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Travel Blogs from Dumaguete
... there's only a few people here. There are a half dozen waitresses in black and white dresses, looking a little like the German girls at a Oktoberfest. I sit with my back to the bar and watch.
A little later a Filipina comes in and sits at a table a few meters from me. She's young and attractive, with a white blouse and jeans. She orders a beer. I watch her for a while.
A tall older man with greying thin hair finishes his game of pool and walks over to the girl. ...
... how common earthquakes were in the Philippines finding out there had been 10 quakes in the last 18 days!. Following Julie's departure we had one more day on Siqujoir and decided to get a moped out and travel round the island. Like most places here they get pretty excited to see white faces and all seemed to wave and shout hello as we drove past. After circling the whole island we got stuck in a rain and the rain in the Philippines is ...
... Jeth, a singer in Manila.
Afterwards we went to a local place, Sans Rival, for their famous silvanas, which are a Filipino dessert- "a frozen cookie made from a layer of buttercream sandwiched between two cashew-meringue wafers coated with cookie crumbs".
They certainly lived up to their hype, they were incredible.
All in all, a surprisingly great time in Dumagete!
... what we could of Bohol we jumped on another ferry to Siquijor (pronounced Siggy-or). The name of the island translates as "island of fire" due to the local inhabitants - fireflies. People have believed the island to be mystical because of the folk healers and their practice of spiritualism. They have and still do make their own potions for 'health, love and favor' (none of which were sampled!).
Before arriving at our beautiful resort, ...
... it to 4 when the weather turned stormy and windy and the ferry run to Cebu was in jeopardy.
Dumaguete is a peaceful town of about 120,000. It has a wonderful coastal area that is neither all harbour nor pure beach. It has all kinds of restaurants and bars and a very large University that dominates much of the inner city. What struck Monica and I so much about this town was the large number of caucasian men who have settled here. Many have ...