Places Visited

World Tour

2004

  • Trip 2:  Jan 01 — from Dumaguete, Philippines by plane to Manila
  • Jan 05 — by bus to Bantangas; by ferry to Sabang Beach

    ...fun in the sun and lazing on the beach while my friend, Tina, got certified in scuba; also met Robert (another American) on a day-trip and went diving with him the next day.

  • Jan 12 — by ferry to Bantangas; by bus to Manila
  • Jan 18 — by bus to Subic Bay

    ...this place had been talked-up in my guidebook and by others who had been there, but it didn't really grab me; only stayed one night.

  • Jan 19 — by bus to Angeles City

    ...to meet up with old friends and, of course, make new ones; it's a great place to spend the last few days before leaving the Philippines.

  • Feb 10 — by bus to Manila; by plane (overnight) to Guam; by plane (overnight) to Honolulu, Hawaii; by plane to Houston, Texas

    ...this was my first time back in the States in more than two years!!!

  • Trip 3:  Apr 04 — from Austin, Texas by plane to Manila, Philippines

    ...Ahhh, it's like coming home. ;-)

  • Apr 08 — by plane to Dumaguete

    ...now this place really feels like home; it's one of my favorite places to just hang out, relax, and visit friends.

  • Apr 17 — by high-speed ferry to Cebu City

    ...my favorite guesthouse in Alona Beach was booked, so I had to go on to Cebu City.

  • Apr 19 — by high-speed ferry to Tagbilaran; by van to Alona Beach

    ...a room became available at my favorite guesthouse, so back to Alona Beach I went.

  • Apr 21 — by van to Tagbilaran; by high-speed ferry to Cebu City

    ...running out of time, had to go back to Cebu City for my flight to Manila.

  • Apr 22 — by plane to Manila

    ...trying to minimize my time in Manila - big, crouded, poluted city that it is - so I got here only one day before my flight to Australia.

  • Apr 23 — by plane (overnight) to Brisbane, Australia; by bus to Surfers Paradise

    ...this was a very looooooooong day of travel; met up again with Jia-qi (from Shanghai).

  • Apr 28 — by plane to Sydney

    ...to visit my good friends, Sean and Krissy - and all their lovely family and friends.

  • May 09 — by plane to Manila, Philippines

    ...after an all-too-short visit to the Land of Oz.

  • May 12 — by plane to Dumaguete

    ...back "home" for a while. ;-)

  • May 20 — by bus/ferry/bus to Panagsama
  • Jun 02 — by bus to Cebu City
  • Jun 16 — by high-speed ferry to Dumaguete
  • Jun 25 — by high-speed ferry to Cebu City
  • Jun 30 — by plane to Manila; by plane to Angeles City
  • Jul 06 — by bus to Manila
  • Jul 07 — by plane to Seoul, South Korea
  • Jul 08 — by train to Busan

    ...to visit Minja (remember Thailand? hehe) and to find a teaching job.

  • Aug 24 — by high-speed ferry to Fukuoka, Japan

    ...all "visa" runs from Busan were to Fukuoaka (3 hours away by high-speed ferry); and I was lucky in that (ex-girlfriend) Kumiko was living in Fukuoka, so I always had a free place to stay.

  • Aug 26 — by high-speed ferry to Busan, South Korea

    ...after 4 months I decided I didn't want to teach kids and got out of my one-year contract.

  • Dec 01 — by plane to Manila, Philippines

    ...had a little time-off before starting a short-term (4-week) job at a university in Busan; decided to take a quick vacation to someplace warm.

  • Dec 02 — by bus to Angeles City
  • Dec 08 — by plane to Dumaguete
  • Dec 13 — by high-speed ferry to Cebu City
  • Dec 17 — by plane to Manila

    ...such a short trip this time - Sigh!

  • Dec 19 — by plane to Busan, South Korea
  • Dec 20 — by high-speed ferry to Fukuoka, Japan

    ...yet another visa run.

  • Dec 22 — by high-speed ferry to Busan, South Korea

    ...to start my new job at Pukyong National University.