It helped largely that the sun was shining today, and I woke bright and early at 8am. So I made my way to Bacolod to the market for a walk. I think I had my pockets pick-pocketed no less than 3-4 times, just as well I leave them empty! I would advise to leave any hand jewellery at home if you are shopping here. The market has some great deals on clothes, jeans and dresses, watches, sunglasses, and food. So I tucked into some pineapple, banana fritters (kamote) and sweetcorn!
At lunch time I went to the Mall of Asia, it was only 7pesos in the jeepeny to get there, so I had a little shopping a chill out time. Was a little shocked to see armed police and security guards everywhere and otuside every ATM, apart from the had a pleasant day! Think I might head down to Taal Lake and volcano tomorrow!
From my first two days I have found people here to be very friendly and helpful (especially when I have been lost), and would like to say that everyone here has beautiful smiles!