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12 septembre 2011

First impressions of the Philippines

So far, so good! The immigration police was very friendly although they couldn't give us a visa of more than 21 days, they were able to tell us that there was an immigration office in the town where we were heading that could do this for us.

We took a bus to Manila and then hopped right on to another one heading for Batangas. We were very impressed that the bus offered free wifi on board! (Which allowed us to send a quick message home to confirm that we had landed safely.) The trip wasn't over until we took a boat over to Mindoro Island, where we found ourselves a little hotel to rest after a long day.

Everyone is smily and very helpful and it makes things so easy that everyone understands and speaks English. I'm very impressed!

Only two down points so far but nothing that has tarnished the Philippines' reputation in my books yet.

  1. we were drastically overcharged for a ride in a tricycle (a motorbike with a side car. It was my first side-car ride. I loved it!). We payed 150 P in one direction (ok so that's only 2.5 euros) but realised our mistake when we payed only 60P on the way back! (1 euro)

  2. On the bus to Batanga we were getting a little hungry so when a man stepped in with a tray of hamburgers we were chuffed. They looked a little small so we bought four. After opening the wrappers though, I realised that we had been a little naive in expecting a real hamburger like pictured on the wrapper for only 10P per hamburger (ie – 15 cents). See pic below. We got a good laugh out of it though and in any case it did the job of filling up our empty stomachs until we arrived at our destination.


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