Expat Riverfront

Trip Start Oct 01, 2011
Trip End May 05, 2012

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Flag of Philippines  , Visayas,
Monday, March 19, 2012

We woke up at 10. The weather is looking pretty bad, it's not raining but it is inevitable. We had said we would do sugar beach regardless but now when it comes down to it, going to a beach in the rain seems stupid. After a debate we decide against it and go wait for a bus in the road for near an hour. In said hour it did indeed piss it down, so as well as having to stand in a street being gawped at for over an hour we were also wet. Sipalay town is just awful, the one positive about the area and we can't do it. Ah well it's on the way.

At this moment in time we are discussing the possibility of leaving the Philippines early and just returning to Thailand. This would be a more serious discussion if the fucking embassy hadn't insisted on us buying our flight out, so unless we wanna write off 90 each we are pretty much stuck here. This is not what we envisaged when we pictured this country. If the weather would let up everything would instantly be forgotten.

As usual the bus takes around 4 or 5 hours. It ranges from empty and relatively comfortable to absolutely packed against the wall with peoples hens/bags in your face. The scenary as ever was spectacular even in the rain. We did manage to get through 'The Beaver' though, neither of us could handle another 5 hours with just our thoughts.

It was dusk as we arrived. For once we had a rough idea of the hotel we wanted. We got dropped there with no fuss and checked in, we are relatively happy with the whole thing even if the internet is outside the room. Dumaguete where we now are is described by the LP as "Funky, urbane and one of very few provincial cities worth more than a day of your time". It's classed as a highlight of the entire Philippines. Now excuse me if that raises the bar a little....

The area we are in isn't particularly nice, in fact it's the same bustle and grey as all the other big towns we have visited. On our way out Charlotte went into the hotel restaurant and instead of reading a menu accidently started flicking through someones homework. To be fair the menus often do come in plastic folders most of the time.

There was a clear favourite for bar/restaurant for tea. It was on the front by the sea. Here is where all the expats hang out and thus where most of easier to find bars and thing exist. The front is pretty nice, some thought and town planning has gone into making it appealing to the eye, this is possibly the first proper example of this I can think of in any bigger city in the Philippines. Away from the front there's a decent looking square with a park and church etc but for the most part it's business as usual in terms of aesthetic value. Still that makes it the nicest city we have visited here.

After a bit of wandering we decided to eat at our first choice, a place called why not. There were a number of expats knocking around. Including a few Germans. One guy was an obnoxious nob and if you were to paint a streotype of a German he would be it. Tight white vest, short spiky hair with blonde highlights and I shit me/you not he was doing Hitler salutes and taking the piss out of all the Filipinos. We kept well out of the way but this didn't stop some English expat who was out of his face trying to talk to us/give us shit. Thankfully he could hardly finish a sentence and eventually his wife and kid came and tried to drag him home.

I had a turd pizza whilst Charlotte had a surf and turf, she wouldn't shut up about how good it was. "What a beautiful evening, what a wonderful boyfriend, hey someone get a picture of me with my arm around this plate". (Simpsons)

We spent the rest of the evening in the bar using the internet properly for the first time in ages. I even treated myself to some boxing which along with Walking Dead we watched when we got back to the room. Tomorrow is a little up in the air, we are staying here and there is reportedly lots to do in the natural wonders around Dumaguete.
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