March 29, 2016

beyondtheordinary_Bohol_Bamboo Bridge II
beyondtheordinary_bohol_hanging bamboo bridge VI
beyondtheordinary_bohol_tarsier II
beyondtheordinary_Bohol_Bamboo Bridge I
beyondtheordinary_Bohol_Man opening coconuts with his mouth

beyondtheordinary_bohol_palm trees
beyondtheordinary_bohol_chocolate hills II
beyondtheordinary_bohol_chocolate hills I
beyondtheordinary_bohol_chocolate hills III
beyondtheordinary_Bohol_Bamboo Bridge III

beyondtheordinary_bohol_sunrises III

At the beginning of the month I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend a short but absolutely beautiful 4 days on the stunning island of Bohol in the Philippines. While the majority of those days was spent enjoying all the luxury our Resort had to offer (read more about it here) we also used one day to adventure around the island and visit some of the incredible sights and landscapes that this little place in the Philippines has to offer.

After loading up our energy stores at the extensive and way too delicious breakfast buffet in the morning, we met our local tour guide and the little day trip around this beautiful island began.

Our first stop was the Bamboo Hanging Bridge that spans over the Sipatan River in Sevilla Bohol. When the bridge was first built a couple of years ago everything was made out of bamboo from the local forest. However over time the natural ropes started to deteriorate and were subsequently replaced with heavy metal ropes, resulting in a somewhat safer feeling. The short walk over the bridge is an adventure itself, with the bamboo making creaking sounds, the slight bounce and the swinging from side to side it feels more like a carnival ride without the safety straps. Continue Reading


March 15, 2016

beyondtheordinary_hennan resort_pool chills
beyondtheordinary_hennan resort_pool hangs
beyondtheordinary_hennan resort_villas
beyondtheordinary_hennan resort_by the pool
beyondtheordinary_hennan resort_pools
beyondtheordinary_hennan resort_pool with a view
beyondtheordinary_hennan resort_palms and clouds
beyondtheordinary_hennan resort_beachin
beyondtheordinary_hennan resort_stones
beyondtheordinary_hennan resort_beach chills
beyondtheordinary_hennan resort_main pool
beyondtheordinary_hennan resort_villas-2
beyondtheordinary_hennan resort_room

Thanks to my beautiful friend Katharina and her incredible family I recently had the chance to stay at the Hennan Resort on Panglao Island, Bohol in the Philippines or as I liked to call it “my piece of heaven on earth”.

Even though we only spent 4 days at the resort, we made the most of those days, getting up early to satisfy my gym cravings, feasting on all the deliciousness the big breakfast buffet had to offer, swimming in the turquoise water of the ocean and reading and relaxing away on the white sandy beach while sipping on fresh coconuts. At the end of those days we were both seriously considering missing our flight on purpose just to be able to spent a couple more days in this little paradise.

I have been travelling through Southeast Asia for the last 5 month and obviously I have seen a lot of beaches, but to be honest, the beaches that I have seen in the Philippines are the prettiest that I have seen so far. The incredible white sand paired with the stunning blue of the water filled with the a great variety of cute fishies that swim around your feet as soon as you get in and the cute traditional pump boats that anchor on the shore and make the seascape look even more stunning.

But if you don’t want to lie around and relax all day there is plenty more to do for you here. For one you can just take a little walk along the beach where you will find a variety of little shops and restaurants that are located right on the beach so you can actually have a yummy shake or meal while playing with your toes in the sand. In addition there are also a lot of dive schools conveniently located around the resort that are more than happy to take you to the beautiful dive spots around the island. Furthermore, you can do a little trip around the island see the famous chocolate hills, fall in love and try to kidnap one of the adorable little tarsiers or adventure through one of the many stunning caves (post on this is already in the making). So there is clearly something to do for every mood and every different person.

All in all I absolutely loved my stay at Hennan and felt fully recharged and energized after those 4 days of pure relaxation and I am very certain that it was not my last time here as I will definitely be coming back.

Thank you again Katharina for making this trip possible for me I am so grateful for the opportunity. This trip was exactly what I needed after 5 month of backpacking and the subsequential need to watch every single cent I spend.



March 12, 2016

beyondtheordinary_faces of myanmar_old man smiling
beyondtheordinary_beautiful sarah
beyondtheordinary_faces of myanmar_beautiful lady
beyondtheordinary_faces of myanmar_Jen
beyondtheordinary_faces of myanmar_smiling baby
beyondtheordinary_faces of myanmar_Emely
beyondtheordinary_faces of myanmar_little girl
beyondtheordinary_faces of myanmar_Patrick
beyondtheordinary_faces of myanmar_Little Boy
beyondtheordinary_faces of myanmar_brian
beyondtheordinary_faces of myanmar_YeLinnIn September last year I jumped on a plane in Frankfurt, a one way ticket to Bangkok in my pocket and the initial Plan to travel through Asia for a good three month and head to Australia straight thereafter. Since then a bit more than 5 month have passed and I am still travelling through Asia exploring all the beautiful places this part of the World has to offer and getting to know all the different but super interesting cultures over here.

The other day, after realizing how long I have been backpacking through Asia, I started to think about if and how my way of travelling has changed over the course of this trip. And oh man let me tell you it changed a shit load. When I first arrived in Bangkok, I was the typical uber eager backpacker that wanted to see all the sights and places that I read about in travel guides and on the internet or saw on the Instagram feed of one of those well-known travel blogger (and obviously there is absolutely nothing wrong with this). In my opinion I basically wanted to travel for all the wrong reasons back then: to collect stamps in my passport, snap some breathtaking pictures for Instagram or simply cross “places to see” off my bucket list.

However, it did not take too long before I realized that something was terribly wrong with this approach. I was at those super stunning places doing all of these incredible things but for some strange reason it just did not felt very fulfilling to me (don’t get me wrong, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that as this is different for everyone but it just wasn’t for me). Continue Reading


March 4, 2016

Fisherman Inle Lake
Houses on Inle Lake
Look Up
Man working on Inle Lake

Fishermen Inle Lake
Bamboo huts inle lake
Field Work on Inle Lake
Fishermen at Inle Lake
Post Office Inle Lake
Landscap Inle Lake
At the end of our 3 day trek, driving along this stunning and breathtaking landscape around Inle Lake was the perfect end to our little adventure in the beautiful Shan State.


March 2, 2016

Girls trekking in Kalaw

KIDS II     Man at work

Little Calve in the Mountains of Myanmar

little boy biking
Fieldwork in Myanamr
Cow Carriage Myanmar
Trekking on the railway
Nature in Myanmar
As promised in my last post some more impressions from my trekking adventure through the mountains of the Shan State. I really hope you enjoy my captured highlights.

Lots of love and sunshine to whereever you are right now!