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... somewhat disappointed, but the local kids don't seem to mind. I pass groups of them splashing in the clear water.
I am the only one at the restaurant (I'm sensing a theme here) and eat lunch looking out to sea.
Back at the beach house I meet Peter, the owner. He is Danish and until recently was running his own company operating both here and in Denmark. Something nautical I gather, as he tells me the house was to be built originally to house merchant Filipino ...
... for stolen. After this we decided to go back to the hostel and get some food along the way. I suggested a cheap restaurant which was metres away from our hostel. After we just chilled at the hostel searching for a place to stay in Taipei. We slept on the beanbags. It wasn't the best night sleep because we kept getting bitten by Mosquitos. Last time I slept like this in pink Manila I didn't have this problem. Around 4am we woke up to leave for the airport. Our flight was at 7.30am to ...
... 700p and we immediately took the two single beds and shoved them together to form a very small queen. So small that my feet spent the entire night dangling off the end. On top of this, our room was located under the actual diner and the thin floors and ceiling made it easy for us to hear every conversation and be privy to every chair and table that moved or scraped across the floor. Oh well, we knew it was only for a night.
When planning our trip we decided we wanted to be in the Philippines for Christmas and New Year, if you're not going to be with family and friends you might as well be in the sun on some of the best beaches in the world. We booked most of our domestic flights in advance to get the cheapest deal at this time of year, as you can pay lots more if you don't.
Our first destination was Apo Island, we had to fly from Manila to Dumaguete, then we got a taxi to the ...
... from the indigenous peoples here, and some interesting information about their history. After several centuries of Spanish rule and being invaded by the Japanese during the war, the Philippines were sold by the Spanish to the US for $20 million!
So far we have done a day diving and snorkeling trip to Apo Island, where I saw my first giant sea turtle! We also went to see the 100ft Casaroro ...