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... never will be able to support a family. I also found out that the youngest and cutest of my breakfast pals was a chronic gambler the cute seven year old smilied coyly but didn't deny the charge. Eventually I had to go. Boarding a plane to Cebu, then Puerto Princessa followed by a mini van to El Nido. But it struck me that he would automatically assume that I was a missionary just because I did a good deed but hey at least he didn't ask why I was ...
... worked as well.
We finally get going and things start to cool down as the breeze hits us in the open ocean. Unlike the other three ferries I've been on, there are no classes and seat allocations here. Also, there are no tourists except me. And two roosters. At first I think there's only one and a funny ship echo thing happening, but no, there's two. The second one I didn't spot cause it was next to my feet, in a cardboard box with little holes in it. How did I miss that ...
... We still had four hours until it was our stop. The journey itself was ok. We kept stopping to let people on and off but it was taking ages. We just wanted to get into the hostel and get a good night sleep before swimming with the whale sharks the following morning. We arrived in Oslob around 11pm. They dropped us off at one hostel which said they had a double room for 1,500pesos a night. We tried to get a discount because it was so late but he was having none of it. It was ...
... and burn them while they pray.
I went to an "authentic" Mexican restaurant for lunch where I ate an Indian veggie curry :)
While I was eating this ex-pat named Macolm sat with me and started chatting. He was about 60, English, has been visiting the Philippines for 25 years, first came because he works as a chemist but wouldn't tell me what sort of work.
He tried to talk ...
... happen to be swimming in that area on their migratory trek. What they are doing here off the SE coast of Cebu is an attempt to change the behavioral patterns of these giants so that tourists can be drawn to see and swim with them twelve months of the year. The motivation, of course, is money, but no one knows for sure what dire consequences this could have on the whale sharks themselves.
The crew and those handling the boats ...