The last time I caught you all up on my adventures was back in August and since then a good few things have happened, including losing a lot of photos so what remains is below.
We took a cruise around Manila Bay, one Friday evening. Whilst we headed up the bay, we ate a tasty rice based meal and were treated to an aural accompaniment by a musical duo. This ranged from ballads to the Spice Girls, because that is what happens if you ask for requests from tone-deaf people with no sense of atmosphere.
As we made our way back down the bay, the sun had finally set and all the lights started to flicker on, which made Manila look surprisingly beautiful. Although I do hold to the opinion that it is a beautiful city, it just depends on how tenuous about the word beautiful, or romantic you are about it. We had prime seats for the regular Friday night firework show, which was another bonus.
It was great to see the city from another angle, one less seething with people, and free from the traffic and the noise. Watching the planes coming into land every couple of minutes, encouraged me to muse on the people arriving. They would soon enter the fray, and fight through the chaos to wherever they are going. I hoped they were prepared.
In November, it was All Souls Day which is a bit like Mexico’s Day of the Dead but with less make up. We went to the cemetery, with its party atmosphere – complete with fantastic barbecue smells and balloons for sale – and had a big family picnic, before planning an impromptu trip to the beach the next day.
It was beautifully and sunny, with good food and plenty of swimming. I spent a few hours floating on my back, watching the occasional plane fly over thousands of feet above, before the odd rogue wave would wake me from my musings. It wasn’t a busy beach and as the sun set, there were some gorgeous photos ops to be had.
Mount Marami was my 18th Filipino mountain of last year (my other peak of the year was in Bali, and (for completion sake) my other Filipino climb was Mount Pulag from 2017). There aren’t many photos for this but we hiked to the top of the mountain in the background, which was an easy climb despite its looks and when we finally reached the top…
Naturally it fogged over for the big photo-op. To complete the day’s bad luck, I split my toenail descending which still hasn’t completely grown back after five months. Although it was an easy climb, it was a long walk and after returning to the drop off point, one of the locals kindly let us use her shower so we circumvented the queue of sweaty bodies and were home and tucked up in bed for a reasonable time.