Food and beer replace beaches and diving
Puerto Galera Travel Blog› entry 147 of 658 › view all entries
People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Hannes (Sweden)
I had wanted to come to Puerto Galera since we landed in the Philippines and we arrived with excitement. We managed to find a fantastic hotel 50m from the sea, kitted out with kitchen, bathroom and cable TV, all for only $8. Once we had dropped our bags off, we decided to find somewhere to eat, but this really turned into a struggle. Every restaurant wanted twice as much for food as we had paid anywhere else in the Philippines and in the end we decided it would be best to buy our own and cook at home. My second disappointment came when i enquired in each dive shop as to prices and what we could see on our dives. Not only was i quoted high prices, but nobody sold any of the dive sites very well.
Back at home and Julia was in her element, really enjoying doing some cooking for the first time in months. She whipped us up a decent spaghetti dish and we washed it down with a couple of san miguels and a quiet night in front of the TV.
The following day we caught a jeepney and then tricycle to White Beach, situated around 15km from where we were staying in Sabang. Although it shares the same name with the immaculate White Beach in Boracay, that is where the similarities end! The beach wasn't pure sand and in some areas there were not only stones to contend with, but also broken bottles and rubbish.
Back at our room, we met up with Hannes and did some food shopping as Julia was keen to cook for us again. We had spaghetti with chicken and once we had opened the beers, i figured Hannes would not be able to concentrate too well, so gave him a beating at Chess! Later on Julia rustled up some fantastic thick cut chips (fries), which we snacked on whilst pitting our wits at Ludo!
Thursday we found ourselves twiddling our thumbs and i was still playing with the idea of heading to Coron, to go and dive some WWII Japanese shipwrecks.
That evening, with all plans now scrapped, we decided to let our hair down a bit. Julia pulled on her pinny and was soon cooking up lashings of mashed potato with some fried chicken with tomatoes and onion. It tasted great and was complemented by that wonderful amber nectar known as San Miguel! As the night passed by, i once again gave Hannes and Julia a good pasting at Ludo before it was time to visit the shops with Hannes, for some more beers.
We spent Saturday very close to our rooms, mainly in bed watching TV and occassionally venturing out to a burger stand for some food and cold drinks. The day was pretty much written off, but we got up on Saturday and caught the ferry to Batangas and then the bus to Manila, so we could be there in time for Saturday night and wine appreciation night at Friendlys Guest House - Hurrah!