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Where have I been + TURTLES

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Apologies for the WordPress silence over the last few weeks. Guess I’ve been having too much fun.

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Post party Gili T sunrise

Four weeks in Indonesia flew past way too quickly and I feel like I barely scratched the surface. Partying in Gili Trewangan and scootering around Bali got the better of me. I will go back. Out of all the countries I’ve been to Indonesia has left me thirsty for more; so many beautiful islands to explore and cultural diversity to experience. I had planned 60 days there but I now find myself in the Philippines, my 10th and last country of a 10 month trip.

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French Canadian fun on Gili T

I’ve just spent another six days in Singapore (my brother was on business there so I got to stay in a luxury hotel for free – score). Other than being a lazy bum by the pool by day and drinking beer and cocktails with good company by night I managed to uncover yet another bizarre tourist attraction (remember Haw Par Villa?). Top marks to Oscar for another Singapore surprise – the world’s largest collection of live turtles and tortoises at Chinese Gardens.

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The gardens are in their own right a beautiful and worthwhile visit (though not a patch on Singapore’s stunning botanical gardens). But the main attraction has to be The Live Tortoise and Turtle Museum. Having recently fallen in love with turtles snorkelling with one in the blue waters of Gili T, I was very excited about this. I have never seen such a weird array of creatures belonging to the same species in my life. I mean how about this one for starters – pig nose turtle…

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And this crazy golden soft shell turtle…

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Hello!!!!
Alligator snapper turtle will break your bones rawrrrrr…

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This giant tortoise enjoyed his munch on a long bean…

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Roaming free in the garden…

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So many turtles…

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Of course you always have to ask yourself – are these animals being kept in a suitable environment? It didn’t strike me as a particularly happy place for them with lots of small pens and tanks. The owners are turtle and tortoise fanatics and have spent the best part of 20 years collecting the critters. So you’d think they’d want what’s best for them right? This sign was mildly reassuring…

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Maybe it’s the best place for them. I still think they’d be happier on an island somewhere though.

In addition to the real deal the museum also displayed a Guiness World Record collection of ornamental turtle and tortoise paraphernalia (think Cat Museum, Kuching). Is there such a thing as too many turtles?

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It was certainly a good way to spend 5 bucks and see some random stuff. The gardens weren’t bad either…

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So what’s next? Four weeks of couchsurfing, rice terraces, mountains, volcanoes, world famous beaches and diving in the Philippines. Let’s go!

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My sweet ride this morning in Manila