A quick walk around Puerta Princessa
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Where I stayed
Roses Guest House
We spotted an interesting looking church in the distance so headed towards that only to stumble on the harbour area which we had read was one of the top things to see here
By now it was getting later and people were starting to mill in for dinner. (Andrew takes over Erica gives up on the blog again). She also missed out that we have actually booked two flights back from Burma one after 4 days and one after about 7 days. Why not if the flights are free and taxes and bags come to about 4 pounds each. We will copy and paste the lonely planet bit about Burma it sounds fantastic and is not just off the backpacker trail but the British and American governments advice you not to travel there at all due to the Junta having a strict military regime taking all the money from the poor and private business for his own profit
Anyway back to PP. We sat down and starting sinking swigs like there was no tomorrow with Bud and his Girl. Bud was a 60 year old American from the bible belt with a serious drawly accent. His girlfriend was about 19 and Filipino. We chatted to Bud and he kind of grew on me after the initial horror. Erica loved her usual question of "how long have you two been together?", the answer was 4 days. Anyway I have kind of got used to it, Bud explained how he didn’t pay his girlfriends but they got to live a life they couldn’t live normally i.e. a very comfortable life, however his girlfriends don’t seem to last long. Bud had been divorced 4 times and started travelling SE Asia probably in his 40’s or 50’s we discussed his friend who had died and he kept crossing his heart saying “David god rest your soul” as well as breaking down in tears
Within half an hour they were both naked in the pool with her flashing to anyone that would look. She looked more like a little girl than a girlfriend of a 60 year old man. Anyway the owner of the guest house was very kind and gave us a lift into town to get some money. One of the guys who was there on the first night turned up saying his previous girlfriend wouldn’t do the business and he had to send her back home as she was cuckoo. I think on our final night (or at least as I write this after leaving) I guess we forgive a lot of the talk over the last few days because if you forget the really crude conversation the people we have met here are actually really generous people who if you are kind and polite they will be very kind back to you. We are just judgmental I suppose and while we can’t get our heads around the sex tourism business some of these guys are simply out looking for genuine girlfriends who they aren’t paying just for sex. I suspect where it all falls down is the fact that the 20 year old girls who are going out with these guys are probably less interested in 60 year old men and more interested in guys who are 20 – 40 like anywhere else.