You're beautiful, thank you, I love you, good-bye!

Trip Start Feb 18, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Philippines  , Visayas,
Monday, March 1, 2010

Leaving the Kookoo's Nest, my backpack doesn't feel as heavy as it did a week ago.  I guess carrying that heavy and unwieldy scuba tank but some things in perspective.  We catch a ride (in an air conditioned van this time) back to the "city" of Dumaguete.  It's time for some Filipino culture!  We are staying at Harold's Mansion (Hostel/guesthouse) just outside of town near the university.  It is very colorful and Nikki has booked us a nice large room (with a/c) in the back. As we wait for our room to be cleaned I sign onto the internet and send some e-mails to our family.

We explore town on foot, walk by the water on Rizal Blvd, buy small ears of corn from a basket atop a woman's head, and watch the orange moon rise up out of the water.

We walk into an outdoor space serving beer and some not hot food (looks hot because it is in metal containers with lids.  But it's not). We sit at a table drinking a couple of delicious San Miguel pilsners.   After a while a couple of teenage girls walk by us giggling and waving, we say hello and they start really laughing and come over to us.  One girl kisses her finger and touches my nose, then the other girl does the same.  They start saying to me, "Oh you are so beautiful! Can I kiss your cheek? Can I touch your nose? You are like a celebrity from Hollywood! You look like Taylor Swift!! You are so cute!!"  (No idea who this is but I imagine she is also white...)  After each kiss and nose touch they giggle and scream and clap.  They are very sweet and I am blushing from the attention.  I am talking with Harold later in the cafe at the hostel and tell him the story.  I tell him that in fact at first I thought they were making fun of me, but he assured me that this was not the case.

Jon says he is going to use me to turn a profit.....
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