Seeking NON-Touristy Recommendations… Please Help!

We are travellers, not tourists. A ticket in our future always bubbles our blood in excitement!

Adam needs to renew his visa in September and instead taking the hydrofoil over to Japan like he did last time, I mentioned taking a trip. We have been in Asia now for 6 months and not traveled (I know, can you believe it?!?!)

So, I casually looked through the calendar at work and noticed there are 3 national holidays coming up. I did the math and realized, If I take 5 days off.. then we can take a 11 day vacation! (basically I get one week free due to the holidays) I jumped on it.

My boss approved my vacation and we immediately got to work on a destination.

China was near the top of the list but due to Visa requirements we would have to spend a bit more money then we wanted on the preparations… So, I started exploring (It is a Korean travel site, all in Korean. I have mastered the navigation and even have my own login, even though my Korean is still at survival level.

Then, I checked all of the airlines directly. I included Taiwan (We have only been there for 24 hours), New Zealand, Australia, India and Philippines.

We ended up with a great deal for tickets. We leave at 8 am on Sept. 27th and head to Hong Kong. We will be there for 24 hours, which I have been told is enough time to wander and explore. Then on the 28th, we head to Manila.

We are super excited to explore the not so popular tourist destinations of the Philippines, the untouched beaches, the local villages in the far north etc.

We are openly seeing recommendations from everyone out there in Cyberland. (Anything from lodging to places to food! For both Hong Kong and The Philippines)

At the moment we have:

  • Palawan
  • Coron
  • Ilocos
  • Baguio
  • Sagada

I will also have you know that I have finally learned how to spell the Philippines and get it right every time (it only took 32 years)


  1. Hi there,

    I have been living in Hong Kong for almost one year and we are moving to Busan next week!

    I would love to provide some tips on your stay in Hong Kong. Actually I have been reading your blogs since the day I found Busan bridge, i really like your blogs and learnt so much about busan from you! I would really love to get to know you after we move to Busan.

    I’m originally Chinese who has lived in Cyprus and Finland. My husband is Finn and we have one son. We decided to live in different courntries. So Hong kong is our first ‘one year home’. We have enjoyed it a lot!!!

    Pls drop me an email to if you wants to contact me. 🙂


      • We will move to DOOSAN WE’VE JUNG-DONG HAEUNDAE. We have never been to South Korea, so we are so excited!

        I could see from both of your blogs that we have many thing in common. Can’t wait to meeting you there in Busan!

        We will arrive to Busan next Friday. I will drop you a message after we settle in.


  2. Palawan is definitely a must see.
    It may get touristy at times, but your schedule is in the lean season. Also, include the Bicol region in your options 🙂 I will be in the Philippines during Chuseok, would love to at least bump into you in Manila!


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