Madness in Malapascua

Trip Start Sep 12, 2005
Trip End Sep 11, 2006

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Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Hey guys, am a bit behind with this whole travelog malarky, so will briefly start to update:

So, I left Cebu city on Fri (30th Sept) and travelled north by another crappy bus. I have come to notice that the speedometer fails to work in every vehicle I've been in - I don't know if this is a national thing or just Lucy luck, but it covers the whole board - tricycles, motorbikes, jeepneys and buses. Bizarre. After a sticky 5 hours I made it to the north of the island and caught the last boat over to the tiny island of Malapascua, which is supposed to be as beautiful as Boracay but less touristy.

Hmm...not sure what my verdict is of this place. It actually did have a fair few tourists, unfortunately I was taken under the wing of some English people, who, I was to find out, hate to mix with any other nationality. I then spent the rest of my time here trying to avoid them as best as possible and not let the other travellers associate me with their traits. I think I may be racist against my own nation. Ack well.

Also to slightly cloud my judgement of the island was the lack of lighting. Absolutely no lights along the path, and though everyone kept assuring me it was a safe island, I didn't feel particularly at ease walking home in pitch black, especially when I find a guy waiting on my balcony for me (I know, I know, I should have had a torch).

Also, I had, in my usual foolish manner made the assumption that I could dive to see thresher sharks off the island (LP book indicated this to be so). However, what I didn't realise is that you need to have your Open Water qualification as is too deep for a one-off dive and I had agreed with Liz that we would both wait till we met up in Oz to do it together. So no luck there.

Having said all that, it was a beautiful island and the beach was grand with the water crystal clear. Did eventually meet some nice (non-English) people to hang out with and had a good time with them. Though the Julie Andrews wannabe who was staying in the hut next to me was becoming rather irritating with her 6am renditions of Mariah Carey songs - they do love to warble here.

So lazed my days reading on the beach (good book - 'Tuesdays with Morrie') and drinking by night. Good stuff.

Left Monday (3rd) to the same ride back down to Cebu City where again I spent another uneventful night, though I can report that the Filipinos also have Big Brother here - sometimes the American influence in this country is just too much! Catching a flight to Boracay today, so much of the same kinda stuff to come.
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stevepond on

That guy on the balcony
So you came back to find a guy on your balcony. What happened, did he fall off, run away, ask for batteries for his torch....a bowl of sugar? I know it's some time ago now but it's little things like this that put the log into travel.

By the way, what's happening about your contact lenses? Can you see where you're going? Have you ordered a new pair for collection in Oz?

Keep up the postings. Fascinating as ever. You'll have enough to write a book by the time you get back.



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