May 11, 2005
We decided to do the north of the country first since we were already 2 hours above Manilla and caught an 8 hours bus to the town of Bagiou that arrived at 3 in the moring. hile we were waitng for the bus (no one knew if it was going to come at all) I was able to finally eat the Phillipino specialty of hard boiled duck fetus. It bascailly looks like a common boiled eggs but when you peel it, there's a little baby duck inside, complete with feathers, bones and beak. All of these fun parts make for some fun texture in your mouth but since they are boiled they are not hard. Instead of putting salt on it you pour vinegar on it. Delicious!
I had arranged to be picked up from the airport by a guy I had meet on the internet (globalfreeloaders.com). He had asked me what airport I flew into. My ticket says Manilla. Well it turns out that it really says Manilla-CRK which really mean an airport 2 hours away from Manilla. found this out only a couple of hours before we flew there and was barely able to sqeeze off an email alerting him to abort the plan, but due to a miscommunication he still ended up waiting for us..Sorry! So we arrived at an old US military base in the middle of nowhere. Only Air Asia flies to this place so we had to improvise quickly. There was not even an ATM here so luckily Dave has some money left over from Malysia and we were able to change it to Pesos.