So unfortunately, a final day blog was unachievable having only barely survived a category 3 typhoon which nearly washed away Vascos restaurant, came crashing up through my lounge room floor and left a blue swimmer crab to contemplate his unexpected relocation into my bedroom. It left me with the warm and fuzzies when I considered Manila airport had cancelled all flights in and out of the Philippines.... and my visa expired THAT day. Lucky for me, Clark was the last airport left operating and I managed to escape, leaving the carnage behind me.... For future reference, I highly recommend investing in travel insurance for situations such as this.
During my amazing time living in Subic, I have:
- Spent four months living in a boat
- Attained my dive master qualification
- Seen my first turtle in the wild
- Dived a famous WW2 battleship
- Fallen in love
- Survived a category 3 typhoon
- Seen the most unbelievable waterfall
- Gone on an epic road trip
- Trekked through the last virgin rainforest in the country
Truthfully, Subic has been a melting pot for an eclectic bunch of oddballs and in my experience, the only place you can sit down in a bar with a retired rockstar, a dentist, a military officer, a dolphin trainer, school teachers, scuba divers, a pirate, oil industrialists, a few engineers and me- the existential migrant.
I have met some amazing people, and my fair share of crazies. I've been frisked four times, met Mickey Mouse, eaten chicken intestines, played too much Playstation, drank too much beer, spewed at 27m and made a 1km oceam swam without drowning.
Don't forget me.