Our bus ride down to MoalBoal only took three hours and it was a pleasant trip. What, no moaning? Not this time, sorry. We quickly got a motorbike and sidecar to our resort five miles up the coast called Quo Vadis. We had not pre-booked here but we liked the sound of it after reading about it in the guidebook. They showed us their Deluxe room, we instantly said we would take it. It was over budget but the large screen TV and massive bed swung it for Cathy and I
. We were so happy with Quo Vadis in fact that we booked four nights with them. They had a great swimming pool and beach side restaurant. They were also a good diving outfit but Cathy laid a guilt trip on me about spending money, so I did no diving. We did however do some fantastic snorkeling right in front of the resort. I would say the corals here are the best I have ever seen. The sheer variety of corals was staggering. The varieties of fish living in and around these coral gardens was also immense and Cathy and I saw fish here we had never seen before. We saw turtles on at least two occasions as well. So our time here was either spent snorkeling, hanging around the pool, eating or watching the TV. That's my idea of heaven!!
On the third day we hired a motorbike for the day and headed down the coast road. The traffic was light and we really enjoyed the countryside. One thing I will say about the Philippines is how clean it is. I would say it is probably one of the cleanest countries in South East Asia. They really seem to have their act together regarding litter.
Another quirk about the Philippines you can't help but notice is the Philipino fascination with cocks
. Philipino men are very proud of their cocks'. It is not unusual to see a man walking down the road holding his cock. If you show the slightest interest in his cock he will give you a closer look quite happily. I am of course talking about cockerels, WHAT ELSE !! Cock fighting is the number one sport in the Philippines. Most men are fanatical about it. When in the Philippines you get used to hearing cocks crowing morning, noon and night and you will see cockerels tied up in gardens or on the street, anywhere really. It's a nasty little sport when all is said and done. They actually attach three inch razor sharp knives to the cockerels feet. The fights are short and brutal. One night in Manila I watched about ten cock fights on the TV. They usually last about 20 seconds to a minute. The fight is over when one of the two birds can no longer get to it's feet. The loser usually becomes tomorrow's casserole, while the winner is stitched up by the Vet ready to fight another day. I must say that I didn't find the fights thrilling in the least. But you never know......... if I had put a fiver on the Rhode Island Red to win I would probably have been cheering louder the the Philipinos. LOL. If cock fighting is not brutal enough for you then maybe horse fighting is more up your street. Yes they do that here as well !! Me? I'll stick to darts thank you very much.
We had a fantastic time in Moal Boal, Good weather, good accommodation, good snorkeling and great resort. This is our third time to the Philippines and it hasn't let us down yet. We head back to Cebu for one more night then fly up to Manila for one night and that will round off our month in the Philippines. We will be sad to leave as usual.
31 ST March.