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Hiking Gear:

The Filipino woman who was traveling with the apparently short Australian man had some great hiking gear.

She was wearing these hiking cargo shorts and tights – keeping relatively cool but still protecting herself from forest elements. She then had an athletic top (probably Northface), a nifty hat, and a hiking pole.

The only thing that I am particularly interested in is the shorts and tights idea. I was wearing breathable linen pants with my athletic gear, they kept me relatively cool but were still kind of cumbersome. Lesson for next time.

Also, I learned that I should have indeed packed those ice packs.

Another thing in general for Southeast Asia…


Do Not Bring Traveler’s Checks. No one takes them. Lonely Planet even said that every bank seems to have a personal vendetta against them. Granted, I’ve only tried the Philippines and it looks like Vietnam will fare better for my unused checks… but even so, it’s proved to be such a hassle. Bring US dollars instead and just exchange them as needed. Bring plastic as well, but skip on the checks and carry US cash instead.


Thankfully, before departing on this trip, I consulted some other travel blogs done by women for Southeast Asia. One of which instructed me to bring a good hoodie as all of the buses’ AC makes it a frigid ride.
A good friend of mine lent me his ninja-esque puma fleece – it has this little bit that can cover up to just below your eyes. It’s kept my nose nice and warm on the plane, Autobus, and other overly air conditioned places.

A blanket is a good thing as well.- At time of posting in Manila, Philippines, it was 80.6 °F
Humidity: 100% | Wind Speed: n/a | Cloud Cover: scattered clouds