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Sabah, Malaysia

This post might be my personal favourite one because I’m very proud of all the photos in. So in these last three weeks I’ve been diving, exploring jungles and watching Netflix while being sick. My last week was completely ruined because I wasn’t able to do any of the things that I had planned to do but I knew that my health comes first and I need to be able to take the long flight back home. So I just stayed in my hostel room for few days and went through some seasons of different series.

But other than that I truly enjoyed Sabah. I did my OW & AOW in Mabul (Link of the diving company in the end of the post). Doing my diving license was one of the biggest things I’ve done on my travels because it had been on my mind for such a long time. In Sabah I saw sharks, turtles, an eagle ray, orangutans, proboscis monkeys and crocodiles. I found cheap rotti and had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I made new friends and noticed that Malaysian people are one of the nicest people I had met on my travels.

I’m going to say this again but yeah, I will definitely come back to this place. At least to dive.

Semporna

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Mabul

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Sipadan

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Sandakan

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Kinabatangan River

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So today is my last day in Asia. End of my travels. I really can’t believe it. I’ve had so many twisted feelings about today and next few days. From sadness to joy and from anxious to excitement. I have been sad because it’s time to say goodbye for travelling for a while now. I’ve been anxious because I really don’t know when I’m going to travel again and also because I’m not sure how everything will go in Finland. But mostly I’ve been happy.

I’m going to have so many new things going on in Finland which I just can’t wait to happen but I’m also excited about all the old things. I can’t wait to hug my best friends, my grandma and my dog again. I can’t wait to drive a car and get my drunk friends back home at 5am. I can’t wait to eat all the food I’ve been missing. Skiing, going to sauna, dancing to Finnish pop songs, complaining to my mum about pointless stuff, watching ice hockey in a bar, driving a snowmobile and talking with old people in the supermarket. I will see my home in a different way than before and I hope that I will enjoy it in a new better way now.

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Big John Scuba

Philippines (Banaue and Palawan)

Our next destination was Philippines which we both were just super excited about but also nervous because we actually didn’t have any clue what kind of country it is. Only thing we knew was just that it would be a heck of an adventure. And our start for the trip was also one of a kind event…

Before we arrived to Philippines we had small troubles with our flights. Our flight from Denpasar to Jakarta was an hour late. So when we arrived to Jakarta our flight to Manila had already started boarding and the check-in was closed. We missed our flight and the internet at the airport was just shitty. But luckily our friend saw Jannas snapchat about our small issue and called us instantly. He booked us new flights and we did a little trip at Singapore airport. Our friend is genuinely the best. Kiitos Jasu viel kerran.

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“Yeah we have 2 hours to go. No need to rush”

Well Manila was a little bit more than we expected. It was a crazy city. There were street children, guy selling water in the middle of a motorway and the traffic wasn’t moving. Our taxi was stuck in the traffic for almost two hours but we made it to the bus station.

What can I even say about those rice terraces. It was just beautiful, something unreal and also brutal. Clouds touching the mountains, jungles and an endless amount of terraces.  We saw people climbing higher and higher to their working places or their homes. We noticed the very presence of poverty instantly as well. These people who worked on those terraces earned small money time to time but not every day and you could never ask anyone in Finland to work such a physical work.

Philippines is a poor country. But the strange thing about poor people is that usually they are happier than people in my home town where people just have more than they need.

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We came back to Manila from the terraces and caught a flight to Puerto Princesa. At first we were thinking about traveling from Northern Palawan to down South of the Island but when we went to El Nido the first thing we were thinking was “I don’t actually mind staying here the whole week”. Palawan was beach, beer (of course) and parties. We also met some hilarious Finnish guys there and had great time with them (pietetään sit reunionit ja verestetää Fili-muistoi, ku kaikki ollaa taas Suomes!)

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Even though we enjoyed our time in El Nido we wanted to see something else and we took a boat to Coron island. We did some diving there which was one of the highlights on our trip. We were able to dive only once because our boat broke down but it didn’t matter. It was Jannas very first time and we saw bunch of cool fishes and luckily a turtle as well.  So actually our dive was excellent and we had the best instructor ever. We stayed on this island only for a couple of days and after that we took a flight back to Manila. At the airport I said Goodbye to this lovely girl when she took a flight to Finland and I flew to Vietnam.

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So my month with Janna was a success in many ways. We had the best time in Bali, we saw a turtle, we got tanned, we drank beer but still I have to say that the best thing about the whole trip was that now when I go back to Finland a new friend is waiting for me there. Before our trip we were good friends but traveling introduced me to this crazy girl in a completely new way. I can now say that she is one of my best friends and I truly love her. Until next time you silly girl!

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Bus from Manila to Banaue rice terraces

http://www.ohayamitrans.com

A nice hostel where we stayed in El Nido. Cheap and nice staff.

Austria’s Place

I really recommend these guys. Our diving experience was just amazing.

Fun & Sun Coron