The eternal commoner, yours truly, went on her annual leave a couple week’s back. Two weeks was more of a punishment than a vacation. What with all the scampering for filipino food and realising that I only have one stomach and two weeks until it’s time to go back to Dubai. So on the flight back, small crocodile tears rolled down my cheek , not because I was feeling sad ( I’ve done this for 6 years for crying out loud) but rather because I couldn’t eat all the food I was craving for and it’s gonna be another year before I’ll get the chance to. How depressing.
I started scrolling the vacation photos on my phone and this cheered me up:
A weekend of fun with my high school buds and with my darling afam of a husband. For your info AFAM literally means A Foreigner Assigned in Manila but these days, everyone is accustomed to calling ALL the foreigners in our country afam. It has a slightly degrading ring to it, such that most Filipinos seen with an afam is likely to be called a gold digger, if you get my drift.
Go pass all your judgmental looks but I’m no gold diggah my friends. My husband and I are fellow commoners in Royal Dubai.
Anyway, back to my slow poke friends. The ride to Dumaguete was two hours from my house, we took a fastcraft to Duma which was about 30 mins, a trike ride, then a scooter, piggyback in an angry man’s back, up on a horse, crossed some hungry crocodiles and was luckily in one piece when we reached our hotel.Kidding.
After our exhausting commute, we had a fancy dinner at this place called Florentino’s and got wasted.
Yeah, yeah. The only thing wasted was those ice on those sadly sober drinks.
The next day we paid an exorbitant fee to ride a `banka` ( a motorized boat with outriggers) towards the sea turtles in Apo Island.If you ever make it to Dumaguete, consider this as a fair warning when you’re crossing Apo Island – travel light and prepare to get wet and if all else fails, just pray that the rough seas won’t swallow you whole.
It was still worth the trouble. To see these sea turtles swimming about. We saw at least 10-15 of them graceful, sea-grass eating creatures.