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A Beautiful Borneo Sunset enjoyed with a cold beer

It was day three of living aboard a boat during a trip to Borneo and we were treated to the most beautiful Borneo Sunset I had seen so far.  The night before there had been a huge thunder and lightning storm and today the air was clear.  The sunset was no doubt a result of the change of air and whilst enjoying a cold Borneo beer we were treated to the Borneo sunset which has remained in my mind as one of the most stunning we have seen. Every hue of orange and red was seen across the sky and in turn this was reflected onto the still lake making the most beautiful reflection.  We had moored up for the evening at a quiet part of the river, we were at the end of a paddy field and early afternoon we had watched the villagers as they worked in the field.  I was thankful that I had brought a bag …

Philippines ~ Sonya’s Secret Garden, Cavite

I’m in the Philippines for a short seven day press trip which will take in Manila, Boracay and Cebu.  The itinerary is jam packed. Ahead of us are many early morning wake up calls for super early flights. Many Late nights after dinner appointments. Busy days with each day filled with activities and sightseeing.  The aim being to see some of the highlights of the Philippines in a short period of time and to spread the word. Sonya’s Secret Garden, Cavite The itinerary simply said a visit to Sonya’s Secret Garden for a spa treatment and lunch.  What we discovered was something oh so much better.  Just a few hours outside the hustle and bustle of Manila we were transported to a little piece of paradise.  It’s easy to see why this place is so popular with the locals who escape Manila on the weekends. Sonya’s Secret Garden is a private residence now open to the public containing a spa, …

A Borneo Morning Photo Challenge

Borneo Sleeping on the deck of a small riverboat we were spending three days in Borneo traversing the river and stopping off each morning to visit rescue Orangutang’s who were being rehabilitated back into the wild. The first evening we were caught in a tropical storm and had a restless night sleeping on deck watching the lightening in the sky above us whilst hearing the tropical rain lashing against the boat and all around us.  Needless to say we did not get a good night’s sleep that night. Morning came and the air was sweet and fresh after the downpour.  After a hearty breakfast cooked by our cheerful toothless cook, we landed at the first island where we were to see the Orangutang’s.  This gorgeous adult Orangutang was sprawled on the dockside sleepily waiting for our arrival.  She was chilled out and napping in the sun and we had to step over her to reach the shore. She was a …

Kilimanjaro Portrait of a Porter

Kilimanjaro This is a portrait showing one of the many amazing porters and guides who helped me to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro.  The photo is taken from my tent, I’m still wrapped in my sleeping bag with virtually all my clothes on.  It’s cold and daylight has only just started to show itself. We are above the clouds at high altitude and have two more days to go until we start our summit to the top of Kilimanjaro, often described as the Roof Africa. Every day, come rain, come shine, the porters and guides are happy and cheerful.  They help us with everything we can think of and anticipate our every need.  This isn’t a luxury holiday by any means, but they go out of their way to make it as comfortable as they can within the limits of what they have available.   They get up before us to fetch drinking water and start their day early and …