Yesterday, I hugged the biggest and probably the heaviest church bell in Asia. What is stored for me today? I’m excited because I will go to the “touristy” Boracay Island and chase the Boracay Sunset. Hopefully, I have enough money to party all night. That’s later, for now, let’s see some “un-touristy” places that people should try to visit while in Roxas City.
[As a runner, I need to maintain some mileage even while on the road. So I run about 7km from the town center to the boulevard (met a fellow runner, named Reynold) and then ran on the Baybay Beach.]
After a hearty breakfast courtesy of the Guntangs (my generous host in Roxas City), I went to Dumolog Fish Drying Area (just a few meters away from the Boulevard) and observed how they dry fishes that are being supplied to Manila and other places in Luzon and Visayas. The pictures would tell everything:
Then I went to the Panublion Museum, but before going inside I saw a bazaar displaying some of the products available in Capiz. Wanting to buy something as a souvenir for myself, I got a bracelet made out of coconut shells for only Php15. Great bargain right? Then I tried a “kamias jigger” a kind of wine, sour and a bit sweet that is said to be good for health and digestion. I also saw some capiz products. Love those jigger and capiz products, I want to buy should I don’t have that budget limit. Arghhhh!
Entering the Panublion Museum. Somehow, I’m sad because there is no one in charge of the entrance. I mean anyone can just enter and get some of the artifacts there. I hope the government or anyone in-charge would do something about it.
The Panublion Museum is actually a water tank built back in 1910. It was transformed as a museum which houses some of the province’s history- old stuffs like candelabra (candle holders), camera, letters, news articles about President Manuel Roxas, some paintings, stamp collections, old coins, etc. Panublion is a Hiligaynon word meaning “guardian of precious things.”
Then took some photos of the Catholic Church, Provincial Capitol and the Roxas City rotunda marker.
Off to Boracay island. I guess I have to go to the next destination- I really want to catch the sunset in Boracay. The travel time from Roxas City to Boracay Island is 4-5hours including traffic, waiting, and a lot of terminal transfers. I left the city around 1:30 and I arrived at Boracay about 6:00pm. Too bad I wasn’t able to catch the sunset.
I was met by Chad, a couchsurfer at D-Mall, Station 2. He knows about my PhP250/day challenge so he suggested that we buy some viand (ulam) and just cooked in his room/apartment. Thank you Chad for the couch offer.
Boracay Note: First time I set foot here was February this year. The difference is that last time there was lots of moss on the shore, good thing there are no moss today and I can enjoy the white beach without the “green toppings.” And yes, I have to say that this island is full of Koreans. Koreans here, Koreans there, Koreans everywhere! And they walk in groups of 15-25. I thought I was in a Korean island. BoraKOR?
Initial plan was to stay at Boracay for a day or two then head off to Carabao Island, Romblon (locals call it Hambil island). Then to Mindoro and then Batangas going home to Laguna. Let’s see what will happen on the next 3 days.
Day 11 Expenses in Philippine pesos
P8 Tricycle to town proper (I went there to run towards the Boulevard)
P10 Bread and water (ate after the run)
P15 Tricycle back to house
P20 Load for Mobile phone
P16 Tricycle fare (House to Fish Drying Area)
P8 Tricycle fare (Boulevard to the Capitol)
P20 Merienda (Juice and bread)
P15 Coconut Bracelet (Souvenir)
P15 Tricycle (Capitol to house)
P16 Tricycle fare (House to Acacia, van terminal going to Aklan)
P120 Van fare (Roxas City, Capiz to Kalibo, Aklan)
P100 Van fare (Kalibo to Caticlan)
P25 Pumpoat fare (Caticlan to Boracay Island). I didn’t pay the environmental fee because I pretended to be working in Boracay.
P35 Food (Ulam), my CS host cooked rice for us.
Php 423.00 (US$9.20 or €6.94) Ouch! This should not be happening. Yesterday, I saved Php104 and today I have no choice but to spend beyond my budget because of the transportation costs. So, I learned a valuable lesson on budgeting, I need to add more on the P250/day unless I go hitchhiking. But hitchhiking is close to non-existence here in this part of the world.
My special thanks again to Guntang Family. Flora, sorry, I wasn’t able to upload the pictures yet (internet connection here is so slow but I will make time). Shout out of thanks to Chad too! You are a wonderful host. Thanks for the free booze.