I lost my shirt to a dog…

Earlier this week I had my first ever “serious” accident while driving. I’ve never been involved in any accident involving vehicles. Nothing serious anyway.

Unfortunately all that changed earlier this week while me and my mom were driving on the provincial road on Siquijor. Both on our own motorbikes. I was doing about 53km/h (~32mph) when I crashed into a dog. The stupidest dog in the world I might add. It didn’t need to be there, but it decided it wanted to get hurt…

As you may know, Filipinos do not chain up their dogs in the provinces, not often anyway. So they’re everywhere. On the road, near the road, beaches, yards, in the woods – name a place and you’ll find a dog within 50 meters of you. This particular one was laying on the oncoming traffic lane licking his ass or something. Seeing that, I decided the dog was busy doing something else and I just continued driving, no danger for me or the dog.

When I was maybe 5 meters away the dog suddenly got up and ran in front of my motorbike. I responded immediately by beeping the horn but the dog didn’t respond. Too late to brake or avoid it, I hit it full on just below the ribcage while driving 53-55km/h.

Finally hitting the brake (I think) I fell down, scraped a whole bunch of skin of my left elbow and left lower leg.

Luckily Filipinos are helpful and kind people at heart. Bystanders, along with my mom who drove behind me, came to my aid quickly. Emergency services arrived within 2 minutes and I was rushed to the hospital in a firetruck. The hospital was more of a emergency room. But things were quite functional in there for first aid. They provided some initial treatment like cleaning wounds and starting a file.

I then got rushed to the islands main hospital by ambulance – Along with some other tourists who had an accident earlier, further down the road. One fell of the backseat of her scooter or something 😉

Damages

As mentioned before I have big scrapes on my left elbow and lower left leg. The left side of my torso has a bunch of scrapes and feels banged up. Both my hands are screwed up. My right knee has lost some skin, too.

I noticed later that somehow I have no bruises anywhere… If you can believe that. Even though I banged my shoulder on the pavement, which now feels like someone stomped on it. Probably a pulled muscle or two there… Same for my lower legs and ankles, muscle pain and stiffness all around.

My shirt got shredded, pants scraped and ruined. The sole of my shoe is torn/ripped – I think something from the motorbike caught on it and ripped the rubbery part of the sole and luckily not my foot 🙂

And of-course, my fancy Honda XR150L is all dinged up. Over the whole left side a bunch covers appear scratched, the signal lights and clutch are screwed up and the luggage rack is now without paint. I didn’t take pictures yet and didn’t take a real good look at things there, but it seems the damage is not super bad. At first glance the engine seems intact and scratch free for example, miraculously…

When I can walk properly again I’ll take some photos and probably blog about the repairs – I already have an idea where to get cheap original parts. But for now I’ll just take it easy and be bored at home 🙁
While not super serious, the parts without skin need some time to heal and they hurt like hell sometimes.

Lucky me…

High up a mountain path

Bright sun, blue skies, a few clouds. And some great views. I strayed from the narrow dirt path a bit from time to time to climb some slopes and hills and could see pretty much the whole north side island from up there.

Driving further along the mountain range at the other side I could see the south/east side of things.

I’ll definitely go back here some time with the GoPro and film the ride. It’s a nice route for it.

Eight bananas please

I like bananas, but not by the kilos. So often I buy just a few, 4 or 8 bananas. Turns out that was a bit more difficult than it should be.

Me: Hello.
Salesguy: Hi.
Me: 8 bananas please.
Salesguy: Yes!
tears one banana of the bunch
Salesguy: 8.
Me: Yes, but I want 8 bananas, 8 pieces.
Salesguy: Yes, 8.
Me: This is one banana, I want 7 more.
Salesguy: 8 Kilo?
Me: No, just 8 bananas.
Salesguy: Yes, 8.

The sales guy didn’t speak english, or not very good.

Sunsets in my front yard

Recently I’ve moved to a new island. I’ve driven some 800km from Puerto Galera, Mindoro to Dumaguete, Negros Oriental to discover that the quiet of the province is really nice too. So I’ve decided to give Siquijor a go.

I took this one on the 2nd day here. From the beachfront 100m from my house.

And this sunset almost a week later from a nearby eatery.

Sunsets can be quite amazing. But here they seem a bit extra special.

Lunch with an audience

Most restaurants have people like this loitering around – And most of the time they’re a few meters away or being kept out and away by a guard. Not in Puerto Galera.

Sometimes I buy them fries or a burger. But really, it’s more annoying than anything having an audience with raised hands and naked kids running around the place.

A brief chat with the mom (I think) revealed they were on their way to White Beach. But probably not for a vacation 😉