Ormoc City 21/01/11 – 31/01/11
Ormoc City, a small but well layed out city, with the loverly and great unsigned one ways systems that i so greatly love here in the Philippines. (if ur American that's sarcasm). However compare between the sprawling mess, of Tacloban City and the tight, tidy and logical lay out of Ormoc City, it is clear to see a winner. I never seemed to get lost in Ormoc, and after only one explore around, did i work it out in my head how to get from A to Z by the shortest route. The shops are all in one area, and i don’t have to travel miles to find what i need. And it’s all here store wise, everything you need for day to day living. Granted there are no massive cinema complexes, but as a city on the rise, i really liked it. Walking around the market, i felt as if people were really interested in me, and not only trying to sell to a 'rich’ foreigner.
I took 40 photographs whilst there, and when i got home realised a large percentage of those were of people posing for a ‘picture picture’.
The market, like many others in the Philippines had everything, and i really mean everything, the sights and smells make it one of the should do
things. But for me, the semi retired professional alcoholic, Ormoc has a diamond in its crown. In the evening (although day time as well) the city becomes alive on the waterfront. Like Dumaguete, but 100x better, the promenade, seafront boulevard, becomes alive with small, bars and watering holes, and the whole place is filled with people. PLUS, i felt safe, unlike some other cities, Cebu for instance, i would be loathed to carry my DLSR at night time, here I carried it almost as an accessory. And as soon the teenagers (so unapproachable in my own country) see that i have a camera, I have to take a ‘picture picture’
of them. The BBQ area, is layed out for 32 BBQ stands, all neat and in two little rows, with fully covered seating area. Next to this is a disco area, granted playing the music a little too loud for my old ears, but none the less, good quality music. The food in the food court, on every BBQ stand is almost the same, with a few personal touches. One night, Monique a star from Star Power TV talent show was in Ormoc, I think the whole city came to see her. The BBQ stands by the time my gf and I went we largely sold out of food. For me it was just the friendly atmosphere Ormoc had, the people were all friendly, the city logically layed out. Overall i would rate this city higher than Tagbilaran and almost even with Dumaguete as the place i want to live in the future, the only things that would stop me is the lack of things to do, in the area, in Negros and Bohol there certainly is a great deal more to do.
9/10 ( City its self I rate 10/10 alcohol abuse ;) )