That’s it, we have left Boracay under the rain.
We left at 7am to catch our plane at Kalibo scheduled at 11.30am. Flight slighty rough especially toward the end before the landing at Manila. 45 min flight which ended up on more than 1 hour as the plane was placed on « hold » due to trafic congestion (rough weather…)
Once out of the plane, we looked for a respectable bus company to bring us from Manila to Legazpy on the way to Donsol. We kind of spent the whole afternoon as the domestic terminal provides a great WIFI connection.
Street vendors under the rain at Manila
A few hours later, we were lucky to spend an hour and half in a taxi to reach Cubao, the bus terminal. The trafic on that Saturday was horrible. The driver explained us that was because on Saturday there is no driving restriction. Cars with specific plate numbers can only drive on specific days. But on Saturday, everyone can drive…
We had therefore plenty of time to admire Manila. As a lot of asian city, there is a huge contrast between poor and rich.. A lot of brand new skycraper rub shoulder with steel and cardboard made houses. We will see more of Manila when we get back at the end of next week before we fly to Sumatra. But our first impressions is that this city is expanding quite quickly.
At 8.30pm, we left in our bus. The company is Cagsawa and is supposed to be one of the best one.. (The fare is at 850 pesos per person)
We were in the Elite Class, although the bus was quite standard with nothing specila. We had no WIFI in the bus and were 4 per rows.. Some buses propose three per row (some very comfy seats) along with WIFI connection. We will be in the bus until next morning at 7.30am.
We were so glad to be arrived as we haven’t closed one eye of the night. The driver was probably thinking during the night he was piloting a GoKart rather than a commercial bus…
So finally arrived this Sunday 13 of january, we have decided to spend the day and night in Legazpy.
We spent a few hours in the city then headed off the the ruins of Cagsawa. This was an old Church destroyed in 1814 by the volcan Mayon, away just a few kilometers.
The central plaza with the view on the main local monument: the Mayon volcano
Rice stale at Legazpi public market
Street detail in Legazpi
Lunch break in the local cantina
At the barber, back’s to time…
At the volcano stone-cutter, just by the Mayon volcano.
The remains of the church after 1814 eruption
Just the bell tower…
Lookout on Mayon volcano
Electrical installation of public light
Hot, hot, hot.. Chili, local specialty we can also find in ice-cream.
After these visits, we could see how much Catholic religion is anchored to Philipinnes culture. We can found small churches in commercial centre.
A little colorful chapel dedicated to Virgin Mary
Nun in the main street of Legazpi
Electrical details… in the street
Tricycle row in the street
Barber time again
Our backpaker street
Tomorrow, we should leave to Donsol for a few days to go swimming with the whales sharks.
And hopefully, we will be able to post some nices pictures and vidéos.
See you later,
Caro and Jacques