Driving in the Philippines was crazy - the other drivers squeeze into any gap they can, don't have any rules on the road etc. What was most scary is that you're allowed to overtake in the other lane where there is oncoing traffic. So sometimes you'd get a huge truck in your lane driving straight towards you at great speed and only moving back into the other lane at the last second
. Everything was opposite - the drivers side in the car, the side you drive on in the road, the fact that flashing your lights at someone means 'get out of my way' as opposed to 'give way'. Since one half of my family is in the countryside, whilst the other in a city about 30miles away, driving was very convenient because there's plenty of us cousins together. My cousin is getting married in December and we did a lot of shopping/preparations for the wedding like getting invites, wedding dress fittings, shoes... I'm glad I'm not a woman.
It was good to catch up with relatives and generally chill out after backpacking for so long. There's much more to the Philippines but I won't cover it in this blog, but because it won't be long till I go there again, you'll get a proper blog entry next time =D
The main reason I went to the Philippines was to attend the 'Lucas Paldas', first year anniversary of my grandfather's death. It was more of a celebration rather than a solemn affair, attracting many more visitors than expected, so it was an occassion involving lots of food, drink, kareoke and live music. I haven't got any pictures of it, only of bits and bobs during my time there. One of them was a canal boat trip from where we lived in the countryside towards the sea where they sell lots of seafish.