines section, please take a look and leave us some comments about them.
Click here to see the gallery page.

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