The Journey

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Daet locals
It's 8.30pm and the group is gathered at Cafe Bola at the Araneta Center to embark on a 14 hour bus ride to Donsol, Sorsogon in the Bicol region for an experience of a lifetime - to with swim whale sharks (locally known as butandings)!  After last-minute smokes, trips to the bathroom and the nearby ATM, we make our way to the bus depot down a few blocks, find our designated bus bound for Legaspi, settle in our respective lazyboy seats and gear up for the cryogenic AC conditions.

A ceiling installation of a 14" TV at the front of the bus is showing "Huwag Kang Gamol," an 80's classic to provide us lucky early birds with gladness and cheer while waiting for the other passengers to turn up.
Felipe snorts a jackfruit whole
  A few minutes past 9 and as if on cue, the engine revs up and the scene gets cut right as pretty as a peach Ana Margarita Gonzalez, clad in a cheap, skimpy white chemise is to do her what one would assume lap dance for the ugliest man in show business, Andrew E, to give way to the driver's choice feature for the evening, "The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift."  Ace, man.

Long before the the non-descript cast of characters in the movie find themselves in Tokyo and way before our bus reaches the South Super Highway is everyone in this oh-so fun bunch passed out.  

Some of us wake up at 3am.  We're parked at the side of the road somewhere in Daet, Camarines Norte.  Perhaps it's one of the several quick stops on the way to Legaspi.  Good thing, it's time for a pee break, a light snack and a smoke.  But a half hour passes and we're no where near moving on.  Something about the clutch, they say.  Hmmm...    

And so the adventure begins...
jaeWALK says:
hey heidi! there you go, there's someone here who knows how to do the whale shark watching....

so betlog, how much is the cost of this, i wanna go to. ill go with heidi on this one
Posted on: Jul 29, 2008
S-Jay says:
Sounds like a plan :)
I work alot with phillippino nurses and they tell me often how beautiful it is out there and that its a little space of heaven.x
Posted on: Jan 17, 2008
Isabetlog says:
Haha, yes, that would be the perennial deterrent for most of us. If you ever find yourself coming to the Philippines, please please do let me know. I'd be more than happy to help you plan it out :)
Posted on: Jan 16, 2008
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Daet locals
Daet locals
Felipe snorts a jackfruit whole
Felipe snorts a jackfruit whole
Our broken down bus
Our broken down bus
Fruit stand
Fruit stand
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