May 22-23 Mon/Tues
Trip Start May 11, 2006
14Trip End Jun 05, 2006
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We left the dump site and headed back to the Malate Pensionne, with a stop at Makate to pick up our luggage. It turned into a long day of driving through horrendous traffic for only an hour or so of time at the dump (which is all you would really want unless you could do something more interesting like talk to the people). Sonny thought we were a little crazy but we had plans with him starting at 6am the next day so we all pretended to still be friends.
Bright and early we headed out to meet Sonny and head to a nearby university to veiw their museum on the Pampanga people. We headed to Bacalor, where we saw the effects of a nearby volcanic eruption. It was less dramatic than I was anticipating because the town has had some time to reconstruct and excavate some of the churc peices. There were some houses still buried up to the roof, and the guides we met with were really interesting and added a lot to the understanding of the trip, with out them and Hermon (a local and friend of Johnathan's who we met back at the beginning) the day would have really been pointless.
After Bacalor we traveled to Subic Bay which seemed really interesting, more time there to explore would have been fun, but we were only there for the lesser part of an afternoon since we rented this van to bring us back to Manila. We went to the tourism board first I think and were shown this big presentation. based on the presentation I think they seemed to think we came all the way to the philippines just to study their plans with Subic Bay. Subic Bay was really interesting because it is the former US Naval base and was largely protected from deforestation and other development. One of the guides told me that the US military kept the area very forested becasue they used it for training for Veitnam. We toured the area which was really nice, it was the most prestine Tropical Rainforest that i may ever see. We even saw a monkey just sitting on the side of the road. We stopped at one point for Yellow Cab pizza, and we noticed that one of our pizzas cost more than a ful days wages for someone working in the Subic Bay area, based on thier minimum wage standards. I felt bad for Sonny at this point becasue we all were sitting around eating pizza, and I think he had bigger plans for how far the day would take us. We probably could have eaten in the van. At one point Jill asked Sonny about why there was never any toilet paper in the bathrooms and how annoying it was that you couldn't put toilet paper in any of the toilets. Sonny was kind of confused by the question and said that it was because Filipino's didn't use TP, they just used their hands. that was SOnny's fatal mistake. The rest of the day was based around Filipino's using their hands instead of toilet paper. We continued to ask everyone what their preference was and found that it wasn't all Filipino's, but certaintly a majority. When we finally dropped Sonny off he ran away faster than anyone I've ever seen.
That night we went out for more kareoke, luckily it was more than 3 of us this time.