Waiting in the Manila Airport to fly to Boracay, flight is delayed but hopefully be dare about 5. Yesterday we went to Benjo's house and then to Sky Ranch in Tagaytay and saw the Taal Volcano.
Leaving Dasmarinas I was joined by four local cyclists who were cycling to church. Took one wrong turning, navigation needs to be improved.
The last part was a downhill swithback road, very scenic and more importantly cool. Tonight I'm on the shores of Lake Taal, in a small fishing village on the shore. Lunch and dinner today consisted of fresh fish from the lake.
In the center of the lake is Taal Volcano. The 2nd most active volcano in the Philippines (last erupted in 1977).Read more
Left this morning at 6am to miss the heat. Still ended up drinking litres of water.
Passed through small fishing villages along the edge of the lake. And so now my name is "Joe" (even though I'm from Africa, and have no connection with the USA armed forces). Passing through the villages "Joe" is welcomed with a friendly hello.
Woke up early (530 am) for sunrise.
Even though it was a little cloudy, it was stunning. The fisher men were up before us, snorkelling in the lake with spears, catching the lake fish, Tawili.
We took a long tail boat over to the Taal Volcano and walked up to the ridge to the caldera, which is now a lake with a tiny island in the middle. A lake within a lake.
We spent the rest of the day chilling by the lake 😀
• two night stay only neededRead more
The day was slightly over cast, so we were thinking what we could do. Then we realised there is a yacht club next door!
None of us had ever sailed, and Dan was super keen to test it out, so we opted for a mini catamaran and an instructor.
The sun was shining as we set sail... smiles on our faces.... Then the storm started 😱😂
It felt more like a Alton Towers ride.... than a Durran Durran video, and my name is definitely not Rio! Was still bloody good fun though!Read more
Bernie picked us up from the airport and we got our first taste of Manila traffic on the way to the Buffet 101 restaurant at Manila bay.
We ended up driving around for about 30 minutes to get a parking space, passing by at least 10 parking garages because Bernie didn't fancy to wait in a queue. I totally get the frustration of waiting in a queue but sometimes its just quicker to be patient and get into the queue than drive around for hours looking for a parking space.
The restaurant offers 101 different dishes, I must say it quite intimidating walking around the buffet as there is just so many choices.
Bernie and Mellany have 3 beautiful daughters, a one month old baby (Marian Bella), 10 year old (Shania Marie) and 15 year old (Riane). Shania Marie is clearly to wise for her size (in afrikaans we will call her "'n snip"), she does not stop talking for a second, while we enjoyed her she is clearly the bane of poor Riane's existence when she bulbs out things like, "she has a boyfriend and my dad don't like that." Riane is clearly at that age where she has a lot going on outside her family and that her dad who moved back home after 10 years away, actually cramps her style. I can't help think how hard it must be to be a dad of a teenage daughter.
It was wonderful to experience their family dynamics and to spend time with the Miller's.
Arrived to Talisay, a sleepy lake shore village.
We managed to find a the Green Lake resort, which if a little rough around the edges, was in a peach of a position; right on the lake side.
Time for some well earned relaxation, before the volcano trek tomorrow 😀
Island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island.
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