Fun in the Philippines: We Said Go Travel

Published: Tue, 09/03/13

We Said Go Travel Newsletter 33:  September 3, 2013

Hello from Manila, Philippines! L'Shana Tova (Happy Jewish New Year!)

Our two weeks of travel in the Philippines have been varied and fantastic! Our visit included sharing the underwater world of Balicasag with giant turtles and a tornado of jack fish as well as swimming with five school bus size Whale Sharks in Oslob, Cebu! (see photo below). We also saw the highlights of international design with Kenneth Cobonpue and the UNESCO sites of the Chocolate Hills and Underground River. I cannot wait to share all the photos and video especially of the fine hotels of Manila like Resorts World and Hotel H20 as well as Be Resort and Marco Polo in Cebu and Hotel Centro and Acacia Tree Garden Hotel in Puerto Princessa. Ricky of Cebu Holiday Tours and Rissa, the author of "The Philippines: 100 Travel Tips," have been incredible guides and friends.

The winners to our Independence Travel Writing Contest will be announced TODAY! Our Gratitude Travel Writing Contest will begin on September 11 and close on November 28 with the beginning of Chanukah and Thanksgiving.

We appreciate all of you who read our newsletters, articles, website and BOOK! Thank you to everyone for your support of our journey and all our writing. We are participating in travel events in Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Guam, Oahu and Los Angeles! Connect with us on FacebookGoogle+ LinkedInPinterest,  SlideShare,   Twitter, and YouTube.

We will send our next news from the Palau! Happy and Safe Travels!

Lisa and George (Click here to sign up for this newsletter. )

Recent posts to enjoy: Please enjoy my article, Our Sabbatical Adventure in Purple Clover. My article was in the Lonely Planet Magazine India in August and will share a pdf soon! I wrote about Nepal on the site Four Jandals and was included in Tiffany Hawk's article in the Huffington Post called, " How to Make Dreams Happen. Right Now. Even if you are Scared." 

From Westside Today: Traveling Around the World Sin!

"Traveling in Sin" is a love story and travel memoir rolled in to a single, enjoyable book.The travelers fell in love while traversing the Far East, and include 80 beautiful photos from their journey. As their adventures unfold, Niver-Rajna whittles her waistline while upping her confidence and Rajna learns to open his heart to the partner he proposes to toward the end of the trip. Niver-Rajna and Rajna tell an exciting tale filled with tears of joy and disaster as they share their love story. --Westside Today, Amy Sommer, July 18, 2013

Our Independence Travel Writing contest was a great success with 188 writers from 31 countries. Thank you to all who have participated or shared about it! We are especially grateful to our two wonderful judges, Richard Bangs and Amy Friedman.

Read all the INDEPENDENCE travel writing contest entries! Our Gratitude Travel Writing Contest will begin on September 11 and close on November 28 with the beginning of Chanukah and Thanksgiving.


Our Memoir is available: Traveling in Sin

We left last July for Indonesia for this one year journey and five years ago in July for our first one year sabbatical! Read our memoir, Traveling in Sin, to learn how we met online, and chose to meander from Indonesia to Mongolia. Along the way, I lost over fifty pounds and we got engaged underwater. This book is NOT a collection of blog posts. We have never published this story before! Enjoy all the colorful characters we met and the tears and triumphs of a Peace Corps Worker and a Princess (cruises employee) finding their way together in Asia. 

Movies from our Trip
Thank you for watching! 
Our YouTube channel is now OVER 123,000 views! 
All 45 of our Myanmar movies are now online! 

MOVIES from our trip:
Click the country to see all the movies:  Bali and Lombok Indonesia, Southern Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and Nepal on our YouTube Channel. We will be adding movies from Northern Thailand, and India soon.