This will be my last post on the Philippines. It was a wonderful trip. If you like lots of green trees, sea and sky, smiling people, and amazing food, go there. I’ll say salamat kaayo (thank you very much), to everyone who looked after us while we were there.
These pics are of the Visayas, the middle of the archipelago. The Philippines is divided (figuratively) into three sections: Luzon (nothernmost), Visayas (central), Mindanao (southernmost). I stayed on the isle of Negros (as a volcanic island, it has black sand on the beaches). Negros is divided into two provinces: Negros Occidental (Occidental = West), and Negros Oriental (Oriental = East). I stayed mostly in Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental. According to US News, Dumaguete is one of the most affordable places to retire in the world. Look here.
Okay, so you’re wondering about the pics and thinking pagdali (hurry up)! So then, odto na ta (let’s go)!
Lake Balanan near Siaton, Negros Oriental
Floating restaurants in Bohol Island
Filipinos love their rice, so they grow a lot of it.
A tour boat in Bohol.
Typical traffic in the Visayas with bazillions of pedicabs (usually a motorcycle with a covered sidecar).
Cambugahay Falls on Siquijor Island.
A sculpture at the beach outside our room in Siquijor.
Fishermen in not too deep water since the guy on the left is standing beside the boat. They still caught lots of fish.
Sugarcane with palms in the distance in Tanjay, Negros Oriental.
A rice patty near Tanjay.
Apo Island as seen from Dumaguete City.
Cebu Island as seen from Dumaguete City. Getting a sense the islands are close together?
A typical market all through the Visayas. You can get something to drink, a snack, most basic things you need. You can find these on roadways throughout Dumaguete City and many other cities. Great prices for anything you get there. This is the 7-11 in the Visayas.
Sunset just outside of Siaton. To the Philippines, I say, “Salamat kaayo,” (Thanks very much) for a wonderful trip.