When Plan A Was Undoable, Plan B Came In

Colombo_cruise_berth_shopsColombo was another city in the ship’s string of voyages in Asia and another city for me to explore. So while still hundreds of miles away to Colombo, I already had in mind a lot of things to do ashore – city landmarks I must visit; local food to taste; and should I give tuk tuk (rickshaw) a try or just walked. I want to experience something of Sri Lanka other than just shopping; I want to explore anything and anywhere my wandering foot would take me in this huge and sprawling city.
The heat was excruciating when the ship arrived in Colombo. Well, what to expect, summer was at its peak. In the Philippine countryside where I grew up and lived, summer can be very hot but not as intense in Colombo. Though I have not thought of Plan B should Plan A becomes undoable, an unplanned Plan B just popped out from my head. Contemplating about the alternative that came to my mind, and YES why not! So, there I was in Colombo but not in downtown area but just few walks away from the ship. [Read more…]

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Uligamu, Less Likely Place To be Around But It’s Paradise

UligamuIf Philippines’ beautiful resort island of Boracay is jam-packed with tourists and almost everywhere around is heavily commercialized, the remote island of Uligamu in Maldives is the complete opposite. It’s kind of one remote island – no hotels, no restaurants, no shops but thatched roof huts of locals – waiting to be uncovered.
Approaching the island from sea, white sandy coast surfaced from the horizon. Inching closer to the island, gradually unfold turquoise clear water and stretch of white sand beach. But not a single structure or any signs of civilization came into view except for the loose vegetations. If not of the ship’s state of the art navigational instruments, I might have second thoughts either we arrived on our intended destination or not. But we arrived not in the wrong place, we were exactly right on the dot – we arrived Uligamu. Ship dropped anchor at a safe distance away from shallow water and everyone gets to the island by the ship’s tender boats. [Read more…]