…The Philippines, Singapore, England & France…

What an amazing experience so far! I’ve been having a fantastic time seeing different places and meeting new people. Here’s a quick wrap up of the places I’ve been so far!

The PhilippinesĀ 

Food, shopping, food, shopping, food, food & more food! Had a great time in Manila staying with a friend from school. Myself and another two friends from school spend just over a week with the crazy food being a real highlight! Filipino food is so flavoursome and varied. Some of the interesting dishes included:

– Tapang kalabaw (vinegar cured water buffalo)
– Camaro (fried crickets)
– Barute (fried frog stuffed with pork)
– Halo Halo – shaved ice w/ milk, sweetened plantains (banana), sweetened coconut
– Inasal Na Manok – BBQ chicken marinated in different spices (lemongrass & coconut vinegar)
– Banana-cue – fried plantanes (like banana) covered in sugar, fried again then skewered

Fried frog stuffed w/ porkCrickets

Singapore

I absolutely fell in love with Singapore! The city was amazingly well organised, I just wandered and explored all day and night! I did a tour through the Asian Civilatiin Museum and saw the Singapore River then spent the rest of my time wandering the whole way around Marina Bay. I saw the Esplanade, the Merlion, Gardens by the Bay, the Fountain of Wealth & much more!

Gardens by the BayMerlion

London, England

Although I may not have made the most of the touristy aspect of London, I definitely had a great time there! I did a walking tour which included Buckingham Palace, Westmister Abbey & Houses of Parliament. I met a couple of people on the walking tour so we decided to do a London’s Gone Wild pub crawl which was great fun. I’m considering heading back to London to work and live in 2016 thanks to being able to study via distance through CSU while being overseas šŸ™‚

Changing of the guards in London Buckingham Palace

France

I definitely enjoyed wandering around Paris but wow my legs were sore after a long day of sightseeing! We managed to see the Mona Lisa, explore the Louvre for a bit, see the Arc de Triumph and the outside of Notre Dame. After two nights in Paris we headed down to theĀ Beaujolais Wine Region and stayed inĀ a contiki chateau for a couple of night which was both fun and incredibly relaxing.

Contiki Chateau Eiffel Tower