Heading back to the beach :D

Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
Trip End Jan 22, 2013

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Flag of Philippines  , Visayas,
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

After being away from the beach for a few days, we are headed back to a beach on a small island called Malapascua. I picked this island because of its popularity for diving, and white sand beaches. I am SO excited. I know it's only been a few days but I missed being on the beach! I miss the smell of the ocean and sounds of the crashing waves. There is no denying I was probably a fish in my previous lifetime.

The ride to this island is about 4-5 hours and there are vans and taxis for hire that would make the commute comfortable. But of course I wanted to do it the local way (and also the cheapest) so we hopped on a public bus that cost us $3.50 for the entire one-way. What a deal!

Let me back track and mention our first Couch Surfing experience last night! CSing has an obvious benefit of having a free accommodation. But for ME, the better benefit is meeting and connecting with people from other parts of the world. I wanted to CS in the Philippines at least once to meet a local. So last night we were hosted by 2 roommates Junior and Rica. Such nice and friendly people in the mid-20s. They were also hosting 2 other girls from Guatemala so we all crashed on the floor of their living room. Their toilet and shower were located outside the apartment and the shower consisted of a cold water in a bucket!! Slightly shocking, but hey, I said I wanted the local experience. For dinner, Rica took us to this BBQ place that was mind-blowing! I was soooooo upset that I did not take my camera to capture this place! In the absence of a visual, I will try to paint the picture.
Imagine a square open area that's about the size of a basketball court. There were about 30-40 stands lined up around the perimeter of the square, selling raw meat on skewers. Pork, chicken, stuffed fish, other seafood, etc. Everybody from all the stands is yelling and hollering and waving at you to get you to come eat from their stand. You go walking around picking meat of your choice. Then there is a large BBQ pit in the center of the square with boys/men who grill the meat for you.
I ended up picking stuffed squid and red sausage, and got one ball of rice wrapped in a banana leaf. THEN they bring you plastic gloves because you are about to eat them all with your hands! There were 2 "lady-boys" at the next table who were absolutely hysterical. Oh what a night we had. That was a trip!
Dinner = 100 php ($2.50)
An unforgettable experience = PRICELESS.
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Oli on

After I read this, I am so hungry. I think I'll stuff myself with meat today :-)

Marie B on

If your pictures weren't making me homesick for the Philippines already, the sign at the bus stop "Bacolod via Canla-on" really did. That's where I was born and lived for the first 8 years of my life, Bacolod City. I still have family there. Your description of the seafood reminded me of how good it is there. If you're into oysters, the Philippines has the best oysters I've ever eaten in my whole life.

oshioshi on

Oli, what else is new ;-).

Marie, that is cool! I hope the pics brought back some fond memories :)
I haven't tried the oysters yet but now I will! Thanks for the tip!

Jack on

OMG now that I realized how to navigate the site and can see your other posts (besides just the first one -- I was all like "dayum girl hasn't posted on her travel blog yet) I AM SO JEALOUS! Sounds like you are having the adventure of a lifetime.

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