A volcanic island.

Trip Start Sep 21, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Sea Escape Resort.

Flag of Philippines  ,
Sunday, February 10, 2008

This spectacular volcanic island reminded me of the Jurassic Park movie island. It was going to be great. But this Typhoon came by and kept dropping loads of rain for days. I still had a great time though for the locals were lovely. They more than made up for the bad weather. And I met this great couple from South Africa with whom I played cards and had cold beer for days at a time. I learned to play Shit Head and I enjoyed the best chocolate cake in my life. That was all so unexpected. It's funny how a trip somewhere might turn out to be a completely different experience than you expected yet totally fun and enjoyable.

Since this is my last entry about the Philippines I feel compelled to say this. I have met here some of the happiest, most welcoming, honest and hard working people in the world. Too bad their government is so corrupt for I strongly feel that the people of the Philippines are capable of great achievement. If it wouldn't be for that severely bad corruption ingrained at every level of government, Philippinos would quickly turn this economy around and make their country one of the fastest developing in the world side by side with India and China. But corruption slows down economical development and it breads political instability. And instability is the last thing a foreign investor wants to hear about. Sadly it hurts this country so bad.

I must also say this: it is here in the Philippines that I met the most weirdo travelers anywhere in the world. Sex tourism appears to be rampant around here. Bangkok and the whole of Thailand are nothing compare to this. I saw countless Army Retiree looking Westerners in their 40's to 60's with a girl that barely looked 20. Sometimes much younger. Frankly disgusting.

Keep going my friend Philippinos, you have a beautiful country and the best attitude I've ever seen. Your day will come.
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