And the final part of us driving to Sablayan from Mamburao. This is part 3, where we arrive in Sablayan.
There isn’t much to the town or village. It’s a small town without much of a city centre. So ultimately we decided to not stay here and continue on to San Jose directly hopefully find some kind of hotel of lodge along the way.
The whole drive took about 2 hours, with some great views and surprises along the way.
Me and my girlfriend regularly drive to Calapan City from Puerto Galera for some shopping, a movie or simply to eat fried chicken.
Calapan City is about 55km away from Puerto Galera, taking about 80 minutes usually to drive on our motorbikes following a twisty road along the coast and up the mountains.
Filmed with a GoPro Hero5 mounted on my Honda XRM on February 10, 2017.
The only pretty places we saw were the SM Mall, Robinsons mall and a surprise find of a small zoo. Their main purpose is to preserve endangered birds. And they had a whole bunch of them. This fancy bird seemed keen for a selfie!
Today was my last day in Iloilo City. It’s time to move on to the next island – Negros. Iloilo City had lots of firsts, too. First christmas and new years eve in a foreign country. First time to eat in a Shakey’s Pizza parlor. First time to get the phone number of a girl. It was also the first time I saw a big fireworks display in the Philippines and a bunch more things I’m sure.
Being in a reasonably sized city for a while was a whole new experience for a traveller like me. Other than 8 hours in Manila I didn’t experience much of the chaos and city busy-ness in the Philippines yet.
Sure Batangas or Calapan are cities and I’ve been there a bunch of times. However, they felt much more provincial in many ways. Actually living in a city is very different.
Tomorrow I’ll be checking out of my hotel and move on to a nearby ferry company to take the boat to Negros. Next stop, Bacolod City. I’ll be there for a week before moving on down south to Sipalay. And if it’s up to me Bacolod will be the last city for a while. I’m looking forward to being in more rural areas and beaches for a while. Even if that means taking a Ceres Liner bus again… Nothing too extreme though – I still need internet and some amenities from time to time 😉
Beyond Sipalay I’m not sure where to go yet. The general direction is towards Dumaguete but when and how? Not sure yet. Maybe Sipalay is nice enough to stay there for a while. We’ll see.
Earlier this week me and JC set out to explore more of the Philippines. We had a sort of plan as to what was supposed to happen and more or less when things should happen. Bus and boat schedules and stuff. Of-course most of it didn’t work out. But no worries we managed to find our way.
The idea was to head to Roxas by bus, via Calapan. Then take a boat to Caticlan on Panay and then move on to Iloilo on the other side of Panay by bus. Easy, right?
I finally did something with all the footage I got from our flight from Schiphol Airport to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. A lot of clips weren’t very good or usable… But some bits were ok to use 🙂 Behold!
Check out our 17 hour journey across 3 airports flying more than 17000Km towards paradise 🙂