No I don't want to ride a pony

Trip Start Oct 09, 2010
Trip End May 11, 2011

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Flag of Philippines  , Calabarzon,
Sunday, February 13, 2011

After arriving in Taygautay on our way to Talisay, we for some reason picked up a straggler trying to get commission off of us by “showing us places to stay” which meant he followed me around while I looked at them. They were all pretty expensive and small so I kept looking until I found a family spot that was under construction. They had stopped the construction long before because their father had “left”, whatever that meant, so it was half finished. Our room was ok, they cleaned it before we moved in and it had a pool that might be swimmable. We settled our stuff and set off for somewhere to eat. We found a place down the way that served dinner and took the cabin for dinner. Lori got a 2 person helping of veg while my mom and I split some pork. We asked about getting to the volcanoes and they said that we could leave at 8 the next morning. After dinner we headed back and enjoyed some TV on our com with my mom.

We woke up early the next morning and headed back to the same spot for breakfast which was equally as oily. We booked the boat to the volcano after learning that the full day hike we wanted to do was closed recently by the government because it remains active and therefore is not safe for anyone let alone tourists. Being a little bummed we jumped in the boat and headed to the easy 1 hour hike. When we arrived, we paid our fees for conservation and headed out walking (not riding an old tired pony as), most people were weirded out by this decision but how hard could it be? As we headed up the path we stopped often to enjoy the views of other caters around and the lake surrounding the area. My mom was great at the climbing and didn’t slow the pace much at all from what we wanted so that was a bonus. You never know how new additions are going to change your patterns. When we reached the top, we sat and enjoyed the views and smells of sulfur for about an hour being entertained by some Korean businessmen traveling there. It was fun to show my mom how interesting they are. After we were happy with our views, we started to head down and thanked ourselves for getting up early. There was a lot more traffic coming up now which made the decent very dusty since everyone had opted for the tired old horse. We had been warned about the dust when we went up but honestly the horses kicking up the loose sand was the only reason the dust was trouble at all. We took the boat back to Talisay and Lori chilled in the room reading and sleeping the afternoon away while my mom and I enjoyed the pool and chatted over coffee. We grabbed a bike taxi into town that evening to try to find a good restaurant. What we didn’t know was even when I agreed to the price he quoted me that it was inflated (not too much to argue about it) but the driver had come into the restaurant and told them that we had also agreed to buy him a pack of smokes. The waitress didn’t check with us so we only found out after our meal was finished and we were presented with the bill. (It was added to the beers to hide it, but I noticed it right away) so therefore she sure didn’t get a tip. We walked to a bakery and bought some rolls and cheese whiz for breakfast. When we grabbed a bike taxi back, I was on edge that we were going to get ripped off again so I made sure of the price of 50 pesos before we got on. When we arrived the guy tried to get 50 pesos a piece from us and with a smile I told him to take the 50 and go because that was all he was going to get. We settled into the room for the evening and went to sleep early because we were headed back to Manila the next day.
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