Exploring Taal Volcano and Lake... and being mute

Trip Start Oct 18, 2007
Trip End Aug 2008

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Sunday, December 2, 2007

I'm a little crispy from my day at Taal Volcano...  I forgot to smear on some sunscreen or wear a hat in my excitement of seeing this awesome location.  What a beautiful place!  Ate Olga and her cousin Edwin brought me to Tagaytay to visit the Taal Volcano and Lake.  Today, I also got an inside view on how to 'tawad' or haggle, which Ate Olga is quite adept at.  Unfortunately, to much of Ate and Edwin's amusement (as well as my parents reading this), it was better that I didn't speak my non-existent Tagalog or my North American inflected English during any of the transactions for fear of driving the price back up to what 'foreigners' pay, sometime 2.5 to 3 times what a local would.  So for most of the day, I either grunted like a mute or uttered mono-syllabic responses when people asked me questions... I must have appeared to be a snob for not speaking or a little slow.  ugggh.  And even when I spoke Tagalog, the locals could tell I'm obviously not from there.  When the man who was leading my horse up top of the ridge of Taal Volcano, asked me where I was from...  I answered Quezon City (I've seen it abbreviated to QC, and well, I'm from Quebec, which is also abbreviated as Qc... so I'm not lying.  More like stretching the truth).  Then he exclaimed that people from Quezon speak Tagalog.  I then kept quiet the rest of the trip up, or grunted when he said anything else.


*To clarify:  I can understand when people speak to me in Tagalog, I just have difficulty responding or stringing full sentences together.

Besides that, I had an amazing day and took many pictures while Ate Olga and I were up there.  (For those who speak even less tagalog than me, "Ate" pronounced Ah-Teh, is a respectful way to address a female friend or relative who's a little older than yourself.  The male version is 'Kuya', pronounced as it looks.)
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cuteshopper on

Oh the motherland!!!
Glad to see that you're enjoying yourself - be a doll and have a San Mig LIGHT for me!

Oh and lemme know what flavor of 'C2' you like .. heheh

Take care!!

bananita on

Hallloooo!!! Imagine... ME not speaking for a full DAY, not being able to scream from the top of my lungs how AWESOME it is to be in the Philippines right now!

Well, that was the whole point... to escape winter for a year. No snow, no boots, no multiple layers of clothing topped with a jacket and mitts and a scarf. blech.

Study hard lil' cuzin... save up and then leave for a while. It's awesome!

bananita on

Re: Let it snow...
Well, it'll be a tad disconcerting to celebrate christmas amidst palm trees and sandy beaches... but I'll take it for the team and try my darndest to make it work = P

It's actually quite funny to hear North American Christmas songs belting out from speakers in the mall and public transport ('I'm dreaming of a WHITE Christmas'??!?! who's seen SNOW in the Philippines?!?!)

Anyhoo, take care of yourself and keep warm =D

bananita on

Re: Oh the motherland!!!
hee hee hee, san mig makes me burpy.
and I really like to cranberry C2. I'll have to try the green apple flavoured one next!

i wonder if you get an email with this response... hmmm, i guess we'll find out!

later 'gator!

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