Kalibo is on Panay Island, a historic place which when spoken of reminds us of the Pintados, the old settlers whose bodies were painted with amazing patterns and details. Of course many other tribes in the Philippines also practice this art form. Panay is also home to the annual street festival honoring the Señor Sto. Niño (the Christ Child), the Ati-Atihan.
Source: www.filipinoheritage.com and www.wowboracay.com
"Beware of the Killer oil!"
Special thanks to Carmelo (of the landed Tirol family of Kalibo) for the lunch.
HOT TIP: Just use one compact bag to bring all your stuff in. If you feel you might be buying something on your way back, bring an extra bag which you can fold and keep inside your carry-on bag. No need to check it in at the airport, too!
THE CATICLAN JETTY PORT
Senior citizens find new life in entertaining visitors with local music
Pay your Php 50 environmental fee here and get maps and brochures, too. What's with all those huge faces of local politicians? Bah!
I can't help. I just had to check.
Sacks of oysters bound for Boracay
That's the boat...
Welcome to Boracay!
For me, it's simply a chance to look at things and people on a different light: through the lens. Comments are welcome (Note: Photos were sharpened for those with dim monitors).
BUT WAIT, WHAT'S THIS?!
I'm sounding the alarm bells on this one: sewage water that goes straight out...
..to sea?! What the hell were they thinking?!
Come to think of it, where else would it go? *Sigh*
Now, going back to regular programming...
Mongolian BBQ dinner for our 1st night in Bora! Put things together in a bowl and hand it to the cook.
WHAT I MADE: The problem with eating Mongolian is that using the wrong sauce will always result in a disaster. You can never go wrong with pineapple when there's chicken and veggies available. Try using sesame oil, hoisin sauce (or a little soy sauce) and top with ground peanuts and chili for that little familiar taste and kick.
That's dinner even if it doesn't look like it from here!
AFTER: Verdict? It was very good! (I am very biased). The trick is to trust your kitchen instincts (or whatever is left of it). At Php 218 / person, you can eat all you can. Stiff, 'no?
After a long day of walking around in the heat, I got attracted to this signboard which promised to serve the BIGGEST BURGERS on the island. I got a quarter pounder with roasted garlic and cheese gravy. For Php 105, it's ot bad but could be better. The patty is grilled, by the way. Sorry but I can't recall the name of the store (bad, bad!).
Was finishing this burger to the beat of "California Dreaming" and "Can't Buy Me Love" from the nearby lemon/cafe, one of the most stylish cafes on these parts. I didn't go because it's too embarrassing to eat there alone.
This is d*Mall at night. It's an avenue of shops and restos in Station 3. It's just like being in a quaint place in Manila except that the ground you walk on is part white sand, part concrete.
A Budget Mart for your daily needs. Airline ticket offices and bank ATMs are nearby.
Hey, I eventually found one shop to solve my dilemma over buying non-Philippine products as gifts! This is USWAG (a Visayan word for "move" or "develop"), a foundation based in Aklan. I don't know the group's thrust and who they are supposed to benefit but I know Philippine when I see it. There are even nice, nice, nice Sarimanok hanging accents on the entrance! They're for sale at Php 100 / per. I resisted getting one. Dagdag basura lang sa bahay. I only got the smallest items on sale, the purses and sling bags. Very nice and colorful. The girls would love them, methinks.
If you miss the city, these shops will definitely make you feel at home!
FAREWELL, BORA! 'TILL NEXT TIME!
Languid mornings.... a normal scene you can see anywhere you go in Las Islas Filipinas!
MANILA, MY MANILA
A braided kid's hair; a sweet reminder of beach days
5J FA selling 5J paraphernalia (nice wallets sell at php 80 / per). Wait, I have to voice this out. 5J's flight attendants seem to have lost that "fun character" which they used to have when they were still using the DC9s. They now seem arrogant and airy and are given to small talk even when at work. Stiff smiles, trying very hard to get things over with so they can retire to the galley. Why, they didn't even stand at the exits to say goodbye when passengers deplaned! They were, in fact, looking for their replacement shoes. Does this have anything to do with the new planes (because they are now using better machines than the leading carried PAL? I don't want to think about it that way). SMILE, ladies!
The majestic Taal Volcano
The coast of Cavite enters my visual field
How is that piece of land able to support that many residents?!
The other airfield civilians never use: the Sangley Point Naval Base, a military facility
Houses of fishermen dot the sea surrounding Manila and Cavite
Clumps of mangrove trees: a good sign but for how long?
Parañaque City up close
PR's Centennial Terminal
The old NAIA full of Asian carriers (Note the 2 CX 744s from HK)
Manila is home to classic aircraft like this Constellation, designed by Howard Hughes himself...
...and several DC3s in one place!
The tarmac of the old domestic
If you have friends or relatives waiting for you, chances are they are here.
Welcome back to Manila - where you are left to fend for yourself.
Only the old domestic terminal has a taxi stand. Always remind the drivers to use the meter. It's not a bad idea to tip them a minimum of Php 20.00 over the standard fare.
Otherwise, you can always get coupon taxis but they charge 400% more than the usual fare.
Thanks, Lord, for the chance to travel again.
Special thanks to Mike Santos and The Mango Farm for making this trip possible.