We nearly missed our flight again! We had to leave Edwards in Seoul at 5am and we planned to get the first tube to the airport, annoyingly we were something like 5p short for the tickets which you needed to go through a barrier with, Kam ran off in the dark to find an ATM to get some money from but stupidly none of them accepted foreign cards - we missed the first train and had to jump the barriers and we arrived just as everyone was getting on the plane again!
It was only a 3 and a half hour flight to Manila, as soon as we got off the plane you could feel the heat. I think we knew we were going to like the Philippines as soon as we landed - the customs guy asked us if we were carrying any marmite and everyone at the airport was cheerful! We had to go to another terminal to get our internal flight with Zest Air to Cebu so we got on the shuttle bus and completly missed terminal 4 so then we had to come all the way back - we missed it because terminal 4 didn't even look like an airport terminal! It just looked like small shops and hangars - anyway we had a horrid 6 hour wait for our flight in the most boring of terminals - it was packed and noisy. Our flight was fine and when we got to Cebu went straight to a hostel called Tr3ats which was a lovely little place. We only had 2 full days in Cebu and as we didn't have any summer clothes had to go shopping! We caught a jeepney which is like their buses but long jeeps - (we will put pics up) they are all decorated differently and they all have messages on like Jesus loves you! We went to this huge mall called SM Mall and somehow managed to spend 6 hours there. The next full day we went to try and get our visa extension as they only give you 21 days on arrival. We went off in our new shorts and when we got to the immigration office they said we had to be wearing trousers or a long skirt- there were people outside who were hiring out some rather skanky looking tracksuit bottoms and trainers which we were really amused about - we didn't have enough money so had to trapse off for an ATM and then it wouldn't accept our card so it turned into a bit of a farce, we decided to try and do the extension in another city as we had enough time!
So then we headed to the island of Bohol, lots of people had said how unsafe ferry travel was but we caught a really good ferry - they had a prayer for the journey before we departed and showed a film on the way- a few hours later we arrived in Tagbilaran and then caught a tricycle (tuktuk) to Alona Beach. We looked around for somewhere to stay and chose a place called One for da road which was behind a bit of a seedy bar but was nice. We went straight down to the beach and both went wow - lovely white sand, coconut trees and clear blue water - it was very touristy there, with lots of bars with all their tables on the beach and people offering massages, tours and souvineers. We immediatley ordered some san miguels and some food and just chilled - very nice. We booked a tour to go and see the Chocolate Hills - we were going to do it by ourselves but because we were quite far out it would have taken a long time so we went on this tour. The tour was a bit poo - we did get to see the Chocolate Hills which are strange mounds that go on for ages in the North - no one really knows how they were formed. The tour guide kept trying to take us to see caged animals but no one in our little group wanted to go so that was a relief, we went to a butterfly farm which was quite cute and then we convinced our guide to take us to the proper Tarsier sanctury - Tarsiers are really tiny monkey things that look like Yoda with big saucer eyes - the sanctury try and keep them in their natural environment and they are protected from tourists touching them - their little bones are so fragile that even holding them gently could break them. We saw about three they were dosy little things hugging the branches high up in the trees. We also visited a very old church that was very pink inside! The beach on Alona was so nice we spent most of our time just relaxing - there were quite a few persistant ladies offering massages and pedicures - one was called Melissa and she just sat her self down next to us, she had such a funny laugh and gruff voice we couldn't help but like her - I ended up getting a foot scrub from her! We met a lovely swiss girl called Carmen on the tour and had dinner with her on our last night in Alona - we were serenaded at the table by one of the many guys playing guitars - he took requests so we had Radioheads creep. We also managed to get our visa extended in Taglibaran at the immigration office, it was really easy and only took about 20 minutes to do, Kam also got his haircut for about 60 pence.
Next stop Siquijor!!