Even though my first half in the Philippines was very restless I ended up finding my travel tempo again towards the last half thanx to meeting some great people. The Philippines can defiantly be a bit harder to travel to travel solo in low season if you want to be social and want to find people to travel with, especially if you a bit picky and you rather want to travel alone then with people you feel you have nothing in common with! Luckily there are a ton of things to be done and seen in this country so no need to sit and moop around doing nothing. However here are four things I didn't do in the Philippines. Please be warned that the next picture in this post is a bit gruesome...
Believe I mentioned this delicacy in a previous post but worth mentioning again. Balut, a boiled egg with a half developed chicken/duck served with vinegar, is something that I can't decide if I regret that I didn't try. I always had a good excuse not to do so every time it was offered to me but coming to the end of my trip I kind of felt it had to be done. That's of course when I didn't come across any, guess I did't want it bad enough to go looking for it. Sitting here typing this though, I can confirm that yes, I should have tried!
President Duterte came in to power in May this year and except for calling Obama a "son of a whore", he is also known for his ways of dealing with drug users/dealers. Around 3000 drug users/dealers has been shot dead since Duterte came in to power. It's said that 1100 been shot by police and the rest by what is believe members of the public that are inspired by Duterte's calls to help him kill criminals. Is Duterte a tough guy or a lunatic??? One thing is for sure he is not a big fan of drug use...
Ok, I never tried any hard drugs and I don't have any plans of doing so. That's why it's not to surprising that I didn't do so in the Philippines either. So no regrets on this one!
SWIM WITH WHALE SHARKS IN OSLOB
If you really want to swim with big big whale sharks then Oslob is a place to go to do so. You are guaranteed to come up close to them since every morning they are fed by ex-fishermen now turned in to "tour-guides". The feeding is what draws them in every morning. It also draws in a ton of other tourists. Even though I feel that it would have been a great experience to swim/snorkel with these big animals, I also have a gut feeling that this is wrong. For me this is not a real, it's more like a zoo type of thing to do. That's the reason why I didn't go to Oslob and do this and I know that was the right decision because I have no regrets what so ever not doing so.
So this is something that can be found a bit all over the world but in the Philippines you see individual "cock stables" in pretty much all back gardens. Or at least you did in the areas I was travelling in. Apparently 30 million cocks are killed each year, and I'm talking about the birds not something else for you with a dirty mind!!! This means cock fighting is huge and big business in this country. I hate to say this but I do regret not going to a fight and I do know it can be a bit contradictory saying so when I'm against swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob...
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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