Salamat Po to the Sze Family!!
Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
54Trip End Sep 01, 2011
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My classmate from Taiwan was kind enough to offer to show us around the Philippines for a few days! He picked us up at the hotel and we started our morning off with breakfast. Jay was courageous and guessed at an item on the menu....Bangus....turned out to be fish! But darn good fish...fried nicely, flavorful, with the perfect crunch on the outside! It was really delicious. I, in my awesome mood, played it safe with a sandwich. Our day was spent touring the city, stopping at some great markets, and eating and eating, and eating. We went to Tiendesitas...a heaven of market shopping and ate some local noodles...delicious
Our friend invited us to stay at his family's home as we wanted to get up early to head to Subic in the morning. Wow! You would never guess that we were in the Philippines. His house was a beautiful mansion in a gated community, on a mountain, with a view like no other! Not really "backpacker" style accomodation, but we didn't complain...haha! It was nice to have the comforts of home with maids to cook for us!
We headed off to Subic in the morning with Stephen and his younger brother Stewart. Their mom is so nice that she booked us a room for the night at the Subic Bay Yacht Club. It was a great time. We went to a Zoo...suppose to be a Tiger Safari...but I think they forgot to put the Tigers in the fields...lol. Ate some more food...calamansi juice is one of our favorites now! We found a little carnival after dinner and enjoyed the fear that Stephen showed on the roller coaster....as the guy sent us around again for a free turn
The next day in Subic, we tried to play frisbee on the beach, but the wind won, so we just explored a little. We drove out to Clark...the American base. It's amazing how much poverty we can ignore. The American base on one side of the road with it's prestine scenary and golf course, and kids carrying water back home in buckets, wearing rags for clothing....right across the street. Unbelievable how we can just ignore it. We returned to Quezon City for the evening. Oh...did I mention the bats the size of eagles that fly in swarms of thousands in the middle of the day???!!! Gross!!! Spencer (the middle brother) took us for a walk around the "village" of mansions before Stephen took us to Green Hills for dinner. I was complaining about never being hungry to try the desserts, so we decided to eat dessert first! Halo Halo...coconut and banana ice drink with other scrumptiolicious things in it!!!! Yummy!! There was a night market there that was insanely busy!!
On the 29th, Stephen and his friend Claire took us to Taygaytay, with intentions on trekking in the Taal Volcano. Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate and it started to rain. We went to plan B: eat as many different Philippine snacks as possible and stuff ourselves full!!!....lol. The Buko Pie is phenomenal...Buko is Coconut. Nothing like coconut pie in Canada! We had an excellent view of the volcano and got some great shots in. When we returned to Manila, Stephen and Claire went to a movie in the afternoon while Jay and I explored the Mall of Asia (massive) and walked along Manila Bay watching the sunset, taking in the festivities, and trying not to be groped by the girl-guys wanting us to eat at their restaurants! Since when does being harassed by girl-guys make you want to eat at a restaurant???!!! Can't figure out the tactics on that one!
The morning of the 30th was spent re-organizing our packs. In the afternoon, we went to the American Memorial park....absolutely beautiful. They must put thousands worth of fertilizer on the grass everyday!
After a taxi, a plane, a crazy van ride from Kalibo to Caticlan, a boat to Boracay, and a weird buggy thing to the hotel, we are now in Boracay....arrived just in time for the beautiful sunset on the soft, sand beach. What a place....