Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
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Today I left the resort for the first time and went to Dumaguete town. Actually it was the first time I walked anywhere in the Philippines and I was quite nervous for some reason! I had never been in a jeepney or a tricycle and had no idea how to hail them or get off or negotiate price. I sat on the street corner for a minute, watched the traffic, took a deep breath, collected myself and moved on
Needless to say I survived the day in town :)
Walked quite a bit on Rizal Street (a Main Street along the ocean) and zigzagged around town. I made the mistake of heading down an alley where they were butchering animals and that was not something I would have ever wanted to see!! I bought some pork buns, sweets at a bakery, fruits from a street vendor and had fish fillet for lunch in a restaurant.
For some reason there is no traffic light in town. Crossing intersections were quite a challenge! I also figured that given my Asian looks and tanned skin color, I'd blend in with the crowd but I felt stares from all directions. I guess I don't fit in after all