Sunday, March 30, 2014

Packing List V2

We're all packed up and just about ready to go.  It's a 15 hour, direct flight to manila, arriving at 4 AM on April 1 (yup...we lose all of March 31) and then a second flight from Manila to Legazpi  arriving at noon.

Many people liked our first packing list blog post, so we thought we'd do it again. We were hoping that going to the tropics would mean that we could get away with bringing a lot less stuff. Unfortunately, with the sunscreen, bug spray, fins, snorkel and mask, we're actually bring about 10-15 lbs more stuff.  Our bags weigh 26 lbs and 27 lbs, and our carry-on is 11 lbs.  On the plus side, our bags might actually get lighter as we go and use up the sunscreen!

We pre-treated most of our outerwear with Picaridin - it should keep the mosquitos away for about 6 weeks (we're hoping it last a bit longer than that). Laura would like to emphasize that she actually doesn't have a lot more stuff than I do.  Her list is just longer.
2x swimming trunksboard shorts
Swimming rashguard2x bikinis
2x shortsSwimming rashguard
zip off pantszip off pants
long sleeve shirt3/4 length pants
wool long sleeve base layershorts
2x cotton t-shirtLong sleeve shirt
2x short-sleeve collared shirt2x short sleeve collared shirt
4x boxerswool long sleeve base layer
4x sockswool t-shirt
rain jacket2x tank top
shoespyjama shorts
flip flops5x underwear
2x bras
sports bra
4x socks
Rain jacket

Since we're going to be in the water so much, I decided to get a GoPro.  The housing that it comes with is good down to 131' (40m).  Hopefully we get some amazing pictures and video.
GoPro Hero 3+ BlackCanon S100
3x 32G micro SD cardsCanon PowerShot SD870 IS
3x battery + charger3 x 32G, 2 x 16 G SD cards (for cameras)
GoPro handle4 x battery + charger
GoPro dive filter (color correction under water)Mini tripod (it's super awesome)
GoPro accessories, anti-fog insertsShallow, water resistant housing for SD100
Lens cleaners
Moto X
Nexus OneUniversal power adapter
phone charger w/ two cordsextension cord with 3 outlets
micro usb to usb (to transfer pictures to phone)

2x 60L PacksBuffs bandanas
1x 30L Day Pack2x headlamps
2x bag rain covers3x luci lanterns (two to give away in the philippines)
Packing Cubesswiss army knife
25L dry bagmoney belt
2x Jag Bag silk sleeping bag linerswatch
Quick Dry Towels2x whistles
sunglasses each
cardsextra pair glasses (each)
backgammongloves for climbing Mount Kinabalu
cribbageziploc bags
cryptogram notebook (Laura's hobby)carabiners
EarphonesSewing Kit
first aid kit
2x snorkel & mask
2x finsSmall tearaway notebook
2x water shoesNotebook
dive log booksBinder clips
dive Cards

Laura trying out her new Buff, and Jerome, looking like a ninja!

hanging toiletry case2x 16 oz sunscreen
Toothpaste2x bullfrog sunscreen (for the water)
Toothbrushes and containerspf lipbalm
floss6x 4 oz bottles of 20% Picaridin insect repellent
shampoo and conditioner
soap and containeradvil
nail clippersmotion sickness patches + pills
tweezersanti-diarrhea medicine (immodium + Azithromycin)
razormalaria pills (malarone)
hair clippers (for my beard)allergy pills
hair brushaloe
hair elastics
hand sanitizerlaundry soap
moisturizing cream

On a different note... look at the awesome cake my co-workers got for my going away party!  The cake was decorated with asian fruits - durien, rambutan, bananas etc.  One side had pineapple filling and the other side had pandan and coconut.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Where are we going?

Click the image to see an interactive map
Donsol - swimming with the whale sharks
Banaue - seeing the world famous rice terraces
Coron - doing some Scuba Diving (known for many WWII wrecks)
Islands - multi-day crossing from Coron to El Nido by boat with Tao Philippines
El Nido - swimming in the beautiful water and limestone cliffs
Sabang - exploring the Underground River

Kota Kinabalu - seeing (hopefully) the very rare Rafflesia flower, the largest flower on earth!
Mount Kinabalu - climbing to the summit 13,435' (4,095 m).
Kinabatangan River - living in the jungle, hopefully seeing some monkeys and pygmy elephants!
Kota Kinabalu - diving in the the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Ubud, Bali - experiencing the balinese culture, temples, etc
Amed, Bali - scuba diving, volcano climbing, temples
Komodo - visiting the land of Komodo dragons.  Living on Kanawa Island.
Yogyakarta - exploring the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan

Singapore - eating all the hawker food

Bangkok - visiting the sites, exploring the city and surrounding areas.

Sihanoukville - scuba diving on a liveaboard
Koh Rong - staying on a lonely beach
Siem Reap - visiting Ankor Wat and the surrounding temples

Hong Kong
Hong Kong - visiting the city before heading back home!

I think I'm most looking forward to our trip between Coron and El Nido with Tao.  Laura's most eager to meet a Komodo dragon.

Only a few more days before we leave!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Jam and Lam are Going Escapading in Asia

It has been a quiet few months for blog posts, but very busy for us. At the start of February we got all the approvals from our works to take another 3 month sabbatical to go travelling again. Since then we've been madly planning and preparing. Two weeks today we'll be heading out on our next big adventure, travelling around South East Asia.

We don't quite have the whole itinerary completed yet, but we're close. We're flying into the Philippines where we'll spend most of the first month exploring several of the islands, snorkeling, diving and hopefully seeing whale sharks. We will then be heading to Malaysian Borneo where we will be climbing Mt. Kinabalu, staying in the jungle to look for proboscis monkeys and pygmy elephants and the giant rafflesia flowers. Next we will be heading to Bali where we will be doing some more exploring and diving. On to Komodo to see the infamous Komodo dragons! After that we'll visit Java briefly to see the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan. Then to Singapore to eat lots of tasty food!! We have a few weeks still to figure out here, and then we'll be going to Siem Reap to explore Cambodia's Angkor Wat and other temples, and finally to Hong Kong for a few days before returning home at the start of July.

We're really excited and very grateful to be heading out on this big adventure. We're not sure how easy internet will be to get. But we're going to do our best to post along the way and share our experiences. So keep checking in for updates!

In the last few months we've been busy and gotten certified for Scuba Diving and have been doing weekly hikes in preparation for the mountain climb. Here are a few photos of what we've been up to!