On my last day in the Philippines I stayed at Tagbilaran . The hostel I stayed at is called Tr3ats and it’s really great, I recommend it to everyone. It is close to the city, has pool access, great lounging area, air con and hot water (a luxury in Philippines). The mattresses are so comfortable I thought I was in my own bed when I woke up, and that is saying a lot because my bed mattress is extremely comfortable.
Anyways enough with gushing about a good hostel. The night I arrive I was walking to the hostel and I saw a balut store, since it was still somewhat light out and didn’t look too dirty or dingy even though the stall was just on the side of the road, I suddenly had the courage to try balut because I couldn’t justify not trying. So for 15 pesos I had my balut, the semi fertilised egg. So it looks worse than it tastes. The balut is actually 3 parts: normally yolk part, the semi developed chick and a hard rubbery part. Add salt and eat. I didn’t want to think about it too much so I just popped the chick into my mouth along with the yolk, it was not bad. Just tasted like egg with a mushy part, I thought the rubbery part tasted stranger. But there you go, I ate balut, I can tick it off my to do list.
I woke up early to catch the bus to see the tarsiers, little primates with big buggy eyes. I caught a Jeepney to the bus station (8 peso) and then the bus headed for Carmen/ Loboc (25 peso).
The tarsier sanctuary is quite small and can be seen in 2 minutes. However the tarsiers are also tiny so it was fine.
The sanctuary had fresh coconuts which I had spent the whole trip looking for, so even though I wasn’t hungry I got one. The owner decided to give me the biggest , heaviest coconut and after I drank about a litre of the coconut it was still not empty so I had to hand it back unfinished because I didn’t want to pee on the bus. Good stuff though.
Then because of time constraints I didn’t see continue the road to Carmento see the Chocolate Hills, instead I headed back to the city and had my let Ube Ice cream and meal.
And then I headed to the airport where the tuk tuk driver actually undercharged me! Then my Air Asia flight was delayed for 2 hours due to navigational panel issues. And I got to Manila airport which is really a terrible airport but I still had to pay 550 pesos for their terminal fees. I don’t know what they are upgrading but the only thing they have is free internet.
Back to work the next day. Until my next trip.